Telescoping arms with a wide reach and a doubled load capacity are key features of Toro’s new Dingo TXL 2000, which is in development.
A new compact utility loader in development by Toro was the talk of the American Rental Association show in New Orleans, with passers-by eying the long reach of the vertical telescoping loader arms on the Dingo TXL 2000.
The gleaming red prototype represented this model’s debut, and plenty of dealers and contractors got a peek of what’s to come with this machine, which is the first of its kind, according to Toro.
“This machine won’t be out until the late part of 2018, and why we’re introducing it here is because it’s our 20-year anniversary of the Dingo product line,” Kevin Conry, senior marketing manager at Toro Siteworks in Bloomington, Minnesota, had explained during the show held February 19-21.
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“We want to unveil it here and start creating a buzz, or a conversation, around how this machine will be used,” according to Conry in an interview with Equipment World.
“It’s brand new, and like our other Dingo lines, it’s going to be a stand-on compact tracked loader that is able to do multiple applications from buckets to forks to grapples, so it can carry things, lift things,” he says. “And the extra special feature of it: it can telescope up. So, fully extended, it’s going to have a hinge pin roughly at 10 feet up in the air.”
Conroy says this gives users the ability to lift and dump material into the center of a dump truck, a function that can pose difficulties when using a standard compact track loader, which can only get the material over the side. With the TXL 2000, users will be able to backfill hard-to-reach areas like the far side of a retaining wall, Conry points out.
This versatility and the ability to streamline operations on the jobsite can be especially useful in instances where extended reach is important to operator safety. For example, the telescoping arms allow operators to load and unload materials from either side of a flatbed.
Conry notes, for example, that you can use the longer reach to more unload a flatbed trailer full of pallets of sod or pavers from one side. Usually two pallets are on a flatbed, and with the new Dingo’s long reach, you can take them both off from one side and avoid going into the road. That brings a safety advantage as well as quicker, easier work if you don’t have to drive around both sides of your flatbed, he says.
The new Dingo has not only a wider reach as well as increased load capacity, Conry says. The existing Dingo TX 1000 model is rated at 1,000 pounds. The new TXL 2000 will be rated, when it’s not telescoping, at 2000 pounds, Conry says.
“Bigger jobs don’t need bigger equipment,” he says. “This can do it all.”
The ‘first of its kind’
The new machine is aimed for rental dealers as well as landscape and construction contractors. Potential customers were mulling at the show how they’d use the new Dingo.
“There’s a lot of interest,” Conry says. “This is something they’ve never seen as far as its telescoping. This is the first of it’s kind.”
“It’s getting to be like a skid steer with a cabin cage, but here,” Conry says, pointing at the platform at the rear of the machine, “you’re standing on it.”
While some might question why they would want to stand all day, the benefits include enhanced safety with the ability to mount and dismount easily – as well as not needing a spotter.
“In the traditional skid steer, you’re going to sit in a cage, a cab, and it’s not easy to get out.” And if you’re staying in the same job all day, you might want to stay seated. But this machine, Conry explains, is more for contractors and landscapers who are building up walls, moving things, getting on and off frequently.
“You’re not strapping in,” he says. “You can see your work. When you’re inside something in a cage, it can be very difficult to see. But with this, you can stand up, you can see where your bucket is; you can see to pick up stuff and to place stuff.”
If you’re working near a house or building, it’s a lot easier to maneuver, he says. You don’t need the back-up camera found on bigger machines to back up – you can just turn and look.
“This is a lot narrower than those caged sitting units, so you can get into tighter places,” Conry says.
The Dingo: two decades of innovation
The TXL 2000 represents a continuation of 20 years of dedication and innovation of the Toro Dingo and the compact utility loader (CUL) design. As the pioneer of the CUL in the North American marketplace, the development of the TXL 2000 has been based on feedback from end users, Toro says.
In addition to an “impressive rated operating capacity (ROC), the TXL 2000 also features many of the same benefits of a standard compact utility loader, including a compact footprint, superior visibility, and outstanding accessibility for mounting and dismounting the machine,” the company says.
Stepping up on that platform, you can feel the flex and spring designed to bring operator comfort.
“You want a little give because rarely are you doing work on flat ground,” Conry says.
There’s cushioned padding in the front of an operator to lean on, as well as on the left and right sides. “There’s padding so you feel like you’re inside the machine. It gives you some cushion if you’re leaning during rough turns.”
The TXL 2000 also features simple, easy-to-use and intuitive controls for controlling your maneuvering and attachments, which accommodates operators of all skill levels, Conry says. In terms of versatility, the TXL 2000 is compatible with multiple attachments for a variety of tasks.
“It’s very similar to our TX 1000, which has been out for about three years,” he notes, waving toward that smaller version also on display at the Rental Show. Because of a similar grasp on the controls of the two machines, it’s easy to graduate from the smaller 1000 to the new, bigger Dingo, he says.
The TXL 2000 will be the ninth in the Dingo lineup. Toro’s equipment line includes tracked and wheeled models, gasoline- and diesel-powered options, and a wide range of rated operating capacities.
For more information on the Toro Dingo, please visit this company website.
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Earlier this week I shared my coverage from last week’s massive Ritchie Bros. auction in Orlando. The 2018 edition of the annual auction was the largest and most successful in Ritchie Bros.’ 60-year history. The event featured more than 12,800 trucks and pieces heavy equipment for sale and brought in $278 million.
You can read my full coverage of the record-breaking auction and how technology is blurring the line between online and on-site bidding by clicking here. Below, I’ve put together a gallery of photos I took while driving and walking around the huge event.
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Caterpillar and AT&T have signed an agreement that will provide the former’s heavy equipment with LTE connectivity.
Announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Cat and AT&T have entered a multi-year deal that will allow Cat machines in 155 countries to network and pass along telematics data via AT&T’s 4G LTE network.
The deal represents an expansion of Cat’s network of connected machines. The company has been working for the last few years to bring connectivity to all of its machines as a way of allowing them to learn from one another and pass along information to Cat dealers and technicians that prevents downtime by diagnosing a problem before a breakdown occurs.
“We’re helping Caterpillar extend its connectivity coverage and improve its reach into some of the most challenging areas of the world,” Chris Penrose, president of Internet of Things Solutions at AT&T, said in a statement.
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Construction execs predict 2018 could be ‘best year ever’; most dealers expect equipment sales to increase
Big rise in the U.S. National ‘Optimism Quotient.’ Historically, distributors express higher optimism than contractors. For 2018, the gap widens with distributors’ optimism increasing from 129 to 142. Chart by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance.
The survey’s key insights:
Net profits — The industry is feeling increasingly positive about net profits. A whopping 92 percent of respondents said their net profits will remain the same or increase over 2017.
Equipment sales —Distributors feel upbeat about the market and expect to see increases in new and used equipment sales.
Equipment rentals — Distributors, rental companies and end users agree that 2018 will be a strong year for equipment rentals.
Many contractors and equipment distributors anticipate increases for both residential and nonresidential construction activity for the latter half of 2018 – as well as greater profitability, according to a new survey by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance.
The construction industry executives are more optimistic about nonresidential construction activity than they have been since the 21st Century, according to the nationwide survey released today by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance.
“This is the highest optimism we have recorded in the last 20 years, so that in and of itself is really good news,” says John Crum, senior vice president and national sales manager, Construction Group, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance.
“All signs are pointing up” for the rest of this year, according to Crum in an Equipment World interview.
The Construction Industry Forecast calls this “a year of continued optimism,” based on answers from 312 executives. But the bullish outlook during this economic expansion is tempered by a lack of workers available, the respondents point out.
“Everybody’s optimistic. And almost everybody agrees labor is the No. 1 concern,” Crum says.
The survey indicates strong confidence among business owners in the industry and market outlook, with credit readily available. Heavy equipment sales are expected to dramatically increase.
“Most people are expecting more profitability in 2018, and distributors are optimistic about sales,” Crum says.
The numbers are just starting to roll in from contractors and dealers for 2017, and the increases last year and trade show activity so far this year bode well for the industry. Sixty-one percent of respondents expect an increase in profitability.
And if what rental business executives reported holds true, it looks as if they are going to increase the size of the rental fleets as they continue to rent more to contractors, Crum says.
Details released Feb. 28, some expect ‘best year ever’
Today, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance officials released results of the survey conducted October 31 through November 27, 2017, and commented on it in a webcast. The 312 responses came from construction industry executives in 44 states. Nearly all have been in the construction industry for five years or more.
The survey’s primary benchmark for measuring industry confidence is the Optimism Quotient (OQ).
The OQ for 2018 is highly positive at 133 – a 10-point increase over 2017. An OQ score greater than 100 indicates strong optimism for increased local, non-residential construction activity versus the prior calendar year.
“It’s exciting to see this level of optimism. It reflects what we have heard from our customers about the strength of the market,” Crum says. “Many industry participants feel that this could be one of their best years ever.”
While most distributors and contractors maintain a positive outlook on construction activity and industry expansion, looking out two years, fewer predict the pace of growth will continue at this level, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance officials say.
That doesn’t mean the majority feel the industry won’t expand. As seen in the chart at the top of this section, 73 percent of contractors said that the most likely scenario in the next two years is expansion, while those who said that the current level of activity will remain static increased to 19 percent, the survey found.
Few in the industry predict that a contraction is likely in the same time span, with only 9 percent of contractors and 9 percent of distributors saying that activity level will be less.
In addition to the top concern of finding and paying for skilled labor, the industry is concerned about the high costs of materials.
To see and download the report, click here.
Equipment sales, purchases, rentals
2017 was a good year for equipment sales, and according to the industry, 2018 could see further improvements.
Seventy-six percent of distributors said that they expect their sales of new equipment to increase, while 78 percent say their sales of used equipment will increase.
On the contractor side, 37 percent indicate that they will buy more new equipment, while 27 percent indicate they will buy more used.
“One key factor to look at in the results is that the percentage of contractors who said they would buy less new and used equipment in 2018 shrunk to the lowest levels in five years,” Crum notes.
Distributors and rental companies indicated that their rental fleets will increase in 2018 over 2017, with 55 percent indicating their intention to expand. Notably, only 7 percent say they will decrease the size of their fleets.
While some contractors feel their fleet sizes are in balance and at a good equilibrium, those who choose to increase their fleet sizes indicate a willingness to supplement with rentals.
A caveat: the responses showed that even small increases in rental prices would encourage end users to buy equipment instead of renting it. Respondents indicated that an increase in rental costs of 5 to 15 percent would make 63 percent of those surveyed consider purchasing equipment rather than renting.
“That such a small increase in rental costs would make companies who rent equipment consider buying instead of renting indicates that the industry is at equilibrium between availability and pricing of rental equipment,” says Crum.
More distributors plan to increase the size of their rental fleets over 2017, and these same distributors are renting to contractors more than the prior year.
Flexibility remains a key element driving rental behavior. End users like the ability to return equipment at any time. The wide variety and ready availability of rental equipment also gives them confidence that equipment will be there when they need it, according to the report.
What’s behind the optimism in equipment sales and rentals?
Based on what customers tell them, Crum attributes the top factor to pent-up demand. And during the time the survey was taken, “people were very, very optimistic about tax reform coming,” he tells Equipment World.
“Since there’s been tax reform, we hear the same level of optimism. Generally, people are feeling like there’s going to be a better, stronger economy, partly as a result of tax reform.
“Our customers tell us there seems to be a more favorable regulatory environment – and not necessarily that the regulations are changing or that anything is easier, but the overall willingness to approve projects and get projects on the board from start to finish, seems to be more favorable for them.”
By the numbers: labor shortage tops concerns
Finding and paying for skilled labor and healthcare costs remain top concerns that will have a potential impact on net profits.
Employee wages and other benefits (31 percent), and healthcare costs (18 percent), ranked as contractors’ top cost concerns.
Meanwhile, concerns over equipment costs (20 percent) and equipment rental costs (20 percent) remained top of mind for distributors.
One in two respondents said that they are aware of pending changes to the accounting rules for leasing, with about 50 percent anticipating somewhat of an impact or even a great deal of impact on their business; about 20 percent expect no impact at all.
Fewer respondents, just over a third, are somewhat or very concerned about the effect new regulations will have on their business while 28 percent express no concern at all, the survey found.
What is the Optimism Quotient?
An “Optimism Quotient (OQ)” presented by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance is the survey’s primary metric for assessing respondents’ sentiment about local nonresidential construction activity. The measurement indicates industry executives’ optimism about the coming year compared to the previous year.
This year, the Construction Industry Forecast analyzed and compared the data to four other economic indices for the construction industry outlook, including the Architectural Billings Index, the Private Construction Index, the Industrial Production Index and the Nonresidential Construction Index.
Although there are differences in any given year, the overall data shows that the Optimism Quotient tracks closely with these economic indices, Crum says.
An OQ score of 100 or more represents strong optimism for increased local construction activity relative to the perceived level of activity for the prior calendar year.
A score of 75 to 99 represents more cautious or measured optimism. A score below 75 signals a more pessimistic view – that fewer executives say local construction activity will increase than say it will decrease.)
Optimism in the Midwest is on par with 2017, while every other U.S. region reports noticeable gains in optimism, the respondents say.
“The industry remains increasingly positive with respondents from the South feeling the most optimistic,” the report says. “Survey respondents across the U.S. expressed agreement that construction activity in their local areas will likely increase.”
Editor’s note: The margin of error for this survey is 5.5 percent (a 95 percent confidence level). Percentages in this report may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.
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Thunder Creek’s MTT 460
Thunder Creek equipment, makers of fuel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and service products, has signed on Yancey Bros. as a distributor in Georgia.
Yancey, the nation’s oldest Caterpillar dealer, will sell and service Thunder Creek’s full line of products, including its Multi-Tank Trailers (MTTs) and Service and Lube Trailers (SLTs).
Thunder Creek’s new multi-tank trailers allow bulk diesel transport with no CDL
Thunder Creek Equipment‘s-new Multi-Tank Trailers (MTT) are the first fuel and service trailers designed to legally transport bulk diesel on the road without requiring drivers …
“We are excited to partner with Yancey Brothers Construction,” Jim Hogan, general manager, Thunder Creek Equipment, said in a statement. “Not only has Yancey been servicing customers for over a decade, but with multiple locations, there’s no doubt that Thunder Creek Equipment will be able to provide every contractor in Georgia with the most innovative ways of managing on-site fuel supply and maintenance.”
“Thunder Creek will make it easier for contractors to manage all of their fluids and maintenance activities seamlessly,” says Chris Burns, vice president of machine sales, Yancey Bros. “With the ability to haul bulk diesel without a HAZMAT endorsement, this partnership will only reinforce Yancey’s goal to provide first-class quality service, parts and products to all of our customers.”
Founded in 1914, Yancey Bros. has more than 20 locations throughout Georgia.
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Screenshot from Columbus Neighborhoods: The First Concrete Street in America.
The Columbus Neighborhoods video below tells the story of the first concrete street in America, which was built in Bellefontaine, Ohio, by George Wells Bartholomew Jr. in 1891. Susan B. Manecke, Bartholomew’s great-granddaughter, says, “I think that he had a big vision in terms of commerce in the United States, in the whole country, and if he could make a road that would allow farmers and merchants to get their goods to market without having the wheels of their wagons and their horses hooves get stuck in the dirt and the crud and the mud, there could be some real progress in the United States.”
According to Mark Pardi PE, Ohio Concrete, American Concrete Pavement Association, Ohio Chapter, Bartholomew bid the concrete pavement as an option to the brick pavers being used at the time, which were expensive and noisy. Bartholomew discovered someone in San Antonio who was German-trained in manufacturing cement during his travels as a tool salesman, and went to Germany to learn the process for himself.
The rest is history…
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Hanapepe River Bridge on Kaumualii Highway in Kauai. Photo: historicalhawaii.org.
Hawaiian officials plan to change weight limit restrictions for bridges on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai after reassessing how it calculates bridge weight restrictions due to the effect of heavy trucks, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports.
According to the news agency, Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) officials don’t expect the changes to affect passenger vehicles, but they may affect emergency vehicles, buses, and tractor trailers. Officials are coordinating with the public agencies on vehicle access to those areas, but commercial trucks should apply for an overload permit, lighten their loads, or take alternate routes.
HDOT officials say the following bridges have new, lower weight limits, although some of the weight restrictions may be removed or reduced after additional testing, analysis, or bridge repair projects:
- Nuuanu Stream Bridge, westbound on Nimitz Highway between River and Awa streets, 28-ton weight limit.
- North (lower) Poamoho Stream Bridge, on Kaukonahuna Road (Route 930) northeast of Hukilau Loop, 12-ton weight limit.
- Ninole Stream Bridge on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11) Milepost 56.5, 13-ton weight limit. A proposed project would replace the existing deficient timber bridge to meet current design standards for roadway width, load capacity, bridge railing, and transitions and bridge approaches.
- Hilea Stream Bridge on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11) Milepost 57.6, 13-ton weight limit. A proposed project would improve the safety and reliability of the timber bridge through rehabilitation or replacement by addressing bridge width, load capacity, bridge railing and transitions.
- Waiaka Stream Bridge on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) Milepost 58.8, 15-ton weight limit.
- Honokohau Stream Bridge on Kahekili Highway (Route 30) Milepost 35.8, 16-ton weight limit.
- Papanahoa Stream Bridge on Kahekili Highway (Route 30) Milepost 41.25, 15-ton weight limit.
- Makani No. 132 culvert, on Makani Road between Apana and Kaupea streets, 13-ton weight limit.
- Maliko No. 48 Bridge, on Makawao Avenue between Kokomo and Kee roads, 6-ton weight limit.
- Kaupea No. 134 Bridge, on Kaupea Street between Puia Place and Haele Place, 10-ton weight limit.
- Hanapepe River Bridge on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in Hanapepe Town, 34-ton weight limit. A proposed project would address bridge width, load capacity, and more to improve the safety and reliability of the bridge through rehabilitation or replacement.
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Sensors on the bucket, stick and boom can automate the digging process resulting in perfect slopes and trenches.
With the better part of a year and a few consecutive positive earnings reports since the company had closed a facility or eliminated jobs, it seemed like Cat may be through with cuts associated with a massive cost reduction plan announced in 2015. However, the company has decided that it will close its Work Tools manufacturing facility in Waco, Texas, eliminating 200 jobs.
According to a report from the Waco Tribune-Herald, Cat spokesman Jamie Fox said the closing of the Work Tools plant will not affect the company’s distribution center in Waco. The Work Tools plant manufactures excavator buckets, couplers and hammers and these operations will be transferred to a Cat facility in Wamego, Kansas, Fox told the paper.
Fox said the move was not dictated by waning demand for the attachments produced at the Waco facility. He added that “employees who lose their jobs will receive severance packages,” the paper reports.
The move is the latest of several closings and consolidations the company has performed since announcing its cost reduction plan nearly three years ago. The plan is designed to save the company $1.5 billion annually through the end of this year. So far the company has either closed or consolidated about 30 facilities worldwide.
The initial estimate for global job cuts was 10,000. However due to market conditions in 2016, the company had to be “more aggressive” than it had anticipated, with job cuts reaching more than 14,000. That being said, it looked as if the company was done with cuts not only due to the time between the previous closure and the Waco decision, but also due to a note in Cat’s 2017 full-year earnings report.
According to the report, the company’s global workforce had increased by more than 10,000 employees due to higher production volumes. The majority of those increases weren’t full-time employees, but “flexible workforce,” Cat said at the time. While the company would not say that the increase in jobs during 2017 was a sign that it was done cutting jobs, it did issue a statement to Equipment World saying “…we are continuing on the path to a leaner, more competitive cost structure in support of our strategy.”
The Waco Work Tools facility is the second attachment plant Cat has decided to close in the last 12 months. In March 2017, Cat announced that it would close its Elkander, Iowa, facility which manufactured excavator buckets, wheel loader buckets and dozing blades.
That announcement was followed by the decision in April 2017 to shutter facilities in Aurora, Illinois, and Gosselies, Belgium, eliminating 2,800 jobs.
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Cummins Filtration has announced FleetguardFIT, what it calls “the first complete real-time filtration monitoring system” that provides actionable data on filter and oil life through the use of sensors and data analytics.
Cummins says FleetguardFIT provides fleets and customers the ability to proactively detect problems allowing them to avoid downtime, reduce repair and maintenance costs and improve total cost of ownership. The system provides “full visibility” to your equipment’s filter and oil life.
The company explains in the video below, that integrated sensors use your machine or truck’s existing telematics to transmit data about how the engine and filters are performing. Once that data is transmitted to the cloud, FIT performs analytics on the information and then delivers recommended actions via the FIT portal (which requires a subscription) and app.
Cummins says the portal and app informs customers how many miles or hours are left before service is needed, allowing them to schedule service only when needed and even synchronize maintenance with other service events.
FleetguardFIT has been installed on various equipment applications in industries such as mining, rail, truck, bus, and power-generation across the globe. Cummins says its test show that the system can reduce expenses tied to oil and filters by up to 55 percent while reducing maintenance time up to 44 percent. In addition, FIT can reduce unplanned downtime by 15 percent.
The company says FleetguardFIT works with many engine platforms and applications, Cummins or otherwise.
“FleetguardFIT allows customers to precisely understand the condition of filters and oil based on real-world usage, which is a significant improvement over the current and conventional maintenance schedules that are based only on typical duty cycles,” Amy Davis, general manager, Cummins Filtration, said in a statement. “By knowing exactly what is occurring, customers can use the equipment more efficiently, reduce maintenance costs and ultimately enhance their bottom line. FleetguardFIT is a terrific product that delivers great economic value to our customers.”
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The PC210LC-11 is one of the most popular Komatsu machines that Komatsu’s pending acquisition, Pine Bush Equipment, rents and sells.
Komatsu America, through its subsidiary F and M Equipment, has signed a purchase agreement with PBE Group, which consists of Pine Bush Equipment Co. Inc. and East PBE Inc.
The Boniface family launched the Pine Bush Equipment Company in 1956 and will continue with the new operating company, providing continuity and support, according to a press release from Komatsu. Most employees, facilities, and customer support infrastructure from PBE Group will be retained.
The company has three locations: Pine Bush Equipment Co. Inc. in Pine Bush, New York; Holmes, New York, and East PBE Inc. in Newington, Connecticut.
The deal includes all Komatsu construction, mining and utility equipment sales and rentals, parts, service and customer support activities, according to a company spokesperson. The planned closing date for the pending sale is April 1.
The new entity will be named later. It’s to assume PBE Group’s territory, which includes all of Connecticut except for Fairfield County, and some countries throughout southeastern New York.
“We’ve said in the past that Komatsu America is committed to excellence in the Northeast region of the U.S., says Rod Schrader, CEO, Komatsu America. “Investments in Midlantic Machinery, Edward Ehrbar, Komatsu Northeast and now Pine Bush, demonstrate the company’s determination to walk our talk.
“Our goal remains the same: provide the extra support the team in place needs to deliver unrivaled products, services and solutions that exceed customer expectations.”
The new unit will support Komatsu’s long-term strategic plans to grow and strengthen its distribution channel, the company says.
Once the sale is complete, the new entity will be part of a much larger group of distributors. For customers, that means more equipment and parts inventory availability, as well as greater service and support resources.
Pine Bush Equipment has been voted “Best Place for Equipment” by Hudson Valley residents for the past eight years and “Reader’s No. 1 Choice for Construction Equipment” in Orange County for the past three years.
No other transaction terms are being disclosed.
Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment. That includes construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America also serves the forklift and forestry markets.
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