Kobelco Construction Machinery USA is pleased to announce the opening of its new North American headquarters in Houston. Following the termination of a 10 year agreement with CNH in late December, Kobelco excavators will once again be directly marketed by the company in the United States and Canada, bringing back the tried and true Kobelco products that drove the company’s early success.
Since the start of 2013, Kobelco executives have been diligently working to re-establish a presence in North America, starting with the acquisition of the new location in Houston. The centrally located facility at 4690 World Houston Parkway, will serve as a temporary home base for the company while a custom headquarters and manufacturing facility is built nearby. A comprehensive parts inventory will be on hand at this location, with equipment being stored near the Port of Galveston, Texas, as well as several other strategically located ports around the country.
Bringing back the Kobelco tradition to North America meant more than simply bringing the products back to market. The company wanted to reaffirm a leadership team driven by the same passion that Kobelco’s management team prior to the CNH agreement was notorious for. Leading the new Kobelco team is Katsuhiko Morita as president and CEO along with past Kobelco employees Ron Hargrave as vice president of sales & marketing, George Lumpkins as product marketing manager and Eric Hoffman as national parts manager. Additional employees have all been carefully selected based on their industry experience to ensure that all personnel will be able to deliver on Kobelco’s promise of customer satisfaction.