Kobelco Construction Machinery USA announced plans to donate $100,000 to the non-profit organization Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) from the sale of five SK350 limited edition crawler excavators designed to support our troops. One of these machines will be on display in Silver Lot Booth #4408 at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 from March 4 - March 8 in Las Vegas, NV. Supplementing the company’s donation will be monies collected from attendees making donations throughout the show in Kobelco’s exhibit.
Over 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated that as many as 400,000 service members live with the visible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.
The WWP supports a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families. WWP’s 18 programs and services are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.
Throughout the five-day CONEXPO-CON/AGG event, attendees can stop by Kobelco’s booth to have their photo taken with this special machine, which is wrapped in graphics designed to salute our troops and includes the logos of all five of our armed force divisions. The machine’s bucket will serve as a donation drop point for attendees wishing to support the WWP. Graphic displays nearby the machines will thank the five authorized dealers who have purchased the SK350s, as well as the end-user retail customers who will put them to work in the field.
“It has been a tradition for Kobelco to include a patriotic component in our CONEXPO display every three years when this expansive show is held in Las Vegas. This year’s theme was a natural tie-in to the WWP and we are excited to be able to raise funds to help with their efforts in honoring and supporting the needs of our veterans,” states Ron Hargrave, Vice President of Operations for Kobelco Construction Machinery USA.