Thursday, April 15, 2021

Popular Construction Site Excavator Company Closing Its US Factory

Ford and GM can't get enough microchips to keep some of their factories open but what do you do if you're one of the biggest names in excavation and your engines no longer meet the stringent US EPA Emissions Code?

Kobelco Construction Machinery in Moore, South Carolina plans to lay off 75% of its workforce — 102 of the plant’s 131 employees — in Spartanburg County on May 1 when the company suspends production of all seven of its hydraulic excavator models, multiple news agencies reported.

The Tokyo based company learned in January that its main engine supplier, Hino Motors, was unable to obtain EPA certifications for its new model-year engines, “with no clear outlook on future supply schedule.”

The SK170LC-10 hydraulic excavator manufactured at the Spartanburg County plant is among seven models being suspended for production because of an engine supply issue, the company announced. The engines are needed for the hydraulic excavators produced at the Moore facility.

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