Komatsu is now producing its HM-400-5 articulated dump trucks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, shifting from its plant in Ibaraki, Japan. The company cited increased demand for the move.
“We have seen the demand for our HM400-5 trucks grow significantly in both the U.S. and Canada, which is why we began producing the trucks here in the U.S.,” said Rod Schrader, chairman and CEO, Komatsu North America. “The domestic production of this popular truck supports Komatsu’s commitment to jobs and manufacturing in the U.S., and also enables us to contribute far more to the local Chattanooga economy.”
A launch event included U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann along with other local and state officials.
One of Komatsu's HM400-5 articulated haul trucks, recently produced at the company’s Chattanooga Manufacturing Operation.
“For years, Komatsu has been a proud member of our Chattanooga-area community, providing hundreds of good-paying jobs and generating a massive economic impact for Chattanooga and Tennessee,” said Rep. Fleischmann in a statement. “Bringing back production of Komatsu’s HM400-5 trucks is another sign of our strong local workforce and shows the confidence business leaders have in Chattanooga’s economy and our values of hard work, low taxes, and free enterprise.”
The new line will offer more opportunities for area students to gain experience in manufacturing, according to Komatsu. It currently has a pre-apprenticeship program that employs high school seniors part-time, allowing them to earn credits toward a full apprenticeship certification through Chattanooga State Community College.