Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (President: Jun Fujioka. Tokyo Headquarters in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan; Hiroshima Headquarters in Saeki-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima, Japan) has decided to construct a hydraulic excavator production factory in South Carolina, United States. The new factory will be incorporated into its North American subsidiary, Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A. Inc. (“KCMU”) (President: Katsuhiko Morita. Katy, Texas, U.S.A.) which already operates in North America. With this factory construction, KCMU will be reorganized into a company with integrated production and sales.