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Komatsu Officially Breaks Ground for New Campus in Milwaukee’s Harbor District

Jeff Dawes, CEO of Komatsu Mining, at the groundbreaking.
Jeff Dawes, CEO of Komatsu Mining, at the groundbreaking.
Komatsu PC35 excavators break ground at the new site of Komatsu Mining.
Komatsu PC35 excavators break ground at the new site of Komatsu Mining.
From left to right: Korekiyo Yanagisawa, COO of Komatsu Mining; John Koetz, President of Surface Mining at Komatsu; Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; and Jeff Dawes, CEO of Komatsu Mining.
From left to right: Korekiyo Yanagisawa, COO of Komatsu Mining; John Koetz, President of Surface Mining at Komatsu; Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; and Jeff Dawes, CEO of Komatsu Mining.
From left to right: Korekiyo Yanagisawa, COO of Komatsu Mining; John Koetz, President of Surface Mining at Komatsu; Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; and Jeff Dawes, CEO of Komatsu Mining.
From left to right: Korekiyo Yanagisawa, COO of Komatsu Mining; John Koetz, President of Surface Mining at Komatsu; Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; and Jeff Dawes, CEO of Komatsu Mining.
Site of the future home of Komatsu mining.
Site of the future home of Komatsu mining.
MILWAUKEE, WI — Building on its 135-year legacy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Komatsu Mining Corp. officially broke ground for its new headquarters and manufacturing campus in Milwaukee’s Harbor District on east Greenfield Avenue.

The company recently finalized the acquisition of two parcels of land totaling nearly 57 acres for the project. Partnering with the State of Wisconsin and City of Milwaukee, Komatsu is investing approximately $285 million in its South Harbor Campus, which will include purpose-built, modern manufacturing facilities; advanced technology, robotics, engineering, and R&D labs; a large office complex, training facilities, a data solutions center, and an experience center.

“Building this state-of-the-art facility with a focus on prioritizing technology, supports our commitment to developing and delivering innovative solutions for our global customers,” said Komatsu Mining Corp. President and CEO Jeff Dawes. “Our goal is to create a remarkable workplace for our employees that provides space to grow, will serve as a global center of excellence for Komatsu, and demonstrates a sincere commitment to sustainability and our community.”

Pre-construction work has been under way since the end of 2019 to prepare the site for redevelopment. The company plans to occupy the new campus in 2022.

“We commend We Energies for their leadership in taking on the remediation of this former superfund site,” said John Koetz, President, Surface Mining at Komatsu. “We are excited to see this harbor site transform from an abandoned brownfield to a vibrant, sustainable workplace that provides the community opportunity for family-sustaining jobs for the future.”

With the leadership of project partners, Hunzinger Construction Co, EUA, and GRAEF, full construction is now underway. Contractors Hunzinger, A.W. Oakes & Son Inc., and Cornerstone One are all leveraging Komatsu’s new Smart Construction technologies to remotely optimize their processes and control construction planning, management, scheduling, and costs — all in near real time.

Komatsu is a manufacturer and supplier of equipment, technologies, and services for the mining, construction, forklift, industrial, and forestry markets. The company’s equipment and services are used to extract fundamental minerals and develop modern infrastructure. Komatsu’s global service and distributor networks support customer operations, tapping into the power of the Internet of Things to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Komatsu Mining Corp. is part of the global Komatsu family of companies. The company’s history in Milwaukee dates back to the origin of the P&H brand in 1884.

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