Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu has announced the closure of its manufacturing plant in Bluefield, Virginia, US, ‘to adjust its manufacturing operations to needed capacity and optimise its global footprint’.
Komatsu said production work to support its Joy continuous miner products for underground mining will immediately shift to its facilities in Duffield, Virginia; Lebanon, Kentucky; and Homer City, Pennsylvania.
“The company does not foresee any delays in production or impact on customer deliveries as a result of this change, and Komatsu team members are working to provide a smooth transition for customers,” reads Komatsu’s statement.
Peter Salditt, president of underground mining, said the company plans to meet with bargaining unit representatives to discuss options for employees impacted by the closure.
“These are truly unprecedented times and as a company we have had to adapt as best we can, working to balance capacity to demand,” Mr Salditt continued.
“We have a long history in Bluefield and this was a very difficult decision that we are sad to make.
“The contributions of everyone who worked there, past and present, will always be a proud part of our history and we are working to support affected employees during this difficult time.”