Komatsu consolidates operations by closing underground mining plant in Bluefield, Virginia – International Mining

To adjust its manufacturing operations to needed capacity optimise its global footprint, Komatsu has announced it is closing its manufacturing plant in Bluefield, Virginia, shifting that work to three other facilities in the company’s US network.

“These are truly unprecedented times as a company we have had to adapt as best we can, working to balance capacity to dem,” said Peter Salditt, President of Underground Mining. “We have a long history in Bluefield this was a very difficult decision that we are sad to make. The contributions of everyone who worked there, past present, will always be a proud part of our history we are working to support affected employees during this difficult time.”

The company plans to meet with bargaining unit representatives to discuss options for employees impacted by the closure. The company announced the decision to employees on January 11 says it is committed to keeping them informed throughout the process.

Production work to support the company’s Joy continuous miner products for underground mining will immediately shift to Komatsu facilities in Duffield, Virginia; Lebanon, Kentucky; Homer City, Pennsylvania. The company does not foresee any delays in production or impact on customer deliveries as a result of this change Komatsu team members are working to provide a smooth transition for customers.

The Bluefield operations began in 1969 as Hart Electric – a division of Joy Mining Machinery. The facility specialised in motor repairs motor coil manufacturing, as well as other services