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KCMA Corporation Announces New Company Name and Corporate Structure

Editorial Alert – For Immediate Release

Contact: Sam Shelton 770-421-6857, SShelton@HitachiCM.US

KCMA Corporation Announces Change to New Company Name and Corporate Structure

KCMA Corporation (KCMA), a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (Hitachi Construction Machinery), will change their corporate name to Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. effective January 1, 2018.

KCMA has been active in the North American construction equipment market since 1962 when Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Kawasaki) built their first articulated wheel loader in Japan.

As one of the largest heavy industries in Japan, Kawasaki provided a depth of engineering expertise that eventually made their wheel loader a major global player. As they introduced the wheel loader into the North American market in 1978, they found a positive reception for a productive, high quality loader. They established a solid support system built around an extensive, independent network of dealers that were committed to providing quality support along with quality equipment.

A joint venture with Hitachi Construction Machinery was commenced in 2010 to further develop the global scope of the wheel loader product. This relationship combined the technological and manufacturing resources of Kawasaki and Hitachi Construction Machinery Group to develop Tier 4 wheel loader technology. Hitachi Construction Machinery completed the purchase of KCM from Kawasaki in 2016, and today, as a subsidiary of one of the largest construction machinery companies in the world, is securely poised for growth in the North American wheel loader market.

"This solidifies the commitment of Hitachi Construction Machinery Group to the North American wheel loader market." states Masaaki Hirose, President Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. Previously President of Hitachi Construction Machinery’s dealer in Indonesia, and currently holding the position of Senior Officer and Deputy General Manager America Business Development in the Hitachi Construction Machinery, Hirose was named President of KCMA in May 2017.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. intends to increase production and streamline their wheel loader offering in the North American market with manufacturing facilities in Newnan, Georgia, as well as Banshu and Ryugasaki factories operated by KCM Corp. in Japan.

The tradition of offering outstanding parts availability, an unmatched factory component exchange program, customer and dealer training programs, flexible warranty programs, and a wide range of services and programs, will continue to expand under the Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. corporate structure.

Look for the new corporate website and updated communication materials to be introduced in the coming months. For additional information and current product offerings visit www.hitachicm.us.