Shawano, WI. – Komatsu Forest LLC, headquartered in Shawano, Wisconsin, recently announced plans to ship their 3000th Valmet Tree Feller/Harvester machine. This marks a significant milestone for Komatsu Forest, a leading manufacturer and distributor of heavy tree harvesting and loading equipment throughout the world.
According to Nate Burton, General Manager of Marketing, Komatsu Forest has well known and respected brand names and many international customers. “For over 20 years, we have manufactured and distributed our products under the Timbco and Valmet brands from the manufacturing facility in Shawano, WI.,” said Burton. “Although this particular unit is destined for Australia we have many customers in Chile, Brazil, South Africa, the UK, Russia, Canada, and of course the US,” Burton added.
The company was founded in 1979 and purchased by Komatsu Ltd of Japan in 2003. Komatsu is the 2nd largest construction equipment manufacturer in the world, behind Caterpillar. Other Komatsu Forest machines are produced at the company’s world headquarters in Umea, Sweden and are distributed in North America through the Shawano facility.
On June 26, Komatsu Forest will ship the 3000th Valmet Tracked Tree Feller/Harvester manufactured at the Shawano facility. Machine 3000 is a Valmet 430FXL, a 300 hp self propelled tracked machine weighing about 60,000 lbs that fells and processes trees at the stump for transport to a consuming mill. The eventual selling price of the machine in US dollars including the harvesting attachment installed in Australia will exceed US$500,000.
The company is planning a ceremony and lunch for employees on June 26th to recognize their achievement, the impact of their work on the local and state economies and the support the region has provided to the company.
“Companies like Komatsu Forest have such an incredibly positive impact on our economies as well as our communities,” said State Representative Gary Tauchen. “Achieving this milestone is a great accomplishment that was achieved thanks to the dedication, skill and hard work of their employees and we congratulate them on their achievement,” Tauchen said.
Komatsu Forest is a leading manufacturer and international distributor of Timbco and Valmet brand heavy tree harvesting and loading equipment.