Locally based ALD Thermal Treatment Inc. is completing a $27million, 36,000-sf complex just as Komatsu America InternationalCo. Inc. finishes a $20 million, 200,000-sf manufacturing facilityin Newbury, SC.

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Mashburn Construction Co. Inc. of Columbia, SC is constructingthe custom metal components heat-treating plant in the CarolinaPines Industrial Park in northeast Richmond County, according toIndustrial Information Resources Inc., a Houston-based industryresearch firm. Jenkins, Hancock and Sides Inc., also of Columbia,SC, handled plant design.

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The ALD plant could have a staff of 80 over the next five years.ALD will provide special heat treatment services to manufacturingplants across South Carolina, including Siemens Diesel SystemsTechnology, a neighboring manufacturer of fuel injections systemsfor trucks.

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Ten-year-old ALD is a subsidiary of ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbHof Hanau, Germany. The privately held parent employs 300 and hasannual average sales of $68 million, according to InformationResources Inc.

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Komatsu America International, based in Vernon Hills, IL, plansto start operations at its Newbury, SC plant by spring. The factorywill have an estimated work force of 100 to manufacture backhoesand small construction equipment that will compete with similarproducts made in Japan and Italy.

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MB Kahn Construction Co. of Columbia, SC provided engineering,procurement and construction services for the Komatsu plant.

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Komatsu America and its affiliates, Komatsu Mining Systems andKomatsu Utility, are all subsidiaries of Komatsu Ltd., the secondlargest supplier of construction and mining equipment worldwidewith a total work force of 38,000.

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