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Komatsu announces closure of Bluefield plant

BLUEFIELD, VA (WVVA) - The Komatsu Mining Corporation location in Bluefield, Virginia is closing its doors.

According to a press release, the company is "shifting its work to other U.S. facilities to adjust capacity to demand."

“These are truly unprecedented times and as a company we have had to adapt as best we can, working to balance capacity to demand,” said Peter Salditt, President of underground mining. “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.”

The company plans to meet with bargaining unit representatives to discuss options for employees impacted by the closure, according to the press release. The Bluefield plant had 120 active employees at time of closure.

Production work will immediately shift to Komatsu facilities in Duffield, Virginia; Lebanon, Kentucky; and Homer City, Pennsylvania.

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Jade Burks

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