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APR 2019

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38 April 2019 suppliers news Liebherr Reaches Milestone on Newport News Expansion The final piece of structural steel was recently installed at the Liebherr USA Co.'s new headquarters building in Newport News, Virginia — a signifi- cant construction milestone. Work is on schedule for completion in 2020. The project will house Liebherr USA Co. administration, finance, mar- keting, human resources, sales and service, product support, production and distribution employees for nine product units. Favorable weather has allowed construction to proceed without any significant delays, according to Safety and Facilities Manager Terrence Leo. Curtain walls are now being installed on the state-of-the-art four-story ad- ministration building. Vertical metal stud framing is under way and the building's weather barrier is being placed. Next, concrete floor slabs will be poured and windows will be in- stalled. Once the buildings are closed in, work can continue in any weather. A new warehouse and workshop also are part of this expansive project. "The new Liebherr USA Co. ware- house in Newport News will allow all aspects of our logistics operation to be fully centralized and integrated into a modern state of the art facility," said Oliver Frey, general manager of warehousing and logistics. "The new Liebherr USA facility will provide the latest safety features and an increase of 50% in storage capacity. In addi- tion to the increased shelf space, the warehousing will also incorporate a dual-shuttle vertical-lifting machine to increase small component picking speed and storage capacity over our existing single shuttle unit." Frey added that "all pallet rack- ing will be modernized to include the latest safety features and location barcoding will be implemented for all bin locations. Our receiving and shipping departments will also be ergonomically separated to allow for better material flow through the facil- ity versus our current conditions." Concrete aprons on the east and south sides of the warehouse will pro- vide outdoor storage for large compo- nents such as counter weights, track chains and sticks. The south apron will also feature a large canopy for inbound and outbound freight stag- ing. A two-story office and confer- ence room for managers and staff will be located on the warehouse's south side. Frey said an overview of the entire logistics operation is possible from these offices. Workshop facility will enhance customer support and service Lieb- herr's Houston, Texas-based mobile and crawler cranes workshop has also outgrown its capacity. The division is opening a second workshop for cranes and construction equipment in Newport News to accommodate a growing East Coast customer base. The mobile and crawler cranes divi- sion will have three stations to service and repair equipment. This will allow the division to improve its efficiency and productivity. Twelve repair stations will be avail- able for the earthmoving division — an increase from the eight currently available — for equipment modifica- tions and pre-delivery inspections. In addition, the building will also house a semi-knockdown kit assembly area for concrete pumps. Warehouse roof in- stallation is under way and foundation work is in progress for the workshop. When completed, the new build- ings will add more than 251,000 ft 2 to the company's existing 560,000-ft 2 campus. The existing four-story ad- ministration building will be retained, renovated and fully occupied by Li- ebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co. Liebherr's manufacturing of large mining haul trucks will continue in Newport News. Wroclaw, Poland to Host 39 th APCOM 2019 The 39 th APCOM conference, Min- ing Goes Digital, in Wroclaw, Poland, ( is "the event" this year for discussing and sharing latest technology achievements of digital transformation in the mining indus- try. Big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and IoT/robotics as well as new digitally enabled technol- ogy are some of the important topics this convention will cover. Digital transformation is a high- ly interdisciplinary task that will re- quire all departments and specialists working together to raise the hidden The final structural steel is recently placed on Liebherr's new administration building in Newport News, Virginia. Work on the warehouse portion of the expansion project is ongoing. An artistic rendering of the completed Liebherr USA expansion project.

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