(Feb. 10, 2014) - KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA announced plans to donate $100,000 to the non-profit organization Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) from the sale of five KOBELCO SK350 limited edition crawler excavators designed to support our troops. One of these machines will be on display in Silver Lot Booth 4408 at ConExpo 2014 from March 4 through March 8 in Las Vegas, Nev. Supplementing the company’s donation will be monies collected from attendees making donations throughout the show in KOBELCO’s exhibit. The WWP supports a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.
More than 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated that as many as 400,000 service members live with the visible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.
WWP’s 18 programs and services are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.
Throughout the five-day ConExpo event, attendees can stop by KOBELCO’s booth to have their photo taken with this special machine, which is wrapped in graphics designed to salute our troops and includes the logos of all five of our armed force divisions. The machine’s bucket will serve as a donation drop point for attendees wishing to support the WWP. Graphic displays nearby the machines will thank the five authorized KOBELCO dealers who have purchased the SK350’s as well as the end-user retail customers who will put them to work in the field.
“It has been a tradition for KOBELCO to include a patriotic component in our ConExpo display every three years when this expansive show is held in Las Vegas. This year’s theme was a natural tie-in to the WWP and we are excited to be able to raise funds to help with their efforts in honoring and supporting the needs of our veterans. KOBELCO cares and is thankful for the opportunity to give something back to those men and women who sacrificed their lives to make ours safer,” states Ron Hargrave, vice president of operations for KOBLECO Construction Machinery USA.
All KOBELCO employees working within the booth space will help support the onsite efforts at the show to raise as many funds as possible for the WWP. The show attendance is anticipated to be more than 120,000 people.
KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA is a Houston based heavy equipment manufacturer dedicated to producing a full range of crawler excavators in the 3,000 lb. to 184,000 lb. classes for the rental, landscape, construction, aggregate, roadbuilding, material handling, site preparation, recycling and ancillary markets, including zero tail swing, standard, long-reach and compact models. KOBELCO is well-known worldwide as excavator perfectionists for its steadfast focus on improving and enhancing its singular line of products. KOBELCO machines are well-regarded for their advanced technologies, including an innovative noise and dust reduction system, advanced hydraulic circuitry for reduction of pressure loss and superior fuel efficiency.
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.