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Top 10 Construction Machinery Manufacturers in the USA

Posted by IndustrySelect on Monday, November 29, 2021

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Every child grows up wanting to build things. From the first foam blocks put together to sandcastles on the beach, building is in America’s blood. Construction machinery manufacturers carry these childhood dreams into adulthood. They create the machinery that keeps US roads smooth. They give architects the equipment they need to build the beautiful landscapes of our cities. And they allow us to construct monuments to commemorate historic events and more.

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The steel trade tariffs of 2018 greatly harmed the construction machinery manufacturing industry. As the price of steel rose, manufacturers struggled to control the high cost of doing business, often passing these price increases onto their customers.

As the Association of Equipment Manufacturers President, Dennis Slater, said, “The tariffs on steel and aluminum have increased the cost of production of US agriculture and construction equipment, cost our industry thousands of jobs, and hurt the US economy.”

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In March 2021, the US and the European Union came to an agreement to lower the tariffs. This agreement lowered the price of steel, making US construction machinery manufacturers competitive once again.


The Build Back Better Act includes millions of dollars for infrastructure improvement across the US. This act directly benefits the countless Americans living with lead pipes leaching into their water. It also helps Americans driving on crumbling roads and bridges. It promises better internet services for students and their families in rural areas. Ultimately, it increases the need for the construction machinery to make these improvements possible.

Construction Equipment Manufacturing Industry Statistics

MNI houses the world's largest database of US manufacturers and suppliers. The company recently examined the construction equipment manufacturing industry. It found 912 companies nationwide, employing 66,833 people. According to the US Census Bureau, new orders for US construction equipment rose 2.69% over last month. The Bureau predicts an amazing 33.35% increase over last year.

Last year, average sales ran $56,039,599,951. The tariff agreement is very good news for US construction equipment manufacturers, as 19% of them import raw materials. This figure is higher than that for the manufacturing industry as a whole, which only imports 11% of its raw materials.

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The industry exports 54% of its finished product as well. Only 29% of manufacturers as a group export their final products. This figure underlines the world’s trust in American manufacturing.

Regionally, 40% of all US construction equipment manufacturing companies are located in the Midwest. The South runs a close second, housing 32% of the manufacturers. The West follows with 18% of the total number of US construction equipment manufacturers. The Northeast claims the remaining 10%.

Top 10 U.S. Construction Machinery Manufacturers

CompanyCityState Number of Employees
Vermeer Manufacturing Co.PellaIA2,500
Caterpillar Inc., Track-Type Tractors Div.East PeoriaIL2,200
Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp.KernersvilleNC2,000
JLG Industries, Inc.McConnellsburgPA2,000
John Deere Davenport WorksDavenportIA1,200
Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc.ColumbusIN1,050
Volvo Construction Equipment North America, LLCShippensburgPA1,000
Manitowoc Cranes, LLCShady GrovePA950
Ditch Witch®PerryOK791
Astec, Inc.ChattanoogaTN757

About the Top 10 U.S. Construction Machinery Manufacturers

Vermeer Manufacturing Co. was founded in 1943 when George Vermeer needed a wagon loader for his farm. When other farmers showed interest, he set up Vermeer Manufacturing. Headquartered in Pella, IA, the company employs 2,500 workers. It has branched out into mining, utility installation and fluid management, among other industries.

Caterpillar Inc., Track-Type Tractors Div. in East Peoria, IL, employs 2,200 individuals. They keep the dream of their founders alive. In the days of horse-pulled equipment, company co-founder Benjamin Holt created a steam tractor. That tractor grew to become today’s track-type tractor.

Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp. calls Kernersville, NC, home. With over one million square feet in manufacturing space, its 2,000 workers create forest excavators and log loaders. This plant features the Forestry Swing Machines.

JLG Industries, Inc. is one of the construction machinery manufacturers that concentrate on boom lift equipment. Its signature piece, the JLG 670SJ self-leveling boom lift, is the pride of the 2,000 workers at its McConnellsburg, PA, facility.

John Deere Davenport Works in Davenport, IA, keeps its 1,200 employees busy developing and manufacturing its famous lawn and garden equipment. Construction, forestry and electronic solutions round out the John Deere line.

Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc. located in Columbus, IN, employs 1,050 people on its 126-acre campus. It is the North American hub for Toyota. This site is also the manufacturing and distribution center for forklifts and related parts.

Volvo Construction Equipment North America, LLC in Shippensburg, PA, was only established in 2007. Already, its 1,000-person workforce has made this facility the center of compact wheel loaders, asphalt equipment and soil compactors.

Manitowoc Cranes, LLC, located in Shady Grove, PA, continues the company’s tradition of making world-leading cranes. The 950 employees create all-terrain, tower, boom and telescoping cranes to meet customer needs.

Ditch Witch® in Perry, OK, not only creates directional drills and trenchers, but its 791 expert workers also provide hands-on training and certification. Ditch Witch® products even support up-to-date fleet information through Orange Intel.

Astec, Inc. employs 757 individuals at its Chattanooga, TN, facility. Perfect for the new roads and bridges in the current US legislation, Astec creates paving equipment. The company makes mobile crushing and screening equipment, asphalt pavers, cold planers, and other tools to create smooth travel for US drivers.

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