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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.
Although the U.S. construction industry is expected to remain flat in 2023 following the enormous post-COVID boom of 2022, the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is expected to support demand for construction machinery as the nation seeks to rebuild aging infrastructure. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, new orders for U.S. construction equipment has risen 3.5% from December of 2022.
MNI houses the world's largest database of US manufacturers and suppliers. An examination of the construction equipment manufacturers in their database found there are 914 companies construction machinery manufacturers nationwide, employing 68,658 people and reporting average sales of $76 billion.
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According to MNI data, 19% import raw materials. This figure is higher than that for the manufacturing industry as a whole, which only imports 11% of its raw materials.
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%.
Further Reading: Key Facts on the U.S Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Sector
|Company||City||State||Number of Employees|
|Vermeer Manufacturing Co.||Pella||IA||2,500|
|Caterpillar Inc., Track-Type Tractors Div.||East Peoria||IL||2,200|
|Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp.||Kernersville||NC||2,000|
|JLG Industries, Inc.||McConnellsburg||PA||2,000|
|John Deere Davenport Works||Davenport||IA||1,200|
|Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc.||Columbus||IN||1,050|
|Volvo Construction Equipment North America, LLC||Shippensburg||PA||1,000|
|Manitowoc Cranes, LLC||Shady Grove||PA||950|
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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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2021. It has been updated to reflect new statistics in the U.S. construction machinery sector.