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HACIA benefits support minority- and women- owned businesses in the construction industry

CAROL STREAM, Ill. - (February 25, 2008) - New Holland Construction and Kobelco Construction Machinery America have joined the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA), a 29-year-old business membership organization that promotes the growth and professionalism of its members in the construction industry.

"At New Holland Construction and Kobelco America we recognize the importance of supporting and promoting minority- and women-owned businesses," said Edgar J. Chavez, director of marketing for North America for New Holland Construction and Kobelco America. "This is one of the fastest growing segments of the construction industry today, and we're glad that we can be a part of it, directly and through HACIA."

HACIA's membership represents more than 250 construction companies, professional services and construction-related service firms. Member benefits help minority- and women-owned businesses in the industry to better market their products and services, grow their circle of business contacts and gain project leads. HACIA is cited by many developers and government agencies as a reliable assist agency and a valuable resource for female- and minority-owned construction companies.

"New Holland Construction and Kobelco America are respected names in the construction equipment business," said Juan Calahorrano, program manager at HACIA. "Their membership with HACIA will provide them with networking opportunities that can further strengthen their reputation as a manufacturer and marketer of reliable, quality construction machinery, and we are happy to welcome them."

New Holland Construction manufactures and markets a full line of skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, loader backhoes, tractor loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, telehandlers, crawler dozers and motor graders. Drawing from the strength and resources of its brand network, New Holland Construction delivers technological innovation and the highest in safety and environmental standards. New Holland Construction customers are supported by a network of 700 dealers and more than 1,800 outlets in 100 countries. For more information on New Holland Construction, visit New Holland Construction is a brand of CNH (NYSE:CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Group (FIA:MI).

Kobelco Construction Machinery America a majority owned subsidiary of CNH Global N.V. (NYSE:CNH), manufactures and markets a full line of compact, mid-size and full-size excavators ranging from 1.9 to 88 tons. Kobelco engineering is dedicated to power and precision, and every Kobelco excavator is designed and manufactured by Kobelco America to exceed customer expectations. With over 250 distribution outlets in North America, Kobelco excavators are supported by a network of experienced dealers and field service representatives. For more information, please visit