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Grove racks up federal millions

May 18, 2000|By DON AINES

SHADY GROVE, Pa. - An additional $10 million above the Clinton administration's request has been included in a U.S. House of Representatives recommendation for military cranes produced by Grove Worldwide Inc., according to Congressman Bud Shuster.

Shuster announced Wednesday that the House Armed Services Authorizing Committee wants $16.1 million included in the 2001 defense budget to build 40 All-Terrain cranes, or ATECs. Shuster said the House Defense Appropriations Committee will need to concur with the recommendation.

Shuster's office said Thursday there is a "full-court press" for the additional funding with Pennsylvania Sens. Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum pushing for inclusion of the extra funding in the Senate version of the bill. The House and Senate versions of the bill would then have to be reconciled before being sent to the White House for Clinton's signature.

"This is a step in the right direction of weapons modernization that is needed within the Department of Defense," Shuster said in a statement. "I am very pleased that the production of these specialized cranes is scheduled to be done here in Franklin County; keeping quality work here."

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Shuster's office said funding had been included in the current federal budget for production of about 30 ATECs at Grove. The cranes have a lifting capacity of 22 tons.

The ATEC is an all-terrain crane used for moving bridging equipment, along with construction, excavation, lifting and loading. The ATECs three existing types of cranes have been in service up to 30 years and "suffer from low operational readiness and high operations and support costs," a news release from Shuster's office said.

"Congressman Shuster's work to include this language has provided for the strong possibility of having additional workload for our Shady Grove production facility, which means jobs stay here, in Franklin County," Grove Worldwide CEO Jeffry Bust was quoted as saying in the press release from Shuster's office.

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