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JLG is awarded contract for military telehandlers

April 29, 2005|by DON AINES

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - JLG Industries has been awarded a $6,658,422 contract to build All-Terrain Lifter Army System, or ATLAS, telehandlers for use in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.

"Fulton County will play an important role in helping to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan because of this contract and this funding will provide good jobs for residents across the county," Shuster said in a press release issued by his office on Wednesday.

"They will be made in the McConnellsburg plant," JLG spokesman Greg Fries said Thursday. The ATLAS is part of an existing product line of telehandler forklifts that JLG previously has sold to the military.

The contract completion date is Sept. 30, 2007, according to Shuster's announcement.

Saying it is proprietary information, Fries declined to reveal the number of ATLAS vehicles called for in the contract.

"Construction of sewer lines, roads and infrastructure facilities remains a critical component to advancing democracy in these regions," Shuster, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said of Afghanistan and Iraq.

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The contract is not expected to increase the number of jobs at JLG, but Fries said it will help maintain current employment. JLG is Fulton County's largest employer, with approximately 1,900 employees, he said.

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