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JLG gets $39.5 million Army order for telehandlers

April 17, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - JLG Industries Inc. in McConnellsburg will be producing $39.5 million worth of ATLAS telehandlers for the U.S. Army under an order announced Monday.

"This is actually the program we have had with the Army for a number of years," said Kirsten Skyba, vice president of marketing communications.

Although the manufacturer is developing a newer model, the Army requested the telehandlers that match ones ordered in a $23 million contract from August 2006, she said.

The Army maintains an option to purchase up to 60 more ATLAS telehandlers beyond those in the $39.5 million delivery, according to a company news release.

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The new order likely won't translate into new jobs because similarly sized orders are included in the production schedule, Skyba said.

"This is the type of business we really planned for in terms of production," she said.

The military has used the ATLAS and a comparable company telehandler since 1990, the news release stated.

"We designed the ATLAS specifically for the demanding applications of the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. ... They trust the ATLAS and its proven versatility, reliability and serviceability," said David Peacock, vice president of government products and programs at JLG.

Equipped with four-wheel drive, the ATLAS telehandler can carry materials through water, sand, mud and other rugged terrain. Attachments include fork configurations, a utility bucket and fork-rollers.

Although JLG Industries' policy is to not release the number of telehandlers produced annually, Skyba said the McConnellsburg plant manufactures thousands.

JLG Industries is a subsidiary of Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Truck Corp.

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