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JLG Industries receives order for 492 telescopic forklifts

June 04, 2010

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- JLG Industries, an Oshkosh Corp. company, announced Thursday that it has received an order to build 492 All Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS II) telescopic forklifts for the U.S. Army. The order has a value of $85.7 million, with units scheduled for delivery beginning in the fall of 2010.

This is the second U.S. Army contract awarded to JLG this spring. According to a Herald-Mail story published April 1, JLG received $51 million in contracts to construct 311 (ATLAS II) telescopic forklifts.

"This award is a testament to JLG's ability to design, build and provide exceptional support for products supplied to the U.S. military," Craig Paylor, Oshkosh Corp. executive vice president and JLG president, said in a news release.

"We will continue to deliver on our commitment to provide superior performance, rugged dependability and the highest level of after-sales support for the ATLAS II and all JLG products," Paylor said.

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The newest in the JLG line of military telehandlers, the ATLAS II is designed with more versatility and improved load-handling capabilities. The ATLAS II can reach into trucks or shipping containers, lift loads over obstacles and pick up loads from both above and below grade. It has a maximum reach of 28 feet and lift loads of up to 10,000 pounds, according to the release.

"The JLG ATLAS II comes equipped with four-wheel drive, four-wheel steer and exceptional ground clearance," said Denny Buterbaugh, JLG Industries vice president of government products and programs. "These machines will enable Army logistics personnel to transport materials through a variety of terrains."

The ATLAS program began in 1998 with the original ATLAS design and continues with a second generation machine. The ATLAS II will be manufactured at JLG facilities in McConnellsburg, Pa.

Further information was not available Thursday night.

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