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JLG awarded a $40 million contract from U.S. Marine Corps

September 10, 2010|By DANA BROWN
  • JLG Industries in McConnellsburg, Pa.
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McCONNELSBURG, Pa. -- JLG Industries Inc. announced Friday it was awarded a $40 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to build 280 extendable boom forklifts.

The work will be completed at the McConnellsburg plant but no new jobs will be created, JLG spokesman Jeff Ford said.

"We should be staffed to handle this contract," he said. "This contract speaks well of our work force and product."

Production of the forklifts is expected to be completed by Aug. 2012.

"With increasing frequency, the U.S. military is looking to JLG Industries for the technical expertise that provides solutions to their equipment challenges," said Denny Buterbaugh, vice president of government products and programs for JLG Industries. "We are proud of the military's confidence in our ability to deliver equipment that meets their high standards for reliability and productivity."

According to a news release from JLG's parent company, Oshkosh Corp., the extendable boom forklifts, also known as Millennia Military Vehicles, reach into trucks or shipping containers, lift loads over obstacles and pick up loads from both above and below grade.

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Capable of moving all palletized material classes up to its rated capacity, the four-wheel drive, rubber-tired forklift is medium-lift capable, with an optimum lifting range of 4,000 to 11,000 pounds. In addition, the extendable boom forklift provides three steering modes, two-wheel, four-wheel and crab steering for maneuverability in tight spaces, the release stated.

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