2009-06-18 / Front Page

$76.9 Million Army Contract Awarded To JLG Industries

60 military production workers to be recalled August, September
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

A $76.9 million order from the U.S. Army announced last week by JLG Industries will bring 60 workers laid off from the company's Military Support Center in McConnellsburg back to work.

The Department of Defense (DOD) awarded the contract to rebuild 500 All Terrain Lifter Army (ATLAS) telehandlers and 300 other rough terrain forklifts in April, according to Jeff Ford, JLG's senior manager of marketing communications.

The Army contract calls for the last of the 800 rebuilt machines to be delivered in April 2014.

Workers affected by the recall learned in late May that they would be laid off in June. Ann Stawski, vice president of marketing communications at JLG's parent company Oshkosh Corp., told the "News" then that they would be recalled in one to two months.

Ford confirmed Stawski's recall time fame on Monday, saying the 60 workers would be brought back in August and September.

JLG has rebuilt more than 800 telehandlers for the military since the Continental United States (CONUS) Reset program began in 2004.

Rebuilt telehandlers and forklifts leave JLG "in conditions equal to new," according to the company.

Telehandlers from Central Command (CENTCOM) deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan arrive at JLG's Military Support Center, where a core list of items, such as the transmission, engine and axles, are replaced or rebuilt. Other items considered necessary are replaced or refurbished. A new paint job and a thorough inspection complete the rebuild.

"A soldier operating a rebuilt JLG machine will experience no visible performance or operational differences between a rebuilt and a new unit," said Denny Buterbaugh, vice president of JLG government products and programs.

In April the company announced it had been awarded $37.3 million in contracts to build 268 telehandlers at JLG's McConnellsburg plant for the U.S. Army. Those contracts, however, did not call back any of the 1,071 employees who have been laid off since JLG began downsizing its operation a year ago in response to declining demand for its products.

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