2010-04-08 / Front Page

JLG Secures $55 Million Military Orders

Will build Army ATLAS IIs, Navy EIRVs
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

311 ATLAS II forklifts will be manufactured for the U.S. Army at JLG Industries’ plant in McConnellsburg. Orders for the forklifts are valued at $51 million. 311 ATLAS II forklifts will be manufactured for the U.S. Army at JLG Industries’ plant in McConnellsburg. Orders for the forklifts are valued at $51 million. JLG Industries announced during the last week $55 million in military orders for equipment that will be used in support of U.S. Army and Navy operations worldwide.

The access-equipment manufacturer said early last week that the Army has placed two orders for a total of 311 ATLAS II (All Terrain Lifter Army System) telescopic forklifts. The orders, JLG said in a released statement, are valued at $51 million.

On Monday, JLG announced it had also secured a $4 million U.S. Navy order for 26 EIRVs (Engine Installation and Removal Vehicle), customized JLG telehandlers that will be used at naval facilities around the world.

Last week’s ATLAS II announcement follows an April 2009 $33.7 million order for 214 of the Army forklifts, bringing the total number of ATLAS IIs ordered from JLG to 525.

The U.S. Navy plans to use the EIRV telehandler to place and remove engines on big aircraft like the C-130 The U.S. Navy plans to use the EIRV telehandler to place and remove engines on big aircraft like the C-130 Production of the ATLAS II takes place entirely at JLG’s Mc- Connellsburg plant, but the new order will not create any jobs, JLG spokesperson Jeff Ford said Monday. “Work on the ATLAS II,” Ford said, “will be completed by the existing ATLAS workforce.”

Ford said the new order is the Army’s first production order for the ATLAS II under full material release status. “That’s good news for us. ... It’s very positive,” said Ford, who likened full material release status to the Army’s “seal of approval.” Ford said, however, he could not speculate on future ATLAS II orders.

The ATLAS II is engineered with significant upgrades, including reduced emmissions and the addition of several multifunctional attachments, from the original ATLAS design, which went into production in 1998.

With four-wheel drive, high ground clearance and 173 hp, the ATLAS II is built to go through the most rugged terrain. It is designed to reach into trucks or shipping containers, lift loads over obstacles and pick up loads from both above and below grade.

“The tremendous versatility of these rugged machines, combined with their exceptional rough terrain capability and JLG’s history of quality perfromance in the field were three of the factors why the U.S. Army chose JLG for its rough terrain material handling equipment needs,” said Denny Buterbaugh, JLG’s vice president – government products and programs.

The ATLAS II machines, the released statment said, will supplement the 2,500 original ATLAS units employed by the U.S. Army in operations around the world.

Ford said that a significant number of the newly ordered ATLAS II forklifts will likely end up in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Navy will use the EIRV to place and remove engines on big aircraft, including the P-3, C-2, E-2 and C-130. The vehicle has a horizontal outreach of 29 feet, a vertical extension of up to 41 feet and a 6,000- pound capacity. With fourwheel drive and four-wheel steer, the EIRV can negotiate the most difficult terrain.

Buterbaugh said in a released statement that the EIRV is the “newest addition to a stellar line of combat proven access solutions.”

Like the ATLAS II, the EIRV will be built exclusively at JLG’s McConnellsburg plant.

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