May 4, 2010 - 9 years ago
By Supply Post
Case Construction Equipment announced the production startup of a new line of military skid steers and compact track loaders.
Case has begun manufacturing and shipping the first of several thousand model M400W skid steers and model M400T compact track loaders. Case is providing the equipment as part of a $160 million contract with the U.S. Army TACOM (Tank-automotive and Armaments Command) that could span 10 years, depending on contract renewals.
The CNH manufacturing plant in Wichita will produce and ship more than 3,000 skid steers and compact track loaders. The long-term contract calls for as many as 1,900 skid steers and nearly 1,500 compact track loaders. The project is a boon to the Wichita plant and the local economy, with production likely to continue through at least 2017.
"Case earned this award based on our ability to satisfy all key TACOM criteria," said Pat Hunt, director, Strategic Accounts, Case Construction Equipment.
"This includes the ability to support the vehicles with parts and technical services globally, the technical performance and reliability of our machines, and our past performance in supporting other military contracts," Hunt continued. "In all these areas, Case was evaluated as ‘Excellent,' and Case skid steers and compact track loaders were deemed to provide the best overall value to the military."
Hunt and other Case executives participated along with TACOM officers in ceremonies celebrating both this new project and the company's more than 150-year history of supporting the U.S. Military.
Meeting Special Military Requirements
Each M400W skid steer loader and M400T compact track loader built under the TACOM contract will be shipped with a full complement of attachments - including an auger with fittings for two sizes, a 4-in-1 multi-purpose bucket, pallet forks and a hydraulic hammer with multiple attachments.
The M400W and M400T are equivalent in size and general specifications to the civilian model 420 Series 3 skid steer loader and 420CT Series 3 compact track loader, respectively. However, to fulfill the Army's special requirements, the new machines also include:
The skid steer and compact track loader project is among several recent contract awards to Case from the U.S. military, totaling more than 5,000 machines.For example, in 2008 Case began fielding armored and armor-ready backhoe loaders under a contract with the U.S. Army to build nearly 700 units. Some of these machines have been deployed to support the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and Iraq. Other current Case contracts with the U.S. military include refurbishing more than 300 M4K rough-terrain forklifts, and more than 550 MW24C wheel loaders. The company provides refurbishing for military equipment at its Case Remanufacturing Center at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.