RACINE, Wis. (MARKET WIRE) - The U.S. Army TACOM (Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command) announced Wednesday the award of a contract valued at more than $160 million to Case Construction Equipment to build nearly 1,500 compact track loaders and more than 1,900 skid steers during a 10-year period.
Jim Hasler, vice president, Case Construction Equipment, said, "Case earned this award based on our response to a request for proposal that included among its key criteria 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. 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."
The machines comply with current emissions requirements and will be built at the Case manufacturing plant in Wichita, Kan., to exclusive military specifications. Each machine will be delivered with four specialized attachments that will allow the Army to use the machines in a variety of applications, from traditional digging and loading operations to moving palletized materials and demolishing concrete.
Case will deliver the first test machines in 2008, with proposed production continuing through 2017.