August 12, 2015
Manitou announces 500,000 milestone
by Chuck Clement, Staff Reporter, courtesy of the Madison Daily Leader
The workers at the Manitou Group-Gehl plant in Madison are part of a milestone that's occurred during 2015 among the manufacturing plants within their company.
The Manitou Group has this summer manufactured 500,000 machines among the corporation's current line of 400 models of material-handling and construction equipment.
In recognition of the achievement, Manitou Group assembly plants in Europe, Madison and Yankton have rolled out three special-edition machines to help mark the manufacturing milestone.
The Manitou company has rolled out of a European manufacturing plant a Manitou MLT 735 multi-purpose telehandler as its 500,000th piece of manufactured equipment. The company's manufacturing plant in Yankton produced a Gehl RT175 track loader as the 500,001st piece of equipment. The Madison plant manufactured a Mustang Model 2200R skid-steer loader as the 500,002nd machine produced by the Manitou Group.
Kelly Moore, a Manitou Group product and training specialist, said all of the company's employees should take pride in reaching the production milestone. Moore also said the Mustang loader provided an excellent example of the company's entire Skid-steer line.
"This 500,000 milestone, it's quite an achievement," Moore said. "The 2200R loader provides a good example of Manitou's products; it's a very popular-sized machine that's used around the world."
Moore said the Mustang special-edition loader was assembled earlier this year at the Madison plant. To make the three special-edition pieces of Manitou stand out, the manufacturing plants painted them with a reverse color scheme before they left the factory.
Company officials plan to show the special-edition Manitou, Gehl and Mustang machines at several summer trade shows in the United States. Those trade shows include the Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, N.Y.; Ag Progress Days in Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.; and Wisconsin Farm Tech Days in Sun Prairie, Wis.
This fall, the three machines will travel to Europe to appear at Agritechnica, an equipment show scheduled Nov. 10-14 in Hanover, Germany. Moore said the Agritechnica show is considered the largest event of its kind in the world.
MANITOU GROUP officials announced that the company which manufactures Manitou-, Gehl- and Mustang-brand equipment has produced its 500,000th piece of machinery this summer. In commemoration of the milestone, Manitou Group will show three special-edition machines, a Manitou MLT telehandler, Gehl RT175 track loader, and Mustang 2200R Skid-steer loader, at several North American and European trade shows this year.