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Case Refurbishes 500th Military Wheel Loader

Wed December 16, 2009 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Case Construction Equipment has completed remanufacturing of its 500th MW24C wheel loader under contract with U.S. Army TACOM (Tank, Automotive and Armaments Command) and the Army National Guard.

During the past six years, Case has been called on to remanufacture 250 wheel loaders for the National Guard and reset another 250 units for TACOM.

Remanufacturing includes complete machine disassembly, inspection, refurbishment, reassembly and thorough testing. Reset units receive a full inspection and the repair or replacement of worn parts, resulting in full restoration to Army performance standards. These refurbishing processes can extend the machines’ life spans by as much as 15 years, according to the manufacturer.

Case remanufactures and resets equipment for the military at the Case Remanufacturing Center, located at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin. The company also employs a local workforce, including many current or retired Army National Guard and Reserve members.

“Completing work on our 500th machine marks an important milestone in our partnership with the U.S. military,” said Chris Rolsen, Case Remanufacturing Center general manager. “This six-year program has proven successful for the Army, the National Guard, the local community and Case. Knowing that we are putting this equipment back to mission-capable standards means we are directly supporting America’s troops worldwide. This is a great source of pride for our employees at Fort McCoy.”

Originally put into service in the early 1980s, the Case MW24C wheel loaders have performed in demanding and sometimes hostile environments throughout the world. Today’s refurbished units have returned to the job, serving in a variety of mission-critical applications.

In addition to the wheel loader agreements, Case refurbishes M4K rough-terrain forklifts under contract to TACOM at the Remanufacturing Center, and to date has overhauled 280 units. The Remanufacturing Center also provides parts and technical support to reset operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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