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JCB Hosts ’Skid Steer Revolution’ at Its Headquarters in Savannah

Tue April 03, 2012 - Southeast Edition
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In the JCB theater, George Chaney (L), and Larry Ashley (R), introduced the new small platform JCB machines. Worldwide skid steer and compact track loader product manager, Ashby Graham, stepped into the discussion to tout the diverse range of JCB attachme
In the JCB theater, George Chaney (L), and Larry Ashley (R), introduced the new small platform JCB machines. Worldwide skid steer and compact track loader product manager, Ashby Graham, stepped into the discussion to tout the diverse range of JCB attachme
In the JCB theater, George Chaney (L), and Larry Ashley (R), introduced the new small platform JCB machines. Worldwide skid steer and compact track loader product manager, Ashby Graham, stepped into the discussion to tout the diverse range of JCB attachme The gala dinner was a great time for dealers to reconnect including (L-R) Alex MacKinnon and Stacey Hansen, JCB of Florida and South Georgia, Tampa, Fla; and Cliff Anglewicz, YES JCB, Milwaukee. Savannah’s famed Forsyth Park became JCB Park for the evening as guests were shuttled to the park for the gala dinner. JCB representatives give a warm welcome to their Alabama dealer at Forsyth Park .(L-R) are Jarrod Plunkett, Jarrett Allred, and Mark Long, JCB of Alabama, Leeds, Ala.; and Neil Smith, JCB. Enjoying the day’s events (L-R) are Brad Hargrave, JCB district sales; Gayle Humphries, JCB of Georgia; Brian Detrich, MH JCB, Louisville, Ky.; Oscar Lobo, Metamerica, Venezuela; Adam Sharpe and Rick Piper, also of JCB of Georgia. Attendees boarded trolley car buses to see stations set up on the grounds of the JCB headquarters to view working applications of the entire line of new generation JCB skid steer, compact track loaders and attachments. Having a few laughs are (front to back), Billy Wall and Steve Strenck, Dougherty JCB, Greenville, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.; Arjun Mirdha, JCB executive vice president, sales and marketing; Jason Watson, Florida Coast Equipment, Boynton Beach, Fla; and D The smallest of the new generation small platform machines, the JCB 135 skid steer loader is quite a work horse equipped with a JCB 6-in-1 bucket. The JCB 155 skid steer loader works very well with the JCB trencher attachment. The smallest small platform track machine, the JCB 150T, makes easy work of digging for a fence pole with a JCB auger attachment. Mike Anderson (L), Hoffman Equipment, Piscataway, N.J.; and Frank Manfredi, Manfredi & Associates, Mundelein, Ill., discuss what they saw during the demos. Chatting during a break in the action (L-R) are Bruce Prashaw, Liftech Equipment Company, Syracuse, N.Y.; Jim Fielding, JCB vice president of sales, eastern region; and Joe Verzino, Liftech Equipment.

JCB dealers and guests converged on the North American Headquarters of JCB, Savannah, Ga., on March 7 for “The Skid Steer Revolution.” In all, 33 countries were represented at this event which was the official unveiling of the new generation of small platform skid steer and compact track loaders completely designed, developed, engineered and manufactured in North America for global distribution.

Deputy Chairman of the JCB Group, John Patterson, stated, “The Skid Steer Revolution represents a significant investment for JCB in both product development and manufacturing technology.”

The small platform machines include the 135, 155, 175, 190 and 205 model skid steer loaders and the 150T, 190T and 205T compact track loaders, ranging from 1,350 lb. (612 kg) capacity up to 2,050 lb. (930 kg) capacity machines. With the nine large platform machines that were introduced last year, the total range of skid steer and compact track loaders is 17 models and “the complete range” as stated by Patterson.

This event was the completion of what was started just over one year ago. During the opening presentation, Arjun Mirdha, JCB’s executive vice president of sales and marketing stated, “The spark was ignited with the launch of the nine large platform machines at ConExpo.”

During the morning’s events, dealers listened to goals and initiatives of the executive team, enjoyed a theater presentation of the new small platform machines and were given a complete factory tour. The afternoon was spent on a “safari” on the trolley car bus from one demo station to another on the grounds of the JCB campus to see real world working applications of the entire range of skid steer loaders, compact track loaders using JCB attachments.

The day was capped off by a parade of the entire line of machines. When the new small platform skid steer and compact track loaders were introduced, JCB representatives pointed out five compelling aspects of the machines:

1. Safety — single arm power boom-side entry and 270-degree visibility.

2. Comfort — 46 percent larger cab

3. Serviceability — touted as percent better serviceability than the competition.

4. Productivity — 31 families of JCB attachments and 21 percent more productive than the competition.

5. Total value — 16 percent better fuel economy than the competition.

The event concluded with a gala dinner in Savannah’s famed Forsyth Park.

Look to upcoming issues of Construction Equipment Guide and www.constructionequipmentguide.com for the official JCB product release of the small platform skid steer and compact track loaders, or take a sneak peek now at www.jcbvision.com.