JCB Marches in Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Wed April 14, 2004 - Southeast Edition

JCB Inc. was presented the Thomas J. Beytagh trophy for its entry in the 2004 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held on March 17 in Savannah, GA.

The trophy honors the late Thomas J. Beytagh, 1976 grand marshal of the annual parade, the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world.

Dermot Ahern, Irish minister of communications, marine and natural resources, said, “I have been to St. Patrick’s Day parades all over the world, and one thing they all have in common is that there is always a JCB in the parade, everywhere I’ve been.”

A JCB 214 backhoe loader festooned in a green top hat and carrying a large, glittering shamrock in the bucket brought a touch of JCB fun and frivolity to this year’s Savannah parade.

JCB and local dealer, Low Country Machinery, teamed up for the parade with the backhoe loader leading the JCB entry. The backhoe loader was followed by Low Country Machinery’s “tow and show” truck and trailer rig with a JCB 8017 mini-excavator and a Robot 170 skid steer loader wearing mini-top hats and shamrocks.

JCB machines were seen not only by the more than 350,000 spectators along the parade route but also viewed on two television stations, which hosted live broadcasts of the parade.

JCB is one of the top five construction equipment manufacturers in the world and produces more than 150 different types of machines. The North American headquarters of JCB Inc. is located in Savannah, where backhoe loaders are manufactured.

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