Case To Refurbish Military Forklifts

Posted on August 16, 2006

In its sixth U.S. Military contract in recent months, Case Construction Equipment has been selected by the U.S. Army TACOM (Tank, Automotive and Armaments Command) to RESET more than 200 M4K Rough-Terrain Forklifts to mission-capable condition. The contract, which will be fulfilled over a three-year period, is valued at $15.5 million.

Deployed with the U.S. Army since the 1980s, these Case forklifts have been used by U.S. forces to handle materials and supplies around the globe. “The Case M4K is unique in its ability to stack pallets two high and four wide, inside military shipping containers,” said Bill Thompson, manager, Defense Products Group, CNH America. Thompson explained that RESET is a military term that defines a level of refurbishing designed to restore older equipment to provide renewed performance. The RESET process involves the complete disassembly; inspection and repair or replacement of damaged components; reassembly, and testing to ensure the equipment meets original performance specifications.

As with several previous Case contracts with the military, this work is being completed at the Case Remanufacturing Center in Fort McCoy, Wis., using Case and contract employees, many of whom are current or retired members of the U.S. Army National Guard and Army Reserve.

Current Case contracts with the U.S. Military include the remanufacture of MW24C wheel loaders for the National Guard, the Reset of MW24C Wheel Loaders for the U.S. Army TACOM and supply of 500 engine repower kits for the Case M4K rough-terrain forklift. Case recently completed a pilot RESET build of 50 M4Ks, resulting in the current RESET contract. Additionally, in 2005, Case was also awarded a contract to deliver more than 500 backhoe loaders to U.S. Army forces around the globe.