MEC Acquires Volvo Telehandler Line

Posted on January 4, 2006

MEC Aerial Work Platforms said it has acquired Volvo’s telehandler designs as well as production tooling and major components for between 20 and 40 machines. Financial details for the acquisition, which took place early in December, were not disclosed

The product inventory and tooling has now been transported from Volvo’s North Carolina facility to MEC’s plant in Selma, Calif., and the first two models - the 6000 lb. TH60 and 8000 lb. TH80 - will be ready for production before the summer, according to MEC. Both machines will be shown at the World Of Concrete in January and the Rental Show in February.

Volvo had purchased the telehandler line from UpRight in 2001 and had originally intended to build as many as six models at its Asheville, N.C., facilities before that plan was shelved. MEC was formerly the Aerial Work Platform division of Mayville Engineering Co., which ended operations in 2001. In early 2003, two California entrepreneuers finalized a deal that included the existing inventory, parts, tooling, and design rights of MEC and have establisghed manufacturing at a former Upright plant in Selma, Calif.