BY TIM BEIMAL
CLINTONVILLE – Schutt Industries has recently secured contracts worth over $10.5 million to produce various trailers and ground support equipment.
“In April, we received an award for $6,843,217 to produce 837 M1102 LTT (Light Tactical Trailers) Cargo Variant, 93 Heavy Chassis trailers and 27 TQG (Tactical Quiet Generator Kit) Trailers,” explained General Manager Terry Lamberies. “This contract was awarded to us by TACOM (United States Tank Automotive Command- Warren, Mich.). We received another contract in April for 50 Common 22 (C22) Shop Sets. This contract was for $1,160,000. This contract was also awarded to us by TACOM-Warren, Mich.
“We are fortunate to have such a strong backlog right now. We strive for continuous improvement and growth every day as we build our core products and as we take on new programs and opportunities,” Lamberies stated. “We also received $2.5 million in orders from another large customer of ours, L3-Communications in Salt Lake City, Utah. We build aluminum enclosures that house the electronics and satellite equipment for unmanned aircraft systems such as the “Global Hawk” and “Phoenix” Programs.”
Depending on the type, each trailer may be outfitted with compressed air systems to operate pneumatic tools or generator systems. These technologically advanced power generating systems are fully capable of meeting demanding operational and environmental requirements providing mobile, tactical electric power to deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines worldwide. Tactical Quiet Generator sets directly support weapon systems, Tactical Operation Centers (TOCs), Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, and numerous other battlefield systems throughout the Department of Defense.
A fire on Jan. 4, 2010, damaged much of the original 4,800 square foot production building that Schutt Industries operated from when they opened in 1998. Company officials have decided not to remodel the structure, but rather to tear it down and reconstruct a 15,000 square foot addition in its place.
“From a capacity standpoint, this is a decision we will benefit from,” Lamberies explained. “We will have much more manufacturing and storage space. We also have a robotic welder on order to replace the one that was destroyed in the fire, and we may put that in the new building once it is constructed. We expect to receive the new robotic welder in the next 4-5 weeks.”