Schutt Industries of Clintonville was recently awarded a 5-year U.S. Army Afghanistan/Iraqi Supplemental Acquisition Program (AISAP) contract for hooklift trucks, trailers and flatracks.
The contract was awarded by TACOM (United States Army Tank Automotive Command) in Warren, Mich. and consists of three ordering years with two option years based on the Army’s requirements.
Schutt Industries received the first delivery order for 50 trucks, 46 trailers and 134 flatrack pallets on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The first delivery order is valued at over $8 million and the 5-year contract estimate exceeds $80 million.
The system consists of a 6×6 prime mover truck with a hook lift mechanism for self-loading and unloading capability, a payload trailer and demountable cargo beds, referred to as flatracks. In addition to the trucks, trailers and flatracks, Schutt Industries will also be contracted to provide spare parts for each configuration.
The prime mover truck carries its payloads on demountable flatrack cargo beds and inside 20 foot ISO intermodal containers as well as shelters. The flatrack is interchangeable between truck and trailer. The tractor with hook lift and trailer form a self-contained system that loads and unloads its cargo without the need for forklifts or other material handling equipment. Without leaving the cab, the driver can load or unload the truck and trailer.
The hooklift truck, trailer and flatrack system perform line haul (long distance), local haul (short distance), unit resupply, and other missions in the tactical environment to support highly mobile combat units. The system provides rapid movement of combat configured loads of ammunition and all classes of supply, shelters and containers.
Schutt Industries will need to add staff to its engineering, quality and production departments.
“We are still in the resource planning stage, but anticipate increasing our work force by January 2011,” noted General Manager Terry Lamberies in a press release distributed Tuesday, Sept. 21. “We will be able to produce these systems within our 350,000 square feet of manufacturing space utilizing three shifts in several of our departments. We are still in the initial planning stages and don’t have employment figures finalized, but do know that we’ll need to add to our current workforce.”