SAVANNAH, Ga. – JCB has won a $50 million contract to supply high-speed backhoe loaders to the United States Army, the company announced today. The High Mobility Engineer Excavators (HMEEs) will be manufactured at JCB’s North American plant in Savannah, Georgia, and will be delivered by 2017.
The U.S. Army was the first military organization to purchase HMEEs when, in 2005, it awarded JCB a contract that was worth $206 million and which today remains the largest single order in JCB’s 68-year history. Since then the company has gone on to sell the machine to several other allied nations.
Engineered by a global team and produced in the USA, the 17.5-ton HMEE revolutionized the way military engineering tasks were tackled. Capable of speeds of up to 60 mph, the HMEE is able to keep up with military convoys on the road, eliminating the need to transport the machine using a truck and trailer.