Both Manitex models now feature extended reach by 13 percent from 166 feet to 190 feet.

Both Manitex models now feature extended reach by 13 percent from 166 feet to 190 feet.

Manitex International has announced boom truck and military container handling forklift orders worth around US$7 million. The company said it has received orders for $5 million in boom trucks for the owner-operated and rental market, plus an order worth about $2 million for its Manitex Liftking military container handling forklifts from a United States government agency. The company said it will ship all these machines by the end of 2009.

Andrew Rooke, president and COO, said, "Our niche strategy and focus have positioned us well to win new business in our target markets. Liftking has a positive history with military orders, and the recent increase in the military orders we have received is particularly encouraging."

The military container handling forklifts are built to strict military standards and can perform on almost any terrain, according to the company. Design standards include compliance with quality controls required by ISO 9001. Before shipping, each machine is tested on a military approved endurance track adjacent to Manitex Liftking's military vehicle manufacturing plant. The U.S. Department of Defense owns several hundred Manitex Liftking vehicles operated by the Navy, Army and Air Force, the company said.

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