Terex recently inked a contract to supply up to 130 cranes to the US Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA. The contract has a potential value of $88.6 million. The initial order is for production of four cranes with accessories, factory testing, limited logistics support and training for a value of $5.9 million. The 50 metric ton, all terrain cranes will be delivered by July 2005 for required verification testing at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
The Terex MAC-50 crane is based on the Terex- Demag AC-50-1 all-terrain commercial crane, modified to meet demanding USMC-specified military requirements. Interesting aspects of the Terex MAC-50 include salt-water fording capability up to 60 inches, US bridge law requirements compliance, and a drive train consisting of a Cummins engine and Allison transmission.
Terex will be manufacturing the MAC-50 cranes at its plant in Zweibruecken, Germany, with the support provided through Terex American Cranes located in Wilmington, NC.
“Terex has assembled a world class project team centered around Terex-Demag, with excellent engineering and military program management capability,” said Tom Manley, vice president of the company's government programs division, located in Stafford, VA.
Manley recognized the team that took the performance requirements set forth by the Marine Corps for the machine and produced the Terex MAC-50 crane. Dr. Oliver Fries was the team leader and Jurgen Appel served as lead engineer on the project.