JCB has received an Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS,) making it eligible to win up to $5 million in construction machine orders each year for the next five years. JCB will offer 24 models to meet future FWS requirements, including backhoe loaders, skid steer and compact track loaders, excavators and wheel loaders.
“After many years of providing rugged construction machines to the U.S. military, everyone at JCB is excited to enter into this new partnership with the United States Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Chris Giorgianni, vice president of Government & Defense at JCB North America. “JCB has more than 70 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of construction equipment, and we’re looking forward to partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure they have the equipment and support they need as crucial stewards of our natural resources.”
Among the range that JCB will offer to the FWS is the JCB Teleskid, the world’s only skid steer and compact track loader with a telescoping boom, allowing it to lift higher, reach further and dig deeper than any skid steer on the market. Available with wheels or tracks—with rated operating capacities of 3,208 lb and 3,695 lb, respectively—the JCB Teleskid enables tasks not possible with a conventional skid steer, such as loading high-sided trucks without a ramp, reaching across flatbed trailers or over obstacles, and digging and clearing ditches.
“The Teleskid was designed and is built at the JCB North America headquarters near Savannah, Georgia, which is also the company’s global headquarters for skid steer and compact track loaders and its Government & Defense business,” said Giorgianni.
JCB will leverage its nationwide dealer network to supply and support JCB machines at FWS wildlife refuges, fisheries and other facilities across the United States. In addition, JCB’s comprehensive global parts supply network—including parts warehouses located across the United States—will enable rapid parts delivery to maximize the uptime throughout the service life of each machine.
The FWS IDIQ contract also provides other bureaus within the United States Department of the Interior, and other Federal government agencies, with a contract vehicle to purchase JCB construction equipment. This important contracting efficiency may enable future opportunities for JCB to partner with more Federal departments and offer a broader range of products to its existing government customers.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. FWS is both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. FWS manages the 93 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System of more than 520 National Wildlife Refuges and thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. Under the Fisheries program, it also operates 66 National Fish Hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. For more information, visit www.fws.gov.