Manitou Showcases Growth with Plans for New MEWPs, Manufacturing Investments

Gehl RS4-14 telescopic handler

Manitou revealed its plans at the 2019 ARA Show in Anaheim, California, to introduce five more MEWPs to its line in 2019, as well as major corporate investments with a plant dedicated to MEWP production, new customer center and showroom by 2020, and a new headquarters by 2021.

Mark Hanson, Manitou North America CEO, says the company experienced 25% revenue growth in 2018 and has been focused on reorganizing and building out its North American leadership and sales team. The company is in the midst of expanding its regional field service staff, product technicians, and trainers by 65%.

The company also displayed its super-compact Gehl RS4-14 telescopic handler, which it unveiled at World of Concrete in January, at just under 60 in. wide and 75 in. tall with a maximum lift capacity of 4,400 lbs. Hanson says the RS4-14 was the top seller at the show, due to its access capabilities with its size and steering configurations, as well as its ability to work with many attachments using a standard skid steer adapter plate.

Manitou also disclosed it plans to introduce its largest telehandler, the MHT 12330, with a maximum lifting capacity of 72,000 lbs. and a maximum lifting height of 39 ft. The first units are scheduled to arrive in the Chicago area in Q2 2019.

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