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Pettibone to Sponsor Telehandler Skills Challenge at World of Concrete

Pettibone, Baraga, Mich., will sponsor the Telehandler Skills Challenge at the 2008 World of Concrete. The third-annual event is scheduled to take place from Jan. 22-24.

The competition consists of three rounds. Starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, operators will compete for four semi-finalist spots. On Wednesday, Jan. 23 beginning at 9 a.m., the number will be narrowed down to two finalists. The concluding round begins at 1 p.m. on Jan. 24 to determine the winner.

During the Telehandler Skills Challenge, operators will have their choice of running either an 8,000-pound capacity Pettibone Extendo 8044 or an 8,000-pound capacity Pettibone Traverse T8044 as they navigate their vehicles through a closed course designed to represent an actual jobsite. Operators will have the opportunity to demonstrate precise driving skills, accurate lifting and placing, overall productivity, and observance of safety procedures.

Members of Pettibone's sales staff will be responsible for judging the participants. For the operator with the best score, which will be based on safety, accuracy, and overall time, the grand prize is an all-terrain vehicle.

Operators interested in participating in the Telehandler Skills Challenge must have a valid forklift operator's license and be registered for the World of Concrete. Pettibone will offer operator training before and after the Telehandler Skills Challenge on Jan. 21 and Jan. 25 for those who would like to earn their telehandler's license and OSHA certification on-site. Training is open to new operators, as well as those in need of a refresher course, and will consist of a half-day classroom session, followed by hands-on training with the machines. Sessions are limited to 20 people, so drivers are encouraged to reserve their spots early.

The entry deadline for the Telehandler Skills Challenge is Dec. 21, 2007. For more information on how to register for the event, click here or contact Dan Blondeau, Pettibone product manager, at



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