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Rensselaer company receives military contract follow up

An order for an additional 400 military trailers has been placed with Talbert Manufacturing.

Posted: Aug 20, 2018 6:17 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2018 4:37 PM

RENSSELAER, Ind. (WLFI) - A Rensselaer company hosted a special guest today. US Army Major General Kurt Ryan visited Talbert Manufacturing. The General addressed employees as they begin a follow-up order building military trailers.

Since 2007, Talbert Manufacturing has played a vital role in military supply transportation. The company builds special trailers designed for transporting ammunition and other supplies. "The M870-2A4 is the logistic line haul backbone of the army, so they haul the majority of their supplies in any theatre of operation,” said Andy Tanner, President of Talbert Manufacturing.

With some of the military's equipment now outdated, the demand for upgrades increased. As part of a contract extension, this year has seen 200 new trailers roll off the production line. A second order has been placed, calling for an additional 400 trailers.

During his address, US Army Major General Kurt Ryan shared how his hometown experience reflects the drive of Hoosier industry. "I'm from a small village in south-central Pennsylvania. In that place, it's very much like right here in Indiana. We are surrounded by great industry,” said Major General Ryan.

Andy Tanner, links the success of the industry to more jobs in Rensselaer. "As a company, it's been great for us. It gives us the ability to add on people, grow, and we'll keep that growth even after this contract is gone,” he said.

By the time the company reaches full production, an additional 60 jobs are planned to be filled. The trailers are expected to be completed by July of next year, with the potential for a new five-year follow-on contract.

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