Gehl Skid Steers Celebrate 40 Years

September 9, 2013

Gehl is celebrating 40 years of manufacturing skid steer loaders.

It was July, 1973, when the first Gehl skid steer rolled off the line in Madison, S.D. Today, the company, now owned by Manitou Americas, offers a complete line of seven radial and three vertical lift models, including the V400, the world’s largest skid loader.

“The Gehl brand is dedicated to its roots of designing and producing durable, easy-to-use skid loaders,” said Dan Miller, CEO of Manitou Americas and president of the Manitou Group CE-Compact Equipment Division. “Our task for the future is incorporating innovation and technology into our loaders, yet still maintaining the ease of use our customers have come to expect.”

To carry the success of the skid loader line into the future, Manitou says it's continuing the tradition of developing equipment to match the demands of its core customers in agriculture, construction and rental applications. The investment in a state-of-the-art research and design facility in West Bend, Wis., in 2009, paved the way for future innovation and durability testing, the company says.