JCB relocated its Global Government and Defense Division from its worldwide headquarters in the United Kingdom to its North American headquarters in Savannah, Ga.
In 2000, the U.S. Army released specifications for an extremely durable backhoe loader that could travel at convoy speeds while protecting military personnel. JCB was able to use existing technology from its backhoe loader and high-speed agricultural tractor to closely match the Army’s specifications. Following five years of design, engineering and testing, JCB won the contract and began building the HMEE. Last year, the U.S. Army extended the contract until 2018.
JCB’s North American headquarters is located near Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. Proximity to these two bases allows JCB to work with local military personnel on product development and testing.
Heading the new division is Chris Giorgianni, vice president of product support and government & defense. Giorgianni is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and decorated Air Force veteran.