Manitou Celebrates Anniversary with Loader Giveaway

April 17, 2014

In 1973, Gehl Company (today Manitou Americas Inc.) began designing and manufacturing its own line of skid loaders. Four decades later, a complete line of seven radial-lift and three vertical-lift models are offered under the Gehl brand name.

To celebrate 40 years in the skid loader industry, Manitou Americas Inc. is presenting a sweepstakes for one custom-painted Gehl R190 skid loader. The skid loader is painted in maize (yellow) and blaze (red), the same color scheme as the first line of Gehl skid loaders in 1973.

“The Gehl Throwback R190 Skid Loader and sweepstakes is a celebration of our forty years in the skid loader business,” said Lori Heidecker, Manitou Americas' marketing director. “With an industry full of newcomers, we are proud of our four decades of design, manufacture and customer satisfaction.”

The Gehl Throwback R190 Skid Loader has been on display at a variety of tradeshows in early 2014, including World of Concrete, National Farm Machinery Show, and CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

Sweepstakes entries will be taken through June 30, 2014 at all Gehl tradeshows and through an online entry form. One entry is allowed per person during the sweepstakes period, regardless of entry method or location.

The winner of the Gehl Throwback R190 Skid Loader will be announced at the 2014 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Portage County. The winner will receive one Gehl R190 Skid Loader with the following: joystick controls, two-speed, enclosed cab with heat and air, 70-inch bucket. The approximate retail value of the prize is $53,095.

“The R190 Skid Loader Sweepstakes is our way of showing appreciation to our loyal customers for supporting the Gehl skid loader for over 40 years,” said Dan Miller, Manitou Americas Inc. CEO. “Good luck to all participants, as this throwback unit is one-of-a-kind—blending our new design and technology with our long history in the skid loader business."