Nick Fiala and Cheri Shelhart, Rensselaer Republican

RENSSELAER — Talbert Manufacturing Inc. announced last week that it was awarded a $360.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 3,200 M872A4 semi-trailers and associated items for U.S. Army Contracting Command of Warren, Mich.

Bids were reportedly solicited via the internet, with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each other, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 16, 2024.

While speaking at an Aug. 18 event, Talbert President Andrew Tanner said the company’s partnership between Talbert Manufacturing and the U.S. Army has allowed them to build the M87284 in “rapid fashion.”

“Every step of this process we’ve all worked on a compressed time line to make these deliveries happen and we pledge to continue to do so as long as there’s a requirement,” he said.

Speaking at that same event, Maj. Gen. Kurt Ryan, the deputy chief of staff for Forces Command, and LTC Jeffery Jurand and product manager for heavy tactical vehicles, commended the company’s work.

“I spent my life commanding formations that did the work that these trailers will do,” he said. “I command formations that haul the critical supplies to the war fighters so they can do their job because it’s a war-fighting function that has to work with all of our combined arms, maneuver friends, to deliver those supplies at the point of need at the right time — and let me tell you, this trailer will do that for the U.S. Army. You are ensuring that we are always victorious in the work that we get asked to do by our Commander in Chief.”

He told the employees to continue to build great products for the U.S. Army.

The M872A4 semi-trailer is a dual purpose, 34-ton capacity break bulk/container transporter with a flatbed. It is based on a commercial 34-ton payload, platform style, three-axle, dual-purpose semi-trailer.

It will have a rated payload of 68,000 pounds with an open deck, flatbed area that will accommodate a standard, 40-foot-long, standard width, intermodal cargo container capable of daily operating ranges of 300 miles at sustained speeds up to 65 mph.

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