When the Red River rose to unprecedented heights in the Fargo – Moorhead area of Northwestern Minnesota recently, a crew of four from the Terex ASV undercarriage production facility in Cohasset, Minn., headed out with a truckload of machines ready to help.
More than $295,000 worth of equipment, including four Terex ASV compact track loaders and a tracked utility vehicle, were sent from Terex ASV in Grand Rapids, Minn., to Moorhead. With features such as low ground pressure and the ability to work in muddy conditions where other machines cannot go, the compact track loaders and the ST-50 tracked utility vehicle were used to build secondary dikes and other dikes to protect the city’s sewer system.
According to the company, the Terex ASV ST-50 was the first vehicle to drop off filled bags within minutes of code red alert going out. Several hundred people filed out to shore up the dike in that section of town, and the ST-50 was able to place the bags within feet of the weak spot. The ST-50 dramatically reduced the amount of labor needed to reach hard-to-navigate areas. Then the ST-50 transported more than 100 loads of sandbags to critical areas to shore up the dikes in North Fargo.
A Genie GTH- 5519 telehandler, donated by Loegering Manufacturing, a business unit of Terex Construction, in Cassleton, N.D., was being used to load trucks with sand bags. Earlier that week, the GTH-5519 outfit with a set of prototype QTS quad-style tracks, driven by Loegering engineer Ron Hansen, was used in north Moorhead to deliver sandbags to hard-to-reach areas of the dike process. Terex ASV donated the equipment free of charge for as long as the city needs it for flood prevention efforts and clean-up activities.
Terex area director – North America Compact Equipment Del Carver, who lived in Fargo for 15 years and worked in Casselton, N.D., just 25 miles from the Fargo-Moorhead area said, “When the city of Moorhead called asking for assistance with flood relief, we were more than willing to help out. Terex Corp.’s global mission is to improve people’s lives and we believe these machines and the team members who volunteered to operate the equipment will have a direct impact on the lives of those living in the Fargo-Moorhead region of the Red River Valley flood plain.”
Only 25 miles west from Moorhead is the Loegering Manufacturing site in Cassleton, N.D. President of Loegering Kurt Bollman said, “Loegering has only suffered on a minor level. Our loading docks were shut down for about five hours due to overland flooding. We had to hire pumps to help the DOT pumps that could not keep up.”
Terex Corp. is a diversified global manufacturer with 2008 net sales of $9.9 billion. Terex operates in four business segments: Terex Aerial Work Platforms, Terex Construction, Terex Cranes and Terex Materials Processing & Mining.
A.S.V. Inc., doing business as Terex ASV, is a subsidiary of Terex Corp.