Sep 16, 2014
WEST BEND, WISCONSIN– (September 16, 2014) In January, 2014, Manitou Americas, Inc. announced a six-month sweepstakes for a Gehl R190 “Throwback” skid loader, custom-painted in the original color scheme from 1973, maize (yellow) and blaze (red). This nostalgic skid loader was created in honor of the 40th Anniversary of manufacturing and designing the Gehl Skid Loader, blending new technology with a historic look. Out of 35,000 entries, Beth Hodges from Indian Trail, NC, was handed the keys to the new loader on August 11, 2014, at the Manitou Americas (MAM) headquarters, in West Bend, Wisconsin. The presentation occurred during MAM’s “I Make America” community event, held in conjunction with the Association for Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

“It’s been an exciting six months promoting the 40th anniversary of our Gehl skid loaders,” said Lori Heidecker, Manitou Americas Director of Marketing. “We were thrilled to meet our sweepstakes winner, Beth Hodges, in person and give our Gehl R190 ‘Throwback’ a new home.”

Hodges and her husband traveled to Wisconsin for the first time to accept the keys to the new machine. She said, “I have sons who are 21 and 13 and I think we’ll come up with a good use for it, maybe open a landscaping business. It’s been a wonderful trip and everyone has been very nice.”

“I would like to wish the Hodges family luck as they put their new machine to good use,” said Dan Miller, CEO of Manitou Americas, Inc. and President of the Compact Equipment Division. “We are thankful for 40 years of customer loyalty and dealer support of our Gehl skid loader line. We look forward to many more years of new skid loader technology and design along with the durability we’re known for.”

The ‘Throwback’ skid loader was delivered to the Hodges’ Residence by King Machinery, the Gehl dealership in Statesville, NC, on September 3, 2014. King Machinery will assist the Hodges family with service, parts and support.

Sweepstakes entries were taken from January 2, 2014 through June 30, 2014. One entry was allowed per person during the sweepstakes period, regardless of entry method or location. The winner of the Sweepstakes was selected in a random drawing, from all eligible entries received by an independent judging organization. For additional photos of the Throwback R190 Skid Loader, visit the Gehl Compact Equipment Facebook page -

Manitou Americas, Inc. is committed to manufacturing equipment with innovative technology, reliability, durability and quality. A complete line of eight radial-lift and three vertical-lift models, including the V400, the world’s largest skid loader, are offered under the Gehl brand name. Throughout the years, the dedication to the Gehl skid loader product offering has continued through customer satisfaction and loyalty.

In the photo: (left to right) Dan Miller, CEO of Manitou Americas Inc. and President of the Compact Equipment Division hands over the keys to the Gehl R190 ‘Throwback’ sweepstakes winner Beth Hodges and her husband Robert from Indian Trail, NC.

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Lori Heidecker
Marketing Director, Americas

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