WEST BEND, Wis. – In 1965, Owatonna Manufacturing Company (today a part of Manitou Americas), began designing and manufacturing its own line of skid steer loaders. They were the second manufacturer to develop skid steer loaders, at that time known as “self-propelled, four-wheel drive units,” starting with the Owatonna Mustang Series 1000.
The Mustang legacy of innovation continues 50 years later. Today, a complete offering of eight radial-lift and three vertical-lift models, including the 4000V, are offered under the Mustang brand name.
“The Mustang brand is built on a foundation of designing and producing powerful, easy-touse skid steers,” said Dan Miller, CEO of Manitou Americas and president of the Manitou Group CEP-Compact Equipment Division. “Our task for the future is to incorporate new features and technology, yet still maintain the durability and integrity our customers have come to expect from the Mustang brand.”
To carry the success of the skid steer loader line into the future, Manitou Americas continues the tradition of developing equipment to match the demands of its core customers in the agriculture, construction, landscape and rental markets. In 2009, an investment in a Research and Design facility in West Bend, Wis. paved the way for future innovation and durability testing.
“We are very proud of our 50 years of experience in designing and manufacturing the Mustang skid steer loader,” said Lori Heidecker, marketing director.