JCB, one of the world’s largest heavy equipment manufacturers has launched a new line of skid-steer loaders and compact track loaders, manufactured, designed and engineered at the company’s North American headquarters in Savannah, Ga.

“North America generates 60 percent of the worldwide demand for skid-steer loaders and compact track loaders, so developing and producing the new generation of machines in Savannah makes perfect sense and has enabled us not only to meet the unique needs of the North American market but also develop a machine range that will have universal appeal.”

JCB has introduced a range of seven new skid-steer loaders — four wheeled and three tracked — in a range that will eventually grow to 18 models. All seven machines are vertical lift, which allows for increased capacity and more reach at maximum lift height. The models now available — the 260, the 280, 280, 300 and 330 wheeled skid steers and 260T, 300T, 320T compact track loaders — are large platform machines with rated operating capacities of 2,600 pounds and above. With the introduction of the new generation machines, JCB will be able to offer a complete range of wheeled and tracked machines, both radial and vertical lift, ranging from 1,300 to 3,500 pounds.

JCB has 19 plants on four continents: 11 in the U.K., three in India and others in the U.S., China, Germany and Brazil.