San Antonio-area industrial-vehicle maker gets new life, lands $62M Marine Corps contract

Stephen M. Speakes, left, CEO and president of the Independent Rough Terrain Center in Cibolo, speaks with Steve Stephens and George Deck by a vehicle called the Rough Terrain Container Handler, or RTCH.

A couple of years ago, Cibolo’s Kalmar RT Center LLC was part of a European conglomerate that no longer wanted to own it.

Kalmar had been producing each month a dozen 118,000-pound rough terrain vehicles that can move shipping containers on unpaved surfaces. But that business had virtually disappeared.

The U.S. military no longer needed to add to its fleet of roughly 1,000 vehicles, and a move to expand into the commercial market had limited success. Kalmar axed 130 from its 200-person workforce.

Cargotec, Kalmar’s Helsinki, Finland-based owner and the maker of…


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