Elgin Sweeper Announces Partnership With Autocar LLC
- Posted on Sep 8, 2011 in Client News
ELGIN, Ill. (Sept. 2, 2011) – Elgin Sweeper, the leading domestic manufacturer of street sweepers for general street maintenance, special industrial and airport applications, has announced the formation of a strategic partnership with Autocar LLC, a manufacturer of heavy-duty low cab forward Class 8 trucks used by municipalities, fleets and private haulers. The companies formed this ground-breaking partnership to co-develop and introduce the industry’s first modern Class 7 cabover truck chassis specifically for street sweepers.
“This is truly the industry’s first joint-engineered and fully integrated sweeper with chassis design,” said Brian Giles, Elgin Sweeper products manager. “We are pleased and honored to build Elgin street sweepers on this new Class 7 cabover vehicle platform from Autocar. Our goal was to design the chassis to meet the requirements of our sweeper customers and create an optimized sweeper and chassis product for our customers.”
The development process entailed using specific cab/chassis component brands known and trusted by Elgin Sweeper customers, along with precise placement of cab/chassis components so as not to interfere with the sweeper mounting. Elgin Sweeper ensured that all popular chassis options were made available and superior operator ergonomics were optimized on both sides of the factory dual steer system.
The new Class 7 cabover, bearing the Autocar Xpert nameplate, will be assembled in Autocar’s facility in Hagerstown, Ind., and shipped to Elgin Sweeper’s facility for sweeper mounting. Elgin Sweeper and Autocar shared engineering strategy and CAD data to ensure minimal cab/chassis modification work would be needed once the Autocar cab/chassis arrives at Elgin Sweeper.
“Elgin Sweeper customers will appreciate the joint engineering and operations efforts between our two companies, which have resulted in a quality product featuring greater reliability and fewer cab/chassis/sweeper body field issues,” Giles said. “We’ve virtually eliminated all third-party modifications necessary for dual steer, as well as any warranty support confusion.”
An Elgin Sweeper Whirlwind mounted on an Autocar Xpert chassis will make its public debut at the 2011 APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition Show, Sept. 18-21, in Denver, Colo., at the Elgin Sweeper exhibit (Booth #1000).
Headquartered in Hagerstown, Ind., Autocar is the first name in American commercial trucks and the industry leader in alternative fuel, severe-duty Class 8 trucks. With a legacy of hard-working trucks dating back more than a century, Autocar has more than 300 employees and steadily increasing annual sales.
For more information on the Whirlwind sweeper mounted on an Autocar Xpert chassis, please contact your local Elgin Sweeper dealer, or visit www.elginsweeper.com to find a dealer near you.
Sold and serviced through a network of more than 100 dealer locations worldwide, Elgin Sweeper products are the sweepers of choice for a variety of general street maintenance, special industrial and airport applications. With more than 90 years of experience, Elgin Sweeper offers municipalities, contractors and industries the most sweeper options in the country, using the latest sweeping technologies—mechanical, pure vacuum, regenerative air, alternative fuel and waterless dust control. Elgin Sweeper is a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation’s Environmental Solutions Group. For more information, visit www.elginsweeper.com.
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