Minimizer Fenders Arrive in Afghanistan on M-ATV

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You all know that Minimizer goes to great lengths to put their fenders to the test. Over the years, they've been smashed, dragged, beat on, and driven-over to prove their durability. They're tough and proven themselves time and time again. It's a good thing too, because they've now arrived on the battlefield of Afghanistan. The new Oshkosh M-ATV, featuring Minimizer PCG1000 fender, has officially been deployed for combat use. Learn how Minimizer's proven technology will protect American soldiers and her allies serving on the frontlines.

The Oshkosh(r) M-ATV

The Minimizer was the perfect fit. It met the Department of Defense specs for durability, including the Arizona proving ground tests for extreme hot and cold temperature resistance and durability. It could be delivered consistently and on time in the quantities we needed. It uses universal parts that are easily adaptable and flexible.

The U.S. military's new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle is tailored to Afghanistan. The vehicles were rolled out in December of 2009 to the Afghan battlefield as seen in this ABC News story.

The Oshkosh® M-ATV can climb mountains without effort, glide across the rough terrain and make sharp turns. Each of these qualities is an improvement over the hulking predecessor. Most importantly, the angled bottom assists in deflecting the force of improvised explosive devices.

In addition to a host of technical upgrades, the vehicle uses Minimizer MIN PCG1000 off road poly fenders. After many years of research and development the rugged Minimizer poly fenders were chosen as the perfect fit for the Oshkosh® M-ATV (MRAP All Terrain Vehicle).

"We're really proud our fenders are being used by our soldiers," said Craig Kruckeberg, Minimizer Chief Visionary. "We've been working on modifying our existing designs and applications to fit perfectly for this military application."

Oshkosh® Corporation, a long time customer of Minimizer, designs and builds the world's toughest specialty trucks and truck bodies and access equipment by working shoulder-to-shoulder with the people who use them.

Oshkosh® purchasing agent Jon Ley summed it up best when he said: "The Minimizer was the perfect fit. It met the Department of Defense specs for durability, including the Arizona proving ground tests for extreme hot and cold temperature resistance and durability. It could be delivered consistently and on time in the quantities we needed. It uses universal parts that are easily adaptable and flexible."

"The engineers and team at Minimizer went above and beyond to make sure this fender was spot on, including new tooling for the creation of a custom drill hole pattern. They are a world-class vendor and in the top 10% or higher of suppliers I work with for quality and service," continued Ley.

Craig Kruckeberg added, "We modified the Minimizer MIN PCG1000 which was originally developed for use on off-road vehicles in the construction industry. It has to work hard: The fender protects the loads, protects the soldiers, protects those that are in front or behind the truck at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour and in extreme conditions. The soldiers have reported they use them to stand on during patrols. The Minimizer is that tough."

Since inception Minimizer poly fenders have always been unique. The material they're constructed from is 100% polyethylene. As a result, they don't need paint, they don't rust, they never fade or stress crack and you don't have to polish them. That's the Minimizer Advantage!

Minimizer poly fenders will enhance the performance of all makes and models of over the road trucks, construction vehicles, or agriculture equipment. And now we know they protect our soldiers on the battlefield.

Enhance and protect your vehicle with Minimizer poly products. The toughness is unmatched as seen on this Minimizer promotional video entitled "Tested & Tortured".

To order Minimizer poly fenders find a distributor by clicking here. Minimizer poly fenders and related products are available through exclusive Minimizer distributors.

For more information or to contact a dealer, call us at (800) 248-3855 or visit our website or email us at info(at)minimizer(dot)com.

About Minimizer
Headquartered in Blooming Prairie, Minn., Minimizer manufactures plastic truck fenders, poly toolboxes, customized mud flaps, and bracket kits. Family owned and operated for nearly three generations, Minimizer parent company Spray Control Systems, Inc., was founded in 1983. Minimizer aims to provide products tough enough to please tough people in a tough industry. For more information call (800) 248-3855 or visit http://www.minimizer.com .

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