Ground Support Worldwide

OCT 2012

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COMP ANY PR OFILE Charlatte Of America Charlatte of America harlatte of America, well- known for a line of battery- powered baggage tractors, Unplugged C belt loaders, utility vehicles, lav/water trucks, tow tractors and pushbacks, is pulling the plug on its latest vehicle. The CT5G Baggage Tractor will get its power from either a tank of gaso- line or diesel. "We've been very successful with selling our electric vehicles," says Rob Lamb, the company's vice president of sales and marketing. "At the same The new vehicle resembles the company's CT5E, an electric cargo tractor introduced in 2011. Corporate Time Line Charlatte, a member of the Fayat Group, has factory operations in Brienon, France; Bluefield, VA; and Crawley, West Sussex, UK. Total manufacturing area at all three locations exceeds 250,000 square feet and employs over 18,000 worldwide. 1961: Charlatte SA in Migennes, France, starts out specializing in machining of metal parts and anti-hammer bladder tanks. 1980: Charlatte SA diversifies by creating Charlatte Manutention (France), which adds battery-powered tractors and flatbeds to its product line. Charlatte Manutention quickly becomes the leader in battery-powered vehicles used throughout Europe. 1990: Charlatte Manutention further diversifies by adding even more battery-powered tractor models to its product line. 1991: Charlatte acquires Mathieu-Sofraola located in eastern France, which adds industrial sweepers and equipment to its product line. 1993: Charlatte expands to the U.S. market, and creates Charlatte of America, which quickly becomes the leading U.S. manufacturer of battery- powered vehicles used on airport ramps. 1998: Charlatte Manutention (France) relocates to a new manufacturing facility in Brienon, France to accommodate growing European customer demands. 1999: The Fayat Group acquires Charlatte. Fayat employs 18,000 around the world in construction, civil engineering, public works and handling equipment. 2000: Charlatte of America relocates to a larger manufacturing facility located in Bluefield, VA, to accommodate growing U.S. and European customer demand. 2009: Charlatte of America launches a new Charlatte America Web site that includes, among other benefits,, which allows customers to order parts and access manuals and service bulletins. 2010-present: Charlatte of America continues to add to its American-made product line with the CPB35E, an 80V AC electric- powered pushback tractor, the CT5E Cargo Tractor with 5,000 pounds of drawbar pull and the CT5G, a gas/diesel-powered Baggage Tractor. The company's newest vehicle will come with a decidedly different feature — a fuel tank. By Steve Smith 21

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