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Ashippun Couple Wins JCB Skid Steer Loader as Raffle Prize

Chose skid steer over other prizes including $22K in cash or a new car.

Milwaukee, WI, November 13, 2009 --( With over 2,500 raffle tickets sold in the annual fundraiser hosted by St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church in Oconomowoc, Wis., Jerry and Cathy Blanton thought they didn’t have a chance at winning. Their eight $50 raffle tickets were purchased primarily as a donation to St. Catherine’s, their home parish. No one was more shocked than the Blantons when one of their tickets was drawn as the grand prize winner during the annual St. Catherine’s Day at the Park.

“I couldn’t believe that we had won,” Jerry Blanton said. “I’m not a lucky person. This is the first thing I have ever won. Ironically, they called with the news on my birthday. That was quite the present!”

Jerry and Cathy, along with their son Thomas, are owners of TNT Rescue Systems, Inc. Located in Ashippun, Wis., TNT Rescue Systems manufactures high quality hydraulic rescue tools that rescue workers use to remove roofs and doors at car accident scenes.

After being announced as the winners of the raffle, Jerry and Cathy had to decide which prize to choose: $22,000, a new car, a John Deere tractor or a JCB Skid Steer Loader. Most of the previous raffle winners have chosen the cash, but Jerry and Cathy knew exactly what they wanted. “Cathy and I decided we wanted the JCB Skid Steer Loader before we even bought the raffle tickets,” Blanton explained. “I already have a skid loader, but it was old, and I wanted an upgrade. I know what these machines are capable of. It was an easy decision.”

Jerry and his son upgraded the winning skid steer, provided by fellow parishioner Cliff Anglewicz and his team at Yale Equipment and Services, to a high-flow JCB 170 model and added the snow blower and fork carriage attachments. All items were delivered to the Blantons last week.

The JCB 170 Skid Steer Loader’s compact and maneuverable design will make it easy for the Blantons to perform numerous tasks in both large and confined spaces. With a 50 hp motor and an operating capacity of 1,587 lbs, the JCB 170 is a powerful and durable machine that will benefit the Blanton’s business and farmstead in many ways.

“I’ll use it to clean up our 20-acre farm and perform regular maintenance,” Blanton said. “It will definitely be used once it starts snowing. I’ll probably use it to clean the snow from the parking lot of my business too.”

According to Jerry and Cathy Blanton’s son Tom, the new JCB 170 is a vast improvement over their old, outdated skid steer. “With the JCB’s unique monoboom design, it’s much easier and safer to enter and exit the machine using the side door,” Tom Blanton said. “The servo hand controls make it more comfortable to operate, and I also love the fact that the cab is heated—that will come in especially handy as I remove snow during our cold Wisconsin winters!”

Yale Equipment and Services is located in Menomonee Falls, Wis. and Rosemont, Ill. They are a local supplier and servicer of lift trucks, personnel carriers, aerial work platforms and electric forklifts. Offering brands such as JCB, Yale, Genie, Taylor-Dunn and Capacity, Yale Equipment and Services stands by their promise of effective and efficient service. For more information, please visit

One of the largest heavy equipment manufacturers in the world, JCB’s North American headquarters are in Savannah, Ga., with an extensive network of dealers located throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information about JCB’s industry-leading equipment for the construction, agriculture, industrial and waste/recycling markets or to find a dealer near you, call JCB’s North American Headquarters at (912) 447-2000 or visit

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