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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 5, 2015 01:49 PM
From: Representative Jim Marshall
To: All House members
Subject: Jeep 75 Anniversary Resolution
In the very near future, I will be introducing a resolution celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Bantam Jeep.

The American Bantam Car Company invented, developed and produced one of the most famous vehicles in the world – the jeep and it all happened in Butler, Pennsylvania.

In 1940, the U.S. Army asked 135 tractor and auto manufacturers to design a four-wheel drive, 40 horsepower, 1300 pound reconnaissance car that could haul soldiers as well as heavy artillery. The designer was expected to have a working prototype available for a test run within 45 days.

Only two companies responded to the request, the American Bantam Car Company of Butler, Pennsylvania and Willys-Overland Motors of Toledo, Ohio. Because Bantam promised to deliver the prototype in 45 days they won the contract.

Please consider joining me in sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as HR382