Under the deal, the second most valuable in the company’s 71-year history, the rough-terrain forklifts will be produced at JCB’s North American headquarters in Georgia.
They will be powered by an engine produced at JCB Power Systems in Derbyshire.
JCB’s record order, worth $206million, also came from the US Army, which ordered engineer excavators in 2005.
The new forklift will be used on tasks such as loading aircraft and shipping containers.
PERSIMMON shrugged off Brexit uncertainty as sales of new homes increased after the referendum vote.
The builder’s shares jumped 130p to 1940p on an 8 per cent rise in annual revenue to £3.14billion.
Sales increased by 599 to 15,171 at an average price up 4 per cent to £206,700.
Second-half sales were up 15 per cent on the previous year and nearly 700 up on the 7,238 first-half completions.
Chief executive Jeff Fairburn said: “Buying a new-build home remains a compelling choice.”
SPORTS Direct chairman Keith Hellawell has been backed by founder Mike Ashley to remain in post, despite independent shareholders rejecting his reappointment.
Some 54 per cent of independents voted against Hellawell.
But, backed by 55 per cent shareholder Ashley, he was re-elected with 81 per cent of the overall vote.
Ashley said: “I hope Keith will reconsider his intention to stand down if he does not receive the backing of a majority of independent shareholders at the 2017 AGM.”
TIMPSON, the shoe repair and key cutting chain, has bought Johnson Service Group’s dry-cleaning business for £8.25million.
Johnson has scaled back its dry-cleaning operations from 500 stores to 200 over the past four years to focus on its more profitable textile rental business.
The drycleaning business, comprising Johnson Cleaners UK, Jeeves of Belgravia and Jeeves International, made an operating profit of £2million last year on £46.2million revenue.
Some of the proceeds will go into Johnson’s pension scheme, while the rest will reduce debt.