J.B. BattleMechs Incorporated
|J.B. BattleMechs Incorporated|
|Primary Site(s)|| New Earth|
J.B. BattleMechs Incorporated (JBBMI) was created in 3053 by Jilliane Suliben, an entrepreneur whose family was killed during the Clan Invasion. Ms. Suliben purchased the molds and plans for the Chameleon training 'Mech from Defiance Industries, and refurbished an ancient production line on Storfors. The first production run of Chameleons was completed in 3056, and using the knowledge gained by retrofitting the line, J.B. BattleMechs began producing the Dragon Fire heavy 'Mech shortly thereafter. The first Dragon Fire was completed in 3058, and the Draconis Combine purchased the first company of Dragon Fires, with the design quickly proving a success in Operation BULLDOG and the Great Refusal, providing a surge in orders.
In the 3060's, the Federated Commonwealth government requested that J.B. BattleMechs work on the Red Devil Industries Pandora plant. Though Ms. Suliben was uncertain of this investment, the FedCom government promised loan guarantees, government orders, and a license for any and all 'Mechs produced at the facility. With those tempting offers, J.B. BattleMechs began overhauling the production lines on Pandora. Though Clan Jade Falcon took the world and the plant, rendering most of the investment a waste, the Lyran Alliance government came through on the contracts for production they had promised. Orders for 'Mechs that were originally to be produced at Pandora flooded into the Storfors plant. This increased demand has resulted in a hiring spree at J.B. BattleMechs, as the company worked feverishly to meet the demand.
In the mid-3060s JBBMI received a new subsidiary contract from the Word of Blake for the production of a new variant of the Dragon Fire that incorporated the Blakists' new C3 technology. This increased the confidence of shareholders in the company as it allowed JBBMI to achieve solid profit goals. During this period JBBMI expanded to include production facilities in not just the Lyran Alliance, but also the Federated Suns and Draconis Combine.
In early 3068 JBBMI was struck by a financial crisis, which resulted in a change in ownership after three stockholders managed to acquire control of over sixty percent of the corporation. Under the new ownership regime, most of the production facilities located in the Draconis Combine, Federated Suns and Lyran Alliance were all closed, resulting in massive worker layoffs. Despite the layoffs, reports circulated suggesting that JBBMI was opening new facilities on Caph, Epsilon Eridani and New Earth - but none of the workers from other realms laid off were offered the option to transfer to any of these new facilities. JBBMI continued to produce the DGR-6FC variant of the Dragon Fire, but only for the Word of Blake, although a raid on the facility at Myers on New Earth allegedly saw the Skye Rangers abscond with a half-dozen of these 'Mechs.
During the Jihad, investigators discovered that the Word of Blake had invested heavily in J.B. BattleMechs. The Lyran Alliance removed J.B. BattleMechs from the Lyran stock exchange. In the late 3070's a consortium of local investors was able to purchase the company outright from Jerome's Trust, a Lyran government holding company dedicated to selling off all Blakist assets in the Commonwealth.
The Storfors plant sustained some damage to itself during the Jihad. Approximately 20% of the factory lines and personnel were lost in the conflict, but by 3079 the plant was operating at 70% of its pre-Jihad levels.
The campaign to liberate New Earth during Operation SCOUR was particularly destructive, both in the ground battles and as a result of orbital bombardments. The defending Word of Blake forces ensured that little industry remained after their defeat, making it extremely likely that the J.B. BattleMechs facility on New Earth was destroyed.
J.B. BattleMechs Incorporated has manufacturing centers on the following planets:
|Components produced on New Earth:|
|DGR-6FC Dragon Fire||Heavy BattleMech|
|TR-XB Trebaruna||Assault BattleMech|
|NOS Rev 7-ETS Quad||Trebaruna|
|Improved Jump Jets|
|Armor - BattleMechs & Vehicles|
|Durallex Heavy w/CASE||Trebaruna|
|Orion Suretrak XVII w/Targeting Computer||Trebaruna|
|Imperator Dragon's Fire||Trebaruna|
- Handbook: House Steiner, p. 144
- Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 146, "DGR-3F Dragon Fire"
- Objectives: Lyran Alliance, p. 21
- Objectives: Lyran Alliance, p. 9
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 107, "Blake/Terran Protectorate"
- Technical Readout: 3085, p. 106, "Produced Trebaruna Components"
- Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 132, "Produced Chameleon Components"
- Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 146, "Produced Dragon Fire Components"
- Technical Readout: Project Phoenix, p. 52, "Produced BattleMaster 4S Components"
- Technical Readout: 3085, p. 264, "Produced BattleMaster 10S Components"