Believe it or not, we’ve been delivering materials handling solutions for over 40 years, and this year we’re also celebrating our tenth year way up high!
How it all began: The JLG Story
John Landis Grove formed a partnership with two close friends and bought a small metal fabrication business in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania. With a crew of 20 work-ers, they built and sold the first JLG aerial work platform in 1970. Many of the basic design elements of that orig-inal lift are still being incorporated into products today.
A legal imperative
Grove actually founded JLG Industries after his retirement (from his first business, Grove Industries). In 1979, the company opened a facility to produce and assemble scissor lifts. In less than 3 decades, the equipment went from R&D to a legal necessity, playing a vital part of the Work At Height Act 2005.
Reaching new heights
JLG became in 2006 part of Oshkosh Corporation. The first scissor lifts had a platform mounted on a scissor-like mechanism and could extend up to 30 feet. By 2016, JLG had launched the 150-ft platform height 1500AJP, its tallest and farthest-reaching articulating boom lift ever.
“Like much of our business, it started with customer requirements,” says Windsor MD, Jonathan Burton. Celebrating 10 years of sup-plying access equipment, thoughts have naturally turned to how things have changed, and how quickly the time has gone. “As we looked into it, we saw that we were able offer a great service and add a string to our bow. Now we have customers that know us primarily for access,” adds Jonathan. With the hire fleet also increasing year-on-year, the number of access customers is also at a high. “We’ve had great success. After a decade, we’re still innovating with hire terms, rates and ways of doing business. It’s the Windsor way!”