JLG Industries officially began its year-long 50th anniversary celebration this week, marking a half-century since the company introduced the world’s first boom lift called JLG 1. According to a press release the company’s founder, John L. Grove, began JLG to create a safer way to work at height, introducing the aerial work platform shortly after.
“50 years is a remarkable milestone for both JLG and the access industry,” Frank Nerenhausen, JLG president, said in a press release. “Our founder not only started a company, but an entire industry. This is a key point of differentiation for the JLG brand. We continue to build on this legacy through continuous development of products, services and technology that advance safety for work at height.”
Today, more than 6,000 employees around the world work for JLG, and the company has expanded into building scissor lifts, telescopic handlers, vertical lifts, and low-level access solutions. JLG also began manufacturing oscillating axles for boom and scissor lifts in 1981, a fuel cell powered boom in 1999, an electric boom in 2000, and a 150 foot straight boom lift in 2011. In 2014, it also introduced a 185-foot model 1850SJ, and a hybrid diesel/electric boom, the H340AJ.
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