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History

Because Innovation Never Stops

JLG began because John L. Grove had a vision. Not only did he set the tone for our company, but he raised the bar for our future leaders and the industry as well. Here’s just a small sampling of the ways we continue to innovate.

1969

JLG Industries, Inc. is founded by John L. Grove.

1970

JLG manufactures the aerial work platform and changes how the world works.

1977

JLG expands into Europe; opens European headquarters in the United Kingdom.

1981

JLG introduces Oscillating axles as an option for boom and scissor lifts, improving manoeuvrability.

1983

JLG opens support operations in Australia for customers throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim.

1986

JLG’s 10,000th boom lift comes off the assembly line in McConnellsburg, PA.

1988

JLG patents the “Extend-A-Reach” feature, giving equipment users greater flexibility for platform placement.

1991

JLG launches the 150HAX, the industry’s first 45.72 m (150 ft) boom.

1994

SkyTrak introduces the Stabil-Trak system.

1994

JLG electric boom lifts bring the best battery performance in the industry.

1996

JLG introduces 21 new products at CONEXPO ’96 that redefine the industry, including the first mobile vertical lift.

1997

JLG opens an advanced scissor lift manufacturing plant to keep pace with demand.

1998

The 50,000th scissor lift comes off the assembly line in Bedford, PA.

1999

JLG unveils the only fuel-cell powered boom lift in existence.

1999

JLG acquires Gradall, a leading manufacturer of telehandlers, adding telescopic material handlers to the JLG product line.

1999

JLG acquires a facility in Shippensburg, PA.

2000

JLG introduces the first 18.29-metre (60-ft) electric boom lift, an environmentally friendly machine with the greatest reach in the industry.

2000

JLG crosses the $1 billion USD sales milestone.

2001

JLG unveils SkyWelder® the world’s first integrated AWP welder and other Workstation in the Sky™ accessories.

2001

The 100,000th scissor lift comes off the assembly line in Bedford, PA.

2001

JLG establishes shared services centre in Amsterdam.

2002

JLG opens manufacturing facility in Belgium.

2002

JLG expands product line to include all-wheel steer telehandlers, European-design telehandlers and the 41-metre (135-ft) boom lift.

2003

JLG acquires Lull®, SkyTrak™, military-design telehandlers and remanufacturing operations in Tonneins, France.

2004

JLG acquires Manlift, including Delta Manlift and Liftlux.

2004

JLG launches ServicePlus® initiative in Houston, TX.

2005

JLG enters into a global alliance with Caterpillar, Inc. to manufacture, sell and support all Caterpillar telehandlers.

2006

JLG Industries, Inc. is acquired by Oshkosh Truck Corporation.

2008

JLG launches the LiftPod®, an award-winning portable aerial work platform.

2008

JLG breaks ground on an advanced manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China.

2009

JLG introduces ClearSky®, a connected asset-management tool.

2010

JLG introduces the Compact Crawler boom lifts, featuring an optional Lithium-ion battery for cleaner operation.

2011

JLG introduces the award winning 1500SJ, the world’s first straight boom that takes you to 45.72 metres (150 ft) without a transportation permit for width and height.

2011

JLG and Firestone introduce the first tyre designed specifically for telehandlers.

2011

JLG launches Rental Series scissors.

2012

JLG introduces SkyGuard™ enhanced control panel protection for boom lifts.

2012

JLG launches Rental Series booms, tailored to the needs of emerging markets.

2012

JLG University website supports 9 languages making online training available worldwide.

2012

JLG releases the Online Express mobile app.

2013

JLG Mobile Analyser App allows remote diagnostics up to 45.72 m (150 ft) away on JLG products equipped with Advanced Design Electronics (ADE).

2013

Cutting-edge technology introduced at distribution centre in Indaiatuba, Brazil to help support rapid growth in the region.

2014

JLG introduces the 1850SJ: the world’s largest self-propelled boom lift.

2014

JLG introduces the H340AJ: the world’s first hybrid boom with diesel-like performance.

2014

JLG celebrates 45 years of innovation with the introduction of new products at CONEXPO.

2015

JLG launches JLGUsed.com, an online second-hand equipment marketplace.

2015

JLG acquires 
Power Towers Ltd., 
strengthening the 
existing portfolio 
of low-level access lifts.

2015

JLG produces its 
100,000th telehandler.

2015

Redesigned telehandlers 
are introduced at 
The Rental Show 
and include options like 
the industry’s first 
reverse sensing system.

2016

JLG previews the 1500AJP, 
the world’s tallest 
articulating boom lift, 
at bauma 2016.

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JLG Industries, Inc. is the world’s leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of access equipment. The Company’s diverse product portfolio includes leading brands such as JLG® aerial work platforms; JLG, SkyTrak® and Lull® telehandlers; and an array of complementary accessories that increase the versatility and efficiency of these products. JLG is an Oshkosh Corporation Company [NYSE: OSK].

An Oshkosh Corporation Company