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Sustainability at JLG

Our Sustainability Journey

JLG has long been a pioneer in producing environmentally friendly lift and access equipment. We also continually seek out and embrace ways we can be more sustainable in every aspect of our operation. Sustainability guides our responsibility to the environment and to our customers, who demand green solutions.

At parent company Oshkosh, sustainability drives responsible manufacturing, careful resource management and environmentally sound products and services. As an Oshkosh company, we continue to lead the way in making innovative products that meet our customers’ needs for energy-efficient solutions and reduce impact on the environment. JLG has invested in team member education by building a state of the art Operational Excellence Training Center to focus on ensuring our team members have the skills required to be leaders in the industry.

Protecting the environment is a JLG core value. It is our goal to reduce waste and emissions, minimize adverse environmental impacts, promote resource conservation and improve energy performance throughout our Company. All of our team members share the responsibility for energy reduction, sustainability and environmental performance. JLG strives to develop and maintain Environmental and Energy Management Systems for our manufacturing facilities both domestically and internationally. JLG has achieved ISO 14001 certification at the Tianjin, China facility.

Domestic Oshkosh Corporation manufacturing facilities are members of the Department of Energy Better Plants Program, pledging to reduce energy consumption by 25%. Click on the links below to learn more.

Download our 2020 Sustainability Report

Better together. Oshkosh Corporation 2020 Sustainability Report.

2020 report

Using Water Responsibly

Using Water Responsibly


Phosphate Free Process Water – For North American painting operations we  replaced iron phosphate washer pretreatment with a zirconium sealer prior to paint. This eliminated phosphates from process wastewater discharge, while increasing paint adhesion. Phosphates are one of the main contaminants polluting the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.  We’ve reduced phosphate discharge from 140 mg/L to less than 10 mg/L, thereby reducing the total phosphates entering the bay by about 14,000 pounds per year.  By reducing phosphates, we’ve both met our McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania Borough Pretreatment requirements, as well as helping bring aquatic life back to the Chesapeake Bay.

Water Reuse – The Leon, Mexico facility utilizes a water reuse system to offset purchasing additional water to wash parts prior to paint. The system is designed to treat the process wastewater, then process it through a Reverse Osmosis membrane, thereby allowing a percentage of the wastewater to be reused again onsite. It is estimated the water reuse system saves about 20-30% of water used for painting operations.

Sustaining Energy

Sustaining Energy


LED Lighting: Over the last few years, JLG has spent considerable capital to invest in the facilities our team members work in. The manufacturing facilities in the United States had a mixture of metal halide, sodium vapor, T12/T8/T5 fluorescent lights. Our facilities now have been working diligently to upgrade to LED lights. While of course this is a cost savings for the plant, it has improved employee satisfaction and made for a safer work environment. At the McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania facility location in FY21 we saved over 331,671 kWh Energy Reduction: Another way JLG saved energy over the past few years was to upgrade the boilers and HVAC systems throughout our facilities. Since entering the DOE Better Plants Program, we have upgraded our compressors at all three McConnellsburg facilities, Shippensburg, and both Greencastle locations. The boilers have also been upgraded at the 1 JLG Drive location. These have not been upgraded necessarily for age of equipment, but for efficiency and process improvement. Most recently at Shippensburg in FY21, we removed over 250 pole mounted fans and installed twelve (12) large overhead industrial fans to assist with facility cooling and air movement. Approximate energy savings from these projects total 1,185,013 kWh and 7,695 MMBTU.

Combined 1,516,684 kWh and 7,695 MMBTU from energy projects is equivalent to:

- 1,075 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide

- The greenhouse gases emitted from 234 automobiles driven for one year

- The greenhouse gases emitted from driving a passenger vehicle 2,701,304 miles (that would be driving a car from the earth to the moon over 11 times)

- Carbon Dioxide emissions from 105,584 gallons of gasoline consumed 129 homes worth of electricity for one year

- Carbon sequestered from planting 1,317 acres of forest in a year

The Department of Energy (DOE) Better Plants Program is a volunteer program to boost competitiveness through improvements in energy efficiency. Oshkosh Corporation and JLG has volunteered to be part of the DOE Better Plants Program beginning in FY14. This is a 10-year pledge to reduce 25% energy consumption for North American manufacturing facilities.

Energy savings from lighting upgrades, using less natural gas and propane assist JLG in driving down the cost spent on energy. Process improvements along with top management leadership have put JLG on track to achieve the goal of 25% energy reduction by 2024.

JLG Industries Shippensburg, PA facility has achieved the 50001 Ready designation from the DOE in March 2021.

For many years, solar power has been an efficient and effective way to generate electric for businesses and homes all over the world. JLG has been exploring ways to bring this technology to our facilities. In September 2021 our Port Macquarie, Australia manufacturing facility was the first Oshkosh facility to install a photovoltaic solar system. The system is designed to provide 99.9kW of power through 222 solar panels on the roof of the main building. The power generation is approximately 80% of what the facility uses.

Recycle and Reuse

Recycle and Reuse


The recycling market in the United States has taken a downturn, to say the least. China’s National Sword initiative to restrict contaminated recycling materials from entering their country continues to negatively affect pricing and movement of plastics, mixed papers, and cardboard. Despite this and the challenges with Covid-19 related shutdowns this fiscal year, JLG has continued to recycle as much as possible exploring multiple outlets throughout the region.

During FY20, JLG recycled over 800 tons of cardboard, 4,000 tons of wood, 1,500 tons of tires, 27 tons of paper, 67,000 gallons of oil, 37 tons of plastics, and 6,600 tons of metal globally. In order to continue recycling at this rate, we must continue to strive for no contamination of the recycling streams. For example, plastic and cardboard must be removed from scrap pallets and crates before being placed into the wood recycling container. We must also continue to reduce the use of packaging materials. By utilizing the CHEP program for returnable packaging, JLG was able to divert over 2,974 tons of wood and cardboard from going into the waste stream during FY20.

It is especially rewarding when environmental awareness also involves helping people. All of our used cell phones and tablets are recycled through the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. Each Earth Day, we encourage team members to bring in used electronics from home. This past year, we recycled over 15 tons during our collection event across 10 JLG locations. We also distributed over 5,000 energy efficient light bulbs to our team members across the United States. Our goal is to reach 90% waste diversion for North American manufacturing facilities.

Reducing energy

Reducing Energy


At Oshkosh, our focus on environmental impact drives us to build stronger communities and make a difference around the world by helping to create a sustainable future. We are excited to partner with ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc. in a renewable energy sale agreement to develop a wind energy site that is currently under construction in Caddo County in Oklahoma. This 303-megawatt site will double ALLETE Clean Energy’s capability to provide clean energy that is high in demand from corporations today.

This is the first virtual power purchase agreement Oshkosh has made and the first offsite purchase of renewable energy. It supports our strategic sustainability and environmental goals to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from the project will offset a significant portion of the emissions resulting from the electricity utilized by our US manufacturing operations which come from non-renewable sources. Our goal is to have a 25% reduction in normalized greenhouse gas emissions throughout our facilities by 2024 compared to what we tracked in 2014. This project will make a significant impact on our ability to achieve that goal.

“At Oshkosh Corporation, we are committed to sustainable operations, caring for our communities and practicing strong corporate governance” said Kevin Tubbs, Oshkosh Vice President and Chief Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability officer. “Involvement in projects such as the Caddo wind site is one of many ways that we continue to further our sustainability goals.

”When the 110 Caddo turbines are complete, they will be able to produce enough energy to power the equivalent of approximately 110,000 homes. “ALLETE’s strategy of sustainability in action is powered by clean energy projects such as Caddo,” said ALLETE President and Chief Executive Officer Bethany Owen. “ALLETE Clean Energy is increasingly seen as a trusted partner as it brings more renewable energy online to help corporations meet their commitments to sustainability.” The Caddo turbine wind site is expected to be in full operation by the end of 2021. We are excited about the future of sustainable renewable energy and our partnership with ALLETE Clean Energy to help build a more sustainable future.