JLG Industries, Inc. officially kicked off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration on January 9, marking a half-century since its founder spearheaded the access industry with the introduction of the world's first boom lift, commonly referred to as JLG 1.
On January 9, 1969, John L. Grove rallied a small group of people around one big idea – create a safer way to work at height. This seed idea came to life with the introduction of the first aerial work platform. Grove's passion for safety and his pioneering spirit continue to be carried out today by more than 6,000 JLG employees around the world.
"50 years is a remarkable milestone for both JLG and the access industry," said Frank Nerenhausen, JLG president. "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."
Since its introduction of the first commercially produced aerial work platform, JLG has claimed many access industry firsts – including oscillating axles for boom and scissor lifts in 1981, the only fuel-cell-powered boom lift in 1999, the first environmentally friendly 60-foot electric boom lift in 2000, and the first straight boom lift to reach 150 feet in 2011. The company surpassed its own record in 2014 with the introduction of a 185-foot model 1850SJ, the world's tallest self-propelled boom lift. In the same year, JLG introduced the first true hybrid diesel-electric boom lift, the H340AJ.