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JLG expansion to mean 130 additional jobs

January 13, 1997

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - JLG Industries will break ground Wednesday for a 157,000-square-foot expansion of its McConnellsburg plant that is expected to result in the addition of 130 jobs.

The manufacturer also will dedicate a $14.6 million, 130,000-square-foot building in Bedford, Pa., on Wednesday.

The Bedford project involved acquisition and renovation of an existing 109,000-square-foot building and increasing the plant size to 130,000 square feet. That expansion will result in the addition of more than 100 jobs.

"We are pleased to expand our manufacturing capabilities in McConnellsburg and Bedford and to contribute to this vigorous economy in Southcentral Pennsylvania," L. David Black, chief executive officer, said Monday in a prepared statement. "We are fortunate to be in an area with a world-class workforce that is committed to producing world-class products."

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The McConnellsburg plant addition, which will cost $12 million, will add manufacturing and office space.

It will bring the plant's manufacturing space to 500,000 square feet under roof, said Margaret Taylor, executive director of the Fulton County Industrial Development Association.

JLG makes aerial platforms that lift workers to elevated work areas. Products include boom, scissor and vertical lifts named for the method in which they expand to their maximum heights. They are sold in a world-wide market.

In 1996, JLG's sales rose to $413.4 million, a gain of 54 percent over the previous year, according to a company statement. Net income rose to $42 million, double that of 1995. The company shared its good fortune by giving its workers an 8 percent bonus last year.

The company had 500 employees at its McConnellsburg plant in 1990. Today it has more than 2,000.

There are 600 workers in the Bedford plant.

Because of JLG, Fulton County has an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, Taylor said.

Fulton County's second-largest company, H.B Mellott, employs several hundred workers, Taylor said. The company makes and uses portable stone-crushing equipment, she said.

Taylor said that based on information from a study that analyzed data from the Federal Reserve Bank, manufacturing employment in Fulton County grew 46 percent from 1990 to 1995, the highest percentage increase in Pennsylvania.

JLG was founded in 1969 by John L. Grove, Taylor said. Grove owned Grove Manufacturing in Shady Grove, between Waynesboro and Greencastle, until he sold it to open JLG, she said. The Grove plant makes heavy duty cranes.

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