JLG breaks ground for expansion

January 16, 1997


Staff Writer

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - JLG Industries Inc. broke ground Wednesday for a four-phase, $12 million expansion that will bring the aerial lift manufacturer's workforce to more than 2,200 in Fulton County and one that will put the company on firmer footing in international markets.

The ground-breaking ceremony, led by Thomas Hagen, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will prove that American companies can "continue to manufacture and distribute world-class products to just about every continent of the globe," said L. David Black, JLG chief executive officer.

"Our success is predicated on the excellent qualities of the workforce in this region of Pennsylvania and their success in applying information and technology on the manufacturing floor," Black said.


JLG earlier Wednesday broke ground for an expansion of its plant in Bedford, Pa., that eventually will bring the workforce there to 600, company officials said.

Hagen said JLG is an example of Pennsylvania's two-year effort to improve the state's business climate. State Sen. Robert Jubelirer, R-Fulton, said the state's growth will come from expanding existing businesses, like JLG.

The company makes hydraulically operated scissor, telescopic, self-propelled and push-around personnel lifts.

The expansion, covering 157,000 square feet, will include a new boom-making building, a post-assembly building for testing, a paint shop and more than 5,000 square feet of new office space.

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