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JLG among top 10 plants

November 09, 1999|By DON AINES

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Fulton County's largest employer, JLG Industries Inc., has been named one of the top 10 manufacturing plants in America by a national magazine.

JLG, a leading manufacturer of mobile aerial work platforms, was the only Pennsylvania firm to make the list compiled by Cleveland-based Industry Week. Senior Technology Editor John Teresko will present the award to JLG Chairman, President and CEO L. David Black in a 2 p.m. ceremony on Friday, according to Vice President of Human Relations Sam Swope.

On-time delivery, quality, safety, five-year productivity improvement and the five-year retention rate of customers were among the criteria considered by Industry Week, Swope said Tuesday. "I think our team-based approach and employee involvement stood out, " he said.

Industry week, with a circulation of 233,000, began listing the top manufacturing plants in 1990. While two firms each from Arkansas and Tennessee made the list this year, Swope said JLG is just the third Pennsylvania company to make the list during the past decade.

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JLG employs about 2,200 people at its McConnellsburg plant, Swope said. The company employs a total of about 4,000 people including those at two facilities in Bedford, Pa., and workers at two Gradall plants in Ohio that the company purchased earlier this year.

Total sales for the year ending July 31 totaled $720 million with profits of $61.2 million. Swope said about a third of the sales were overseas.

John L. Grove, who also founded Grove Worldwide Inc. in Shady Grove, Pa., began JLG in 1969. Black has headed the company since 1990, according to Swope.

The company markets its lifts to rental companies, as well as industrial, construction, commercial and institutional users. It has sales and service locations in Great Britain and Australia.

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