March 2020

Pettibone’s Critical Infrastructure Workers Continue Operations

Date: 31-03-2020 / Author: fmotz

After careful deliberation amid the developing COVID-19 situation, Michigan-based Pettibone/Traverse Lift, LLC has announced it will continue in-person operations for essential employees. On March 23, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 (the Order) requiring that all non-essential businesses cease in-person activities. The Order includes an exception for operations employing “critical infrastructure workers.” Under the Order, Pettibone is an excepted business.

COVID-19: Manitou Group maintains the closure of its manufacturing operations in Europe and India

Date: 31-03-2020 / Author: fmotz

In the context of a still very serious health crisis, and in accordance with recommendations or regulatory
obligations, the Manitou group is maintaining the closure of its manufacturing activities in France, Italy and India.

The group is actively working on preparing for the reopening of the sites. It will not be possible to reopen the sites
before the second half of April. The re-start will be gradual, in order to integrate the implementation of sanitary
measures and to reactivate the entire supply chain.

JCB’S UK Factory Joins Global Call To Action Over Ventilator Shortage

Date: 31-03-2020 / Author: fmotz

JCB in the United Kingdom is poised to re-start production at a factory closed as a result of the Coronavirus crisis in order to join the global effort to manufacture ventilators, the company announced today.

JCB received a direct appeal from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month to help plug the national ventilator shortage and to help save lives of Coronavirus patients. Following the approach, JCB Chairman Lord Bamford promised to help in any way the company could and immediately mobilized a research and engineering team to examine potential ways to assist.

LIVE: COVID-19 Impact on Access Industry Events

Date: 31-03-2020 / Author: abrumm
IPAF Innovate

Many access industry events originally scheduled for the second quarter of 2020 have been canceled or rescheduled due to the growing global spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Lift and Access is compiling a live list of the latest news on how the pandemic is affecting plans for industry events. Check back here for further announcements.

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Statement from Lift and Access

Date: 27-03-2020 / Author: fmotz

Dear Friends, Associates, Suppliers, Readers and Clients:

EXCLUSIVE SURVEY: COVID-19 Altering Access Industry

Date: 25-03-2020 / Author: kscally
COVID-19 Survey

The results of an exclusive survey by Lift and Access showed that in the last week, the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly affecting travel, revenue, and hiring decisions in the access industry.

Week of March 23: LIVE COVID-19 Access Industry News

Date: 23-03-2020 / Author: abrumm
COVID19 Access Industry News


LIVE: How COVID-19 is Affecting Access OEMs, Rental Companies

Date: 19-03-2020 / Author: kscally
COVID19 Access Industry News

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its global spread, Lift and Access is keeping track of its ripple effect on the access equipment and rental industries, noting closures, changes to operations, and construction stoppages.

Check back here for the latest news as it happens.

March 20

JLG Industries to Close All U.S. Manufacturing Plants

JLG is suspending production at its U.S. facilities from March 30 through April 13 to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Manitou Group Closes French Operations Over COVID-19

Date: 18-03-2020 / Author: kscally
Manitou Group

Manitou Group closed its operations in France on March 17 in order to help limit the growth of COVID-19.

It will remain closed until March 31, following closure announcements by numerous partners, customers, and suppliers.

Some divisions will be excluded from the closure, including spare parts, customer support, and some central functions.

Manitou Group is currently unable to determine the overall impact that this crisis will have on the financial full year.

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