Construction Industry News

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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Date: 27-03-2020 / Author: fmotz

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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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EUFMC Cancels 2020 Conference Due to COVID-19 Crisis

Date: 17-03-2020 / Author: kscally

The Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference announced it is canceling its 2020 event, which had been scheduled for May 31-June 3 in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

The EUFMC Board of Directors said in a statement that the decision to cancel was not made easily, but it was necessary for the health and safety of attendees after closely monitoring COVID-19 developments.

The EUFMC has held its annual event since 1953. In 2019, more than 125 utility fleet representatives attended, along with 350 manufacturer and service provider representatives. 

BigRentz, Lizzy Lift Merge Equipment Rental Services

Date: 16-03-2020 / Author: abrumm

BigRentz announced it has merged with Illinois-based Lizzy Lift, a nationwide and international provider of construction equipment rental services.

The merger increases BigRentz’s client base, catalog, and rental partner network.

Co-owned by sisters Jennifer DuBose-Lombard and Elizabeth Faruzzi for over 20 years, Lizzy Lift is a provider of material handling equipment, aerial work platforms, site services, and more. Lizzy Lift will continue to own equipment and offer its equipment through the BigRentz marketplace, while BigRentz gains Lizzy Lift’s client portfolio.

Ruthmann North America Acquires ReachMaster

Date: 13-03-2020 / Author: abrumm

Ruthmann, a manufacturer of truck-mounted and tracked aerial working platforms, announced at ConExpo 2020 in Las Vegas that it has acquired its long-standing sales and service partner, ReachMaster Inc., from Ebbe Christensen through a 100% share buy-out.