LLEAP

Lift and Access Honors 2018 LLEAP Award-Winners at ARA Show

Date: 27-02-2019 / Author: kscally
Skyjack LLEAP award
Manitou LLEAP award
Terex LLEAP award
Haulotte LLEAP award
Jekko LLEAP award
GMG LLEAP awards
Serious Labs LLEAP award
Magni LLEAP award

At a dinner held in their honor, Lift and Access magazine celebrated the winners of the 2018 Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) awards and distributed the trophies for the two top-ranked innovative products in five categories on Feb. 17 to kick off the ARA Show in Anaheim, California.

The 2018 winners were:

Aerial Lifts

Gold: GMG 1530-ED Electric Micro Scissor Lift 
Silver: Haulotte HA61 LE PRO

Material Handlers

JLG Launches Mobile App to Drive Scissors, Debuts Two New Scissor Lift Models at ARA Show

Date: 20-02-2019 / Author: fmotz

JLG Industries, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary year at the 2019 ARA Show in Anaheim on Feb. 18-20, introduced a variety of new technologies on its MEWPs and telehandlers, including a mobile app to drive scissor lifts in the stowed position, as well as two new R Series scissor lift models.

New eBook: Top Innovative Products for Lifting Industry

Date: 15-02-2019 / Author: fmotz
LLEAP 2018 eBook

Want to know which new products designed for the lifting and material handling equipment industry should command your attention?

In this free eBook, developed by Lift and Access and sponsored by Magni Telescopic Handlers, the latest and most innovative products are revealed in five categories including aerial lifts, material handlers, cranes, OEM-developed features/essential components, and aftermarket support products & services.

MEWP Industry Veteran Robertson Was ‘Legendary,’ Colleagues Say

Date: 06-02-2019 / Author: fmotz
Alastair Robertson, left, Lift and Access Editor Karen Scally, and Lift and Access Publisher Franci Motz at IPAF Innovate 2018.

Describing him as “grand in all aspects of the word,” colleagues from throughout the access industry are paying tribute to Universal Equipment President Alastair Robertson, following his death Jan. 30, 2019.

Robertson worked with many OEMs since he started in the MEWP industry in 1981, and he served on the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) North American Regional Council since 2004. He also shared his expertise as a Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) Awards judge for Lift and Access magazine.

Universal Equipment President Alastair Robertson Dies

Date: 31-01-2019 / Author: kscally
Alastair Robertson

Longtime MEWP industry veteran and advocate Alastair Robertson, president of Universal Equipment in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, died Jan. 30, 2019. He was 69.

Robertson, who was born Oct. 28, 1949, started in the MEWP industry in 1981 as a sales manager for Simon Aerials, which was subsequently purchased by Terex, followed by roles at Economy Engineering (acquired by Snorkel), Snorkel, Grove Manlift, and Skyjack. He then worked at S and R Equipment, JLG’s dealer in Chicago, from 1991 to 1995.

Haulotte Americas Appoints Western Sales Representative

Date: 26-12-2018 / Author: kscally
Haulotte Bronson Anderson

Haulotte Americas, winner of a 2018 LLEAP Award for its HA61 LE PRO articulating boom lift, announced Bronson Anderson was named to the position of western regional sales representative to support Haulotte partners within the Western U.S. territory.

Carlos Hernandez, executive managing director of the Americas, said this marks an exciting addition for Haulotte as their customer partnerships in North America grow.

GMG Expands to Australia

Date: 20-12-2018 / Author: kscally
GMG Martin Eade

GMG, a 2018 LLEAP award winner with headquarters in the U.S., announced it is entering the Australian market to directly sell its full line of electric slab scissors, rough terrain scissors, and boom lifts.

GMG USA has established a fully owned subsidiary, GMG Platforms Australia Pty Limited, to offer sales, training, and product support. The company appointed Martin Eade as its sales manager there.

GMG Expands Management Team with Two New Hires

Date: 10-12-2018 / Author: kscally
Craig Braun
Erik de Bruijn

Access equipment provider and 2018 LLEAP Award winner GMG Inc. appointed a director of global operations and a European product support manager.

Craig Braun was named as the director of global operations. Braun brings his experience in manufacturing, operations, and logistics to join the GMG team, most recently serving as the managing director at a global manufacturing company.

Braun and his team will be responsible for all aspects related to manufacturing of existing and new GMG models, quality control, testing and certification, on-time delivery, and more.


The Ryze SBL (Scissor and Boom Lift) Simulator is intended to supplement actual equipment training by offering a safe, blended learning solution. The virtual reality (VR) software consists of 33 training scenarios, including three 20-minute practical evaluations that meet industry requirements for boom lifts, slab lifts, and diesel rough-terrain scissor lifts. The simulator allows the operator to attempt IPAF and ANSI training requirements in a dynamic environment without risk of physical harm.

The SRK-11 allows the self-rescue of any worker at height, regardless of industry. Certified for up to 600 feet, the kit uses high heat aramid fiber rope with a tensile strength exceeding 6,700 lbs. 

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