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Aerial Industry Icon Frank Scarborough Passes Away

According to, Frank Scarborough passed away today after he suffered a massive stroke over the weekend. Frank worked for Grove, Snorkel, and UpRight throughout his career in the cranes and access industries.

Frank started working in the lifting equipment industry at Grove Manufacturing in the 1970s. In his next career move, he was brought on by Snorkel founder Art Moore in 1986 as district manager. He worked at Snorkel in various capacities until 1992. From there, Frank joined UpRight, where he stayed until 2000, and rejoined Snorkel as executive vice president in 2003.

The year prior to Frank returning to Snorkel, the company's former owners, Textron, had discontinued AWP production, and the staff had dwindled down to 12 employees, who were tasked with filling small orders and selling off the remaining inventory. In 2002, Snorkel was purchased by one of its key suppliers and a group of private investors. After he was hired, Frank was instrumental in regaining trust from buyers and suppliers, ramping up production, and bringing the company back to profitability. He left Snorkel in 2008.

Frank leaves behind his wife, two daughters, and a grandchild. A Celebration of Life will be held at the St. Joseph Benton Club, 402 North 7th St., 1 p.m. Saturday, July 17. Donations may be made in honor of Frank to the Penn State Joe Paterno Library or the Eckel Ellis Historical Foundation.



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