Lift and Access Announces 2009 LLEAP Award Winners

Lift and Access has named winners of its Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) Awards, which are intended to recognize products, accessories, or design concepts that are considered innovative or have advanced the state of the lifting equipment industry. The Platinum winners for the fifth annual LLEAP Awards were Ehingen, Germany-based Liebherr for its LTM 1100-4.2 mobile crane, and South Gate, Calif.-based Arnco for its ecofil flatproofing tire fill.

In addition to the top overall winners, one Gold and one Silver winner were selected in each category.

Aerial Lifts

Gold: MEC Speed Level Sigma Lift

Silver: MEC 4191ES Large Scissor Lift

Material Handlers
Gold: Manitou MRT2540 Roto-Telehandler

Silver: Pettibone Extendo 1530

Cranes
Silver: Iowa Mold Tooling Knuckleboom Line

Aftermarket Support Products & Services
Silver: The Crosby Group Split Nut Retention System

OEM Features/Essential Components for OEMs
Gold: Perkins 1200 Series Engines
Silver: Liebherr Liccon 2 Control System

A panel of industry experts served as judges for the LLEAP Awards. Judges looked critically at each product before scoring the products on a scale from 1 to 10 in categories of innovation, influence, benefit and leadership. The Lift and Access staff then tallied the votes and took the average of the rankings after throwing out top and bottom scores to eliminate bias.

Judges this year included Steve Gooding, product support industry veteran; Mike Jordan, fleet manager for United Rentals; Howard Kaplan, safety manager for Southwest Industrial Rigging; Matt Rocca, president and CEO of GAR Equipment; Steve Shaughnessy, managing director for Loxam Access UK; Jeff Stachowiak, national director of safety training for Sunbelt Rentals; Lance Sullivan, fleet product and service management for Sunstate Equipment; Edmond Tamas, construction support engineer for Fluor Corporation. Lift and Access staff also served as judges.

For complete coverage of all of the winning entries, check out the October/November issue of Lift and Access.