2018 LLEAP Award Winners Announced

Lift and Access announced the winners of the 13th annual Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Plaftorms (LLEAP) Awards, which recognize the industry's most innovative new products.

To be considered in the 2018 LLEAP competition, a new product, major product improvement, or accessory must have been available in North America and introduced or delivered to the market between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018.

The two top-ranked products in each of the five LLEAP categories are:

Aerial Lifts

Material Handlers


OEM Features or Essential Components

Aftermarket Support Products & Services

An expert panel of judges evaluated the entries using product literature, photos, videos, technical drawings, and other information provided by the entrants. Each judge rated products based on innovative features and technology, perceived value, productivity, and overall benefit to the industry, with 40 as the highest total score possible.

The 2018 judges included: Michael Crouch, president of RMC Consults; Tony Foster, equipment purchaser at Cianbro Equipment; Tom Hammerslag, owner of Great Lakes Access; Mike Larson, editor of Crane Hot Line; Richard Marcotte, instructor at Industrial Training International (ITI); Alastair Robertson, president of Universal Equipment; Karen M. Scally, editor of Lift and Access; Jeff Stachowiak, national director of safety training at Sunbelt Rentals; and Lance Sullivan, fleet product technical adviser at Sunstate Equipment Co. LLC.

Winners in action: Watch a video playlist of the 2018 LLEAP winners here.

Interested in serving as a LLEAP judge for 2019? Contact Karen M. Scally at karen.scally@hlipublishing.com for more information.