JLG expands N.A. manufacturing footprint

By Lindsey Anderson15 March 2022

JLG will begin producing booms, scissor lifts and telehandlers from a new facility in Jefferson City, TN, the comapny announced. It also has increased manufacturing capacities at its Bedford, PA, McConnellsburg, PA and Leon, Mexico plants through the addition of new lines.

JLG Tennessee Plant As part of a significant manufacturing expansion, JLG has begun production at a 60,000 sq. ft. space in Jefferson City, Tenn., that is being leased from sister Oshkosh Corp. company Oshkosh Defense. (Photo: JLG)

The 60,000-square-foot Jefferson City, TN facility, which is being leased from parent company Oshkosh’s Defense segment, will produce booms, scissor lifts and telehandlers, JLG said. 

The expanded production efforts will help JLG navigate its record-level $3.6 billion in backlog, while also addressing inflationary pressures, labor constraints and supply chain disruptions, according to the company.

“We have been pursuing a number of initiatives to establish a more agile and stable business model to support long-term, sustainable growth,” said Frank Nerenhausen, executive vice president Oshkosh Corporation and president JLG Industries. “The investment in additional manufacturing space and technology-rich manufacturing lines is indicative of our commitment to supporting customer needs in today’s dynamic marketplace.

“JLG is leaning in, looking at everything from how to optimize digital twins during the design/engineering process, to regionalizing supply chains, to additive manufacturing, to the autonomous and semi-autonomous solutions required to assist a now five-generation workforce and reduce the load/gap caused by labor shortages. Expanding and integrating new state-of-the-art technologies into our plants will allow us to optimize operational capacity to better absorb peaks in demand, while improving worker safety and flow management. We are investing in the connected and autonomous solutions that will make it easier to do business with us.”

Digitization has enabled automation and machine learning from the earliest stages of design through the manufacturing and field use of products. JLG said it foresees customers eventually being able to track a machine from its order stage through the end of its lifecycle, “enabling a greater depth of insight into each unit’s true utilization and ROI.”

JLG’s new Tennessee facility and the additional manufacturing lines in Pennsylvania and Mexico are operational and in the process of ramping up to full capacity.

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