By: G. David Sload, ABC Keystone President-CEO

In June of 2018, JLG Industries Inc. and ABC National announced a strategic partnership that would help solve industry challenges with world-class education, training and equipment solutions. What does this mean for ABC Keystone, and how will the members of the Keystone Chapter benefit?

Shortly after the announcement by ABC National, ABC Keystone got involved. We began our relationship by sending member companies and their employees to JLG’s McConnellsburg, PA facility where they were able to test new equipment and provide input to JLG’s engineering staff. The proximity of the JLG facility in McConnellsburg makes it a good fit for us to provide this input. In addition, as one member put it, when was the last time a manufacturer went to the end user to test and provide input? We were quick to jump on the opportunity.

With changes coming to the ANSI standards, the Keystone Chapter was able to seek specialized training for our Director of Safety Services, Kevin Keith. Kevin spent an entire week at the JLG facility being educated as a trainer on low level access, standard scissors, boom and rough terrain fork equipment. This will provide members a uniquely certified trainer who meets these new ANSI standards which go into effect later in 2020.

A highlight of this partnership took place on March 5, when ABC Keystone acquired three pieces of equipment from JLG. On site we now have a rough terrain forklift, a 1930ES scissors lift and a E300AJP boom lift. This equipment will be used to enhance the training for our apprentices and enable us to provide additional certification training for our members.

We are excited for what JLG has brought to the table, and we are anxious to serve you, the members. We have the certified trainer and we have the equipment, so reach out to ABC Keystone for your lift training needs. Take advantage of the strategic partnership ABC National had the foresight to form so members can develop people, win work and deliver that work safely.

To read the full press release and view a video of the equipment delivery, please click here.

Watch a brief video and hear from ABC National, JLG Industries, Inc., and ABC Keystone:

JLG Equipment Delivery to ABC Keystone

(L to R): Adam Frank, District Sales Manager, JLG Industries Inc.;
Stephen M. Wiltshire, MS, STSC, Director of Safety, ABC National;
Craig Edwards, Vice President – National Accounts, JLG Industries Inc.;
Mark Leibman, Director of Business Development & Partnerships, ABC National;
Brent Miller, Regional Vice President Northeast Region, JLG Industries Inc.;
Rick Smith, Sr. Director of Global Product Training, JLG Industries Inc.;
G. David Sload, President-CEO, ABC Keystone Chapter.


Posted April 3, 2020