2010-05-27 / Front Page

Craig E. Paylor Retires From JLG Industries

Wilson Jones named new president
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

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In an announcement that surprised employees and the community Tuesday morning, access equipment manufacturer JLG Industries said President Craig E. Paylor would retire from the company effective July 1.

Paylor, who was born and raised in McConnellsburg, has worked at JLG for more than 30 years, beginning his employment in 1978 as a district sales manager. He has held various sales and business development positions with the company and was made senior vice president of sales and market development in 1999.

Following Oshkosh Corp.’s acquisition of JLG in 2006, Paylor was named president of the company, a position he has held since May 2007. Oshkosh credits Paylor with growing JLG internationally as the leader in the access equipment market with operations around the world.

Prior to JLG’s sale, Paylor played a key role in the company’s growth from a $40 million privately held company to a publicly traded global corporation with sales approaching $3 billion, JLG said in a released statement

Wilson Jones New JLG President Wilson Jones New JLG President Paylor will also step down July 1 from his position as executive vice president of the access equipment segment at Oshkosh.

Although Paylor’s retirment is official in July, JLG spokesperson Jeff Ford said Tuesday morning that he will remain onboard for a still undetermined length of time to smooth the transition to new leadership that is going to Wilson Jones, Oshkosh executive vice president and president of Oshkosh’s fire and emergency segment, which includes Jerr-Dan Corp. in Greencastle, Pa.

Wilson has been in the specialty vehicle manufacturing industry for more than 20 years. He joined Oshkosh in 2005 as the vice president and general manager of the airport products business unit and later became vice president, sales and marketing for the fire and emergency group. In 2007, he was promoted to president of Wisconsin based Pierce Manufacturing and to the position of executive vice president of the fire and emergency segment in 2008.

“We wish Craig the best in retirement and look forward to Wilson successfully leading JLG and expanding the business globally,” said Charlie Szews, Oshkosh Corp. president and chief operating officer. “We expect to build upon the outstanding foundation set by Craig at JLG, and are pleased to bring Wilson’s skills to sustain and grow JLG’s global leadership position in the access equipment market.”

Ford said that although Paylor had alluded to retirement from time to time, the annoucement came as a suprise. “It’s a significant day for us here for sure,” Ford said.

Paylor will spend his remaining days as president focused on leading JLG through the end of the recession and getting things ready for the new president.

“Oshkosh certainly respects the work he does,” said Ford, “especially getting us through the latest recession, which can be termed the worst in JLG’s history.”

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