2010-07-15 / Front Page

JLG, Jerr-Dan To Combine Manufactur ing Operations

Jerr-Dan products to be made here and in Shippensburg
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

In a move aimed at maximizing operations and reducing costs, JLG Industries’ parent company Oshkosh Corp. announced Tuesday that it will move production at Oshkosh-owned company towing and recovery vehicle manufacturer Jerr-Dan Corp., in Greencastle, Pa., to JLG’s McConnellsburg and Shippensburg plants.

The manufacturing changeover will take place through the next two months and could possibly result in the loss of as many as 100 jobs at Jerr-Dan, according to John Daggett, Oshkosh spokesman.

Jerr-Dan, which employees 250 people, builds light-, medium- and heavy-duty carriers and wreckers, industrial transporters and fourcar carriers.

Daggett said, in a statement released to the “News,” that the changeover “ ... will provide the opportunity to utilize capacity and floor space in each of those two facilities (McConnellsburg and Shippensburg) as well as allow Oshkosh to take advantage of production synergies.”

Jerr-Dan-branded production is expected to restart at the JLG plants on October 4. Daggett said there would probably be some blending of work between Jerr Dan and JLG employees. “In essence,” he said, “everybody will be a JLG employee.”

Jerr-Dan will remain a separate business with its leadership team continuing to run operations. Its front office, including customer service, sales, operations, accounting, marketing, human resources and engineering, will relocate to JLG’s company headquarters in Hagerstown, Md., sometime in late October.

Oshkosh personnel are meeting with Jerr-Dan employees this week and will provide assistance through the transition. Daggett said that until those meetings are concluded, he could not say exactly how many employees will stay at Jerr-Dan or be transferred or offered jobs at JLG.

The announcement of the manufacturing changeover comes just two weeks after JLG President Craig E. Paylor’s official July 1 retirement. Paylor, who also retired from his position as executive vice president of Oshkosh’s access equipment segment, has held the JLG leadership position since May 2007. He has been replaced with Wilson Jones, former president of Oshkosh’s fire and emergency segment, which includes Jerr-Dan. With the changeover, Jerr-Dan will now become a member of Oshkosh’s access equipment segment.

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