2011-02-17 / Local & State

Book Recounts History Of Gradall Industries

Includes years of JLG ownership
STAFF REPORT

A self-published book about Gradall Industries, maker of hydraulic excavators and rough terrain material handlers and an operating unit of JLG Industries from 1999 to 2006, has been announced by the author, Jim Grant Sr., a one-time Gradall employee.

“The Gradall A Story of American Ingenuity” chronicles the history of Gradall from the first patent Gradall-designed machine in 1943 through its acquisition in February 2006 by The Alamo Group Inc.

“This book is both an accurate and fascinating story of a pioneering American company, its charismatic leaders, its versatile products and its unique global market presence in construction, irrigation, transportation and steel production,” Grant said, in a released statement.

A chapter of the book is devoted to the seven- year period Gradall was part of JLG Industries.

During that time, according to Grant, there were enhancements to business operations, new innovative JLG telehandler and Gradall products, and the acquisition of other access product lines that strengthened JLG’s global posture in the construction equipment industry.

Grant held numerous management positions with Gradall before retiring in 2005. During Gradall’s JLG years, he was responsible for product support of Gradall products under the direction of former JLG president Craig Paylor and John Louderback. The 256-page softcover book is illustrated with more than 250 photographs and has an appendix with 26 illustrations and charts. Visit www.thegradallbook.com for more information or to place an order.

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