Former JLG President Steve Cecil Dies
Employees at JLG Industries learned this week that former company president Stephen R. Cecil, 68, died January 12, in Easton, Md., following a brief illness.
Cecil was named president of JLG Industries in August 1979 after company founder and president John L. Grove resigned to be come chairman of the board. He remained at JLG’s helm until June 1990, having successfully guided JLG through the deep economic recession of the early 1980s.
Cecil was born in Cumberland, Md., in 1942. He attended Ohio State University and began his career in truck body sales at Hercules Galion in 1964. He was vice president of sales at Peabody Galion before coming to JLG.
JLG employees who worked for Cecil and still on the job today agree that he was an unforgettable guy and a competent leader who has left them with a lot of good stories to tell about an earlier time at JLG.