Pa. Contractor Earns JLG Telehandler Challenge Crown

Tue March 13, 2007 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

JLG Industries Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corporation has announced that Joe Thomas, representing Knowlton and Sons Masonry Construction of Clifford, Pa., was the first place winner in the 2007 JLG Telehandler Skills Challenge held during the World of Concrete Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

The competition included a preliminary run on Tuesday, Jan. 23, for all participants. The top eight competitors advanced to the finals on Thursday, Jan. 25, where they were given two opportunities to navigate the course. Final standings were based on the best score of their two runs, with prizes and trophies awarded to the top three competitors.

David Baxter, JLG’s director of marketing and market development, who was on hand to present the awards said, “Our congratulations to Joe Thomas and all of the competitors in the 2007 JLG Telehandler Skills Challenge. As the world’s largest manufacturer of telehandlers, JLG is delighted to have again sponsored this contest. We appreciated the opportunity to showcase the capabilities of these operators and to demonstrate how telehandlers can contribute to the safety and productivity on job sites everywhere.”

Driving a Gradall Model G6-42P, Thomas took the top prize of a 42-in. plasma television set and Miller generator. Second place honors, including a Weber grill and Omaha steak package, went to Pete Greco from G. Porter and Company in Naperville, Ill., driving a Lull 644E-42. Third place and a Miller welder went to last year’s winner, Eric Roussel of Randy Roussel Masonry Inc. in Dubuque, Iowa, who drove a SkyTrak Model 6042.

Along with the three top prize winners, other contestants qualifying for the finals included Michael Bonner (Caswell Brickwork Inc., Warrenton, Mo.), Glenn Houghton Sr. (Houghton Masonry, Blue Grass, Iowa), Chris Yeghoian (RE Serrano, Antiach, Calif.), Mario Nichilo Jr. (Turnpike Masonry Ltd., Toronta, Canada) and Bill Larson (Summit Concrete and Masonry, Cedar, Minn.)

In addition to their merchandise prizes, all three top finishers also received a crystal trophy, while all eight finalists received a JLG jacket, a die cast model of the telehandler they used in the competition and a commemorative JLG shirt and hardhat.

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