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U.S. Department of Energy Recognizes JLG Industries, Inc. for 50001 Ready Achievements

JLG facilityThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognizes JLG Industries for achieving 50001 Ready recognition at its Shippensburg and McConnellsburg Facilities, both located in Pennsylvania. Owned by Oshkosh Corporation, JLG is a manufacturer of access equipment such as telescopic handler forklifts at 80 sites globally. JLG participated in a Pennsylvania State University’s Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) cohort. With the support of this official DOE 50001 Ready partner, JLG’s Shippensburg and McConnellsburg sites attained 50001 Ready status in 2021 and 2022, respectively, with their most recent annual attestation occurring in 2023.  

McConnellsburg staff attribute much of their success to HVAC upgrades. Shippensburg’s biggest gains were achieved through lighting and controls. Before new equipment is purchased, a dialogue is initiated with engineers to determine if better equipment exists at a comparable price point, and once the new equipment arrives at JLG, it is operated with efficiency in mind. End-of-shift checklist items such as turning off the lights have been replaced with occupancy sensors. This combination of strong equipment and automated systems has resulted in more consistent and effective energy management.    

With two sites being part of the same cohort, JLG saw staff at Shippensburg and McConnellsburg continuously pushing one another to do better. This friendly competition resulted in greater energy performance for both sites, more than might have otherwise been achieved. Having more than one site participate led to a swath of shared information and insights that also served to improve performance.    

JLG witnessed not only energy savings as a result of the company’s efforts but also increased sales, due to customer interest in supporting sustainable programs. JLG intends to maintain 50001 Ready status at the Shippensburg and McConnellsburg sites, also planning to bring 50001 Ready to another site in 2026, the first of an internal goal of “one site per year.” For JLG, the benefits aren’t limited to reduced operational costs; they include risk management, continual operational improvement, and maintaining a competitive edge.

DOE’s 50001 Ready program, managed by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO), provides a self-paced, no-cost way for organizations to build a culture of structured energy improvement that leads to deeper and more sustained energy savings.

Learn more about JLG’s key takeaways for implementing a 50001 Ready energy management system.