Access veteran and JLG product manager Ron Jackson is to retire next week after almost 35 years with JLG
Jackson joined JLG from the fork truck industry back in 1981 as a driver/demonstrator and has remained with the company through good times and not so good times. Currently a senior product manager with the company he is widely respected for his knowledge, experience and possibly more importantly his patience, consistency and good nature.
Taking certain people up in a 185ft boom at a trade show can be one of the most trying but he always shows the same calm professionalism when under fire as when all is going well – until the slightest compromise on safety is hinted at – then a steely eyed, polite but firm look will tell anyone who even hints at doing such a thing that this is a no-go area. A similar reaction is likely if anyone tries to rush or take a short cut on anything that might be critical.
Ron Jackson will be greatly missed by his colleagues and by JLG as a company, his professionalism and passion for access equipment has infected many people over the years, as he progressed through the service department to sales and in recent years senior product manager for aerial work platforms. JLG product development and evolution has benefited over the years from his knowledge, most particularly in Europe, but also more widely.
Ron Jackson’s long term Scottish colleague Jim Thomas is leaving the company at the same time, both can be contacted on their usual email addresses until the end of the month.
Speaking of their departure JLG said: “Whilst we will miss the knowledge, enthusiasm and that wonderful Scottish sense of humour which Ron and Jim shared with us over many memorable years, we wish them both the very best for a long retirement. We would like to thank them both for the many years of exceptional and dedicated service – The bar has been set high for those who follow”.