Eazi Sales and Service Appointed Sole JLG Distributor For South Africa
Posted by: Larry Smith
Eazi Sales and Service, a subsidiary of the Eazi Group of companies and a leading supplier of access machinery and equipment in South Africa, has been appointed the sole distributor for the JLG® product range.
JLG Europe BV, an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE: OSK] is a leading manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telescopic material handlers. The Eazi Group operates the largest rental fleet of JLG products in the country through its rental business, Eazi Access Rental. Eazi has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with JLG that emanated from one of the founders of the Eazi Group, Chad Pope, who was also the founding Managing Director of JLG Africa when it first entered the market in the early 90’s.
While JLG’s roots stem from being a supplier of powered access, today JLG is the largest manufacturer of telehandlers in the USA and one of the leading distributors in Europe.
Wayne Lawson, JLG Vice President and Managing Director Europe, Africa and Middle East; said, “With Eazi Sales & Service, JLG has partnered with a knowledgeable and strong distributor which offers a unique level of service in the region. The company’s expertise and market share in the access platform sector, their attention to detail, safety track record and their after-sales service back-up have been paramount in our decision to appoint them as our sole distributor.
Eazi Sales and Service will provide the South African market with JLG access equipment and telehandlers. Additionally, Eazi Sales and Service provide technical support and will distribute JLG service parts.”
Larry Smith, Director of Eazi Sales and Service said, “It is a privilege to represent JLG in South Africa. JLG currently has the lion share of MEWP (Mobile Elevated Working Platforms) market in both South Africa and the rest of the world and offers the most recognised access product offering to both the end-user and rental markets. I believe that the bond that ties our two companies together is the common values system we share, which primarily encompasses a focus on both safety and quality coupled with superior after-sales support.
In the wake of acquiring this distributorship, Eazi Sales and Service have appointed Craig Thomas as General Manager. Craig has over 23 years experience in equipment rental and over that period has built a longstanding customer relationship with JLG. Thomas has great respect for the JLG brand and brings an in-depth understanding of customers’ needs as well as business acumen to Eazi Sales and Service.
The JLG distributorship will assist Eazi Sales and Service in continuing to service a wide range of industries – including commercial and retail, heavy construction, mining, industrial, infrastructure development. In addition to South Africa Eazi Sales and Service will provide sales and after sales support in the Southern African region extending to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Mauritius, Zambia and Madagascar.
Current Eazi Sales and Service clients include the likes of blue-chip companies like Murray & Roberts, Stefanutti Stocks, Grinaker LTA, BHP Billiton, Sasol and others.