2019 LLEAP Awards Honor Most Innovative Access Products


Fort Dodge, Iowa (December 3, 2019) — Heartland Communications Group announces the winners of the 14th annual Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) Awards, presented by Lift and Access, recognizing the most innovative new products in the access industry.

The awards, highlighted in the November-December 2019 issue of Lift and Access, honored eight products in four categories, which included aerial lifts, material handlers, features/essential components, and aftermarket support products & services.

In order for a product or service to qualify for the 2019 competition, the entry needed to be new or a major improvement to an existing product, introduced or available in North America between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019.

An expert panel of judges evaluated the entries and rated the products based on innovative features and technology, perceived value, productivity, and overall benefit to the industry, with 40 as the highest total score possible. The top two products in each category received awards.

The 2019 judges included: Michael Crouch, president of RMC Consults; Tony Foster, equipment purchaser at Cianbro Equipment; Tony Groat, International Powered Access Federation North American manager; Mark Hinkel, president of Hinkel Equipment Rental; Guy Ramsey, president of Ramsey Management Services; Jeff Stachowiak, national director of safety training at Sunbelt Rentals; along with the members of the Lift and Access editorial team, including Karen M. Scally, editor of Lift and Access; Alexis Brumm, managing editor of Lift and Access; and Mike Larson, editor of Crane Hot Line and contributing editor for Lift and Access.

The 2019 LLEAP winners are:

Aerial Lifts

  • Gold:  Snorkel S3019E
  • Silver: Reachmaster Bluelift B35EB

Material Handlers

Features and Components

  • Gold:  Trojan Battery Trillium Intelligent Lithium
  • Silver:  GMG Ramp Control

Aftermarket Support Products & Services

  • Gold:  JLG Mobile Control App
  • Silver:  Snorkel Pressure Washer Package


Videos of the winners in action can be viewed at and at Lift and Access magazine’s YouTube channel here. The digital edition showcasing the winners can be found here.

For more information about the winning products and to find out how to enter a product for the 2020 LLEAP Awards or to serve as a judge, visit