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    JLG Industries crowned Kennards Hire Supplier of the Year 2018

    Published on 12 April 2018, Thursday, 6:13 PM

    Leading designer and manufacturer of access equipment, JLG Industries (Australia), has been crowned Kennards Hire’s Supplier of the Year 2018.  JLG also took home gold in the ‘Every Customer Is A Raving Fan’ category at the leading family-owned hire company’s bi-annual Supplier Awards Night.

    Held at the Kennards Hire Artarmon Branch on Thursday 5 April, this year’s Supplier Awards Night also marked the business’ 70th anniversary, having started out in Bathurst, New South Wales in 1948.

    With over 170 branches across Australia and New Zealand, the Kennards Hire team are surveyed on how their suppliers’ best met the company’s four values. These results are averaged out to determine the Supplier of the Year, as well as the individual Value Award finalists and winners.

    Although there were many winners on the night, one supplier in particular stood out above the rest, embodying the fundamental values of Kennards Hire. Not only did JLG Industries (Australia) win Supplier of the Year for 2018, they received silver for the ‘Taking Hire Higher’ and ‘Fair Dinkum’ categories, and won gold for ‘Every Customer A Raving Fan’.

    Bob Mules, General Manager of JLG Industries (Australia), said, “Our team at JLG Industries is incredibly privileged to win several awards at the Kennards Hire Supplier Awards Night, and to take home the award for Supplier of the Year is such an honour!”

    “We’ve worked with Kennards Hire for 25 years now, and there’s no other company that goes to these lengths to recognise the support of their suppliers. I’d like to thank Kennards Hire for their continued support and the opportunities they provide.”

    Kennards Hire are always looking to expand their range of equipment with innovative products to make their customers’ job easy. From all the new product releases in the previous year, Stihl Australia was awarded gold for their Cordless Cut Off Saw – the TSA230. ASPAC Group’s Athena Bi-Levelling Scissor Lift and D&D Group’s PORTABOOM™ came in as close finalists.

    Angus Kennard, CEO of Kennards Hire, said, “Without the support and loyalty of our suppliers, some of which have been with us since we began back in 1948, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

    “Our suppliers are like family and provide us with quality equipment, service and training that our branch teams can then confidently share with our customers.”

    The first Kennards Hire New Zealand Supplier Awards will be held at Eden Park on Tuesday, 10 April.

    A list of this year’s Kennards Hire Supplier Award Night winners below.


    Kennards Hire Supplier Awards 2018 (Australia)


    Fair Dinkum Value Award

    Tyrolit Australia Pty Ltd

    Every Customer A Raving Fan Value Award

    JLG Industries (Australia)

    Taking Hire Higher Value Award

    Tyrolit Australia Pty Ltd

    One Family Value Award

    Hilti (Australia) Pty Ltd

    Customer Service Award

    Phil Rowden, Tyrolit Australia Pty Ltd

    Best New Product Award

    Product: Cordless Cut Off Saw - TSA230

    Supplier: Stihl Australia

    Commercial Support Award

    NNR Global Logistics Australia Pty Ltd

    Supplier of the Year Award

    JLG Industries (Australia)


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    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.