Scissor lift a star attraction at 50-year celebration

A Genie GS-4390 RT scissor lift, major inspected and refurbished exclusively in Australia and painted in celebratory gold, is heading to the United States to be showcased at the Genie Head Quarters, part of the Terex Aerial Work Platform (AWP) segment of Terex Corporation, in Redmond, Wash., where Genie continues to celebrate 50 years as a global market leader in the Elevating Work Platforms (EWP) industry.

The refurbished 10-year-old anniversary-themed scissor lift was unveiled at the Genie Annual Customer Appreciation Night held on Australia’s Gold Coast in early May. The event, held at the eclectic Miami Marketta, was attended by Matt Fearon, Genie President, Terex AWP, and Jim Barr, Genie Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Terex AWP.

“As part of our company’s 50th year initiative, the one-of-a-kind gold-painted Genie GS-4390 RT scissor lift was rebuilt by a large number of the Genie team in Australia, with a massive 4.4-litre V8 engine,” said Brad Lawrence, Genie General Manager Australia, Terex AWP.

At the appreciation night, the scissor lift was piloted by Genie’s own version of “The Stig”, the helmeted anonymous test driver of “Top Gear” fame.

“The scissor helped to display the full thrust of Genie 360 Support, our end-to-end customer solution,” added Lawrence.

Mitch Ely, National Operations Manager, Terex AWP, who coordinated the rebuild, said the Genie GS-4390 RT scissor lift has been 10-year inspected and fully refurbished. “The impressive customisation includes bespoke aluminum wheel disks and the striking gold metallic colour scheme,” said Ely. “This machine is very special for us because all our heavy maintenance facilities and customer support centres were involved in its construction.”

In total, 61 members of the Genie team across Australia were involved in rebuilding the scissor lift.

“The machine started in Melbourne, where the team disassembled it, while the team in Sydney refurbished the impressive scissor stack,” said Ely. “The team in Adelaide built the amazing wheels and the Perth heavy maintenance team built the engine. The Brisbane team reassembled the machine and commissioned it, while our senior technician in Darwin played The Stig when the scissor was unveiled to an appreciative audience of customers on the Gold Coast.”

Ely said he expects the golden Genie GS-4390 RT to be a massive hit in the United States. “Anyone with petrol or engineering in their veins will be drawn to this machine, which celebrates the 50-year journey of Genie,” he finished.

“For me, it has been an honour and privilege to lead the teams that have rebuilt this machine, and I look forward to the global response when this scissor lands in the US in a few months’ time.”

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