Designer and manufacturer of access equipment, JLG Industries (Australia), has been crowned Kennards Hire's Supplier of the Year 2018.

L-R: Kennards Hire CEO Angus Kennard, JLG GM Bob Mules, and Kennards Hire chairman Brendan Fleiter.

JLG also took home gold in the ‘Every Customer Is A Raving Fan' category at the hire company's bi-annual Supplier Awards Night.

Held at the Kennards Hire Artarmon Branch on April 5, 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 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 is 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.