Spring 2016

Aussie Scissor Lift to be a Star at Genie 50-Year Celebration in the US

Friday 29 July 2016 @ 12:57

Golden ScissorA 10 year old Genie GS-4390 RT scissor lift, which has completed a major inspection and refurbished exclusively in Australia and painted in celebratory gold, is heading to the United States to be showcased at the Genie Headquarters when Genie continues to celebrate 50 years as a global market leader in the Elevating Work Platforms (EWP) industry.

The refurbished 10-year-old scissor lift was unveiled at the Genie Annual Customer Appreciation Night held on Queensland’s Gold Coast in early May. The superb event, held at the eclectic Miami Marketta, was attended by Matt Fearon, Genie President, Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), who is based in Washington in the United States, and Jim Barr, Genie Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific – Terex AWP. “A Genie 50 year initiative, the ultimate 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 Aerial Work Platforms (AWP).

Ample appreciation for the Gold Scissor at Genie 360 Support launch

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 ultimate scissor helped to display the full thrust of Genie 360 Support, the end-to-end customer solution, which Matt was in Australia to help us launch,” said Lawrence. “Matt was suitably impressed with the local teamwork that went into building the gold scissor – so impressed, the machine is headed to the Genie 50 year celebrations in Redmond, Seattle later in the year, which is a massive honour for Australia.”

Mitch Ely, Genie 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 aluminium 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 refurbishment.”

Total team effort

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 reconditioned the impressive scissor stack,” said Ely. “The team in Adelaide built the amazing wheels and the Perth heavy maintenance team assembled the engine.

He added: “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 said. “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 ultimate scissor lands in the US in a few months’ time,” said Ely.

The key members of the Genie Team who refurbished, with custom features, the Genie® GS™-4390RT were Steven Griffin, Engineering Technician, Darin Kline, Workshop Technician and Mike Randle, Engineering Manager. Features include the 4.4 litre V8 engine, alloy wheels and celebratory gold paint.

Below: The reveal of the new 50-Year golden scissor at the Genie 2016 Customer night held in the Gold Coast in May.


50 Years machine