50 years of access expertise
Half a century ago, firefighter Antti Jalo and his wife Helvi founded Jalo & Jalo, a sheet metal business in Turku, Finland. They used lifting equipment in their work, and as a former firefighter, Antti Jalo soon realised the market needed more rental equipment for safe and efficient working. They transitioned into an equipment rental company.
The company started its strong growth in 2012 as the third generation took over. The thriving family business is now managed by brothers Sami Jalo as the Managing Director and Toni Jalo as Head of Finance. They have introduced a strong acquisitions strategy and an ambitious long-term growth vision.
Today, after seven company acquisitions and strong organic growth, Jalo & Jalo is one of the leading rental companies of truck-mounted aerial platforms in the Nordics. The company is one of Bronto Skylift’s most long-term customers, acquiring their first Bronto in 1972.
They serve a variety of industries in northern Europe – including telecoms, wind, and electricity – through sales, rental, and services for lifting equipment. Jalo & Jalo’s available rental equipment includes Bronto aerial platforms, boom lifts, scissor lifts, and trailer-mounted MEWPs.
“Our access platform experts continue the legacy of our grandparents: we are always ready to serve, whatever the situation. We service all our customers’ access platform needs, whether they need equipment for just a few hours or for long-term worksites. Our clientele consists of companies of all sizes: from a large telecom company to a one-person window cleaning company. In addition to rentals, we offer a full range of platform services, including traffic management, lifting site surveys, and professional equipment operators,” says Sami Jalo.
50th anniversary boosts growth and expands the fleet
Jalo & Jalo is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with significant development steps that will accelerate their future growth. In just the first half of this year, they acquired the Finnish company Nostojet, opened two new locations, and expanded their fleet of aerial platforms with five new Bronto units.
“We acquired Nostojet to further strengthen our position in Finland with experienced staff and six Bronto aerial platforms. The facility in Lahti serves as a strategic location for our operations in the Helsinki region and eastern Finland. We also set up a new location in Vaasa, where we can now be closer to our customers in the Ostrobothnia region. This strong service network makes it possible to offer rapid support and maintenance.”Sami Jalo, Managing Director, Jalo & Jalo
But this expansion hasn’t just been limited to Finland – the company is expanding its reach in Sweden as well.
“Our daughter company in Sweden, Svenska Höjdliftar, opened a new location in Gothenburg. They operate all around Sweden, and this new location makes it possible to serve our customers even better in the western and southern regions of the country.”Sami Jalo, Managing Director, Jalo & Jalo
As the company expands, their fleet of aerial platforms continues to grow. Nine Jalo & Jalo facilities use only Bronto aerial platforms, so they were a natural choice when deciding to purchase five new aerials – one S50XDT-J, two S56XRs, and two S70XRs – for new European projects. Each was built with local standards in mind to operate freely throughout the region within the weight limits – and selected to suit Jalo & Jalo’s use cases.
“Our cooperation with Bronto Skylift has been excellent. We have switched away from other brands and now use Brontos exclusively. With them, we always know what we’re getting. In addition, the accessory options for the machines and their ability to customise the aerials to our requirements is better than other manufacturers,” Sami Jalo states.
In the future, Jalo & Jalo is set on expanding its staff of more than 90 platform professionals and reaching further into the Baltics and Germany.