Suddenlink Leads The Charge In Providing
Safer Ladders For Diverse Workforce
Springville, Utah, November 14, 2011 – Little Giant Ladder Systems®,
(www.littlegiantladders.com), maker of the original articulating ladder, is elevating ladder
safety standards with its new Lunar™ extension ladder. Suddenlink
(www.suddenlink.com), the nation’s 7th largest cable operator, is leading the charge to
provide safer products to its workforce and encourage opportunities for a diverse
workforce among its technicians with Little Giant’s industry-leading ladder safety
“Little Giant has enhanced its product line of ladders with groundbreaking safety
features to address the risks that working professionals often face,” said Ryan Moss,
CEO, Little Giant Ladder Systems and Vice President of the American Ladder Institute.
“A very significant reduction in weight minimizes common handling injuries to the back
and shoulder. Suddenlink’s responsible decision to outfit its employees with the Lunar
extension ladder by Little Giant allows the industry-leading cable company to alter
technician job requirements, establishing new benchmarks in safety and employee
diversity for service companies nationwide.”
A video of the Lunar™ ladder can be viewed at
“The safety of our employees is Suddenlink’s highest priority,” said Mary E. Meduski,
Suddenlink Executive Vice President and CFO, and member of the Executive Board for
Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT). “Our hard-working technicians,
including many capable women, have difficult work assignments that often require them
to personally carry industrial-weight equipment necessary to accomplish their jobs. By
partnering with Little Giant Ladder Systems in developing these new products,
Suddenlink can now reduce the current job weight-carrying requirement to encourage
the recruitment of women to our technical operations group. We have standardized the
use of Little Giant Ladders companywide to ensure that all of our employees are using
the safest, most lightweight and easiest-to-use extension ladders available.”
For the third consecutive year, WICT has named Suddenlink one of the top five MSOs
for women in its annual PAR (Par equity, Advancement opportunities, Resources for
work/life support) study. The company’s partnership with Little Giant is a natural
extension of this commitment to workforce diversity.
Lunar™ ladder innovations deliver safety to working professionals. The lightest
industrial ANSI-rated fiberglass extension ladder in the world, the Lunar is perfect for
both industrial and electrical applications. The non-conductive rails feature Little Giant’s
exclusive Litewave™ technology and are constructed with a new, cutting-edge
fiberglass resin composite that is lighter and stronger than any other material on the
market. Additionally, the Lunar:
• Weighs up to 30% less than ordinary extension ladders
• Safely holds up to 375 pounds
• Is available in 20-, 24-, and 28-foot models.
Not only is the Lunar ladder easier and faster to use, it also lasts longer than ordinary
fiberglass extension ladders.
“Taking advantage of new equipment designs, like those offered by Little Giant has
helped Suddenlink reduce minimum weight-handling requirements for our technicians.
Other companies are as much as 50 percent higher or more. The lower weight
requirement gives more people opportunities to be a part of our technical workforce,”
said Suddenlink Vice President of Technical Operations Andrew Parrott. “Suddenlink
and Little Giant Ladder Systems are innovative leaders in our respective industries.
Working together helps Suddenlink keep its commitment to find new ways to open
doors for a more diverse workforce and to provide better service while helping our
employees do so with ease and maximum safety.”
About Little Giant Ladder Systems:
Little Giant Ladder Systems, Inc. manufactures and distributes superior-quality climbing
products to discerning homeowners and professionals throughout the world. The
company’s growing family of consumer brands includes Little Giant Ladders®, Little
Giant Xtreme™, SumoStance™, Select Step™, Lunar™ and MicroBurst™.
About Suddenlink Communications:
Suddenlink Communications (suddenlink.com) is the seventh largest cable operator in
the United States, supporting the information, communication and entertainment
demands of approximately 1.4 million residential customers and thousands of
commercial customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, West
Virginia and elsewhere.
For more information contact:
Strategic Connections, LLC