Hoist Liftruck manufactures heavy-duty forklift trucks that range in lift capacity from 15,000 lbs to more than 115,000 lbs. Hoist Liftruck prides itself on doing as much as possible in-house; it builds its own forks, carriages, cylinders, masts, mast rails, wiring harnesses, chassis, steering axles and cabs. Name a forklift component, and Hoist Liftruck builds it.
It all starts with the raw steel and comes out as a finished product. Hoist Liftruck's unique vertically integrated manufacturing process astonishes customers and vendors who tour its 750,000 square foot facility in Bedford Park, Illinois.
By doing everything itself, Hoist Liftruck
controls its own destiny. The company achieves a cost savings by cutting out the middle man and decreasing lead times - one of its competitive advantages over other manufacturers. Rather than building stock units Hoist understands sometimes a speciality application is needed. With a talented in-house engineering department, Hoist Liftruck can engineer and manufacturer a custom liftruck in as little as eight to 10 weeks.
L to R: FR series, FKS Series, Lazer Series
Where competitor's lead times have skidded out of control, Hoist is able to significantly increase it's market share by suppling product quickly. Hoist believes our quick lead time is very beneficial for us to grow as a company. When a company or major corporation gets capital budget approved, they want products now. It's hard to plan around having to wait one year to get a product.
Where competitor's lead times have skidded out of control, Hoist Liftruck
is able to supply products quickly with its renowned lead times. When a company or major corporation gets capital budget approved, they want products now. It's hard to plan around having to wait one year to get a product.
Since 2010, the Hoist Liftruck has been growing at an average of 20% per year and building expansion has been necessary in order to accommodate this growth. On its site, the company possesses additional manufacturing space which had previously been leased out to other companies; to expand, it is simply reconfiguring some of this 750,000 square feet to become manufacturing areas for different departments.
The company expanded and enhanced its electrical department to be able to build and test wiring harnesses less than a day.
The company has also built its own fully automated powder coat line. This is housed in a space where inspections and final testing formerly took place.
Much of the steel nesting and cutting is now done in- house. In order to accomplish that, the company had to expand into another building with 10,000 square feet and double the size of its plasma cutting table to increase capacity.
Hoist Liftruck remains committed to ensuring that the quality of service and product is not jeopardized by the expansion. The company implements rigorous quality control processes and procedures. Before anything can leave one department and go to the next, it has to meet specifications and be approved.
L to R: Reach Stacker Series, RoRo Series
The company takes pride in hiring American workers and manufacturing products that are truly made in America. It uses vendors that are within a 150- mile radius of the factory, helping to stimulate the local economy.
Recently, the company was awarded a $900 million contract by the U.S. military.The company's track record in supplying liftrucks for the U.S. over the past 15 years is one of the key factors that helped to garner the contract.
Part of the success of Hoist Liftruck
comes from its workforce of about 350 skilled employees. Competitive wages, full benefits and retirement planning go a long way in making sure that employees feel appreciated. There are frequent employee appreciation lunches and gatherings for the family- oriented team in which a lot of the employees are actually related.
With the ongoing expansion, new recruits will be coming in. One of the bonuses about the company's proximity to Chicago is that the area provides a large talent pool of skilled laborers and employees from which to draw.
Currently Hoist Liftruck is in the process of launching its FR series. It is an extendable frame truck with stackable counterweights which is used by riggers for lifting heavy machinery. The trucks in the series can lift up to 140,000 pounds and feature a removable boom and interchangeable forks.
In response to continued growth and increasing marketshare, as well as the addition of several new product offerings, Hoist Liftruck
has expanded its aftermarket product support team to ensure that all of its valued customers continue to receive the highest level of parts, service and warranty support they have come to expect.
For more information about Hoist Liftruck, please visit www.hoistlift.com
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