The trend in manufacturing is to outsource functions that are performed better by specialists. Riding that wave is Towlift Inc., a material-handling specialist family owned since 1965. “Our motto is, ‘If you lift it, stack it or store it, we sell it, rent it or fix it,’” CEO David Cannon says. Over 50 years, Towlift’s services have grown beyond the basics of distributing material-handling equipment to offering a full range of services that bring added value to the customer.
Each of Towlift’s four locations – Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Mentor, Ohio – is managed as a standalone business unit. “They each have a full sales department, a full service department, their own rental fleet, parts inventory, used equipment inventory and over-the-road tractor-trailer trucking business,” Cannon stresses. “They are a full-service store that can help customers in a geographic area with immediate service.”