BYD Forklifts, the Future of Forklifts

Meet the Electric Forklift Featuring Iron Phosphate Batteris
Imagine an electric forklift that can run up to 18 hours and a battery that can fully charge in 1.5 hours, requires no watering, maintenance,  or ventilation, and greatly improves safety.  IMAGINE IT NO MORE – Cal-Lift is NOW your source!  Oh yeah – the battery has a 10-year warranty! Click here to learn more.
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Cal-Lift Earns Dealer of the Year, 2017 from BYD

BYD, (Building Your Dreams), the company has been revolutionizing the rechargeable battery since 1995 has announced that Cal-Lift Inc. has earned the Dealer of the Year Award for 2017.

Cal-Lift is honored to have received this award, having placed more lithium iron phosphate batteries (Le) forklifts in service than any other dealer in America. We are very pleased with the way that the Southern California materials handling, storage and distribution market has embraced lithium battery technology.

Our customers are seeing safer and more efficient electric forklift operations. No battery changing stations, one battery per truck and each battery is warrantied for ten years. And with a proven company like BYD standing by the product, it reduces fears of being “early adopters” of this technology.

We look forward to even more success with BYD products and their fleet offerings are expanded and more companies become aware of the savings and safety improvements of the BYD products.

To learn more about BYD forklifts, please visit their website. To see our line-up of BYD electric forklifts, please visit our BYD forklift showroom. Photos are below of the presentation.

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Mike Marrs, Vice President of Sales, Cal-Lift and Mark Maechling, President, Cal-Lift accepting the award from Brian Rippie and Macy Neshati of BYD.

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Scott Johnson Elected Chair of ITA

Scott JohnsonCLARK Material Handling Company (CLARK) is pleased to announce that Scott Johnson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has been elected the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Industrial Truck Association (ITA). Scott accepted the gavel from outgoing Chairman Brett Wood of Toyota at ITA’s 34th Annual Meeting held at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, September 13-16, 2017.

“CLARK was instrumental in the formation of the Industrial Truck Association
over 65 years ago,” commented Scott upon accepting this prestigious position.
“For all these years, ITA has been the leading organization in the industrial truck
industry in North America, and has led the way for the formation of sister
organizations in other parts of the world. I am humbled and extremely proud to
support and now lead this organization which has served the forklift industry and
its members so well for so long.”

Scott previously served on ITA’s Statistics Committee and has represented
CLARK on ITA’s Executive Committee for several years. Scott has worked in the
material handling industry for over 20 years. He is also an active member of the
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA). Scott is an avid
outdoorsman, and a proud alumnus of the University of Kentucky.

Industrial Trucks and the US Economy

Industrial trucks and forklifts sales are directly tied to our economy. When our economy does well, more forklifts are required to move the goods ordered by customers and end-users. Conversely, when a downturn occurs, forklift sales drop, sometimes dramatically as they did with the recession of 2009. What few people understood until now, the economic impact these forklifts make on our economy. Recently the Industrial Truck Association in conjunction with Oxford Economics researched the topic, and below are some of the significant findings.

  • Industrial truck manufactures generate 209,600 jobs in the US, directly and indirectly.
  • The economic impact of forklift on the US economy is $25.7 billion dollars. Here in California forklifts generate over $1.9 billion dollars to our state economy.
  • Over $15 billion of that contribution is a result jobs that support forklift sales and service such as service technicians, the parts that are made and sold and installed on forklifts, training centers etc…
  • The Bureau of Labor and Statistic (BLS) estimates that there are about 540,000 industrial truck operators in the US.
  • There are over 200,000 forklifts sold annually in the US.
  • Over 1 million forklifts are sold around the world each year.
  • The industrial truck industry generate about $5.3 billion dollars in state and local taxes.

As you can see, when we sell a forklift we create a lot of work not only here at Cal-Lift, but for our customers, their customers and the impact is felt all throughout our state and national economy.

Report – Industrial Trucks Impact on US Economy

Forklift Safety Day 2017

The Industrial Truck Association has announced it’s second annual Forklift Safety Day, to be held Tuesday, June 13.

While most of you won’t be able to attend, there are things you can do to take advantage of this day to help create awareness about the dangers that forklifts present and how to minimize the potential for accidents that can result in injury or death, damage to your facility, equipment and financial losses.

We’ve compiled a short list of things you can do on June 13th to improve safety on and around your forklifts.

  1. Make sure all your forklift operators have been trained and that their refresher training is up to date, if applicable or necessary.
  2. Take time to teach your forklift operators the importance of daily inspections of their forklifts. Daily inspections reduce the risk of equipment failure and catch small problems before they blossom into giant ones.
  3. Take some time to gather any staff that operates around forklifts, but not on them, to refresh them about the dangers of this equipment and how to be sure to use safe procedures when they are in an area of your facility where forklifts are being operated.
  4. Make sure all your forklift’s maintenance is up to date. If you have a Planned Maintenance Agreement, this would be a good time to review it with your service provider to ensure all standard checkpoints as well as unique equipment attachments are being inspected and maintained properly.
  5. Review any unique “site specific” features your facility may have and be sure your operators are aware of proper handling of equipment while on or around these features (ramps, areas where floors can be slick, floor substrates that vary etc…)
  6. Make sure that training is part of your company’s orientation for anyone that will or MIGHT operate a forklift. Remember, employees that have not been properly trained aren’t even allowed to sit on and start a forklift, much less move it out of the way of anything.
  7. Make sure you forklifts have proper safety equipment and that it’s operating properly. Lights, horns, back-up alarms, seat belts, fire extinguishers etc…
  8. Make sure you have lock-out kits to ensure that forklifts that do not pass an inspection are locked out immediately until repairs are made.
  9. Review all your forklifts for possible replacement. Old forklifts, or those that are getting “up there” in hours, might be potential threats. Review safety records and maintenance logs for your equipment. You might find this could be a good time to replace some or even all of your forklifts.-

Our goal is to help you operate safe, efficient and productive forklift equipment. Any questions about operating a safe forklift fleet, or to get a quote on new equipment, please Contact Us or give us a call at 800-322-5438.

Cal-Lift Helps Daylight Transport “Go Green” with BYD Forklifts

Daylight FacilityCal-Lift has entered into an agreement with Daylight Transport to provide the first fleet of
BYD forklifts that include revolutionary, maintenance free, Iron-Phosphate (Fe) battery technology.  By using the world’s safest, most environmentally friendly batteries, Daylight Transport will eliminate all the hazards and liabilities associated with toxic lead-acid batteries and increase productivity and operational savings.

Using the BYD forklifts will enable Daylight Transport to meet their goal of having a 100 percent green terminal.  Cal-Lift has provided material handling solutions to Southern California since 1964 and sees BYD forklift as being the future of green technology.

When Daylight opened its new Fontana distribution facility, their goal was to minimize the carbon footprint and they’ve all but eliminated it. The 57,300 sq. ft. derives 85% of its energy requirements from a 600KW solar system mounted to the roof of the building (see photo). Motion sensors and energy efficient lighting help reduce consumption, as does the new fleet of 40 BYD  3, and 4-wheel electric forklifts, supplied by Cal-Lift.

We are proud to be part of Daylight Transport’s efforts to go green, minimize its impact on the Earth and provide them with forklifts that help them achieve these energy goals.

Learn more about BYD forklifts, then contact us at 800-322-5438 for a demo and a quote.

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Mark Maechling, President, Cal-Lift at Daylight Transports Fontana Distribution Facility

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Mike Marrs, Vice President, Cal-Lift at Daylight Transports Fontana Distribution Facility