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Illinois Material Handling Acquires Scott Lift Truck

Friday, September 7, 2012

Otto J. Wolter, CEO of Wolter Group, announced that Illinois Material Handling, a division of the company, has acquired Scott Lift Truck. Founded in 1972, Scott Lift Truck is a full service material handling solutions dealership located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Its staff, including nine maintenance and repair technicians, will join Illinois Material Handling.

“This is a win-win for customers of Scott Lift Truck and Illinois Material Handling. Illinois Material Handling is a distributor for Hyundai, Komatsu, Big Joe, Genie, JLG, Lift King, Lowry, Noble and PowerBoss and offers the deep resources of one of the largest material handling wholesalers in the country. The Scott team of proven managers and technicians will strengthen our service and presence in the marketplace, now from two locations – Elk Grove Village and Rockford,” said Jerry Weidmann, president of Wolter Group.

The Scott Lift Truck executive management team will assume positions with Illinois Material Handling. Loren Swakow will serve as branch manager. Scott Swakow assumes the position of regional sales manager and Denise Bridges will serve as operations manager.

Illinois Material Handling ( is a member of the Wolter Group of companies, which operates one of the nation's largest material handling distributors. Its mission is to enable customers’ success through value-added solutions supported by superior service and quality products delivered with a sense of urgency. The Wolter Group has a highly trained staff of over 340 employees with an average tenure of 16 years of service, which helps accomplish this mission. The company delivers superior service to over 10,000 customers in its three-state service area.

Other Wolter Group companies include Wolter Power Systems (, which specializes in new industrial engines and generator sales, service and parts and energy systems; Wolter Material Handling (, offering new and used sales, parts, service and rentals of lift trucks and construction equipment in western Wisconsin; Contractor Equipment Services (, which offers new and used sales, service, parts and rentals of construction and aerial equipment, and sweepers and scrubbers; Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp. ( a full service material handling distributor, and Fleet Services (, which offers ways to improve fleet performance to reduce the cost of materials handling.

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