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National Lift Truck celebrates 60 years

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The National groups of companies are a DuBose family owned & operated business with six centrally located sites in the US. Originally started by William Perry DuBose servicing forklifts, the companies have grown to offer sales, rentals, parts, training, warehouse eq, racking, storage and transportation. They remain a 100% family owned business today, operated by DuBose’s two sons, Perry & Jeff Paul.

Each company provides very similar equipment. Representing global brands such as CLARK, Unicarriers, and Hyundai Forklifts, JLG, Genie and Skyjack Aerial Equipment, Skytrak Telehandlers, Sellick Rough Terrain equipment, and Versa-Lift & Hoist FR equipment for heavy lifting. What has made National different from the rest is they offer what the customers demand, regardless of brand affiliation. If the customer has a need, National has a solution. The companies offer financing, leasing and other options to make procuring equipment a very easy option for their clients. They are a complete provider of solutions to many different types of businesses, including other material handling companies. Jeff Paul DuBose, president, notes, “We don’t believe in competition, instead we have many different types of customers.”

One of the largest strengths the National Lift companies has is their rental department with daily, weekly, monthly and long-term options for all styles of equipment. From the dedicated staff, to their extensive inventory of over 3,000 pieces, National’s strength is the ability to serve the customers’ needs every time. CEO Perry DuBose believes, “If we don’t have it, we get it for our customer. We want to partner with our customers, not just be another vendor.”

Every company offers service of all makes and models of material handling equipment. From factory trained in-house technicians with modern shop equipment, to their mobile repair technicians, all of Nationals customers are served with efficiency & professionalism that keeps them up & running. Complementing the service department is their extensive parts department keeping near $1M of inventory on hand, every day to make sure parts are readily available to their customers. Each location offers local parts deliveries, notes John Hopkins, parts manager of National Lift, LLC in Memphis. “Special relationships with carriers like FedEx allow us to ship parts, anywhere, cost effectively,” said Hopkins.

National offers customers a wide range of hauling, transportation, and delivery services for machinery, equipment and other loads. Tractor-trailers, lowboys, tilt beds and more – they have the equipment to move anything the customers need to. Now, pair that with their large facilities offering secured inside and outside storage, National quickly becomes their logistics company, and the provider of the equipment to move their loads.

National Lift Truck
, located in the Chicagoland area, will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2017 serving all types of customers, nationwide & internationally. National Battery is also located within National Lift Truck’s building and is a complete industrial power company offering new & used batteries & chargers. National Lift located in Memphis & Jackson, TN is the newest company, established back in 2000, but they have been serving that area for over 30 years. The fourth location, National Lift of Arkansas located in Little Rock & Springdale AR is the 3rd oldest company, celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2018.

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