Growth Report 2019

Valley Industrial Trucks Lifts Revenues in 2018

Valley Industrial Trucks Inc., Boardman, says business has grown exponentially over the last several years and the company is poised to capture even more market share in 2019.

“In 2018, Valley Industrial Trucks added seven employees, expanded into Columbus and saw significant revenue gains and record profits,” says Jim Hammond, president.

The company, in business for more than 60 years, is a full-service dealer of materials-handling equipment such as forklifts, aerial lifts and commercial and utility vehicles. It operates a service and parts department, provides forklift driver training and operates a branch in the Akron/Canton region.

Valley Industrial Trucks now offers mobile tire pressing. And by installing the industry’s leading mobile-service software on iPads, delivery has improved, Hammond says. This reduces paperwork, improves accuracy of orders, and compresses throughput of each job.

Another key to Valley Industrial Trucks’ growth is its product lineup, Hammond says. Over the past several years, the company took on a new lineup of electric forklifts featuring lithium iron phosphate batteries. These eliminate the need for multiple batteries on each lift truck and improve safety by eliminating charging stations, acid and gases. Last year, one of the company’s partners, Clark Material Handling Co., introduced a new S-series of lift trucks.

Valley Industrial Trucks has earned several industry awards. These include 2019 Most Valuable Partner from the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association, Clark Material Handling’s Dealer of Excellence, and was recognized as a Diamond Level Dealer by Doosan Industrial Vehicles, Hammond says.

“Being nimble and profitable allows us to alter our course quickly to respond to market changes,” Hammond says. “We have our eyes on the future, but our feet in today.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.