Versalift UK has celebrated the 25th anniversary of its incorporation with a special factory event.
Around 50 to 60 visitors attended the event, to hear the presentations, see the company’s new products and tour the factory. Finally a celebratory lunch, complete with a birthday cake.
Time Versalift decided to set up its own operation and later factory in the UK in early 1994, following the demise of Simon, and later Versalift’s dealer Powertech. The company employed ex Simon/Powertech employee Tony Coleman to get the new operation off the ground, and he brought Jim Williamson – a Simon/Powertech colleague – on board and the two opened a small operation in Wellingborough.
A while later they moved to the current operation in nearby Burton Latimer. Coleman who attended the event, gives most of the credit to the factory set up and layout to Williamson who moved back to New Zealand in 2004.
Within 10 years the company took over as market leader and builds up to 500 van and truck mounted lifts a year on the six acre site, as well as providing a repair and refurbishment service.