Stertil-Koni Awarded Major Competitive Bid from CenterPoint Energy


Recent DIAMOND LIFT installation showcases safety of high-load-bearing articulated aluminum covers

STEVENSVILLE, MD – Vehicle lift leader, Stertil-Koni, today announced that it has been awarded a major competitive bid to provide 21 of its heavy duty in-ground vehicle lifting systems to CenterPoint Energy, a Houston-based domestic energy company serving more than five million customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.

A key component of the award calls for Stertil-Koni, which is the industry leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts, to deliver 21 of the company’s highly regarded in-ground telescopic piston lifting systems – the DIAMOND LIFT. In making the announcement, Stertil-Koni president, Dr. Jean DellAmore, noted: “The ground breaking DIAMOND LIFT series has been designed to overcome the limitations of traditional in ground piston lifts by applying thoughtful engineering and environmental focus to ensure that hydraulic fluid always remains fully contained and above ground — in a free-standing console that is easily accessible. In that way, the hydraulic fluid remains in a reservoir above ground, while the lift mechanism itself is contained within a separate, sealed steel cassette. The result is optimal performance and durability.”

“In addition,” he continued, “the DIAMOND LIFT’s piston rods are hard-chrome plated for maximum protection against corrosion and wear and the Series 64, which has two pistons for a total lifting capacity of up to 64,000 lbs., utilizes biodegradable oil.”

DIAMOND LIFT, manufactured in Streator, Illinois, has a vertical rise of 73 inches and utilizes a mere five (5) gallons of hydraulic oil per piston, in sharp contrast with other approaches that may use up to four times as much oil.

In addition, the lift features high-load-bearing articulated aluminum covers, so it does not pose tripping hazards to maintenance personnel and, because it utilizes a free-standing control box, all power and electronic controls are easily accessible above floor level.

Stertil-Koni further noted that customers appreciate that the upper portion of the steel containment is hot galvanized, providing corrosion resistance at floor level and ensuring proper interlock with the foundation. In addition, the lift’s containments are coated internally and externally with DiamondGuard®, safeguarding against corrosion and electrolysis while simultaneously prohibiting hazardous shop fluids from entering the environment.

CenterPoint Energy will be utilize “the DIAMOND LIFTS” to principally service its wide range of both light and heavy fleet vehicles.

About Stertil-Koni USA, Inc.

Vehicle lift expert, Stertil-Koni is the global market leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts – bus lifts and truck lifts – and is the preferred supplier to the world’s leading companies in the truck and bus industries. Stertil-Koni’s breadth of products meets all ranges of lifting needs and includes mobile column lifts, two-post, four-post, in-ground piston lifts, platform lifts, half-scissors and its innovative axle engaging, in-ground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT. Stertil-Koni is currently installing the DIAMOND LIFT, a full rise telescopic piston lift designed to set new standards in precision heavy duty lift, throughout North America. Stertil-Koni also recently introduced its new 2 post series, FREEDOM LIFT, with lifting capacities ranging from 16,000 to 30,000 lbs. Stertil-Koni is headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland, has production facilities in Europe and the U.S. and is proud to have the greatest total number of ALI/ETL certified heavy duty lifting products in the industry.