Located in Sioux City, Iowa, Sabre Towers and Poles is the leading manufacturer of guyed towers, self-supporting towers, monopoles and concealment structures. Since 2009, Altorfer Lift Trucks has built a relationship with the company, providing them with sales and support for two Taylor Lift Trucks and a rental truck.
Sabre recently expanded its operations to a 192,000 square-foot plant in Southbridge Business Park, just south of Sioux Gateway Airport, as a result of the growing utility industry. This expansion created approximately 300 new jobs, and a need for additional equipment.
“When the time came to re-evaluate our material handling equipment needs at our new location, we reached out to Altorfer and Taylor Lift Trucks to help with the selection of the right equipment to fulfill our needs,” says Darwin Gamm, director of special projects at Sabre Towers and Poles. “Randy Benisch and the Altorfer team were very helpful in evaluating our needs and exploring the various options for the purchase and rental of material handling equipment.”
With the help of Altorfer Lift Trucks, Sabre purchased four new lift trucks and two rentals, increasing their inventory to nine Taylor Lift Trucks.
Gamm adds that Altorfer has been a great part of the company’s recent expansion projects.
The new facility and equipment allow Sabre to assume larger operations like their current project, manufacturing metal utility poles that weigh 20,000- 40,000 lbs.
“Taylor lift trucks are built tough and are very reliable in standing up to the heavy use the lifts are required to perform,” says Gamm. “They are constantly used for handling of raw material and moving utility transmission pole sections through the manufacturing process.”
Randy Benisch, Altorfer’s Lift Truck Sales Manager, adds that the service and support they are able to provide Sabre Towers and Poles is one of the reasons they have been able to maintain a positive relationship.
“We have been working with Sabre to help keep their lift truck fleet’s operating costs lower by using Taylor forklifts, and by working together to maintain their fleet on a regular scheduled maintenance program,” says Benisch. “We also continue to rent a 15,500 lbs. forklift on an as needed basis, to help Sabre keep up with spikes in demand.