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At Stertil-Koni, We Take Lifting to New Heights


A dramatic new photo captures the green cassette of a DIAMOND LIFT hoisted high into the air, under an azure sky. The high-pressure, telescopic in-ground piston lift will soon be raising city buses for service in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility­ ­– one that will be one of the largest in the country.

Stertil-Koni’s DIAMOND LIFT is going into the expansive new Andrews Federal Center Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility, which is located on 35 acres in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. The 335,000-square foot project was budgeted for $132 million, and Stertil-Koni won the exclusive, multi-million contract for heavy duty lifts in a competitive bidding process.

For the project, Sterti-Koni is working with veteran design firm Hensel Phelps as well as Alan Tye & Associates, a leading Stertil-Koni distributor serving Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, North Carolina and Delaware.

The ultimate customer in this installation is the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), one of the nation’s largest providers of public transportation. Once the new facility is complete, WMATA technicians will have the benefit of more than 80 bays, ready to service a capacity of 175 buses.

And the workhorses in these bays? Eighty-two sets of Stertil-Koni heavy duty lifts. Now that’s Freedom of Choice!

This impressive armada of lifts includes Stertil-Koni DIAMOND LIFTs, as well as the company’s platform SKYLIFT and, for maximum flexibility, its wireless mobile column lifts.

“This is the biggest project in our history, and we are very proud,” said Matthias Lennemann, sales manager, heavy-duty lifts, for Stertil-Koni.

“The installation is going excellent and is on time,” Lennemann added.

What’s more, across town, Stertil-Koni is again partnering with associates to provide superior heavy duty lifts for another WMATA service facility, the Cinder Bed Road Bus Garage, with a footprint of 76,500 square feet and capacity of 160 buses. 

“We are proud to provide outstanding service to a public authority with a vital mandate –transportation – in our nation’s capital region,” said Dr. Jean DellAmore, president of Stertil-Koni.”

Stertil-Koni DIAMOND LIFT installation at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

“We are also thrilled that our work with WMATA, combined with other transits, municipalities, school districts and corporate customers, has allowed the company to invest more resources in our factory in Streator, Illinois,” added DellAmore. “We are proud to be expanding our manufacturing capacity and ensuring jobs right in America’s heartland.”

“WMATA has been an excellent partner, as has Hensel Phelps and Alan Tye & Associates,” Lennemann added.

Above all else, with the Stertil-Koni family of heavy duty vehicle lifts, the sky is truly the limit.

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