Stertil-Koni, the leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts, today announced that it has been awarded a major competitive contract with the City of El Paso Mass Transit Department, known as Sun Metro, to produce and install 18 high-capacity, heavy-duty vehicle lifts.
Specifically, the contract purchase calls for Stertil-Koni to deliver two of the company’s most innovative lifting systems. Selected were: ECOLIFT, the innovative ultra shallow, full-rise scissor in-ground lifting system; and, SKYLIFT – an industry-changing platform lift distinguished by an entirely vertical rise lifting system which utilizes two independent runways with no crossbeams, no overhang, and no base frame.
Sun Metro has ordered two models of the ECOLIFT, a 2-scissor configuration with a lifting capacity of 60,000 lbs. – Ideal for regular transit buses-- and a 3-scissor configuration with a lifting capacity of 90,000 lbs., well designed for the extended length of articulated buses.Sun Metro has also ordered two models of SKYLIFT – each with a lifting capacity up to 78,000 lbs. One model is a wash bay SKYLIFT, engineered to be completely water-resistant with hot-dip galvanized platforms, lift supports with an extremely resistant maritime epoxy coating along with a watertight, lockable stainless steel control box. Lifts are scheduled to be installed beginning in the first half of 2013. For added safety, the Stertil-Koni equipment is third-party tested and validated by ALI/ETL-Intertek.
In making today’s announcement, Dr. Jean DellAmore, president of Stertil-Koni, stated, “We are extremely pleased to be awarded this contract and help support Sun Metro and the City of El Paso to achieve new heights in heavy duty vehicle lifting performance, durability, and safety. The contract is also a testament to our product engineering. For example, ECOLIFT uniquely combines high-pressure, low volume hydraulics and only requires 3.5 gallons of fluid per scissor – a real environmental advantage. It’s also easy to service, with controls and hydraulic components located in an above-ground console. Also, the Stertil-Koni SKYLIFT provides free access from all sides with easy installation and minimal maintenance.”
The City of El Paso award to Stertil-Koni follows two other recent major transit awards to the company. These include a major competitive bid from the Chicago Transit Authority, awarded to Stertil-Koni for the production and installation of 54 heavy duty vehicle lifts, and an extensive installation of hydraulic, self-regenerating mobile columns lifts, as well as in-ground lifts, delivered by Stertil-Koni to GO Transit in Canada.
About Sun Metro
The mission of Sun Metro is to provide a safe, reliable, clean bus driven by a professional coach operator that practices excellent customer service. Sun Metro operates 166 Fixed Route Vehicles, 65 LIFT vehicles and serves more than 15 million passengers a year. Sun Metro also operates a large natural gas fueled fleet, which at one time was the world’s largest operating mass transit fleets. In 2011, Sun Metro received the coveted “Outstanding Public Transportation System” award from the American Public Transportation Association.
About Stertil-Koni USA, Inc.
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 lifts, two-post, four-post, in-ground piston lifts, parallelogram lifts, half-scissors and its innovative axle-engaging, in-ground, , a scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT. Stertil-Koni has also recently introduced DIAMOND L; a full rise telescopic piston lift designed to set new standards in precision heavy duty lifting. Stertil-Koni is headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland and has a major production facility in Streator, Illinois