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Moving fabricated metal products in and out of a paint booth can be a messy job.
From paint overspray suspended in the air to sticky residue on the ground, the
environment is challenging for people and equipment alike.
Kice Industries, a Wichita, Kan.-based manufacturer of pneumatic conveying,
dust control, and product handling systems for the food, milling, and oil seed
processing industries, knows
that firsthand. A few years
back, the company realized
that years of hard use were
catching up with the old-er-model forklift used in its
paint-booth operations and
that the vehicle was no longer able to meet the four- to
six-hour workday operational demands.
As he had done in the past
for other major equipment
purchases, Tim Kice, vice
president of production,
called on equipment dealer
Berry Material Handling to help find an inexpensive replacement truck. “We’ve
been working with Berry Material Handling, and in particular, with Lorne [Autry,
sales manager,] for a number of years,” Kice said in an article on lift-truck maker
As for what the company wanted in a forklift, one of the main considerations
was that it not be too expensive. “Putting things in and out of our paint booth,
we knew there would be paint overspray and wear and tear on it, and we knew it
wasn’t going to be kept in the best condition like our other forklifts,” Kice said
in the article. “But we definitely wanted something that would be reliable and
wouldn’t break down.”
Based on those requirements, Autry recommended the Utilev fork-
lift product line. Utilev forklifts are designed for users that do
not require advanced functionality or specialty attachments in their material
handling applications. The truck’s simple, straightforward design makes it easy
to operate and maintain, and the vehicle comes backed by a standard 12-month,
2,000-hour manufacturer’s limited warranty.
The company purchased the Utilev forklift truck, and four years later, it’s still
going strong. “The main way the forklift improves our operation is that it’s reliable,” Kice said. “When our guys hop on it, it’s going to run. That’s critical for us.”
As for the decision to go with a Utilev truck, Kice has no regrets. “I’ll be recommending we replace [it] with another Utilev,” he said. “We’ve had a positive
experience with this forklift.”
Not every job requires a high-end forklift with advanced features.
Sometimes, a basic no-frills model is a better choice.
The right forklift
for the job