Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack talks to Lindsey Anderson about the different challenges faced in markets around the world, and the company’s programme of expansion.
Skyjack is ending 2013 with a bang. The company reported strong growth and an overall positive first half of 2013; with revenues of US$320.3 million for the first six months, up 10.5% over the same period last year. Operating profits were US$39.3 million, up a healthy 82.8% due to strong sales of access equipment. The Canada-based company also celebrated its first year anniversary in Brazil; manufactured its 250000th machine; started a quest to find the oldest Skyjack working scissor lift; and opened two sales and service centres in Scandinavia and Germany. One would think Skyjack’s parent company, Linamar, would be satisfied with its progress – and it is – but it’s also anxiously awaiting 2014.
“If somebody were to come by and say, ‘Hey, here’s a bank-full of money for Skjyack,’ there is always that potential,” he says. “You can’t ever say ‘Nothing’s for sale,’ but there’s no desire on Linamar’s side to sell us. We’re going to grow quite aggressively over the next five to seven years so we fit in well with them.”