the owner of Cisolift, a business that buys
used hydraulic lifts and platforms from
all over North America, that we refurbish,
rebuild, re-paint, and re-sell. We've been
in business for three years, and our development
has been phenomenal.
services we offer are sales of the equipment
we buy from our clients, but also from other
sources, but these machines are often outdates.
They don't have the safety certification
required by the Canadian Standards Association.
So what we do is we refurbish them. We don't
make them as good as new, but we put them
in good condition, so the safety mechanisms
first scissors in the shape of a "U"
date back to Europe in approximately 500
When I started
the business, I had an apartment, and I
thought, "I can't start this kind of
business out of my apartment," and
I didn't have the money to rent a location.
So I decided to buy a house with a big enough
yard. Taking that route, I had to work on
consignment because the average machine
several businesses trusted me enough to
send over a couple of machines. The business
grew pretty quickly,
and I found our current location, and this
is where the business really expanded.
first bearings were manufactured of Lignum
Vitae, a very heavy, hard, naturally oily
wood native to Central America and the West
started this company with $10,000 in my
pocket. Since it was a consignment business,
I didn't need much credit. I went to the
bank. That's where I started financing the
and opened a bank account, though I only
started with a $20,000 line of credit.
we have annual sales of about $2,400,000.
And we sell about 200 machines - that's
platforms, scissor lifts, boom lifts - every
year.Certainly, the big challenge is to
have a big inventory because 30 machines
isn't a big deal. Our suppliers help a lot
because they're very fast, but the key is
to have a big inventory.”