Large Industrial Metal Tanks in a Warehouse

Columbian TecTank

Cat® IC pneumatic tire forklifts help decrease operating costs

Cat lift trucks allow us to provide quality products to our customers and a more efficient workplace for our employees.

Steve Allen, director of operations

A global leader in the design, manufacturing and installation of factory coated storage tank systems, Columbian TecTank uses the Cat® P8000-P12000 / PD8000-PD12000 series (now called the GP/DP40N-GP/DP555N series) of internal combustion pneumatic tire lift trucks to move carbon and stainless steel products throughout their 250,000-square-foot facility in Parsons, Kansas.

When first evaluating forklifts for their operation, Columbian TecTank turned to their local Cat lift truck dealer, Wiese USA, for assistance.

“We invited Wiese to come in and do a utilization study, and learned early on that we had the wrong equipment and outdated equipment,” says Jim Kneedler, purchasing manager at Columbian TecTank. “Our business had basically outgrown our fleet. We realized early on in this program that it was going to be a cost-savings and safety enhancement for us, and would project a better corporate image – so it’s been a win-win.”

Based on their utilization study, their local Cat lift truck dealer recommended Cat’s mid-size IC pneumatic tire forklifts for their application. The Cat forklifts are built for heavy-duty applications and are equipped with standard high-performance features such as an EPA-compliant purePOWER® engine, two-speed forward and one-speed reverse transmission and an LED/LCD display panel, which features an operator passcode system and maintenance interval reminders.

"The new Cat lift trucks will allow us to provide quality products to our customers and a more efficient workplace for our employees," says Steve Allen, director of operations, Columbian TecTank.

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