Stertil-Koni installs ALI certified vehicle lifts at several UTA maintenance locations

April 5, 2023
The lifts are designed to speed vehicle servicing, boost efficiency and enhance technician safety.

Stertil-Koni has recently completed the installation of the company’s Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) certified vehicle lifts at several Utah Transit Authority (UTA) maintenance locations – all designed to speed vehicle servicing, boost efficiency and enhance technician safety.

The UTA provides public bus service to customers throughout the entire Wasatch Front – an area that covers more than 1,400 square miles. In a typical year, the UTA will provide approximately 20 million bus trips.

Ensuring vehicle uptime – supported by the latest technology -- is so critical to the people of the region. Stertil-Koni has provided multiple categories of heavy-duty vehicle lifting systems to several of UTA’s maintenance facilities, including the recently expanded Meadowbrook Maintenance Facility, now with seven new service bays – all of which service UTA’s core bus fleet numbering 212 buses.

“We never turn off the lights, and our ultimate mission at UTA is to move people and to get riders safely where they need to be,” said Riley Williams, UTA manager of vehicle performance and maintenance.

Williams supervises the Meadowbrook Facility, which is UTA’s largest, with 34 bus bays, 48 technicians, and around-the-clock operation, 365 days a year. He and his team maintain a fleet of 40-foot diesel Gillig and New Flyer/MCI buses that last year transported 6.7 million riders. They also service UTA’s classic fleet of five vintage buses, used extensively for promotional events.

To keep all its buses in peak operating condition, UTA recently completed a new addition to the Meadowbrook facility, outfitted with heavy-duty vehicle lifting systems from Stertil-Koni.

“We really like Stertil-Koni and use its inground piston Diamond Lift, Wireless Mobile Column Lifts and inground scissor-style ECO 90 and ECO 60 lifts. My mechanics prefer ECOLIFTS because they help them tackle any job. They are ergonomic, safe and you can set them up to engage with the lifting points very easily for speed with no failures,” Williams said. “Stertil-Koni lifts also allow our techs to make repairs more easily and quickly. After all, my goal is to get our team the very best tools and equipment to get the work done. In sum, everyone is very happy with Stertil-Koni, and so am I, particularly because they make my job so much easier.”

Stertil-Koni’s Salt Lake City-based exclusive distributor is Rocky Mountain Lifts. Rocky Mountain Lifts owner and founder Scott Terry said, “If it’s right for the customer, Stertil-Koni and Rocky Mountain Lifts will make it happen. In the process, we are committed to delivering exceptional customer care and are extremely proud to be of service to UTA.”

“Scott Terry and Stertil-Koni share our vision that safety is priority number one. In fact, when buses are on Stertil-Koni lifts, the mechanics feel very safe. That’s been proven and were put to the test in 2020. Then, we experienced a 5.7 magnitude earthquake here. When it happened, we had buses on the Mobile Column Lifts and ECOLIFTS and everything held up just fine,” Williams said. “If I need service or parts, Rocky Mountain Lifts are on it right away. They also offer us training when they install lifts, which is very helpful. Because of that, I can make sure my technicians know how the equipment functions, so there are no safety mishaps.”