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Our History

Serving central Iowa since 1954, Clarklift of Des Moines, Inc. was established in 1976 by Chuck & Ellie Radcliff. We have been a family owned and operated business since. We are approaching our 40th year in business, with second and third generations actively running the business today.   

Clarklift of Des Moines, Inc., to provide broader range of material handling solutions, expanded product offerings.  In 2011 we felt it was time for a name change to better reflect the wide range of material handling solutions we can offer our business partners.   January 1, 2011, Clarklift of Des Moines Inc. began doing business as Forklifts of Des Moines and Forklifts of Omaha. 

We are an authorized dealer for CLARK Material Handling Company, Kion, UniCarriers Americas Lift Trucks and Sellick Rough Terrain lift trucks.  Allied products include Blue Giant Material Handling products, Industrial Batteries, Industrial Chargers,  Cascade attachments, Bolzoni Auramo attachments, dock equipment, rack systems. A Material Handling Buyers Guide for many accessory products available 24/7 from our web site.    

Forklifts greatest asset, our people, average of 10 year service with company, who are committed to providing product support for our customer’s material handling needs.  Forklifts team members are actively trained continuously by our internal personnel and OEM factory training provided to our service technicians.

Forklifts product support is the key to success of our customers. We constantly maintain a significant investment in inventories of parts to support equipment in the field, new & used equipment and large rental fleet, to support our customer’s material handling needs. 

Forklifts invests in latest technology to support customers, external and internal, to support the products and services our companies represent.  Forklifts team members earn your business treating you with honesty, integrity, respect, and partner with our customers taking pride in being easy to do business with.

Forklifts Mission: 

Supply our customers with quality products, service support and solutions to their material handling needs, while building a strong, consistent relationship with them.  

Treat our customers with honesty, integrity and respect; how you would want to be treated in a customer service situation. 

 Forklifts Vision: 

Forklifts wants to be the material handling distributor, service provider, and employer of choice in our market.  Grow our business, our profitability, and provide the Forklifts team a safe and secure work place with continued growth into the future.

We are Forklifts.

New, Used, Rental, Services, and Parts

We have the solution for ALL your material handling needs.

Chuck & Ellie Radcliff  Chuck & Ellie Radcliff                      Rick & DeAnna Radcliff 

                                                                     Rick & DeAnna Radcliff     

Forklifts of Des Moines and Forklifts of Omaha

We will always remember you
Charles “Chuck” Radcliff 
September 12, 1932 – November 9, 2013

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