About Us


Towlift, Inc. was founded by Gerald N. Cannon in 1965 as a Towmotor dealership in Cleveland, Ohio. Today Towlift is the authorized distributor of many product lines and has locations in Cleveland, Mentor, Columbus and Northwood (Toledo). Towlift remains a family owned business, with the third generation working at Towlift today.

Customer Care

Our customers encompass a broad range of industries. Each customer’s material handling needs are as unique as each industry is different. One company may need a warehouse layout design, another may need special handling attachments to lift coils, or rotate barrels, and another may need very narrow aisle turret trucks equipped with a warehouse management system. The variations in material handling applications are endless.

Gerald N. Cannon

Our philosophy is to provide our customers with the very best personal service through Account Representatives. We employ more account representatives than most material handling dealerships so that we are able to take the time to know each customer and their individual material handling needs. Towlift Account Reps are assigned by geographic territory and are available to customers at any time to answer all their questions regarding material handling products and services. They get to know their customers so that they provide consultation on products and services that would best suit a company’s material handling application and provide the best bottom line results. Our Account Reps receive regular product training and are sent to OEM locations to stay current on the latest industry products.


Towlift is committed to improving the safety of its employees and customers. Towlift employs a full time Training and Risk Manager, and a full time Compliance Administrator. They set safety policies and keep up with the latest government regulations. Each Towlift location has a Safety Committee that meets on a regular basis to discuss and implement safety improvements. The Service department has weekly "tool box talks" with technicians on safety topics. Employees are trained on operating forklift equipment and safety procedures. Towlift offers a full range of operator training classes for customers.

Safety Safety

Forklift safety tips for operators and supervisors.

Sustainability and 5S

Towlift is engaged in a continuous 5S program to improve the efficiencies of the company. We also have implemented a sustainability and Six Sigma program to further improve our efficiencies and reduce waste.


Towlift is involved in the greater area communities of Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus. Towlift has generously donated equipment to both the Cleveland and Columbus Foodbanks, and a needy Columbus area school district. We support the Feed Lucas County Children, Inc., and our employees participate in the United Way, Muscular Dystrophy, Juvenile Diabetes, and other charity fund raisers.

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