George, IA April 4, 2014 – Diversified Technologies, Inc., parent company of Dur‐A‐Lift, Inc. and Sudenga Industries, Inc. of George Iowa has committed to building a new 26,000 square foot facility to be used for manufacturing and office space for its Dur‐A‐Lift division. Dur‐A‐Lift, Inc. is a manufacturer of truck and van mounted aerial lifts for the fleet, contractor and rental markets. The new facility will be located on Diversified’ s 28 acre campus outside of George, in Lyon County.
“Dur‐A‐Lift has grown in terms of market share, product line and necessary production capacity.” said Larry Kruse, president of Diversified Technologies, Inc. “To support this growth, we’ve been placing increasing pressure on the manufacturing capacity of Dur‐A‐Lift’s largest supplier, sister company Sudenga Industries. This new facility will allow us to continue Dur‐A‐Lift’s growth pace, while relieving pressure from an equally busy Sudenga division.”
Diversified considered locating its new Dur‐A‐Lift facility in a number of locations inside and outside the county. Lyle Hollander, vice president of Diversified Technologies said, “We’ve been a part of the community of George since 1888. But anytime you consider growth, you have to consider every possible scenario. Working with Steve Simons from Lyon County Economic Development, we decided that our home here in George has everything we need to continue growing.” Dur‐A‐Lift expects to add jobs in the county as the result of the expansion.
The company will break ground in late April. The facility is expected to be partially up and running sometime in late summer and complete by mid‐December.
Diversified Technologies, Inc. employs over 260 people. Production for all divisions and product lines takes place on its campus outside George, Iowa. Additional locations include a warehouse facility in Atwood, Indiana and an innovation office located in the Research Park at SDSU in Brookings, South Dakota.
Dan Ahrenholtz puts the final touches on a new lift in Dur-A-Lift’s final assembly department