CORTLAND, N.Y. — The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has moved its headquarters to a larger site in Cortland, which includes a workspace with a dozen donated vehicle lifts ranging from motorcycle to heavy-truck versions.
The institute said the growth of its safety initiatives drove the need for a larger, multipurpose facility, where it can accommodate candidate lift inspectors, product safety engineers and others at a single location.
ALI members, lift inspectors, suppliers and other invited guests gathered Oct. 12 at the new facility to mark its opening, ALI said.
The 8,500-sq.-ft. structure is more than four times larger than the organization's previous Cortland office, ALI said, and includes 3,475 square feet of office and conference space and a modern classroom in addition to the workspace, dubbed "LiftLab."
ALI said LiftLab is the only facility in North America that brings together such a wide range of operational lifts from various manufacturers and makes them available for hands-on industry training. The range of lifts covers two-post, multi-post, scissors, inground, mobile column and low-rise lifts, ALI said.
ALI President R.W. "Bob" O'Gorman noted the "generous support" of the ALI member companies for donating the certified vehicle lifts available in the LiftLab.
"This will enable lift-inspector candidates to more expediently meet the requirements of the ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program, which will help address increasing customer demand," Mr.Gorman said. "At the same time, we can improve the technical skills and knowledge of the experts charged with testing and certifying future vehicle lifts."