Skyjack gives telehandler to Habitat for Humanity

Canadian AWP manufacturer donates VR843E machine to assist low-income housing charity build

Skyjack's VR843E telehandler helps Habitat for Humanity build 13 homes within a week.
Skyjack's VR843E telehandler helps Habitat for Humanity build 13 homes within a week.

Aerial work platform manufacturer Skyjack has donated a VR843E telehandler, with a maximum lift capacity of 3,600kg and maximum height of 13m, to help Habitat for Humanity build 13 homes for low-income families in Birmingham, Alabama.

Skyjack donated the machine during the Home Builders Blitz, a national event where professional builders team up with Habitat for Humanity to build, renovate and repair homes across the US.

Roofing shingles that would have taken the volunteer manpower four hours to carry up a ladder required only one lift with the VR843E, and working across 13 different work sites at once, the VR843E helped free more volunteers to work on actual construction.

“Skyjack’s contribution helped us work more efficiently. We really liked the machine’s capabilities,” said Karen Peterlin, director of development for the Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity.

Skyjack donated the telehandler to Habitat for Humanity as part of its 30 for 30 anniversary campaign, donating machine rentals to support 30 different charitable projects around the world to give back to communities that have supported Skyjack for the past 30 years.

“Habitat for Humanity is a great cause, and I am happy that Skyjack is able to help 13 families receive affordable homes,” said Malcolm Early, vice president of marketing at Skyjack.

Canada’s Skyjack acquired compatriot Canadian telehandler manufacturer CareLift Equipment, based in Breslau, Ontario, in 2007.

Itself based in Guelph, Ontario, Skyjack has 36 manufacturing locations, five R&D centers, and nine sales offices in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Germany, Hungary, China, Korea and Japan.

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