Meet the Norlift Employees!

Although, a more appropriate title may be: Meet the Norlift Family! The following are brief bios of our employees. To read more select the “Employees” tag under the title. We will add in more bios every week or so.

Aaron Jarvis – Equipment sales coordinator

Years at Norlift: 5

Aaron assists and oversees the equipment inventory. He enjoys helping make a successful transition between the sale of the product and delivering it to the customer. Norlift is the first place he has worked full time, so working here has taught him everything from work ethic to office interactions. He is very thankful for his position here and enjoys being able to boost the team!


Mike Ramires – Service Writer

Years at Norlift: 5 years

Mike is the one who prepares estimates for service repairs. Mike came to us after years of working on submarines for the Navy. He’s traveled all around the world, even to Scotland where they have a floating dock that submerges for the submarines that were stationed out there. He would describe a normal day here as different than working for the government, there is a different variety of customers here than he worked with previously. We are glad to have him as part of our team, and thank him for his time served!


Kathleen Hanson – Parts and Casters Admin Support

Years at Norlift: 7

If you happen to come in to our office on October 31st, Kathleen will be the one in full costume and enjoying every moment of it. She enjoys the work environment here, and being able to interact with the customers is the highlight of her days here. She says she’s never had the same day twice, every question and situation is different which keeps thing fun and exciting! Bring in your questions to Kathleen and she will bring a smile to your face!


Mark Lewis – Mechanic

Years at Norlift: 2

Mark enjoys problem solving, which is beneficial because he works on a vast and varied sampling of machinery and parts. He works on everything from JCB to Toyota forklifts. He revels in small pranks on his coworkers, like switching labels on his food so his coworkers think he is eating a can of cat food instead of meat.

Forklift Operator Training Course

Norlift offers Forklift training every third Thursday of the month. Once completed Trainees will be certified to drive a class 1, 4, and 5 lift. These classes include sit down electric or internal combustion lifts with cushion or pneumatic tires. Class 2 and 3 are available on request. Trainees will watch a safety video and practice driving one of our forklifts. This includes driving forwards and backwards through a course while carrying a pallet.

We also offer a ‘Train the Trainer’ program that comes with a training video, booklet and manual for counterbalance lift trucks.

Already certified? OSHA requires all certifications to be renewed every three years. Our re-certification and ‘Train the Trainer’ programs are offered at the same time as the new certification class.

Training begins at 8am and usually goes until 11am for renewals or 12pm for new certifications. The training is $95 for a new certification or $79 for a re-certification which is due at the time of the class. Please RSVP online or call in to reserve your spot, seats fill up quickly!

Toyota Trade Up Deadline Extension

Due to high demand, the Toyota Trade Up deadline has been extended to April 30th!

Toyota will reward a $2,000 factory rebate on trade-in of an operational competitive-branded forklift*. This offer is applicable to Electric and Internal Combustion counter-balanced models.

Browse our New Equipment on our website or give us a call now at (509) 533-1776 to speak with any of our sales representatives about Trading Up to America’s #1 Forklift!

JCB Construction Machinery Available Now at Norlift!

Norlift sales manager Nate Jarvis and owner Jay Jarvis stand in front of the first JCB unit sold at Norlift

Norlift JCB, a division of Norlift, Inc. in Spokane, Washington, is the newest member of JCB’s growing North American dealer network. The dealership is located in the heart of Spokane’s industrial and commercial business district at 512 North Fancher Road.

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“We believe that our new association with JCB uniquely positions us for additional success,” said Jay Jarvis, president of Norlift, Inc. “We’ve been in business for almost 50 years, and the customer relationships and name recognition we’ve developed in this market will continue to serve us well. Our parts and service employees are being fully trained on JCB’s product line, and we look forward to introducing our current and future customers to JCB’s innovative equipment solutions.”

Since 1970, Norlift, Inc. has sold material handling equipment to the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho regions. Now, as Norlift JCB, the company will sell and service JCB’s compact excavators, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, small telehandlers and the one-of-a-kind JCB Teleskid, the first skid steer with a telescopic boom for increased versatility and accessibility. Norlift JCB will also offer used equipment acquired via trade-ins and rental fleet sales. More information is available at

“Norlift, Inc. has been a successful, family-owned business in Spokane for decades,” said Christian Baillie, JCB North America’s vice president of Construction Equipment Dealer Sales. “Over the years, the company has become known for its flexibility, professionalism and top-notch customer service. We feel that Norlift’s core principles match well with JCB’s own approach to business, and we look forward to a solid relationship with them for years to come.”

JCB is the world’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of construction, agricultural and defense equipment. From its North American headquarters in Savannah, Georgia, and at 21 other manufacturing facilities in the United Kingdom, China, India and Brazil, JCB manufactures a range of more than 300 products for customers in 150 countries. JCB products include Loadall telescopic handlers, backhoe loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, compact excavators, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, Access aerial work platforms, rough terrain forklifts, and Fastrac tractors. For more information, visit 

Norlift Mechanic Dave Fish stands with a JCB JS145

Norlift Mechanic Dave Fish stands with a JCB JS145