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History of Quality Lift & Equipment, Inc.

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John Andrews "The Founder"

try this website John was born in late February 1967, and was adopted shortly after by George and Judy Andrews. John grew up in East Long Beach California and developed his early mechanical skills fixing lawn movers, mostly out of pure necessity. John's first paying job started at the tender age of 12 by mowing the neighbor’s lawns. When George's mower quite working, John told his dad "the mower is broken and needs to be fixed". The reply George gave was not what John expected; "well, now that you're a working man and this is your equipment that you make money with, you will need to decide if it's worth repairing or not. I didn't break it, so I'm not going to fix it". John had to make a decision and quick, and the decision was to fix it. He bought an old manual from the local mower shop and jumped in to the technician’s life. After a few set backs and some fatherly help, the mower lived again. This was an important turning point in John life and he didn't even know it. It set the course of his entire life as a technician. The very next year John got his next turning point, his first motorcycle, a beautiful Kawasaki G4TR 100. It may have been small, but it was a huge influence and pointed him once again to a technician and a "biker". Now John was working on his mower and small motorcycle whenever possible. He expanded his mechanical skills at age 15 when he moved up to building and repairing larger motorcycles and old cars. George gave John a 1962 Chevy II, or "The Nova". Didn't run and was pretty beat, but was his first car. John also bought a 1974 Kawasaki Z1 900 from the neighbor as a “basket case” against everyone's advice. John proved them all wrong when he used his mowing money to put that bike together with very little help. George and John got the old Nova running as well. It wasn't pretty but John had a car. These early years shaped John as a self-reliant and successful tech.

While at Lakewood High School, John took electronics and as many "AP" classes as he could get. Carrying an "A" average with "AP" classes was tough while working almost full time at local businesses, McDonald's and Floyd's Chevron. But still he found time to work on his bikes and car. George was always pushing John to learn as much as possible and drove into his head, "you can't put a price on education". During the high school summer’s, John took "Small Engine and Motorcycle" shop repair classes all 3 years at Jordan High School. These classes where more valuable than he imagined. They taught him how to "write up" jobs and how important a well written, detailed write up was. It would make collecting funds once the job was completed easier. John's instructor called it the ‘power of the pen’!

In July of 1985, shortly after turning 18, John joined the United States Marine Corps where he developed into the man he is today. John’s early years, attention to detail, ‘get it done’ attitude and ability to work hard and push himself were key factors in his career as a technician and future business owner.

John stayed a USMC reservist while securing a position in vehicle maintenance at the McDonnell Douglas plant in Torrance, CA. During his 4 years there, he was introduced to a large variety of material handling and heavy equipment. His mentor and lead man C. Smith, was instrumental in John’s skill and knowledge of industrial equipment and helped lay the foundation of John’s lift truck background. Smith was the best tech he had ever met and taught John how to ‘think outside the box’. Even outside of work, Smith continued to shape John with side work. Fixing cars for others and flipping cars for profit was the only way John was able to buy his first house.

When John was laid off from McDonnell Douglas in Sept. 1990, he found a new home at Clark Lift of California in Pico Rivera, CA. John started out high on the pay scale due to a favorable background from Douglas. He quickly became a “Team Leader” in the “South Bay” area and had 13 technicians under his guidance at one time. Due to a merger with “Power Lift” and severe management changes, John left the newly formed "Power Lift" and helped establish a new “Clark” dealership in the same area. Being there at the beginning to see a brand new company get off the ground was priceless. As one of the first technicians at the new “Clark”, or as it was known back then, “Pacific Coast Clark”, long hours and a heavy work load were common. After a few years of building “Pacific Coast Clark” with some of his long time friends, John became discouraged by the company’s mismanagement and poor integrity with customers and employees. After working so hard to build the Clark dealership, he started working a second job as an independent mechanic from 5 pm-midnight. This allowed him to generate the initial revenue he needed to quit his 40 hour a week job and start “2nd Shift Lift”.

Because of his experience in the industry, John saw a need for a truly 24 hour service company which catered to after-hours repairs. Hence, 2nd Shift Lift was born on April 17, 1997 and incorporated in September 1999, on the advice of his CPA and attorney. With an old Chevy box van previously used to sell shoes at swap meets, John hit the road fixing his new customer’s lifts. Between Amtrak and United Food Group (his first two customers), John made sales calls to potential clients to increase his service base. In early 1999, the company had finally grown enough that it was able to afford replacing the old van with a new one. Pretty soon “2nd Shift” had grown to a point that it needed additional technicians, so two late model vans were purchased. Hiring employees was a little bit of a challenge since not only was it a home based business; the office was in the corner of a bedroom. The office was moved to the dining room for a few months and two road mechanics and an office person were hired. A new location was secured in December 1999 at 2281 E. Carson St. in Long Beach for a few years until moving to its present location.

June of 2004, a new location was purchased and the company moved to Santa Fe Springs, CA. With a shop, larger projects were accomplished and a bigger image was developed. More technicians and vans were added to the fleet and the company continued to grow. More office staff was also needed so additional employees were hired to do billing and parts support for the technicians.

A hurdle occurred in late 2006 when John went through a divorce and had to regroup and restructure the company. The name was changed from 2nd Shift Lift to Quality Lift & Equipment in 2007. John hired two of his children to make the company a true family venture. A full parts department was developed with  John’s son Josh, and became a Bendi and Drexel Dealer under the Landoll corporate umbrella of equipment. John’s daughter Carole took over much of the office duties so John could run the company and venture further into used equipment and rentals.

April 2017, Quality Lift has passed the 20 year mark and John's Children have all moved on. New employees and a bigger shop have evolved into the company it is today.

Quality Lift has weathered a rough economy and continues to grow through the ideals of its founder.

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