Eastern Lift Truck Co. is a family-owned business, founded in 1971, by John Pruitt, a smart and gritty entrepreneur. John’s values were forged during the Great Depression and from life lessons experienced as a submariner and veteran of World War II.
John took over a small lift truck company and quickly transformed it into a thriving materials handling dealership. He routinely preached loyalty, honesty, and hard work, and was passionate about becoming the best service provider in the country. John’s determination laid a solid foundation for the Company, and his vision of excellence remains with us today.
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John’s sons, Mike, and Dan joined the business, and together, backed by a growing team of dedicated employees, the Pruitt family steadily expanded the Company, year over year, adding new locations, products, employees, and services.
The Company became a Yale forklift dealer in 1996, added Hyster forklifts in 2015, and has been a regular recipient of annual top dealer awards from both, as well as other manufacturers. Exhibiting incredible consistency, Eastern Lift Truck Co. has been named a Yale Dealer of Excellence, Yale’s highest award, for 21 consecutive years. In addition. Eastern Lift Truck Co. has received the MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) M.V.P (Most Valuable Partner) Award 9 consecutive years.
Over the years, the Company has expanded to offer dock and door equipment, warehouse products, systems integration, balers, compactors, floor cleaning equipment, yard trucks, mobile railcar movers, robotics, training, fleet management, commercial, utility and low-speed electric vehicles, and more.
Eastern Lift Truck Co. believes in being active in the communities it serves, participates in numerous charitable causes, and promotes ongoing education and safety training.
The company proudly celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021 and today, there are more than 1,000 Eastern Lift Truck Co. materials handling and storage solutions professionals working at our 20+ Mid-Atlantic locations. Our employees’ passion for helping customers has never wavered, and the Company is thankful for the trust and support our customers have in us.
“Good people, friendly service, very knowledgeable”
“We manage a large beverage distribution center in Baltimore that requires many needs from ELT. Their service has been of the highest quality. They are quick to respond to our needs and are very knowledgeable of their products and their services offered. From the sales staff to the service technicians, I would certainly recommend them to any businesses in need of their services.”
“A wonderful group of people the work quality is outstanding, and the products are great”
“We needed a rental lift on very short notice and Jenny and team made it happen. Very helpful!”
“We had a damaged garage door for several years. Mark from Eastern contacted us and provided us a proposal which we found to be reasonable. They ordered the parts and contacted us for an installation without any issues. The door is now working great. I strongly recommend them for any overhead garage door installs and services.”