About SVI International, Inc.
SVI International, Inc. is the lift industry's leading supplier of parts for repair and production of all types of automotive lifts. Our commitment to quality engineered parts continues to set standards for the automotive lift industry. Our network of customers includes more than 2000 companies that sell, service and install automotive lifts and automotive shop equipment throughout the United States and Canada, and our business has expanded to provide parts for machinery in industries that include forestry, Gasboy Consumer Series parts, oil and petroleum industries and many other segments.
Our continued growth is a testament to our years of innovation, customer service and timely delivery of parts needed for repair and production of automotive lifts. Our product line includes more than 20,000 different types of auto lift repair parts in most makes and models. One of our most appreciated services is the engineering and production of quality legacy parts for auto lift lines that are no longer manufactured.
Thousands of high quality auto lifts, some manufactured as long as 60 years ago, remain in service because our company produces repair parts for these lifts. Once we produce a part for a lift line that component remains available in our product inventory forever. That means you can count on SVI as a partner in your maintenance and repair program for your auto lifts and more.
We back our part solutions inventory with a timely delivery program built around three "Ready Ship" Warehouses offering same-day shipping on most in-stock parts to help keep your operation up and running.
Practical solutions + innovation. That’s SVI.
Product innovation and safety have long been key components of SVI's role in the lift industry. Our commitment to this full spectrum approach has resulted in even safer operation of older lifts still in service. But our ingenuity knows almost no bounds. SVI was the originator of the patent pending Aqua Out system for use on new cassette style in-ground lifts. Aqua Out resolves moisture problems associated with in-ground lifts by automatically removing water from the system every time the lift is lowered.
We invite you to engage with SVI for real solutions and quality engineered parts. Our staff is knowledgeable and stands ready to serve you as one of the leading resources in our industry.
This expertise spans Power Post Heavy Duty In-Ground Lifting Systems, Lubrication Equipment, Steel Hydraulic Line Tubing for Fluid Delivery Dystems, Brake Lathe Repair Parts and Cutting Bits, Tire Changer Repair Parts and Gaskets and Parts for Gas Pump and Meter Rebuilding.
SVI's subsidiary companies have fantastic reputations on their own merits. As part of the SVI family these companies provide focused service and products that you might not find anywhere else.
Check out Valley Precision Solutions, LLC and MLM Lifts and Manufacturing, LLC.
A History of SVI
November 2017 - SVI re-introduces turf equipment and utility vehicle attachments for use on two post automotive lifts. An SVI wholly owned subsidiary was the first to ever invent turf attachments for lifts back in September of 1997. SVI has the largest most customizable selection of turf and utility attachments for lift in the industry. Featuring two specific styles “HSR” and “LPO” plus a broad range of available options makes SVI the number one supplier to golf courses, park districts, municipalities and ATV dealers just to name a few or the industry segments supported.
November 2017 - SVI introduces condensate drain valves and stands one of the largest Worldwide distributors of Kingston valves. Routinely securing and filling orders for virtually any style of Kingston valve from all points of the Globe is a common place occurrence. It is not unusual on any given day for shipments to leave the SVI distribution facility heading to China, the Middle East, Australia, South America or all over the European Union.
October 2017 - With a broad emphasis on fluid delivery application whether it be petroleum, agricultural, pharmaceutical, batch mixing manufacturing operations, paint, food and beverage producers, oil refineries, bulk tanker ships and railcars and so on, SVI introduced high quality, low-cost swivel joint repair kits for OPW swivel joints.
October 2017 - SVI becomes the leading and largest full-line supplier of replacement hose stops / hose bumpers used on all the various makes of hose reels found across industry. Hose reels are popular in automotive shops but can also be found just about everywhere like on construction vehicles, fire trucks, ships, offshore drilling rigs, fuel delivery and on and on.
September 2017 - SVI adds a new line of ferrule lock tube fittings for use with steel hydraulic line tubing that is used in fluid delivery applications found in both automotive service and industrial applications. This product addition makes SVI the most full service supplier of fluid delivery products for the applicable markets serviced by the company.
July 2017 - SVI celebrates its 40th Anniversary year and publishes its fabled The Twin Post newsletter containing fact filled articles about some past milestone events.
January 2017 - Tire changer repair products from SVI grow to become a major part of the product line and are available at some of the most economically competitive price levels in the entire industry.
December 2016 - Customer driven demand causes SVI to design, produce and introduce a new strainer assembly for waste oil removal to make debris clogs easier to deal with or less likely to occur. This innovative product is very well received by customers in multiple industries. It is a must-have product for anyone who routinely engages in waste oil evacuation or fluid transfer systems.
January 2016 - SVI introduces the SC-363. This is the first and only lift specifically designed for owners of Porsche 911 model (G-Series, 964, 993, 996, 996.2, 997) performance cars. This lift is only popular to those that own 911 Porsche models or service them on a regular basis. These lifts incorporate the SVI 360° rotation feature with the added security of a multiple height position safety leg. The rotational feature allows for the rear engine car to be pulled straight in and then be rotated around so the engine is facing the workbench. It is also functional and easily adapted for any other style of mid or rear engine high performance cars, such as Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s or McLaren’s.
August 2015 - Here to stay, SVI ownership purchases a California industrial space in Montclair just East of Los Angeles to house the growing line of SVI products demanded by customers throughout the Western United States. The Montclair facility is conveniently located and enjoys daily visits by many of the LA basin’s most professional service companies.
May 2015 - SVI engineering adds a new twist to the ever-popular small equipment shop maintenance lifts by providing a 360° rotating work surface platform with a safety leg. This is an industry first accomplishment and has become one of the company’s most sought after products used by the outdoor power equipment industry.
February 2014 - SVI engineering worked diligently and solved a lifting requirement for the General Motors production line that is used to produce the Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR. Every one of these GM produced vehicles is raised for final inspection on an SVI lifting solution before leaving the plant and ultimately hitting the road.
August 2013 - SVI introduces new MPAL system for use on all side by side Globe to bring them into compliance with ANSI Standard. MPAL means Multi-Position Auto Lock and can be easily added to the lift so the locking mechanism is engaged throughout the entire stroke of the lift. The system automatically resets for operation each time the lift is fully lowered.
August 2013 - SVI’s subsidiary Manitowoc Lifts and Mfg. (MLM) introduces a new line of Small Equipment Shop Maintenance lifts known as SESM Platform lifts. These lifts are very popular with mechanics in small equipment maintenance shops that service golf carts, ATV’s lawn mowers, motorcycles, snowmobiles and general landscaping equipment.
May 2013 - SVI expanded its East Coast warehouse by relocating to a new larger facility in Hanover, MD. This move allowed for an increase in inventory and products available to SVI’s customers in the Eastern United States. SVI’s Ready Ship warehouses are key to providing unmatched delivery speed and lowered freight costs reducing both downtime and overall cost across the board. This warehouse facility is just south of the Baltimore Washington International Airport and conveniently located between 295, I-97 and very near to I-95.
May 2013 - SVI’s patented MPTR product is required by CSST (Occupational Health and Safety Commission) officials in Quebec, Canada for use on all existing single post in-ground lifts. Popular lifts makes of this style found in Canada include Ford Smith, Rotary and, Weaver. MPTR’s provide simple and easy to install compliance to meet current standard allowing for multiple locking positions throughout the stroke of the automotive lift.
July 2012 - SVI expanded its West Coast warehouse by relocating to a new larger facility in City of Industry, CA. This move allowed for an increase in inventory and products available to SVI’s customers in the Western United States. SVI’s Ready Ship warehouses are key to providing unmatched delivery speed and lowered freight costs reducing both downtime and providing overall cost across the board.
June 2012 - SVI introduces “DUSL” a new modern design cylinder that incorporates components that can be used to make older Globe and Weaver lifts like new again. “DU” stands for dual upper and “SL” stands for single lower or “DUSL” and this system provides for rock solid performance of in-ground automotive lift systems.
January 2012 - SVI introduces its exclusive ZLT™ Zero Leak Tolerance system for use on Rotary lifts that use a spring energized seal. The ZLT™ greatly benefit’s government fleet operator service facilities that employ the use of heavy duty automotive lifts. Stopping the leakage is essential to reducing oil consumption, protecting the environment and reduced spending of taxpayer dollars. Fresno Area Express in Fresno, California employed the use of ZLT™ systems and stopped the leaking dead in its tracks.
October 2011 - SVI acquires the assets of the Miller and Smith Welding Company and folds the operation in under SVI’s subsidiary, Manitowoc Lifts and Manufacturing (MLM). With the addition of new personnel and equipment SVI management undertakes new initiative to grow the MLM business with new products for new markets.
November 2010 - SVI acquires the assets of Manitowoc Lifts on November 10, 2010 and creates a new SVI subsidiary called Manitowoc Lifts and Manufacturing (MLM). Manitowoc Lift is now an SVI Brand and SVI will continue to produce the product line and lift models to the same robust specifications.
August 2009 - SVI relocated to its current location in DeKalb, IL. The move provided a more suitable facility with over 10,000 amps of electric service for manufacturing. The 55,000 square foot building is on 7.25 acres allowing for plenty of future building expansion. Prior to SVI’s relocation the site was formerly used by General Mills, American Trailer and Caterpillar.
May 2009 - SVI receives US Patent No. 7,534,095 for the “Aqua Out” condensate scavenging system and method for in-ground automotive lifts.
May 2009 - SVI becomes the sole supplier of repair parts for Gasboy Consumer Series Pumps and quickly tools up on over one hundred different items. Gasboy Consumer Series Pumps are widely used by agricultural growers on bulk fuel tanks to transfer fuel to equipment. Gasboy repair parts are introduced as SVI’s William Douglas brand because good things should last.
May 2007 - SVI creates a new division called SVI REC. This division is dedicated to supplying recreational boat lift dealers with a broad array of repair parts for all types of boat lifts. Popular items include replacement winch tube assemblies and aluminum bunk components as well as cables and pulleys.
May 2007 - SVI receives US Patent No. 7,219,768 for its exclusive Multi-Position Top Release (MPTR) safety leg making SVI the only company to ever solve this need and allow pre-existing lifts to be brought into conformance and satisfy OSHA inspector requirements.
December 2006 - SVI Lift King brand Super Socket is introduced to help everyone who installs and inspects automotive lifts. The Super Socket keeps installers and inspectors off their knees; helps reduce fatigue and achieve higher and more consistent wedge anchor torque values on surface mount automotive lifts.
March 2005 - "Aqua Out" is unveiled. "Aqua Out" is a revolutionary new patent pending lift product that protects owners of high pressure low volume cassette style lifts from unwanted moisture build up. The unwanted moisture may lead to potential rapid corrosion of the steel structure on these style lifts.
April 2004 - SVI announces the development of a new safety leg for single post lifts. This patent pending product allows owners of single post lifts to add a multiple position locking safety with the turn of one bolt. This product provides full compliance to the current A.N.S.I. standard and satisfies the needs of O.S.H.A. inspectors.
August 2003 - The doorJammer Pro hits the market with big fan fair and provides unparallel protection from door damage caused by the door hitting the lift column when existing and entering the vehicle. Hertz car rental begins implementing use of the doorJammer Pro in its vehicle maintenance facilities.
May 2003 - A new line of American Made stainless steel alignment turn plates is introduced for use in front wheel alignment applications.
December 2002 - SVI acquires Globe Lift, one of the US's oldest and most well respected automotive and material handling lift companies. Globe Lift was once the World's largest manufacturer of automotive lifts and Globe Lifts are still found and sold all over the World.
July 2002 - SVI relocates to a new 76,000 square foot facility on 5 acres in downtown Aurora, Illinois just less than one mile from where it all started back in 1977.
June 2002 - SVI introduces a new "Rapid Fire Response" parts program for repair parts for Rotary Lifts. This program included newly tuned pricing and the fastest order turnaround time in the automotive lift industry.
February 2001 - SVI invented the drop-in rack and pinion equalizer kit for use on Rotary DTO-28 lifts. This kit has been instrumental in prolonging the useful service lift of these once I-beam equalized lifts.
July 2000 - SVI continued its expansion in its role as the lift industry's heavy duty lift supplier by offering replacement 12-5/8" cylinder assemblies for obsolete Rotary lifts.
August 1999 - Marked the 10 year anniversary of our "The Twin Post" newsletter, a lift industry publication.
June 1999 - The SVI exclusive “Easy Slide Measuring Guide” was introduced to help field technicians take the guess work out of piston size identification.
January 1999 - SVI formed a subsidiary company called Valley Precision Seal, which specializes in the design and distribution of rotary and reciprocating seals. Today, one of VPS's specialties is oil seals used in the auto racing industry. When you watch a race, chances are you are also watching our seals go around the track or down the strip.
April 1998 - SVI acquired the assets of Ronflo Manufacturing, which resulted in many new capabilities including an expanded custom safety leg program.
August 1997 - The SVI "Ready Ship" warehouse in New Jersey was moved to a new larger facility just outside of Baltimore. The announcement was known as "The Official Service Act" and provided one or two day UPS ground service to the Mid and N.E. Atlantic regions.
March 1997 - SVI stunned the automotive lift industry by announcing the addition of over 1300 high quality popular repair parts for Rotary lifts.
October 1996 - SVI announced that it had everything except the concrete for surface mount lifts and assumed the role as the number one supplier of repair parts for most makes and models of surface mount automotive lifts.
August 1996 - SVI introduces a complete line of steel hydraulic line tubing and LENZ o-ring seal tube fittings for air and fluid delivery applications.
June 1996 - SVI opened a second warehouse and production facility in Elburn, Illinois one block away from its headquarters and main facility. This new facility was used for safety leg and cylinder component production.
August 1995 - A fourth "Ready Ship" warehouse was opened in Atlanta, Georgia to better serve the customers in the Southeastern United States. This warehouse was later closed due to traffic congestion in the Atlanta area.
October 1994 - A third "Ready Ship" warehouse was opened in New Jersey to better serve SVI customers in the Eastern United States.
September 1994 - SVI completed a warehouse expansion project that nearly doubled its inventory capacity and production areas.
April 1994 - SVI announces the availability of the most safety related equipment in stock for the automotive lift industry.
February 1994 - SVI became the largest single supplier of repair parts for Weaver automotive lifts. During the same year SVI started offering complete in-ground lifts and lift replacement sections. This product line greatly benefits heavy duty lift users such as transit authorities, municipalities, school bus garages and all other types of vehicle maintenance facilities. Today, we remain one of the preferred suppliers for real in-ground lifts that are built to last, easy to maintain and are of a robust design.
December 1993 - SVI introduces a variety of new safety related products such as automatic locking devices and safety legs to help automotive lift owners get their equipment up to OSHA standards
November 1992 - The Twin Post newsletter is sent out to inform distributors about a whole new line exhaust removal products available for automobile dealerships and independent automotive repair shops.
November 1992 - The Twin Post newsletter is sent out to inform distributors about a whole new line exhaust removal products available for automobile dealerships and independent automotive repair shops.
December 1992 - As part of its business expansion plan and celebration over the success of the new California warehouse the company name was changed to SVI International, Inc.
December 1992 - A 42 page Twin Post newsletter, the largest ever was published and appropriately titled EXPANDED ISSUE: Enough New Parts to Fill TwoTwin Posts.
August 1991 - Searle Valley, Inc. opened its second "Ready Ship" warehouse located in the Los Angeles, California metropolitan area. The opening of this warehouse moved the product line closer to its customers in the Western United States and reduced downtime for automotive lift service companies and lift operators and owners.
December 1990 - Searle Valley, Inc. (SVI) moved into its headquarters to a newly constructed facility in Elburn, Illinois, just twelve miles from our original location in Aurora, Illinois.
December 1989 - The industrial hydraulic seal side of the VPS business was sold to the Eriks Corporation, a major international seal company headquartered in Holland and our name was subsequently changed to Searle Valley, Inc. As the business grew and we became a larger and larger part of the automotive lift industry, more space was required for our vast inventory.
December 1989 - The official company newsletter called The Twin Post made its debut featuring a whole selection of new products.
November 1988 - Pending the sale of the industrial hydraulic seal portion of the VPS business, Doug Climenhaga was brought in to head up and expand the company's role in the automotive lift industry.
December 1977 - SVI got its start in a small facility on LaSalle Street in Aurora, Illinois. At that time the company was known as Valley Packing and Seal (VPS). VPS was founded as a supplier of all types of hydraulic seals including those for In-Ground Lifts. Our Founder's first major seal account was the Weaver Lift Company in Springfield, Illinois.