Man Lift Mfg. Co. Appoints New President and CEO

Man Lift Manufacturing announces it has appointed a new president and CEO, Phil Sprio.

Man Lift Manufacturing Co., (Man Lift) a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic equipment for specialty markets and hazardous environments, announces the appointment of Phil Sprio to the position of President and CEO effective January 1, 2012. Sprio will be succeeding Jeff Bailey who founded the company in Milwaukee, WI, in 2000. Bailey has been instrumental in the success of Man Lift and will remain a director of the Company and will continue his involvement in the design and engineering of custom lifts for Man Lift’s customers worldwide, many of which have come to rely on Man Lift's unique ability to employ technologies that increase productivity and safety in the workplace. Bailey will also serve as a member of the Board of Man Lift’s parent company Universal Manufacturing Co. of Lincoln, NE.

Don Dunn, President and CEO of Universal Manufacturing Co., the owner of Man Lift having acquired the Milwaukee-based manufacturer last December, says “We want to express our gratitude to Jeff for all of his achievements these past 10 years and we look forward to his continued contributions as he focuses on his true passion of engineering solutions for our customers.”

Dunn adds that “in Phil we have found the right person to lead Man Lift. Phil has a strong background in all of the areas that are critical to Man Lift’s future growth.”

“Phil has had great success in growing companies in the past and brings strong leadership skills and a customer focus that complements his experience in the aerial and material handling industries. We acquired Man Lift because we identified great opportunity for growth; we continue to believe we were correct and believe Phil is the right person to help us achieve this growth,” Dunn continues.

Sprio states that “I am very grateful to Don and to Jeff for the opportunity to lead the great team we have at Man Lift. We will continue to engineer and build the most robust, highest quality mobile hydraulic products and remain focused Man Lift’s mission to enable our customers to be safer and more productive.”

Sprio further adds, “Man Lift has a number of innovative products in our development pipeline which will continue to reflect input from our customers as we bring them to market. In addition, we are developing a number of strategic partnerships in the aerial and material handling segments which will fuel our further growth in North America and abroad.”