Posted on February 23, 2023

Great Lakes Lifting Solutions Extends Partnership with Smartlift A/S (Denmark) as the exclusive midwest dealer of the Smartlift® through 2027.

Great Lakes Lifting Solutions 

209 E. Corning Avenue
Peotone, IL 60468
Phone - 815.931.4825
Fax - 708.365.5200
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731 S. McLennan Drive
Elm Mott, TX 76640

February 24, 2023 


Great Lakes Lifting Solutions Extends its Partnership with Smartlift A/S (Denmark) as the exclusive midwest dealer of the Smartlift® through 2027.

Great Lakes Lifting Solutions is proud to announce this extended agreement, which allows them to serve heavy-lifting construction and maintenance and commercial glazing sectors in the continental United States for years to come. 

“Over the last 5 years SmartliftUS has become part of our family and our identity,” says Steven Brooks, Business Development Manager at Great Lakes Lifting Solutions. 

“To be able to continue to represent the product and brand for the foreseeable future means a lot to us. We are very excited about the management team at Smartlift A/S and the direction the company is headed. We have no doubt that Smartlift A/S will continue to adapt and develop the world’s greatest glass manipulators.”

While serving the glass and glazing industry for years, expansion is also a help to the granite and insulated metal panel industries.

“I am happy that an extension of our contact is made and will look forward to continuing the good cooperation,” says Jacob Libach Nielsen, CEO of Smartlift A/S. “We have been working with Great Lakes since 2016 as our partner in the U.S. Don Brooks, his family, and his strong team has done a fantastic job building the Smartlift brand. Unsatisfied customers are not an option for Great Lakes Lifting. We have several examples of Don on his way to the airport because a machine and its customer needed support.”

“Don and Steven Brooks are very nice guys. We talk with a mutual focus on giving the best customer experience.”

Great Lakes Lifting Solutions is also preparing a new maintenance program that should be announced in March. Its clients span multiple industries across the United States, who depend on timely rentals of machines such as the SmartLift® to get new construction and maintenance projects completed quickly. The new plan will have a Great Lakes Lifting Solutions technician making rounds throughout all territories twice per year, saving travel and time for clients. This can address current needs or can serve as preventive maintenance on machines. 

“We are excited about the future growth opportunities this provides Great Lakes Lifting,” Brooks says.

Great Lakes Lifting Solutions opened a Texas Division in 2022, and plans to open a new facility in the Ohio Valley region by end of 2024. This allows for expanded coverage and reduced delivery time of its machines. 


Great Lakes Lifting Solutions is an authorized Illinois Spydercrane & Wood's Powr-Grip® dealer and exclusive Midwest SmartLift® distributor. It is a family-owned and operated business since 2007.

*Exclusive SmartLift® distributor in the following states: IL, WI, IN, KY, MN, TN, OH, MI, MO

For more information, contact Great Lakes Lifting Solutions by phone at (815) 931-4825 or online at

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