About Us

The Norlift Story

Norlift began in 1985 as the Clark forklift dealer for Portland, Oregon. We owe our lift truck heritage to Clark Material Handling, and Norlift now represents multiple major lines of new and used material handling equipment.

We represent the UniCarriers, Clark, Linde, Doosan, Kalmar, JLG and Ottawa brands. Lift capacities of our forklifts range from 2,500 to 110,000 lbs. With this wide range of products for sale, we have multiple solutions for any application.

We also offer a large selection of warehouse equipment and supplies. From large rack layout and installation projects to smaller items such as a hand truck, we have the products and expertise to handle the job. In addition to pallet racking, we stock shelving, dock equipment, manual pallet jacks, hand trucks, carts, conveyors, and storage bins.

No purchase is complete without the service to back it up! Our Parts, Service, and Rental departments are here to support your business.

Additionally, we provide operator training to help you make the workplace as safe as possible.

Our strengths are the flexibility and diversity of our people and products. We work hard to create a loyal customer base built on lasting relationships and dedicated customer service.


Thomas R. Leslie
President, Norlift of Oregon, Inc.

30th Anniversary

Norlift celebrated its 30th anniversary in November 2015! We are a locally owned business, with the second generation of family working in the business today.





Customer Focus

Our customers span a broad range of industries. Each customer’s material handling needs are as unique as the industries are different. One customer may need a warehouse layout, another may need special handling attachments to lift barrels, and another may need very narrow aisle trucks paired with a warehouse management system. The variations in material handling applications are endless!



"We were moving to a new building.  Everything was on pallets and gaylords. We had a 7 man moving crew. Our electric fork truck suddenly stopped working. I called Glen at Norlift at 4:30 and their service guy arrived the next morning at 8:45. He had the thing going in 5 minutes. It was operator error! You saved our bacon."

Robert Rogers, Broadcast Tower Services

"Great family owned company. Been around for a long time and there is a reason for that!  Tom Leslie is the best!"

– Amy Bradshaw, Bradshaw Frame & Gallery

"Norlift sold us a new forklift a few years ago and has done all the required service and training since.  They are really a joy to work with and I highly recommend them."

– Ken Spearing, Pike Awning Co.


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide solutions for our customers’ material handling needs.

 Norlift celebrated 30 years doing business in Portland, Oregon in November 2015.

Community Giving

Norlift looks to give back to great causes in the Northwest. We donate toward and support the mission of Candlelighters For Children with Cancer, and our employees participate in the United Way's charity fund raising.