Skyjack helps Habitat for Humanity build 13 new homes in Alabama

Skyjack, the global lift equipment manufacturer, has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity in Birmingham, Alabama, to help build a neighborhood of houses for low-income families.

Skyjack donated a VR843E model telescopic handler (telehandler) to help Habitat for Humanity’s construction crews haul and lift roofing material.

The new telehandler was put to use during the Home Builders Blitz, a national event where professional builders team up with Habitat for Humanity volunteer crews to build, renovate and repair homes across the United States.

“Skyjack’s contribution helped us work more efficiently thus saving resources, particularly ensuring materials were available on each of the building sites,” Karen Peterlin, director of development for the Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity, said. “We really liked the machine’s capabilities– it allowed us to save time and eased our operations.”

The Skyjack telehandler helped Habitat for Humanity complete construction on 13 houses during the weeklong building blitz, saving the volunteers valuable time.

Peterlin said that workers carrying shingles up to the roof with a ladder would typically take four hours for just one side. With the help of Skyjack, the job only required one lift with the VR843E.

With 13 different work sites all busy with activity at the same time, the VR843E helped minimize the number of people needed to unload materials, freeing more volunteers to work on constructing the houses, Peterlin said.