Heavy Glass Challenges Resolved by Smart Lift Solutions

Apr 11, 2022 | Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (April  11, 2022) – Smart Lift Solutions, LLP (Smart Lift Solutions), an on-demand delivery service for specialized heavy glass and glazing lifting equipment throughout the United States, is excited to announce the launch of its new company.

Smart Lift Solutions provides a new solution for glazing contractors anywhere in the United States who need occasional use of the latest specialized lifting robotic equipment.   The new company offers rental services of lifting equipment for heavy and oversized glass and has the capacity to deliver the equipment anywhere in the U.S. within a few days. This service is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing equipment and is ideal for glazing professionals, façade specialists, building contractors, and many other companies in the building industry.

Smart Lift Solutions is a joint venture of two Owatonna companies that bring together industry knowledge with logistics expertise. 

  • T.Fin Building Solutions, a supplier of architectural windows and specialized glass products headquartered in Owatonna;
  • Tralo Companies, a logistics company with 150+ trucks and trailers hauling nationwide, headquartered in Owatonna

“Architectural glass is getting larger and heavier depending on the application,” explains Tim Finley, Co-Founder of Smart Lift Solutions, LLP. “This requires more manpower using current window placement practices or specialized lifting equipment. Smart Lift Solutions provides safe and affordable, as-needed access to the latest glass robot lifting equipment without the capital investment.”

 Heavy glass robotic lifting equipment can cost between $40,000 to $60,000 per machine, and for the limited use that some businesses may have for such equipment, it may not be worth the investment, says Finley. However, using robotic equipment for occasional heavy lifting can also be cost-effective in reducing manpower on the job and offers considerable safety benefits for workers. Smart Lift provides a cost-effective resource for glazing contractors who need glass movers to maneuver large plates of glass or glazing units in exterior building facades or tight interior spaces.

SmartLift® Rentals can range from one day, or one week to an extended period of time, depending on Jobsite requirements.   SmartLift® machines are available in multiple sizes with various lifting capacities and reach. In addition, models can be used for specific projects, whether interior or exterior builds for both commercial and residential construction. The full line-up of SmartLift® machines is listed on the company’s website at

Being centrally located in Southern Minnesota, Smart Lift Solutions offers access to a complete inventory of machines. Daily reach for equipment rental and delivery is within a 350-mile radius of Minneapolis but can be delivered to any city throughout the continental U.S. in a matter of days.

While Smart Lift Solutions specialized lifting equipment is easy to operate, the company offers customers in-person or virtual training on proper use to ensure comfort in operating the equipment. In addition, no special license is required to operate the machines.

“This collaborative effort came together to fill a need,” says Finley. “Rather than buying their own equipment, we’re offering the same equipment as a rental at a tremendously reduced rate for a limited time. Smart Lift Solutions makes moving and placing heavy glass easier and safer. Do more with less hands.”


About Smart Lift Solutions

Smart Lift Solutions, LLP is the United States’ first on-demand delivery service for specialized heavy glass and glazing lifting equipment serving the building industry. For more information, visit

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