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Air Lift Company was born in the post-war era to fulfill a prevailing transportation need at the time. Families travelling across the country in their cars usually carried heavy luggage, and this caused the springs to sag. With the overloaded cars' need for additional lifting capabilities in mind, GE engineer Claude Pemberton and Oldsmobile Toronado developer Don Perkins began to build a suspension that would help people tow and haul safely and comfortably.
What is now widely known as the industry standard in air suspension started engineering and creating performance air suspension products in 1949 in Lansing, Michigan. A year after its birth, Air Lift developed and patented its first product ever: a rubber air spring.
Air Lift also traces its roots to stock car racing in NASCAR. For 20 years, the suspension specialist provided the air springs used by almost every stock car racing team.
Behind most successful NASCAR racers was an Air Lift air spring that improved handling and traction. Some of the top finishers in the NASCAR Grand National Circuit drove cars equipped with Air Lift springs. For instance, the first-ever Daytona 500 winner Lee Petty used an Air Lifted Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 in 1959. Another Air Lift success story was that of Buck Baker who posted the third most starts in NASCAR history.
In the 1960s, Air Lift shifted into drag racing along with the changes in NASCAR regarding its suspension regulations. It was also during this time that the company started to branch out into a broader consumer market besides racing.
The company has kept evolving since its birth in the late 1940s, churning out an innovation in virtually every decade. It was the pioneer in using air spring inserts in coil suspensions in the 1950s. Around a decade later, it started to use sleeve-type air springs on suspensions of pick-ups. In the 1980s, ambulances and motor homes used Air Lift air helper springs that provided additional support (in the form of suspension air bags) to the suspension. All these innovations contributed to the development of lowered cars and street rods in the 1990s.
Air Lift is ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certified, which speaks volumes about the company's commitment to quality and innovation in its product design and manufacturing. Such commitment has been recognized multiple times by the SEMA Award.
Air Lift's broad array of products includes cutting-edge on-board air compressor systems for on-the-go air spring control and air helper springs for vans, pickups, sport utility vehicles, crossover utility vehicles, and recreational vehicles.
Users of these products rave about the control, smoothness, and comfort that they now enjoy in their ride. They are also impressed with how simple it is to install Air Lift products, which feature no-drill, bolt-on installation.
The company also has a performance division that develops full air management systems for performance and lowered vehicles. The division has been helping DIYers by providing air suspension products for late model cars, classic cars, and hot rods.