About Us

rickpattiHello, I’m Rick Peterson and along with my wife Patti, own PowerLift Hydraulic Doors. We operate our company by a simple philosophy: we value and are committed to our customers, our families, our employees and our reputations.

In 1988, I started a welding repair shop in Lake Benton, MN which is located in the southwestern corner or Minnesota near the South Dakota border. In 1992 I built the first commercial hydraulic door in Minnesota for a farmer who wanted a door that was easier to operate and I believed a one-piece door would provide him with the ease of use he was looking for. When you explore all the advantages and values that a PowerLift Hydraulic Door provides it is no wonder that the business has expanded past our small Minnesota community.

In 2008 we built a new shop and moved our production from our small shop in downtown Lake Benton to the new shop located about 1 mile east of Lake Benton on US HWY 14. Our new facility enabled us to better meet the needs of our growing customer base. Eventually we realized that even the new shop would not allow us to service all the door requests we were receiving. After receiving many requests from customers outside our normal service area, we decided we had to start doing things differently.

At this point we decided that our best option was to collaborate with other manufacturing facilities to build, deliver, install and service PowerLift Hydraulic Doors. Our first priority was to find people who shared the philosophy we had built our business on. The locations would have to be willing to do what it takes to produce the best hydraulic doors on the market and provide the ultimate in customer service. We honestly treat customers in the same way we would want to be treated.

We have now expanded to 31 manufacturing locations throughout the United States and Canada and are continually seeking locations that share the simple philosophy we have built our business on. For a list of our current manufacturing locations check out our locations page. When we first started building hydraulic doors we primarily built doors for the agriculture market, however over the years we have expanded into the aviation, commercial and residential markets. Check out our pictures for more details on current projects for all markets.

That’s the PowerLift Hydraulic Doors story. If you have any questions or if you would like to contact us, we would love to hear from you. Just go to the contact us page and drop us a note. Value and commitment are what we take seriously. We hope you do too. Sincerely, Rick Peterson