At Starke, we understand the struggles small to medium-sized dealers face on a day-to-day basis. Recognizing the need for a different approach and a new business model, we created the Starke brand. This new approach places fewer demands on dealerships and building cooperative relationships based on our innovative support systems. We’re a brand that understands the value customers place on quality, simplicity and up-time. We’re a business that was built by dealers, for dealers, and continues to operate with that same approach almost 10 years later. Can you afford to ignore the Starke difference?


Experience the Starke difference – a new philosophy and way of doing business that’s built on our roots in the material handling industry!

A wholly owned and operated Canadian Company, Starke Material Handling Group is no stranger to the materials handling industry. Our roots in the material handling industry date back to a family-owned dealership established in the Niagara Region during the 1930’s. After years serving as a Canadian master distributor for other offshore brands, we created the Starke brand in 2010 as a way to introduce small to medium sized forklift and lift equipment dealerships to a revenue stream previously restricted to larger dealerships in the materials handling industry.

 — TED LUCAS, President of Starke Material Handling Group


Our corporate philosophy guides all of our decisions including our overall business model, strategy, direction, customer service and product design:
  • Only making necessary, common sense innovations instead of innovation for innovation’s sake. We don’t believe in over-complicated diagnostic systems, controllers and expensive parts/components
  • Strong dealer support systems – if you can’t support a product, don’t sell it
  • Producing high quality equipment that we believe in and can stand by
  • Backing up our commitment to our equipment with industry-leading warranties
  • Maintaining a robust selection of in-demand material handling equipment to better serve the diverse needs and demands of our dealers and customers


Do you need more than one type of equipment?

We offer a wide range of products from Class II to Class VI.

  • Internal combustion forklifts are available in capacities ranging from 2,000 – 22,000 lbs.
  • Rough terrain forklifts are available from 6,000 – 7,000 lbs. in capacity.
  • Electric forklifts are available a maximum capacity of 4,000 lbs. for our three wheelers and 7000 lbs. for our four wheelers.
  • Stackers are available in manual, semi-electric and electric models ranging from 2,000 – 4,000 lbs. in capacity.
  • Pallet trucks are available in manual and electric models ranging from 3,000 – 5,000 lbs. in capacity.
  • Narrow aisle models, such as our dock stockers and reach trucks, are available from 3,000 – 4,000 lbs.

Are you frustrated with over-complicated maintenance?

Our equipment is designed for ease of maintenance and we provide high quality technical support over the phone and via email. For example, all of our internal combustion forklifts are built with IMPCO built and designed fuel control systems while every AC electric unit we build feature Curtis AC controllers with the exception of our XVI electric forklifts.

Are you tired of escalating equipment costs?

We offer a number of cost-effective equipment options designed to meet almost any budget. Meanwhile, our high quality equipment helps keep the total cost of ownership low for all of our products.

Confused by complicated and overly restrictive warranties?

Unlike some of our competition, you don’t need a law degree to read our equipment warranties. Not only are all of our equipment warranties are written in a way that is easy to read and understand, but they also demonstrate our confidence in our equipment line. For more information, visit our warranties page.