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image Originally from Switzerland, Erika French is taking on Texas with Lift365 Equipment Rentals

DALLAS/FT WORTH - In Erika French’s homeland of Switzerland, the Swiss attend school up to ninth grade and then apprentice in a trade for up to four years. After Erika earned her diesel mechanic certification on semi trucks, a newspaper item caught her eye.




    “I saw an ad looking for mechanics to come work in the States, so I applied for and got the job,” Erika says. “Within a month, I sold everything and was gone to California and lived there for eight years. As a certified diesel mechanic, I worked for the company’s tour and shuttle bus accounts at the airport.”
    Her husband, Orange County Californian Mike French, suggested moving to Texas’ DFW area. Once here, Mike established Haltom City restaurant OC Burgers, but he also itched to do construction again. He bought a telehandler for his mechanical company, which would change Erika’s life. Erika prioritized being a stay-at-home wife and mom (which is still her favorite job) but Mike - who was constantly loaning his telehandler to construction workers - knew Erika had a business opportunity in front of her.
    “Mike would always tell me that [renting out the equipment] would be up my alley, since this involved machines and I was a diesel mechanic,” Erika says. “It took me years, but I realized that if I can handle this on the side - I homeschool two of my three daughters part-time - it would be great. That’s how I got started in 2017.”
    With the telehandler as her first equipment piece, Erika borrowed space for parking and a warehouse in the building of OC Burgers and Air817 for her small equipment yard, Lift365 Equipment Rentals. She kept growing and adding on equipment and continues to do so with telehandlers, scissor lifts and skid steer track loaders.
    Lift365 Equipment Rentals is a HUB-certified business and Erika, a Subcontractors Association of the Metroplex member, is securing her WEB certification. Owning a business here is just one more reason Erika is glad she came to the States 20 years ago.
    Supplier Lift365 Equipment Rentals is in Haltom City. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net