For more than 50 years, Maxi-Lift, Inc. has built superior elevator buckets by exceeding customer expectations.

The Maxi-Lift name means unmatched service, customized solutions, engineered quality, and fast delivery. Our elevator buckets are in operation around the world, moving everything from aggregate to zinc, because we put the customer first.

Maxi-Lift, Inc. manufacturers elevator buckets and related conveying components for agricultural and industrial applications.


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Maxi-Lift Manufacturing Plant - agricultural elevator buckets, industrial elevator buckets, belt splices, rubber and pvc belting

Established in 1973, Maxi-Lift has become the premier supplier of elevator buckets to customers worldwide. Our product line includes plastic elevator buckets and metal elevator buckets, elevator bolts, elevator belt splices, screw conveyor hanger bearings, drag conveyor flights and UHMW sheeting products.

Maxi-Lift’s elevator buckets are used around the world to elevate everything from agricultural products like corn, wheat, soybeans and fertilizer to industrial products like concrete, clay, sand, and cement. We offer 400 different agricultural elevator buckets, and over 80 plastic industrial elevator buckets for all types of applications. In addition, we custom fabricate steel elevator buckets in almost any size, style and gauge.

Our sister corporation, Southwest Agri-Plastics, manufactures plastic swine and poultry flooring systems, plastic mini-pallets for moving bagged substances and plastic feed wheels and containers for livestock supplement feeding. Information on these products can be found at

To meet the growing demands of our customers, Maxi-Lift built a new state-of-the-art 200,000 square foot distribution and manufacturing headquarters in Dallas, Texas, USA. This facility has plastic injection molding, plastic sheet fabrication and metal fabrication departments. This distribution center allows us to warehouse the largest selection of elevator buckets for immediate shipment around the world.

Our customer support is second to none. Customers receive quotes directly over the phone, with follow up faxes on products, prices and delivery. Maxi-Lift utilizes the latest software, machinery and distribution methods to move products efficiently and effectively throughout our facility. Services that others charge extra for are standard procedures for Maxi-Lift.

Maxi-Lift will continue to strive to meet our customers growing demands. Our number one goal is to exceed your expectations with quality products, reliable service, and a fair price.


Maxi-Lift has a management team dedicated to serving our customers with quality products and fast delivery. From friendly customer service to technical support, our staff is here to serve you.

Click the names below to meet some of our experienced and friendly staff.

Beaude Sahm, CEO

beaudesahmBeaude graduated from TCU in 1989 with a Bachelors degree in Marketing. He has also attended Wharton Business School and SMU for additional Business Studies. He is responsible for all major operational areas including manufacturing, accounting/finance & sales/marketing. Additionally, he leads teams in the development of new products and markets. Beaude believes in creating additional value for our customers while fostering a positive work environment that allows people to enjoy, learn and succeed. He has served on boards/commitees of the National Belting Association (NIBA), American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Paul Phillips, President

paulphillipsPaul graduated from West Texas A&M in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He attended The University of Texas (Dallas) and received his MBA in 1995. He has also attended several postgraduate seminars in negotiation, sales management, and marketing at The University of Texas, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Harvard Business School.

Paul is responsible for leading the sales, marketing and operations functions for Maxi-Lift, Inc. He is also Vice President of Marketing for Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for AFIA (American Feed Industry Association) as chair elect. He has served as the past Chairperson for the Equipment Manufacturers Committee of AFIA. He was selected as the AFIA Member of the Year for AFIA in 2011. He is also an active member of GEAPS, NIBA, PTDA, EMC and CEMA.

Jim Rowell, Chief Financial Officer

Jim graduated from Texas A&M in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and he is a CPA.  He began his career at Deloitte & Touché in Atlanta and has a wide range of experience including fortune 500 companies, private equity owned middle market companies as well as family owned businesses. Jim is responsible for leading the accounting, finance, human resources and IT functions for Maxi-Lift.

Kevin Ray, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations

Kevin graduated from Purdue University in 1997 with a BS Degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. Following graduation Kevin was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.  He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC and served five years as an Infantry Officer before leaving the Marine Corps as a Captain. He spent the next 15 years in the food and beverage industry in a variety of logistics, distribution, transportation and manufacturing roles.  Kevin earned his MBA from Baylor University in 2016 and joined Maxi-Lift as Vice-President of Manufacturing Operations in April of 2018.

Matt Hanson, Vice President of Business Development

Matt graduated with a double major in Agricultural Economics and Animal Science from Texas A&M University. Upon graduating from Texas A&M, he began a 13 year career with Cargill, where he worked as both a Business Manager and Business Development Manager in Mentone, IN; Sterling, CO; Franklinton, LA and Giddings, TX. He was subsequently employed by Dayton Lease & Pipeline Services as their General Manager for 5 years. In May of 2017, he was hired by Maxi-Lift as the Director of Business Development to further build the Maxi-Lift brand and develop an outside sales team.

Bo Fisher, Vice President of Sales/North America

bfisherBo graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing. He joined Maxi-Lift in December of 1994 following a stint selling industrial chemicals. Bo is responsible for Maxi-Lift’s domestic sales programs and our sales staff. He is also the Product Manager for all of Maxi-Lift’s agricultural elevator bucket lines. Bo is a member of GEAPS, and has served as an Associates Board Director, as well as on a number of International committees. He is a member of NIBA-The Belting Association, and currently serves on the Marketing Committee.

Byron Smith, Vice President of Business Development and International Sales

bsmithByron graduated with a BBA in finance from Texas A&M and a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird. Upon graduating from Thunderbird, he began a 14 year career with Archer Daniels Midland Company, where he worked as a grain merchandiser, commodity trader and as a product sales manager in Salina, Kansas, Decatur, Illinois, and Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. He was subsequently employed by Con Agra as Commodity Trading Director for Molinos of Puerto Rico. Returning to the states, he worked for three years as a Supply Chain Manager for Auto Zone in both Memphis, TN, and Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. In August of 2007, he was hired by Maxi-Lift to be the Territory Sales Manager for the Southeast U.S. and Latin America. He is now the Director of International Sales and travels frequently both domestically as well as throughout Latin America and other regions of the world, promoting both Maxi-Lift’s and Southwest Agri-Plastic’s products.

Chris Tarver, Director of Industrial Products

christarverChris graduated in December of 1998 from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Distribution. Chris is responsible for the marketing and promotion of Maxi-Lift’s industrial duty elevator buckets which includes the Maxi-Tuff line of precision injection-molded Dupont Zytel Nylon, Urethane, and Polyethylene AA and MF style buckets; custom fabricated carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum elevator buckets; and a complete line of malleable iron buckets. Additionally, Chris is responsible for promoting Maxi-Lift’s line of carbon steel, stainless steel, and zinc-plated elevator bolts and related hardware.




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