Cylinders Inc.
Certified women-owned business
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About Us

Our dedication to quick-turnaround comes from our understanding that time is money. Under-performing or down equipment is costly to your operation.

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Our Story

Cylinders, Inc. - Professional Hydraulic Cylinder Repairs in Chicago Since 1991

In 1991 the founders of Cylinders, Inc. recognized the waste collection and management industry needed a high quality, responsive hydraulic cylinder repair service.  After our opening, our first customers quickly realized the value of quality repairs as an alternative to the replacement of hydraulic components. Many of our first customers are still with us after 30 years, demonstrating the long-term value we have provided and enviable reputation we have earned. Since then our operation expanded to support not only the waste industry, but manufacturing, construction equipment owners, material handling, balers and many other industry sectors. 

What makes Cylinders, Inc. exceptional is our shop team, who have over 70 combined years of experience working together. On average, our team members have been with Cylinders over 11 years, with our most senior machinist celebrating 25 years with the company. We have gained the knowledge and experience of thousands of repairs enabling us to expertly serve our customers. We have a large inventory of seals and stock common steel shapes when fabrication is needed for your repair.  

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Our mission

Provide our customers with exceptional, cost effective cylinder repair solutions through unmatched service and high quality materials

Every member of our team is committed to using their expertise to provide you with unrivaled restoration solutions to minimize your downtime and maximize your productivity

Our Team

Meet the People Behind the Quality

Since its foundation in 1991, Cylinders, Inc. has become one of the most trusted cylinder repair companies in the Chicago area. With excellent customer service and unmatched dedication to work, our team of professionals has helped thousands of our customers with all types of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinder repairs. Ready to meet us?

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Sue Lewis

President & Owner

Sue was first introduced to Cylinders, Inc. in 1990, where she began as the team’s CPA and financial advisor. She was an integral part of the internal management team, building it from the ground up and seeing it through to the success it is today. In 2020, Sue purchased Cylinders and brought in her trusted team to help carry on the work of the previous owner while ensuring its successful development. Sue now runs the show, overseeing the entire company while focusing on the business development side, assessing new markets.

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Kyle Lewis

Director of Business Development

Kyle Lewis leverages his degree in Economics and Business Entrepreneurship from Indiana University for his role as Cylinders, Inc.’s Director of Business Development.

With his extensive experience in sales and procurement for a truck body manufacturer, as well as his history in broker and freight logistics, Kyle is well-versed in financial management. On top of managing the floor and designing truck routes, he also works hand in hand with customers, providing quotes and creating plans to meet each and every client’s needs.

An avid and life-long hockey player, Kyle devotes his weekends to his favorite sport and spending time with friends and family.

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Office Manager

Marissa is Cylinders, Inc.’s trusted Office Manager, responsible for a myriad of administrative functions, and an integral member of the team.

After receiving an Associate Degree in Chemistry from Joliet Junior College, Marissa went on to achieve a Bachelor of Arts in Health Science with pre-med emphasis from North Central College.

Eager to build up her practical skills before continuing her education, Marissa tackles a number of responsibilities in the office, from invoicing customers and paying bills to customer communication and other organizational and managerial tasks.

Outside of work, Marissa spends her time hanging out with her adorable cat Eevee, hiking, camping, line dancing, and cooking.

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Shop Supervisor / Senior Machinist

Rafal has been an integral part of the Cylinders team for 27 years. A manager, machinist, and foreman, Rafel also enjoys spending time with his family and riding his motorcycle.

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Senior Technician / Machinist

Over 23 years, Marek has been a crucial member of the Cylinders, Inc. family, handling repair and replacement of the hydraulics. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and 3 children.

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Repair Technician

A technician with Cylinders, Inc. for over 8 years, Drew works on cylinder hydraulics during the week, but enjoys hanging out with his wife and two kids and playing music on his guitar and drums on the weekends.

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Repair Technician

For over 10 years, Mike has been a dedicated member of the Cylinders, Inc. team, disassembling and reassembling hydraulics for repair and replacements. He also likes to go go-karting and fishing, and fills the rest of his time with friends and family.

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Repair Technician

A relatively newer member of the team, Nick has been a machinist with Cylinders, Inc. for almost 2 years. On the weekends, he enjoys working out, boxing, and spending time with his family.

Areas We Serve

An estimated visualization of our primary service area. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require us to work outside of this map as we have been known to make exceptions

What Our Clients Say

We finally have our new cylinder installed and our lift is back up and running. The fellows who reinstalled it were commenting on the custom job done on the cylinders. Great experience all the way around. Thank you for your help!

Andy Gordon

Our cylinders were rebuilt with very quick turnaround – and we really appreciate this, as does the Hampshire Fire Department that just lost one vehicle, and needed this repair fast.


Great service and quality work!

Vince Palermo

Great people to do business with that put out quality work.

Clayton Nessling

Quality Cylinder Repair.

Chuck Rogers
What Our Clients Say

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