Yale is one of the oldest material handling equipment companies in the world. In 2014 it will celebrate its 170th anniversary. The company began its history in 1844 with the development by Linus Yale (founder of the company) of a cylindrical lock with a pin reversing mechanism. In 1868, Yale, together with Henry Towne, founded the Yale Lock Manufacturing Company, which was later renamed Yaleand Towne Manufacturing Co. The first material handling equipment was produced by the company in 1875. And in the 20s of the last century, the plant began producing battery trolleys with a lifting platform. This was followed by another step forward - trucks and trolleys with a lifting platform, tractors and the first forklift trucks began to roll off the production conveyor.
The 30s of the last century were marked for the company by the transition to international status: production was founded in England. At the same time, Yale was successfully engaged in innovative developments, introducing new technologies into production. In particular, power steering, loaders with centralized controls, variable pitch steering, and others.
In 1950, Yale began producing forklift trucks with diesel and associated gas engines, and two years later the first counterbalanced forklift trucks.
In 1963, it merged with Eaton Manufacturing and Eaton, Yale & Towne, Inc. (later renamed Eaton Corp). Since then, there have been several more expansions, as a result of which today it includes 12 manufacturing plants. And in 1992, the parent company Yale Europe Materials Handling was created, which was engaged in the supply of Yale® forklift trucks in the European region, Africa and the Middle East. By the way, the company established in 1994 was recognized as the largest manufacturer of material handling equipment with an annual worldwide sales of 70,000 units.
Today the company offers a full range of electrically and mechanically powered forklift trucks with lifting capacities from 1,000 to 16,000 kg, including innovative and multi-functional forklifts. Yale sales offices are located around the world. 150 dealers serve customers in more than 62 countries.