FORKLIFT HISTORY

Mid-19th century until the early 20th century saw the development that led to today’s modern forklifts. Pennsylvania Railroad in 1906 introduced battery powered platform trucks for moving goods at their Altoona, Pennsylvania train station. World War I saw the development of various types of material handling equipment in the United Kingdom by Ransomes, Sims and Jeffries of Ipswich. This is partly due to labor shortages caused by war. Clark in 1917 in the United States began developing and using powered tractor and powered lift tractors in their factories. In 1919,┬áthe Company and Yale & Towne Manufacturing Towmotor in 1920 entered the lift truck market in the United States. Continuing the development and expansion of the use of forklift continued through the 1920s and the 1930s. World War II, like World War I before, spurred the use of forklift trucks in the war effort. After the war, more efficient methods for storing products in warehouses were being implemented. Warehouse needed more maneuverable forklift trucks that could reach greater heights. New forklift models were made that satisfy this requirement. In 1956 Toyota introduced the first lift truck model, model LA, in Japan and sold in the United States the first forklift in 1967. And now we find many places selling forklifts and forklift. Along with the development needs of forklifts to be increased and places of selling forklifts also spread globally, becoming a separate business area.