Harrington Hoists celebrates 150 years

Harrington Hoists Inc. announced that the Pennsylvania-based company is celebrating 150 years in the hoist business.

Harrington HoistsThe company was established in 1867 by Edwin Harrington, a machinist and inventor, who started a machine shop and hoist business in Philadelphia. His company thrived as a result of his innovative ideas and continual improvements to the design and production of hoists. Throughout his lifetime, Harrington obtained several patents and was best known for developing one of the first electric hoists in 1896.

In the years that followed, Harrington Hoists Inc. continued to focus on the research and development of products to create solutions to changing customer needs. The company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Kito Corporation in 1990, which allowed it to become the sole source for Harrington/Kito hoist and crane products in the United States.

Most recently, Harrington and Kito Corporation have combined efforts to unify the four Kito Americas Companies including: Harrington Hoists Inc., Peerless Industrial Group, Kito Canada Inc. and Kito Do Brasil. This strategy is intended to streamline delivery of quality products and enhance the customer experience throughout all Americas divisions.

“It is an honor to be a part of a business that has such a long, rich history,” said president and CEO, Carlo Lonardi. “As we enter our 150th year in business, we are proud to continue the tradition of manufacturing quality products that our customers can trust and delivering the service they deserve. We look forward to a bright future focused on providing revolutionary products for global lifting solutions.”

The company is planning a series of events and activities to celebrate the milestone.

Harrington Hoists manufactures and markets hoists, cranes, below-the-hook and material handling equipment in the U.S., Mexico and South America. The company is headquartered in Manheim, Pennsylvania, with manufacturing locations in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Corona, California, and South Holland, Illinois.