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Harrington celebrates 150 years

Harrington Hoists, Inc., of Manheim, Pa., is celebrating 150 years in the hoist business. The company, established in 1867 by Edwin Harrington (a machinist and inventor) began as a machine shop and hoist business in Philadelphia. 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, the company continued to focus on the research and development of its products and adapting to customer needs. HH became a subsidiary of Kito Corporation, a Japanese company, in 1990, allowing it to become the sole source for Harrington/Kito hoist and crane products in the USA.

Harrington Hoists, Kito Group, and Peerless Industrial combine in July 2014.—Harrington Hoists photo

Harrington Hoists, Kito Group, and Peerless Industrial combine in July 2014.—Harrington Hoists photo

Most recently, Harrington and Kito 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 driven by Harrington’s President & CEO, Carlo Lonardi—who was promoted last April—and 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 Lonardi in a company press release, “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 this 150 year milestone and in recognition of loyal customers, community support, strong leadership and dedicated staff.

Harrington’s line includes manual and electric chain hoists and trolleys, cranes, below-the-hook and material handling equipment in the U.S., Mexico and South America. The company is headquartered in Manheim, with manufacturing locations in Elizabethtown (PA), Corona (CA), and South Holland (IL).


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