The complete Elwell-Parker product line of material handling equipment is more than a catalog; it represents over 120 years of innovative lifting solutions. That century of experience is inside every Elwell-Parker lift truck and is the reason why these machines are the most rugged, efficient, and longest-lasting in their class. After opening in Cleveland in 1893, Elwell-Parker helped pioneer the invention of low- and high-lift trucks as well as the electric forklift, tractors, mobile cranes, ram trucks, and die and mold handlers. Elwell-Parker later went on to build some of the first automatic guided vehicles for materials handling, and also introduced many of the safety and operating features that are now standard in today's lift trucks.
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Our lines of man-aboard, walk-behind, and automated electric vehicles tackle jobs of any size -- with capacities ranging from 500 to 400,000 pounds -- while our legacy of noise-free and pollution-free operation meets current environmental standards for any facility.
Elwell-Parker Powers Heavy Industry
Elwell-Parker's longest customers include businesses in the primary metals industry and heavy industrial manufacturers. Our lines of low-lift platform trucks began with the first powered material handling vehicles and have been serving manufacturers since the First World War. Similarly, our coil handling trucks have proven indispensable to the steel industry since before World War II. These platform trucks and forklift/ram truck hybrids move skids of ingots, coils, metal sheets, and raw materials faster and more safely than cranes and other methods.
Serving the Automotive Industry since Its Beginning
Further down the supply chain, our die handling trucks have been helping to drive the automotive industry since the days when we helped create it in Cleveland and Detroit. In fact, Elwell-Parker die handlers are still in operation, playing an important role in the resurgence of American car manufacturing. Our die handling trucks feature special push/pull mechanisms and hydraulic bollards to quickly load, install, and transport stamping dies and injection molds between storage areas and presses, often requiring only a single operator.
Electric Forklifts: Our Signature Products
Elwell-Parker is forklifts. We helped invent them and we have been building and improving upon electric forklifts for over a century. We even introduced the pallet in 1930, and in the 100 years since the first Elwell-Parker forklifts rolled out of our original facility in Cleveland, they've been used by forge shops, foundries, and even other heavy equipment manufacturers. These trucks excel at general and specialized material handling in environments and duty cycles where other trucks lack the strength and durability to thrive. Designed for continuous rigorous operation, Elwell-Parker forklifts include broad ranges of rider and walkie lift trucks that are suitable for both the mill and the warehouse.
Today, Elwell-Parker forklifts are solving material handling problems in virtually all industries. We have always, and we will continue, to supply trucks that do the job better and safer than anyone else.
Automatic Guided Vehicles: Guiding the Future
Elwell-Parker added automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) to its product lines as a natural extension of its high capacity industrial trucks. These vehicles, many of which are still in use after decades of service, have helped pave the way for the advances being seen in materials handling today. Using sophisticated simulation and logic software, Elwell-Parker AGVs are responsible for saving untold millions of man-hours (and dollars) through exponential increases in safety and efficiency -- as high as 28,000% in some applications.
Proven Engineering Since 1893
Elwell-Parker's reputation is built on the fact that our products have been working dependably in a production environment for 30 years and longer after having been placed into service. While Elwell-Parker is no longer developing new lines of vehicles, you can rest assured that the Elwell-Parker name, just like our products, is here to stay.
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