You know your forklift as an integral part of your facility, performing tasks and keeping products and materials moving. You probably don’t give your forklifts a second thought beyond operating them safely (of course) and keeping your business moving forward.
But the forklift actually has a rich history and played a large role in the American industrial revolution.
The origin of forklift technology dates back to 1906 when the Pennsylvania Railroad implemented a battery-operated platform luggage mover.
When WWI broke out, many men were called to serve their country, and left their jobs in factories and warehouses to do so. These men had to be replaced and a handful of companies recognized the opportunity and began developing lift trucks.