Harrington Hoists, Inc. is one of the oldest, most established hoist and crane suppliers in the U.S. market today. The truly unique passion to continually improve the design and production of hoist and crane products is evident from the company's founding through current day.
Edwin Harrington (1825 - 1891) of southern Vermont developed his skills as a machinist by working in several machine shops as a young man. Harrington founded his own machine tool business in Vermont in 1854.
As his small company quickly grew, Harrington decided to relocate to the industrial market of Philadelphia, PA. In 1867 the company discontinued the machine tool portion of it's business and focused solely on the hoist market. At that time rapid changes in the industry were taking place and competition was fierce. Harrington prevailed and he became a major player in the hoist business with the innovation of the spur gear hoist, the use of anti-friction bearings and the pioneering of the Weston-style brake.
In 1968 Shingle Belting acquired the Harrington Company and moved to a new location in Plymouth Meeting, PA which is just outside of Philadelphia. It was during this period of our history that we developed a vendor relationship with Kito Corp, the world's largest manufacturer of chain hoists and chain products. This enabled us to provide an even more varied product line.
Ten years later the Arbee Corporation took over the Harrington business and moved to our current location in Manheim, PA, approximately 65 miles west of Philadelphia. Harrington Hoists continued to grow and earned a reputation for product innovations and consistent quality.
Harrington became a wholly owned subsidiary of Kito Corporation in 1990 which allowed us, in a joint effort, to become the sole source for Harrington/Kito top quality hoist and crane products in the USA.
We expanded our exposure in the U.S. market by opening a facility in Corona, CA in October 1993. This division has since tripled its original size confirming our belief that an additional location was necessary to service customer needs on a national level. In 2007 Kito became a publicly traded company on the Tokyo stock exchange.
We are recognized as the leading provider of the best services available in the hoist industry. We have an unprecedented dedication to exceed our customers' expectations on every contact.
We are the revolution.