|Headquarters||Portland, Oregon, USA|
Hyster Company is a manufacturing company specializing in forklifts and other materials-handling equipment. Hyster was founded in 1929 as the Willamette-Ersted Company in Portland, Oregon, USA, and changed its name to Hyster Company in 1934 . The company was purchased in 1989 by NACCO Industries, Inc. and became a part of NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG) which continues to market products under the Hyster brand name today.
The name "Hyster" allegedly derives from a term commonly used by logging workers in the Pacific Northwest at the end of the 19th century. When a load of lumber was ready to be transported, a logger would yell "Hoist 'er!". According to the Hyster Company web page , this term became synonymous with Hyster trucks.
Distribution and support for Hyster products is organized around major world regions: North America and Canada; Latin America; Europe the Middle East & Africa; Asia – Pacific.
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Hyster in the 1940 had a marketing deal with Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies in the UK, who also built forklift products.
CaterpillarCrawler tractors were often fitted with Cable Control Unit winches built by Hyster and others for operating scraper boxes and Bulldozer blades before hydraulics became commonly used for this function after WWII.
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