COMPANY
HISTORY

Harrington Hoists, Inc. is one of the oldest, most established hoist and crane suppliers in the market today. The truly unique passion to continually improve the design and production of hoist and crane products is evident from our 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 phillybusiness 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 3history 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.

 


KITO Corporation was listed on the Tokyo Stock exchange (TSE1) under the stock code 6409 on August 8, 2007.Stock Ex


Harrington received ISO certification on August 8, 2011. This certification improves business performance by ISO

implementing processes that will ensure the company meets or exceeds customer needs.


In May 2013 Harrington opened a manufacturing and assembly plant in Elizabethtown, PA. The space supports warehousing andetown

assembly operations and was needed to support growth in the North American Market.

 


In July 2014, Kito Americas, Inc. acquired Peerless Industrial Group. Peerless is the largest manufacturer and distributorPeerless

of chain and chain products in North America. The combination of the Peerless, Harrington, and Kito brands gives our

combined customers access to a much wider variety of products in the markets we serve and allows faster expansion

of Peerless products throughout Kito’s global network.


Along with the purchase of Peerless in 2014, Harington acquired another facility in South Holland IL. This location

manufactures Below-The-Hook Devices, Bent Bar Products and Material Handling Equipment.

 


In 2016 we continued to build our corporate structure creating Kito Americas, Inc. consisting of Harrington Hoists, Inc.,

Peerless Industrial Group, Kito Canada, Inc. and Kito Do Brasil. This is the largest division within the Kito Group companies.

We are leading manufacturers and suppliers of electric chain and wire rope hoists, air powered hoists, lever hoists, manual

hand chain hoists, trolleys, cranes, crane components, below-the-hook devices, material handling equipment, cargo control,

hardware chain & accessories and marine and traction products.



We are recognized as the leading provider of the best products and services available in the hoist industry. We have an unprecedented dedication to exceed

our customers' expectations on every contact.