Often referred to as ‘one man gangs’ when first manufactured in 1933, Towmotor developed the world’s first forklift. Work that used to take 30 men hours to complete could suddenly be done by one man in a fraction of the time. They were so effective Towmotor sales actually doubled during the depression. Caterpillar acquired the company in 1965, who have since partnered with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to form Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America, manufacturing Towmotors under the Caterpillar, then Cat brands.
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