Yale has been a leading provider of a full line of high-quality lift trucks, products, and services in North America since 1920. Serving manufacturing, distribution, and all types of industry, Yale manufactures a lift truck that is right for your application.

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Full Line Manufacturer – Yale has it all
Our full line includes electric sit-down/standup, internal combustion engine (I.C.E.) powered lift trucks, narrow aisle/very narrow aisle electrics and motorized hand trucks and range in capacity from 1,500 to 36,000 pounds.. Yale offers comprehensive Fleet Management services, as well as Yale service, parts financing and training. Click here to see a short video on Yale trucks Yale Brand Essence.

Yale – American Built. American Owned
Yale trucks are designed and manufactured in an ISO 9001 and 1400 registered facilities in Greenville, NC and Berea, KY by over 2,000 plus American workers each and every day of the week.  With over 90 years in the material handling industry and the support of our dealer network, Yale is dedicated to providing you with a custom solution for your material handling needs

We're proud of our heritage and excited about the future
Yale was founded in 1844 when Linus Yale Jr. of Connecticut, USA, invented the pin-tumbler cylinder lock and gave his name to a range of engineered products synonymous with quality and durability. Here are some highlights of a great story of innovation, growth and leadership in materials handling.

We're proud of our heritage and excited about the future
  • 1868 – Linus Yale and Henry Towne formed the Yale Lock Manufacturing Company, later to become Yale and Towne Manufacturing Co.
  • 1875 – Yale broadened its scope from locks to materials handling, over 137 years ago.
  • 1920 – Yale and Towne launched a new battery-powered low-lift platform truck, quickly followed by a range of high-lift platform trucks, tow tractors and one of the first lifting trucks with tilting forks.
  • 1930s – Yale grew internationally with manufacturing in England, the acquisition of BKS fork lift trucks in Germany and the sale of lift trucks in Japan. Yale also developed innovations such as power steering, center-control trucks, caster steering and the use of high heat-resistant Class-H silicon insulation in electric motors, still considered among the industry’s finest.
  • 1950 – Yale added gas, LP gas and diesel-powered fork lift trucks to its range.
  • 1963 – Yale merged with multinational Eaton Manufacturing as the Industrial Truck Division of Eaton, Yale & Towne, Inc. (later renamed Eaton Corp.) 
  • 1964 -Yale introduced the first Silicone Controlled Rectifier (SCR) – controlled electric fork lift truck.
  • 1969 – Yale forged a partnership with Sumitomo Ltd to produce Yale® fork lift trucks under license and in 1971 emerged a joint venture manufacturing company named Sumitomo-Yale Co., Ltd. owned equally by the two companies.
  • 1985 – Yale Materials Handling Corporation was formed following the acquisition of the company by North American Coal Corporation (NACCO Industries, Inc.)
  • 1990 – Yale Materials Handling Ltd in the UK was recognized with the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement being presented to the company.
  • 1992 – Yale Europe Materials Handling was formed to market Yale® fork lift trucks across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
  • Today – Yale is a leading brand of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., which was formed in 2012 following a spin-off from NACCO Industries, Inc.




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