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The Raymond Corp. celebrated its 85th anniversary earlier this month with a day-long event for employees, their families and the local community at its Greene, NY, headquarters. A number of local and state officials attended, as well as representatives from its parent company, Toyota Industries Corp. and Toyota Material Handling USA.

Jim Malvaso, Raymond's president, said it was a great time to recognize its employee's contributions, which have helped make the company a leader in the materials handling industry.

"Our desire here is to continue the economic development by bringing people, products and suppliers into this area. Right now, we do business with about 200 companies in New York State," he said.

"I think that's very important that we continue to grow the manufacturing base of New York State and in Chenango County and this tri-county area overall."

Raymond was founded in 1922, when George Raymond Sr. purchased Lyon Iron Works, a small foundry in Greene, NY. The company has invented and patented technologies that have become industry standards, such as the hydraulic hand pallet truck, the double-faced pallet and the narrow aisle reach-fork truck. It continues its tradition of innovation by researching ways to improve material handling performance through new technologies such as fuel cell-powered and RFID-enabled lift trucks.

Raymond also unveiled two counterbalanced lift truck models for tough dock applications or dock-to-stock needs. The Model 4200 is designed for warehouse systems and other high-productivity applications with load capacities from 3,000 lbs. to 5,000 lbs. The Model 4100 has the power and stamina for demanding dock applications, and features a load capacity of 3,000 lbs. or 3,400 lbs.

"The three-wheeled stand-up design on these trucks provides a smaller turning radius for greater maneuverability and easier handling in tight spaces," said Jeff Leggett, director for counterbalanced trucks.

Raymond also rolled out the Model 4400 three-wheel, sit-down electric lift truck that is ideal for numerous applications—from heavy-duty dock operations to higher-speed transport for supplying rack systems and moving picked orders. The attachment-ready truck handles cartons, paper rolls and slipsheets with ease and has lift capacities from 3,000 lbs. to 4,000 lbs. "The Model 4400 can move easily through doorways and into low shipping containers and trailers," said Leggett.

4Front Engineered Solutions Takes The Show On The Road

Coming soon to a location near you is the 4Front Engineered Solutions mobile showroom—a 53-foot semi-trailer that showcases the latest dock and door products from the Carrollton, TX-based company.

The trailer is equipped with 4Front's full line of dock levelers, vehicle restraints, doors, control panels, seals and shelters and other product solutions.

"It's outfitted with full-size, working equipment that we can demonstrate to customers at their locations," says Steve Sprunger, vice president of sales and marketing. "The idea is to bring our solutions to the customer in order to enhance their design, evaluation and selection process."

The enclosed and air-conditioned interior provides a comfortable and interactive learning environment. In addition to the equipment, the trailer incorporates a state-of-the-art audio/visual system including a satellite dish and 42-inch LCD monitors that allow customers access to live streaming video of 4Front's manufacturing facilities.

One side of the trailer slides out an additional four feet to accommodate group demonstrations, AIA and other related dock education programs as well as operator and service training.

The trailer has been on the road for the past six months and has been a big hit with customers, says Michael Brittingham, 4Front's manager of marketing services. "They appreciate the fact that they can get hands-on experience with the equipment without having to travel far from home," he says. "And they're able to bring in employees that might not get an opportunity otherwise to test our products."

A typical "tour" of the showroom takes about an hour.

Crown Rolls Out RC 5500 Series Lift Truck

Crown Equipment Corp. recently unveiled its latest stand-up counterbalanced lift truck, the RC 5500 Series, to reporters who had gathered at its New Bremen, OH facility.

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