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Warner & Swasey Construction Equipment by James H Grant

The foundation of the Warner & Swasey Construction Equipment Division was unearthed in 1946 with the development of the first production hydraulic excavator; the GRADALL. This machine was new technology for the industry and was highly versatile and productive for a variety of work. The DUPLEX TRUCK Company, a heavy duty and specialized truck manufacturer was acquired in 1955 to supply truck chassis for the GRADALL and future Warner & Swasey backhoe excavator and crane products. In 1957 the Company sought a broader market penetration into the hydraulic excavator market. It acquired the Badger Machine Company with its six HOPTO hydraulic backhoe models which complimented the Gradall models. The Company acquired in 1967, the Sargent Engineering Corporation a manufacturer of hydraulic cranes. Their six SARGENT HYDRA-TOWER CRANE models enabled the company to move into another large segment of the construction industry. That same year the Company partnered with a Canadian paper industry association in the manufacture of the ARBOMATIK tree harvesting equipment line. Through corporate diversity into hydraulic construction equipment, the growing popularity and productivity of this type of equipment yielded strong business growth for Warner & Swasey.

The first two books associated with the Warner & Swasey Company that were written by Jim Grant are; The Gradall A Story of American Ingenuity (2010) and LOAD HANDLER - The Gradall LOED Materials Handler (2012). Jim retired in 2005 after thirty-five years with the Warner & Swasey Company and Gradall Industries, Inc. With Gradall, he held management positions responsible for human resources and product support. As a professional in product support, Jim was an active member of the parts and service council of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers where he served as the chairman and a member of the executive committee. As a freelance writer Jim has written articles for business publications and the U. S. Agency for International Development.

Code No. 017245, 172 pages, ISBN 9780985387723, $59.00

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