• About Us, About Raymond, Warehouse Solutions

    About Us

    End-to-End Warehouse Solutions
    Committed to keeping your business moving

Built to Perform. Designed to Work Together.

The Raymond Corporation, a member of the Toyota Industries family of companies, is a leading global provider of best-in-class material handling products and intelligent intralogistics solutions that optimize your entire operation, deliver actionable insights, and transform operations through automation.

  • We are built on principles of innovation and continuous improvement and design with ecological and economical benefits in mind. With this philosophy, our electric lift trucks are engineered to achieve higher performance and increased efficiency.

    We provide technologies, systems and solutions that bring day-to-day warehouse and distribution operations to a new level of performance, supporting our customers with a network of skilled services unmatched in the industry. Our combined operational excellence, award-winning innovation and world-class customer support, helps our customers run better and manage smarter.

A Single Source You Know and Trust

When you partner with Raymond, you’re also collaborating with the industry’s most experienced and trusted material handling network with more than 100 key Solutions and Support Center locations across North America.

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    As more than forklift dealers, our network has been strategically constructed to provide the support, knowledge and resources you need to improve efficiencies, uptime and overall productivity throughout your operations.

    Our uniquely integrated network ensures consistency of service and support and allows our professionals and technicians to mobilize quickly to recommend and implement the best solutions for your business challenges.

The Power as Part of the Toyota Industries Group

Ready to deliver on every material handling need. As your needs evolve, traditional material handling models need adaptation to your current markets. Toyota Industries Group companies will help you meet challenges across applications with advances in forklift technology, automated solutions, and strategic operation consultation.

Highlights of Raymond's Innovations in Material Handling

  • Small-town Roots Grow to World-class Success

    From a small village in central New York to the farthest corners of the world, The Raymond Corporation's world-class success began when George Raymond Sr. purchased a foundry in the village of Greene, New York, in 1922. With an eye for innovation and a vision for the future, George Raymond surrounded himself with talented employees who revolutionized the material handling industry.
    George Raymond Sr. founder of The Raymond Corporation
  • Patent for the double-faced wooden pallet

    The Double-faced Wooden Pallet

    It began with the design and patent for the wooden pallet in 1939 — what we now know as a double-faced wooden pallet.
  • Raymond Corporation Hand Pallet Truck Patent

    Hydraulic Hand Lift Truck

    On Nov. 7, 1939, George Raymond, Sr. and employee William House were granted a patent for the first hydraulic hand pallet truck, which was to be used in unison with the double-faced wooden pallet.
  • Chris Gibson, patent for the first powered narrow aisle truck

    The First Narrow Aisle Truck

    In 1949, Christian D. Gibson began work designing the first narrow aisle truck. George Raymond Sr. and Christian D. Gibson were granted a patent for the power-driven, narrow aisle material handling truck in 1951 — pioneering the narrow aisle concept.
  • Raymond narrow aisle forklift patent

    Narrow Aisle Principles of Design

    The Lyon-Raymond Model 700 SpaceMaker truck was the first electric, narrow aisle lift truck. It was able to work in aisles less than 7 feet wide. Designed without a counterbalancing chassis, the vehicle preserved its gravitational integrity by straddling the pallet with baselegs, the basic principle for all narrow aisle trucks from that point on. This truck made The Lyon-Raymond Corporation the undisputed leader in the material handling industry.
  • Early Swing Reach Turret Truck by The Raymond Corporation

    Very Narrow Aisle Beginnings

    Raymond introduced very narrow aisle to North America in the 1970s with the first Swing-Reach® truck.
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    Technological Advancements

    As technology rapidly improved, The Raymond Corporation launched the first microprocessor-controlled lift truck in North America in 1986.
  • Raymond ergonomic control handle on pallet truck

    Ergonomic Designs Enhance Operation

    Raymond is an ergonomic leader in the world of material handling. The ergonomically advanced control handle was introduced by The Raymond Corporation in 1991. It allows the operator to execute all the functions of a lift truck with one hand.
  • Raymond developed the first AC powered Reach truck

    AC Power

    Raymond introduced the first AC-powered Reach-Fork® truck built in North America in 2001, on the 50th anniversary of the first narrow aisle truck. AC power improves productivity, increases work done per battery charge and significantly reduces maintenance costs.
  • Raymond reach truck with fuel cell, fuel cell forklift

    Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Material Handling

    In partnership with hydrogen fuel cell manufacturers and our customers, The Raymond Corporation began the research and development of the application of fuel cells to battery-powered lift trucks in 2007, and developed the industry's first fuel cell-compatible orderpicker truck.
  • iWAREHOUSE Fleet Optimization System

    Forklift Fleet Management

    In 2008, Raymond introduced iWAREHOUSE, the industry's most comprehensive forklift fleet management system. Like our world-class lift trucks, we strive to continuously improve our optimization solutions to deliver greater efficiencies and cost savings to our customers. In 2016 we introduced iWAREHOUSE Evolution, a scalable telematics platform that allows features to be easily added or removed to suit your business needs—from essential forklift fleet management to maintenance tracking, remote service dispatch, labor management tools and custom consulting services.
  • lithium-ion battery, forklift lithium-ion

    Lithium-ion Powered Forklifts

    In 2017, The Raymond Corporation introduced its first lift truck powered by a Lithium-ion battery. The Lithium-ion technology reflects Raymond’s commitment to alternative energy solutions that can enhance efficiency and productivity in a customer’s demanding warehouse application.
  • Integrated Technology, innovation, quality, raymond history

    Integrated Technology

    Also in 2017, Raymond introduced its Integrated Technologies to create the next generation of lift trucks. A Multifunction Color Touchscreen Display, built into the control system of the truck, simplifies the day-to-day challenges of everyone in a warehouse. Providing real-time truck data with invaluable insights to benefit operators, managers, technicians and everyone in-between.
  • virtual reality simulator, forklift training

    Virtual Reality Simulator

    In 2018, Raymond debuted its Virtual Reality Simulator. A complement and supplement to training programs, the VR Simulator puts operators on the actual lift trucks they’ll be using for enhanced confidence. It is a unique training tool that can simplify everything from hiring to teaching to developing employees for enhanced performance and efficiency.

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