Hyster Company

Hyster logo
Hyster H80FT Fortis Model
One Space Shuttle main engine on a special Hyster forklift

Hyster is an American manufacturing company specializing in forklifts and other materials-handling equipment. Hyster was founded in 1929 as the Willamette-Ersted Company in Portland, Oregon.[1] The company was purchased in 1989 by NACCO Industries, Inc. and became a part of NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG). NACCO spun off the materials handling business in 2012 as Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., which continues to market products under the Hyster brand name today.

The name "Hyster" allegedly derives from a term commonly used by logging workers in the Pacific Northwest at the end of the 19th century. When a load of lumber was ready to be transported, a logger would yell "Hoist 'er!". According to the Hyster Company web page,[1] this term became synonymous with Hyster trucks.

Distribution and support for Hyster products is organized around major world regions: North America and Canada; Latin America; Europe the Middle East & Africa; Asia – Pacific.

Hyster also manufactured a very successful line of compaction machinery and road rollers including machines for earth compaction, garbage compaction and asphalt compaction. Through the 1960s and 1970s Hyster was a major force in these types of machinery in America and they produced a wide range of models with many successful design concepts. Hyster was eventually absorbed into Bomag America/Compaction America (Now known as HYPAC) and some models including a small articulated rubber tire roller sold under the Hypac name is an original descendent of the Hyster machine.

Hyster also made a successful line of logging winches and compactor attachments, both of which could be attached to other manufactures machines including Caterpillar. Hyster Compactors. The Hyster name has been associated with forklift trucks for many decades, however, Hyster was also very prominent manufacturer of compaction equipment. From the 1950s through the 1980s they had a very comprehensive and well regarded line of products. Along with the Raygo company these two manufacturers were perhaps the best known in the USA, Up until European and other brands became common.

Hyster's Home office was Portland Oregon but they also had manufacturing plants in Danville, Peoria and Kewanee Illinois America. And The Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Northern Ireland and South Africa. With a Specialist Engineering Department (SpED)in Irvine, Scotland.


Tandem Padfoot Drum Compactors

Tandem Smooth Drum Compactors

Single Drum Compactors Smooth/Pad

Towed Compactors

Pneumatic Tyre Rollers

Steel Wheel Rollers

Grid Roller

Big Trucks and Jumbo Trucks
Various Models


  1. 1 2 "Hyster Website". Retrieved 2006-10-12.
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