In 1989, a Pittsburgh-based material handling dealership named H&K Equipment opened an affiliate in Morgantown, Pennsylvania to provide sales and service to customers in the eastern half of the state. They called the new company Taylor Northeast. Although Taylor Northeast shared common ownership with H&K Equipment, each company soon developed its own reputation as a leader in the material handling industry. While Taylor Northeast expanded into New York and Maryland, where it opened a branch in Baltimore in 2001, H&K Equipment began building out a larger network of affiliated businesses and services, even as it consolidated its customer base in the industry-heavy areas around Pittsburgh.

Today, in addition to H&K Equipment and Taylor Northeast, this network includes Premier Granite & Stone, Yard Truck Specialists, and CicKo Transportation.

H&K Equipment-affiliated companies provide products and services across the material handling spectrum, including lift trucks of all sizes and for all applications, railcar movers, terminal tractors, tow tractors, personnel carriers, utility vehicles, loaders, forklift attachments, and specialty equipment. They also manufacture industrial electromagnets, design and patent equipment accessories, and have introduced an entirely new lift truck to the market. They provide industrial floor cleaning machines, cleaning chemicals, aerial lifts, and warehouse products such as racking and shelving, mezzanines, modular offices, and automated parts storage. They provide parts support, field service, equipment maintenance, fabrication, and extensive remanufacturing programs. They offer onsite inspections as well as operator and safety training. They are the OEM for lines of mission-critical machines. They even provide award-winning, high-end stone fabricating and installation.

Taylor Reachstacker In the Field

As of 2020, H&K Equipment-affiliated companies employ over 300 people in 12 facilities in five states, serving a physical imprint the size of Italy that encompasses nearly 25% of the entire US population. Some of our locations are neighbors, others even share offices, and some are hours away from the nearest branch, but each has a unique culture, history, and legacy that has made significant contributions to our overall success.

What we have lacked is a way to talk about our corporate structure that showcases the combined strength of our companies. On our own, we are independent equipment specialists who have carved out crucial niches in our respective markets. Together, we are one of the largest and fastest-growing providers of equipment and warehouse solutions in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with more integrated products and services than nearly any other company of equivalent size.

This is why we are pleased to welcome you to the H&K Equipment Group. The purpose of the H&K Equipment Group is to highlight the synergy that exists between our affiliated companies and the many ways our product lines and services complement each other. A single customer might be using forklifts and floor scrubbers from Taylor Northeast, terminal tractors from Yard Truck Specialists, and having them hauled by CicKo Transportation. And that's the power of the H&K Equipment Group: We are material handling.

H&K Equipment Crew

The H&K Equipment Group's employees have made us what we are today. The men and women at each of our companies are the engines that power our success and our growth. Just as H&K Equipment Group has grown from one company in a cramped, three-person office to a 300-plus-strong, 12-location corporate network spanning over 300,000 square miles, our employees have built a reputation for excellence that is now our guiding operating principle. It is because of them, and the hard work they do, that we are able to cover your material handling needs from the dock, to the warehouse, to the factory floor, to the scrap yard, and to the highway. We'll even resurface your counters while we're at it.

Going forward, each of our companies will remain a pillar of our organization, even as we seek new ways to grow and better serve our customers. Working together, there is nothing we can't do for you.

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