Ingersoll Rand Material Handling History For more information, call 800-483-4981 IntelliSurvey ASM 1924 Beebe Bros., Inc. founded in Seattle, WA USA by R.H. Beebe to produce and market 5 ton capacity hand winches. Company is formed to capture growing local interest in the winches originally intended for his personal use. 1926 Ingersoll Rand enters the winch market with the "Classic" winch line. 1938 Beebe product line is extended to 30 ton capacity hand winches. 1941-5 Beebe winches assist war effort. Over 1000 water landing craft vehicles were equipped with 2 ton winches for ramp handling. 1947 Samiia founded in France; company manufactures and markets hoists for mining applications. c. 1950 Ingersoll Rand offers line of air hoists for industrial applications. 1955 ARO Equipment Corporation introduces the first rotary vane hoist. 1959 Ratchet hoists were introduced by Beebe. 1960 Zimmerman International founded. Manufactures equipment and systems that assist in ergonomic handling operations. 1962 Beebe sales reach $1M. 1987 Beebe acquired by Ingersoll Rand. Ingersoll Rand establishes Material Handling Division. 1990 Samiia, a winch and hoist manufacturer, acquired by Ingersoll Rand to expand manufacturing and geographic market base. 1990 ARO Equipment Corporation, based in Bryan, OH, acquired by Ingersoll Rand.Products include air hoists up to 2 tons. 1996 Zimmerman International Corp., based in Madison Heights, MI, is acquired by Ingersoll Rand. 2010 New manufacturing facility opens in Kent, WA. Powered Industrial Lifting Equipment is moved from Southern Pines, NC to Kent. Winch and Hoist Solutions production is moved from Seattle facility to Kent. 2014 High Capacity Hoists and Winches becomes an independent business within Ingersoll Rand to provide one globally facing business focused on mining, energy production and industrial manufacturing.