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Wolter, Inc. Celebrates Sixty Years of Business and Growth

Oct. 11, 2022


Brookfield, Wis – Wolter, Inc. celebrates sixty years of business and tremendous growth. Wolter continues to grow through the expansion of product offerings, superior customer service, acquisitions, and an extensive suite of operational productivity solutions Wolter has built over the decades.

Becoming Wolter

The Wolter, Inc. story began in 1962, when Otto Wolter, CEO, founded LPM Parts & Service, later named Wisconsin Lift Truck, out of a two-car garage in Milwaukee, WI. Starting as an aftermarket parts supplier, Wolter quickly expanded into service and used material handling equipment sales. From there, the company took on new lift truck lines and began to grow the business organically. In 1995, Otto Wolter began looking to accelerate growth through acquisition:

1995: Fiorenza Material Handling, Illinois

1998: AmGen, Wisconsin

2001: Equipment Sales & Service, Wisconsin

2006: Material Handling Services, Wisconsin

2010: WITCO Systems, Wisconsin

2012: Scott Lift Truck, Illinois; YDR, Wisconsin

2014: Chicago Lift Truck, Illinois (BACC Member)

2015: Service Max and Fleet Lift Truck Service, Illinois

2016: Ellis Systems, Illinois

2017: Stephan Forklift Repair, Wisconsin

2019: Kensar Equipment Company, Indiana; Bohnert Equipment Company, Kentucky

2020: Integrity Industrial Equipment, Ohio; A D Lift Truck, Missouri; K&L Equipment, Illinois

2021: Power Products Plus, WI; Advantage Materials Handling, IN

2022: Valley Industrial Crane, OH

On January 1, 2022, these collective brands united to rebrand as Wolter, Inc.

And now, at 60 years of business, Wolter is comprised of a diverse suite of productivity solutions including material handling equipment, automation and robotics, cranes and hoists, engineered systems, storage and handling, railcar movers, power systems, workplace storage; offering sales, service, parts rentals, and training.

The People Behind the Name

The company employs a team of over 550 product and solution specialists that can address each customer’s operational challenges under the mission of creating serious competitive advantages for its customers by leveraging its products, services, and people’s unique expertise to reimagine their productivity opportunities.