Incorporated in 1963, Handling Specialty is a private company with the head office located in Grimsby, Ontario. Over the years, Handling Specialty has evolved into an innovator in the North American lifting systems (material handling) industry.
Handling Specialty's reputation is one of a competent problem-solver because it has built a reputation on providing unique, custom-engineered solutions. Notable examples of Handling Specialty's technical prowess include the Bellagio Theater's underwater stage lift system which achieved Guinness World Record standing; a ten-year history of providing skillet lifts to the North American automotive industry;supplying Amtrak’s North-East Corridor project with split rail wheel removal systems, and wing assembly platforms for the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft, to name a few. This ability to solve problems has allowed Handling Specialty to achieve success in many sectors including automotive, aerospace, entertainment, transportation and metal processing industries. The breadth of this talent is best illustrated in the Specialty Solutions section of this site.
Customized lifting systems are manufactured and designed by one of the company’s two divisions, the Engineered Products Group (EPG). Given the technical requirements of these made-to-order products, EPG has its own dedicated sales force and engineering department.
Over the years, Handling Specialty has developed a number of standard products which are sold through its second division, internally referred to as the Standard Products Group (SPG). Available SPG products include Fork-Levator and Excalibur brands of fork truck service lifts, and Porta-Vator moving systems. Changes to standard products are not uncommon, which is why SPG can depend on EPG’s professional engineering support.
The people and experience of Handling Specialty are a testament to a company that is continuing to evolve. With ongoing recruitment of talented people, quality improvements, and a willingness to raise the standard, Handling Specialty occupies a unique position in the material handling field.