YorkHoist is a fast growing family owned and operated company which services thousands of customer throughout the United States. Started as a side business by Gerald Kurtz (Dick) and Charles May (Charley) in 1970, YorkHoist was known as Hoist & Crane Repair. At that time, both men were employed by ACCO Material Handling Solutions in York, Pennsylvania. In the evening and on the weekends, they would fix hoists and preform OSHA Inspections out of the May family's garage. Their side business eventually grew, and a year later they both left ACCO to commit their careers to their business.
The business has passed through the family and is currently owned by two of Charley's sons Mark and Kraig. Mark's son Walker currently serves as our Vice President of Operations while Kraig's daughter Kayla serves as our Corporate Office Manager. We are a family-owned, family-operated, family-values company, and strive to pass those values onto our employees, customers, and community.
Our current facilities include the York, PA Corporate Office, Williamsport, PA branch office, Chambersburg, PA branch office, Allentown, PA field office, and Glen Burnie, MD field office. Our expansive footprint allows us to efficiently service Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Delaware daily. In addition, we service many customers throughout the country with site contracts and parts/equipment sales.
In 2016 the family began to expand their reach and product offerings through the formation of HCRBrands, YorkHoist's parent organization. Through 2016 YorkHoist expanded product and service offerings allowing it to become a full service Material Handling and Safety Solutions provider. In addition, the financial and leadership backing offered by the formation of HCRBrands has allowed YorkHoist to invest heavily in R&D for "Internet of Things" (IoT) within the material handling and safety industries. These investments have allowed YorkHoist to become the most technically advanced Material Handling and Safety Solutions provider in the United States.
Founders Charles May and Gerald Kurtz start Hoist & Crane Repair part-time, while working for ACCO Material Handling Solutions.
Charles and Gerald found fast success with their side business and began to outgrow their part time capabilities. Both Charles and Gerald left ACCO Material Handling Solutions and dedicated their career to HCR.March 1971
Charles and Gerald incorporated Hoist & Crane Repair on March 24, 1975. Setting in motion the immense success the family shares today.
Charles son Mark (current Owner and CEO) joins Hoist & Crane Repair as a Service Technician.
Hoist & Crane Repair hires its first non-family member employee. The workforce has continued to expand ever since.
Charles son Kraig (current Owner and President) joins Hoist & Crane Repair as a Service Technician.
After a long and hard fought battle with Lung Cancer, Charles May passes away. Charles's contributions to the company, family, and community will never be forgotten.March 1996
Mark May leaves his position as Service Technician and takes over Charles's role managing the office.November 1996
Hoist & Crane Repair experiences great growth through the end of 1999. The first major expansion is commenced, and the second floor is added to the York, PA office.
Hoist & Crane Repair begins its online presence and launches it first comprehensive website.
Mark and Kraig May purchase Hoist & Crane Repair from Gerald Kurtz. Mark takes the role as CEO and Kraig as President.
Marks son Walker May (current Vice President of Operations) starts working for Hoist & Crane Repair as an Inside Sales Representative.June 2010
Hoist & Crane Repair begins using the "HCR" logo on its vehicles, clothing, and print material.
Hoist & Crane Repair launches its industry leading MyHCR Customer Portal and Inspection System. The inspection and service process is forever changed.
Hoist & Crane Repair opens its second location in Williamsport, PA in the Reach Road industrial park. This expansion allowed Hoist & Crane Repair to better service new and existing customers in Northern Pennsylvania and New York.
Hoist & Crane Repair finds fast success in the Williamsport, PA area. Hoist & Crane Repair relocates its Williamsport, PA location to a larger facility on Lycoming Creek Road.
Hoist & Crane Repair is featured in the national spot light. Manufacturing Marvels filmed a segment at HCR's corporate office.
Kraig's daughter Kayla Steele (May) (current Corporate Office Manager) starts working for Hoist & Crane Repair as a Staff Accountant.
Tom Robinson joins Hoist & Crane Repair as the Vice President of Business Development. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Tom is a valuable addition to the sales team.
Hoist & Crane Repair begins doing business as YorkHoist. The companies image is completely redesigned from the ground up.
YorkHoist opens its third location in Chambersburg, PA in the Orchard Industrial Park. This expansion allows YorkHoist to better service new and existing customers in South Western Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
YorkHoist expands its Territory Sales team, allowing the company to provide unmatched customer service.
Walker is promoted to the position of Vice President of Operations. As the VP of Operations Walker will focus his time on strategic growth through product and service diversification, expansions, and acquisitions.
YorkHoist expands its product offerings to includes Floor Material Handling, Material Storage, and Safety Solutions. This diversification allows YorkHoist to better service new and existing customers.
YorkHoist launches its comprehensive redesign of MyHCR. The industry leading customer portal is enhanced with new reports, increased tracking abilities, and a fresh new user interface.
YorkHoist establishes its fourth location in Allentown, PA. This field office allows us to better service new and existing customers in New Jersey and New York.
YorkHoist establishes its fifth location in Glen Burnie, MD. This field office allows us to better service new and existing customers in Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, DC.
YorkHoist launches its completely redesigned desktop and mobile website, YorkHoist.com. New features include an improved navigation and overall design.