Since 1944

Founded in 1944, brothers Claude and Rayburn Ramsey
began manufacturing aircraft parts, tools and dies
for Douglas Aircraft Company. More than 70 years later,
Ramsey Industries is one of the leading manufacturers
of service cranes, industrial and commercial winches,
and planetary gear drives, known best through our
three brands – Auto Crane®, Eskridge® and Ramsey Winch®.

1944

Brothers Claude and Rayburn Ramsey established Ramsey Brothers Tool & Die in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1945

Claude Ramsey designs a front-mounted winch, the Model 101. This new winch was specifically designed for passenger cars and pickup trucks, and drew its power from the crankshaft - the first of its kind. Perfect for pulling vehicles out of mud and snow, it became the mainstay of the towing and recovery industry.

1947

The Ramsey brothers rename their company Ramsey Brothers Winch Company to build on the success of the first Ramsey Winch.

1950

Claude Ramsey purchases Rayburn Ramsey’s interest in the company and renames it Ramsey Winch Company, eventually incorporating the business in 1959.

1958

Entrepreneurs Claire Simmons and Carl White design a small crane to fit in the trunk of an automobile, launching the Auto Crane Company and the mobile service crane industry.

1970

Auto Crane develops the first electric cable crane.

1972

Wade Eskridge establishes Eskridge to provide gear drives and hydraulic brake products for industrial and mobile equipment.

1978

William (Bill) Ramsey succeeds his father and company founder, Claude, as the sole owner of Ramsey Winch.

1983

Ramsey Industries (parent of namesake Ramsey Winch) acquires Auto Crane Company.

1988

Auto Crane introduces the first fully hydraulic service crane.

2000

Claude Ramsey sells Ramsey Industries to investment management firm Wiess, Peck & Greer.

2003

The Auto Crane brand designs and patents the Titan Service Crane Body, featuring industry-first single side panels.

2008

Ramsey Industries acquires Eskridge.

2009

Ramsey Industries integrates corporate offices and manufacturing into a state-of-the-art facility on Mingo Road in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

2010

Auto Crane introduces the patented, award-winning NexStar Crane Management System.

2012

Auto Crane launches the EH with NexStar controls line.

2014

Ramsey Industries celebrates 70 years of innovative, customer-driven product development for worldwide industrial, commercial, and consumer end users.

2017

Ramsey Industries enters investment partnership with Norwest Equity Partners to plan for company’s next phase of growth.

PHILANTHROPY

Caring is one of the core values we celebrate at Ramsey Industries – caring about each other, the markets we serve, the partners and customers we do business with and our community. One of the ways we express this value is by partnering with organizations like the Tulsa Area United Way to impact the members of our community.

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