Torrance to celebrate 75th anniversary

Posted Online: Aug. 28, 2014, 12:49 pm
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Press release submitted by Torrance

HIAWATHA, Iowa -- Torrance will celebrate their 75th anniversary in the fall of 2014.
Founded in 1939 in Rock Island, as an electric motor rebuilder and power transmission products distributor, the company expanded their product lines to include a variety of new and used material handling equipment.
In 1962 the company was appointed as a dealer for the Yale Materials Handling Corporation. Other major product lines represented by Torrance include Enersys industrial battery and charging systems, Drexel, and Bendi material handling products, Seegrid Robotic, Combilift Lifting Solutions, Columbia personnel vehicles, Taylor-Dunn industrial vehicles and JLG aerial equipment.
Torrance Corporate moved to Hiawatha in 2003 and now has four additional locations, Rock Island, Dubuque, Des Moines, and Mason City. All five locations are full-service sites that handle equipment sales and services, industrial battery and charger sales and service, a complete line of rental equipment and parts for most material handling and aerial equipment.
Over the years, the long tenured and highly trained associates have been the backbone of the business. We would like to thank our loyal customers and dedicated employees that have made Torrance the largest locally owned lift truck dealer in Iowa.
Steve Gallagher, President of Torrance said, "Our 75 years as a successful business is the product of dedicated employees providing the diversified companies in Iowa and western Illinois the service, products and support that exceeds expectations."
To learn more about Torrance, visit our website at:ymhtorrance.com, or contact us at: info@ymhtorr.com / tel: 319-247-6039.


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