UNITED INDUSTRIES INC
Unified Industries, Inc. was founded by John Miller as a small fixture and gaging shop in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. In 1953 Unified became incorporated and moved operations to its present location in Howell, Michigan, where it has produced patented rail trolleys and bridge cranes widely regarded as the industry benchmark ever since. Increasing demand for its innovative material handling equipment led to the introduction of the “ETA” line of aluminum enclosed track bridge cranes and monorail systems in 1985. Unified became the first in the industry to offer customers an aluminum track system, while utilizing trolleys with high impact nylon rollers for unparalleled ease of movement. Since then Unified has established a reputation as a worldwide industry leader, in providing material handling equipment that systems installers depend on. In 1987, Unified was purchased by Dearborn Fabricating and Phillips Corp. and was sold in 1990 to Tomkins PLC as part of the large buy-out of Phillips Corp. Under Tomkins, Unified was merged into a new material handling industry leader, Dearborn Mid-West Conveyor Co. to produce and provide its customers with a wide range of material handling equipment and services. On January 2nd, 2005, Unified again became a private enterprise with the purchase of 100% of its stock from Tomkins PLC. In February of 2014, Columbus McKinnon aquired Unified Industries.