Company History

Ramsey Industries, through the wholly-owned subsidiary brands Auto Crane®, Eskridge®, and Ramsey Winch®, designs and manufactures products that lift, move, and drive today’s industries. Diverse applications including towing and recovery, utility, the oil and gas fields, mining, forestry, military, and mobile fleet service all depend on Ramsey Industries brands. Ramsey Industries continues to lead the way through safety-focused innovation and a dedication to the same entrepreneurial values that led Claude Ramsey in 1945 to forever change the way industrial companies move ahead.

1944 Claude and Rayburn Ramsey found Ramsey Brothers Tool & Die.
1945 Claude Ramsey designed 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. Perfect for pulling vehicles out of mud and snow, it became the mainstay of the towing and recovery industry.
1947 The Ramsey brothers renamed their company Ramsey Brothers Winch Company due to the success of that first Ramsey Winch.
1950 Claude Ramsey purchased Rayburn Ramsey’s interest in the company and renamed it Ramsey Winch Company, eventually incorporating the business in 1959.
1958 Entrepreneurs Claire Simmons and Carl White designed a small crane that could literally fit in the trunk of an automobile, launching the Auto Crane Company and the mobile service crane industry.
1970s Auto Crane developed the first electric cable crane.
1972 Wade Eskridge founded Eskridge to provide gear drives and hydraulic brake products for industrial and mobile equipment
1978 William (Bill) Ramsey succeeded 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.
1983 Auto Crane designs the first electric over hydraulic service crane.
1985 Auto Crane develops the first mobile crane service body exclusively designed for telescoping service cranes.
1988 Auto Crane introduces the first fully hydraulic service crane.
2000 Claude Ramsey sells Ramsey Industries to 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 patented, award-winning NexStar Crane Management System.
2012 Auto Crane launches the EH with NexStar controls line.
2013 Ramsey Industries completed significant process improvements, dealer realignments, personnel additions, and website upgrades.
2014 Ramsey Industries celebrates 70 years of innovative, customer-driven product development for worldwide industrial, commercial, and consumer end users.
2017 Ramsey enters investment partnership with Norwest Equity Partners for the company’s next phase of growth.