Looking Forward, Looking Back

As the year draws to a close and attention turns to the opportunities that 2023 will bring, at Gerlinger Carrier Company, we’re also looking back on 2022.

Gerlinger Carrier Company was founded by a German-born immigrant, Mr. Carl Gerlinger Sr., in 1918 to manufacture both straddle carriers and forklifts in Dallas, Oregon.  Gerlinger Carrier is proudly owned by descendants of Carl Gerlinger and are designed and manufactured in our Salem, Oregon facility.

Over the years the markets for Gerlinger Carriers have expanded from traditional lumber carriers to include steel/metal handling, oil refineries, building materials, military, and special handling requirements. Our founder could probably never have dreamed of what Gerlinger Carrier Company has become.

Continuous improvement and re-investment are core principles

We believe, first and foremost, in building a great team and 2022 was a year of exceptional development and the recruitment of very strong new employees.  

We continued to invest in new capabilities.  In 2022, we made a major investment in a pair of new paint booths that will speed up painting cycles and improve product quality.  Coming on the heels of large investments in 2020 and 2021 in a robotic welding cell and a very large bridge mill machining center, Gerlinger Carrier is committed to building our manufacturing capacity and capability.

Positioning the company for the future

We are long-term thinkers and know the initiatives and actions that we take now will position us for the future.  In 2022, we worked to build relationships with new customers in new applications.  We invested in upgrading our design capabilities and in a larger parts & service organization to support our customers.

We are looking forward with optimism about our business and the industries that we serve and we look back with gratitude to our many customers and to the members of the Gerlinger Carrier family of employees who helped build a great company.

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