The Brown Hoisting Machinery Company - Brownhoist, 1918 and n. d.
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Brief Description: This collection consists of sales literature discussing the company’s products.
Held at:
Historical Construction Equipment Association
16623 Liberty Hi Rd
Bowling Green, OH 43402
Phone: 419-352-5616
Fax: 419-352-6068
Email: tberry [at]
Record Series Number: 1/101/1666
Created by: Brown Hoisting Machinery Company, The - Brownhoist (1880-1931)
Volume: 2.0 Items
Arrangement: Group 1, Machinery Records, is arranged by record format and subseries.
Biographical Note for Brown Hoisting Machinery Company, The - Brownhoist (1880-1931) :

Alexander Ephraim Brown (14 May 1852-26 Apr. 1911) invented the Brown hoist which revolutionized the lake shipping industry. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Fayette and Cornelia Curtis Brown. He graduated from CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL and completed a course in civil engineering at Brooklyn Polytechnical Institute in 1872. While employed as chief engineer at the Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio, in 1873-74 Brown devised a method of building bridge columns from scrap iron and steel.

Returning to Cleveland, he continued to work as a mechanical engineer but also experimented with ways to facilitate the unloading of bulk cargo on the Great Lakes by partially automating the process. Brown designed a cantilevered crane, rigged with wire rope to convey an automatic clamshell bucket to and from the ship's hold, removing the cargo. His hoist, first set up on the Lake Erie docks, reduced lake transportation costs and greatly shortened the turn-around time of the vessels.

He and his father, Fayette Brown, organized the Brown Hoisting & Conveying Machinery Company in Cleveland in 1880 with a capital of $100,000, incorporating it in 1893. Brown secured several hundred patents on his invention, which was distributed all over the world. The firm also produced other material-handling equipment for docks, railroads, and coal and steel plants.

By 1900, the firm had been renamed The Brown Hoisting Machinery Company. Its plant was largely destroyed by fire in December 1900. In 1931, it merged with Industrial Works (Collection 845) of Bay City, Michigan, to form The Industrial Brownhoist Company (Collection 841). American Hoist & Derrick acquired Industrial Brownhoist as a division in 1960.

There is no known relationship between this company and its products and the Giant Line Hoist produced by The Brown Clutch Company (Collection 1665) of Sandusky, Ohio.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.
Subject Index
Alexander Ephraim Brown
Bay City, Michigan
Bridge crane
Brooklyn Polytechnical Institute
Brown Clutch
Brown Hoisting
Chain fall
Chain hoist
Clamshell bucket
Cleveland, Ohio
Coast Range Lumber Company
Crawler crane
Eureka, California
Fayette Brown
Floor derrick
Hammond Lumber Company
Hand winch
Hoisting crab
I-beam trolley
Industrial Brownhoist
Industrial Works
Lake Erie
Locomotive crane
Mabel, Oregon
Massillon, Ohio
Massillon Bridge Company
Overhead traveler
Sandusky, Ohio
Stiffleg derrick
Traction crane
Genres/Forms of Material
Sales literature
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes:   

This is an artificial collection comprised of records from multiple accessions. Initial records in this collection were received from the Judd Griffith Collection, Accession 2000-0113. Additional records have been added from:

• Donald W. Frantz Collection, Accession 2005-0150 (received Dec 31, 2005). Filed with his collection per his request.