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History

While the UniCarriers name has only been around a short while, the story of our company is, in reality, the history of three companies that span more than 100 years.

Barrett Industrial Trucks was founded in 1914, and was a pioneer in bringing a new generation of electric powered equipment to the material handling market.

TCM founded the forklift manufacturing industry in Japan, producing the first ever Japan-made forklift in 1949.

Nissan Forklift began operations in 1957. With its acquisition of Barrett in 1988, it became the first Japanese manufacturer of all five classes of material handling equipment in the U.S.

Today, UniCarriers provides forklifts throughout the world. The UniCarriers Americas facility in Marengo, Illinois, sets the standard for forklift manufacturing. And we continue to push the envelope, bringing new technology and innovation to our equipment…and the material handling industry.


UniCarriers Corporation Timeline

  • 2015

    Nissan Forklift, TCM and Barrett product lines are consolidated, and all equipment is marketed exclusively under the UniCarriers brand

  • 2013

    TCM Corporation and Nissan Forklift Co., Ltd. are integrated as UniCarriers Corporation

  • 2012

    Nissan Forklift Co., Ltd. and TCM Corporation join UniCarriers Group, each becomes a 100% subsidiary of UniCarriers Corporation

  • 2008

    Arthur M. Barrett is honored by Industrial Truck Association for his significant contributions to the material handling industry

  • 2007

    Nissan Forklift celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Atlet AB (now called UniCarriers Manufacturing Sweden AB) joins Nissan Forklift group

  • 2005

    Founding of TCM Distribution USA, Inc. in New Jersey

  • 1988

    Nissan Motor acquires shares of Barrett Industrial Trucks Inc. of the USA — and U.S. manufacture of forklifts begins

  • 1988

    Founding of TCM Manufacturing USA, Inc., in South Carolina

  • 1965

    TCM begins export to USA

  • 1957

    The first Nissan Forklift rolls off the assembly line at Nissan Motor’s Totsuka plant

  • 1950s

    The first automated guided vehicle (AGV) was introduced to the market in the 1950s by Arthur M. Barrett

  • 1949

    Toyo Carriers Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TCM) is founded and produces the first forklift made in Japan

  • 1940

    Barrett produces its first electric walkie pallet trucks

  • 1914

    Barrett begins operation as a manufacturer of manual pallet trucks