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


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


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


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


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


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


Founding of TCM Distribution USA, Inc. in New Jersey


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


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


TCM begins export to USA


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


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


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


Barrett produces its first electric walkie pallet trucks


Barrett begins operation as a manufacturer of manual pallet trucks