Celebration of 75 years anniversary
75 years of innovation and quality - Logitrans A/S celebrates 75 years anniversary…
The Danish manufacturer of high quality ergonomic material handling equipment Logitrans A/S celebrates its 75 years anniversary on May 1st 2015. Logitrans A/S is the parent company of Interthor Inc and the manufacturer of the Thork-Lift.
Logitrans was founded in a little smithy in 1940. Until 2002 the company was called Nisap Maskinfabrik after its founder Nis A. Pedersen. On the morning of April 9th 1940 Nis biked home from the bank with the deed for the smithy in his hands. Little did he know that the Germans that very morning had decided to invade Denmark as a part of their Operation Weserübung.
The upstart during the war was tough and Nis shoed horses to make ends meet. However, the general attitude to life both in thesmithy and in the residence building was from the beginning positive and characterized by a unique pioneering spirit. In her memories Ingrid Pedersen describes the first years like this: "We had good neighbors, and when the streets started smelling of burned rye, we knew that we would soon gather for a cup of substitute coffee and barley meal bread. We learned to appreciate the good people, living around us, in a time when the world was out of order.”
Nis was creative and solution oriented and had a special interest in hydraulics and mechanics. He worked persistently with all requests from the fishing industry and agriculture. From 1970, he started using his interest in hydraulic solutions to develop and manufacture material handling equipment, e.g. pallet trucks, highlifters and stackers.
From a young age Erling Pedersen, son of Nis and Ingrid Pedersen, helped everywhere in the company, and it was soon evident that he was to take over the company. Since 1975 he has been the CEO. He has continued working in the spirit of his father: Developing and designing unique products solving material handling requirements of the customers. Focus is always on quality, ergonomics, well-being and optimum working conditions of the users. This continually contributes to increase efficiency and work satisfaction in companies.
During the 1980s Logitrans started exporting to the US through Interthor Inc. When the Thork-Lift was introduced to the US market - it was groundbreaking. Today, it is still the best selling product stateside. In 2006 Logitrans decided to purchase Interthor and made it a fully owned subsidiary of Logitrans A/S Denmark.
On May 1st 2015 Erling Pedersen will hand over his position as CEO to his daughter Gitte Kirkegaard Berg; hence, third generation will thereby be head of management.
Through all these years the share of exports has grown. Today more than 90% of the production in Denmark is exported to more than 55 countries worldwide.