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Raymond Corporation founder into hall of fame

George Raymond Sr. was inducted into the 2019 Supply Chain Hall of Fame by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals


October 22, 2019
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George Raymond Sr.

GREENE, N.Y. — The Raymond Corporation’s founder, George Raymond Sr., was inducted into the 2019 Supply Chain Hall of Fame by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) at the recent EDGE Conference in Anaheim, California.

Raymond established Raymond’s success in 1922 when he purchased a foundry in Greene, New York. Seventeen years later, he was granted patents for the double-faced wooden pallet and the hydraulic hand pallet truck, that revolutionized the material handling industry.

Always the visionary, Raymond was instrumental in developing the first electric, narrow aisle lift truck, which was granted a patent in 1951. Able to operate in aisles less than seven feet wide and without a counterbalancing chassis, the Lyon-Raymond Model 700 SpeaceMaker preserved its gravitational integrity by straddling the pallet with base legs, the basic principle for all narrow aisle trucks from that point on.

“The principles instilled by my grandfather in 1922 are the same values that continue to define The Raymond Corporation to this day,” said Steve Raymond, former vice-president of The Raymond Corporation and former president and CEO of the Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation, an authorized Raymond Sales & Service Center.

“The company’s vision and penchant for innovation were part of Raymond’s core beliefs from the very beginning and continue to help us pioneer high-productivity material handling solutions.”

CSCMP established the Supply Chain Hall of Fame in 2016 and honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the supply chain discipline and served as role models to supply chain students, young professionals, budding entrepreneurs or career supply chain professionals.