THE CALDWELL GROUP
THE CALDWELL COMPANY had its roots in the fertile mind of Leslie
M. Caldwell, an inventor and tinkerer. The Company was incorporated in 1954 by Mr. Caldwell who designed,
fabricated, and sold special lifting slings, one of which was the patented Adjust-A-Leg® load leveling wire rope
Mr. Caldwell, purchased a used Singer 7-33 sewing machine, and
some MIL spec webbing and thread from Eastern Jobbers and started making nylon web slings in the basement of the
building at 1224 4th Avenue, Rockford. Caldwell branded slings were then put on the market.
Jack W. Remington purchased the company in 1962; he brought with
him 25 years of design, shop, sales and business management experience. Mr. Remington gradually expanded the
product line and his staff as the company slowly grew larger. By 1971, more space was required, which precipitated
moving to a new, larger facility in Rockford's Eastrock Industrial Park where the company is presently
Howard A. Will, Jr., a Yale University graduate with a major in
civil engineering, a masters in civil engineering from Stanford University, and a registered Professional Engineer
in the state of Illinois, purchased THE CALDWELL COMPANY at the end of 1976.
Taking advantage of his engineering background, Howard Will
shifted the emphasis of the company to fabricated metal, Below-the-Hook lifters. He built up the engineering
department and started a program to upgrade production facilities. Early on, a goal was established to offer the
fullest range of Below-the-Hook lifting products from one source.
The single largest expansion of our company was with the
acquisition of Creative Material Control Inc. (CMCI™) in Centralia, IL. CMCI™ manufactures a full line of vacuum
and mill duty lifters.
By the end of 1994 the company had, through numerous acquisitions
and internal development, grown into six separate and distinct product lines.
With the separate product lines, it seemed fitting to rename the
company to THE CALDWELL GROUP, INC. and this was done in 1994.
Since 1994 The Caldwell Group has made several other acquisitions including the
Posi-Turner® product line from Park Industries (Minnesota); and Woodstock Crane & Hoist Company (Illinois).
These expansions have developed into two additional product lines:
It is our goal to continually enhance and expand all of our
product lines to provide our customer with a complete line of lifting products from one source.
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