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    The Kion Group provides the most innovative and industry leading products for the materials handling and logistics markets. Learn more below.

The Kion Group is an umbrella corporation that combines some of the top forklift brands and warehouse solutions providers in the world.


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Find out about some of the North American product offerings from the Kion Group.


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3 Major Product Offerings –
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Linde forklifts with hydrostatic drive

1.) Premium: Linde Hydrostatic Drive Forklifts

Linde branded forklifts with the hydrostatic drive feature are widely regarded as the best forklifts in the world. Boasting better fuel savings, less tire wear and smoother operation than any other forklifts on the market. Couple those features with the fact that there are no breaks, no torque converter and no differential… the Linde hydrostatic drive product eliminates a lot of the traditional costs from the maintenance side.

2.) NEW: Linde Torque Converter Series Forklifts

While the Linde hydrostatic drive forklifts are designed to withstand some of the toughest and most hazardous applications in the world, the Kion Group also recognized that not all customers need this premium product for day-to-day operations. In the first quarter of 2017, the Kion Group introduced their new torque converter series of forklifts designed to support the majority of the U.S. market. With the introduction of these new torque converter forklifts, businesses can now get all of the reliability and ergonomics of the Linde brand without needing to purchase the premium Linde product. This new series of forklifts is designed to go head to head with the traditional brands like Toyota, Hyster, Yale and CAT, while outperforming them in almost every fashion.

Linde 1219 pneumatic forklift

Baoli forklift line

3.) Economy: Baoli torque converter forklifs

The Baoli line of forklifts was recently introduced to the U.S. market as the economy line of lift trucks to compliment the other Linde forklift offerings. Baoli forklifts come well designed and built by the Kion Group team, sporting a great warranty at an even better price point. The Baoli forklift line is offered with the tired and proven Westport K25 engine or a Kohler tier 4 turbo diesel engine. There are even electric forklift options as well!

A little history about
the Kion Group

KION: The Name

The word “Kion” is taken from the language of the Massai. In the tongue of the East African warriors and nomads, “Kion (gozi) means “Take the leadership.”

This expresses a core principle of the KION Group: In many countries, as in all of Europe, KION the number one – the KION Group sets its strategy according to the values of leadership, innovation and performance in order to further develop its technological and market leadership.

KION North America places value on the traditional strengths of material handling, with more than 100 years of experience, to ensure that it continues to provide innovative logistics solutions for our customers in the future.

Headquartered in Summerville, S.C., KION North America Corporation is a member of the KION GROUP AG, the world’s second largest manufacturer of industrial trucks. Their brand companies, Linde, Baoli and STILL serve the specific requirements of the U.S., Canadian and Mexican markets with a comprehensive and complementary product portfolio. Their products are known for their innovative technologies, low energy consumption and low operating costs.

Our History: From the Baker Motor-Vehicle Company to KION North America

1898 – Walter C. Baker establishes the Baker Motor-Vehicle Company for cars with electric motors in Cleveland, Ohio

1915 – The Baker Motor Company merges with the Rauch and Lang Carriage Company and trades under the name of Baker, Rauch & Lang

1930 – Baker R & L develops the first truck that can be operated by a driver while seated

1967 – After becoming part of the Otis Elevator Company, Baker acquires the Moto-Truc Company in Cleveland, a manufacturer of pallet trucks and very narrow aisle trucks

1977 – Baker and Moto-Truc become Baker Material Handling, part of Linde AG

1985 – Linde-Baker opens a production plant covering 225,000 square feet in Summerville, South Carolina

1999 – Baker Material Handling becomes Linde Lift Truck Corporation

2005 – Linde Lift Truck Corporation becomes Linde Material Handling North America

2006 – Linde AG’s material handling business is spun off as an independent company to form the KION Group

2015 – Linde Material Handling North America officially becomes KION North America

Get in touch

Whether your are just interested in learning more about the Kion Group family of forklifts or if you would like to contact your local dealer, get in touch with us now. We will be happy to direct your request to the proper dealer to support your business.