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Nutting: A Premier Manufacturer of High Quality Material Handling Trailers

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The company was originally started in 1890 and, over the century since it’s inception, has become one of the preeminent design and manufacturing organizations in the United States. Elijah Nutting, the founder of the company, was approached by a Minnesota businessman having problems with product transportation. After listening to his story, analyzing the problem and different suggestions, Nutting went to work on a tilt style platform truck -- the first product to carry the name Nutting.

Over 118 years later, much has changed, but nothing has affected the company’s goal “to give you precisely what you demand: more reliable ... great efficiency ... greater economical equipment ... all with the tough, durable and dependable products you have come to expect.” The business now produces non-powered material handling equipment including custom manufactured carts, trucks and trailers for distribution, manufacturing and retail centers. “We basically can design and manufacture anything for a customer as long as they have an idea of what they are looking for,” Sales Engineer Darla Becking wrote in an e-mail. “We also have a standard line of products such as platform carts, two wheel hand trucks, shelf trucks, casters and wheels and much more.”

According to Becking, approximately 90 percent of the company’s business is in custom-made products. The Nutting team is prepared to take customers from concept to completion, whether it consists of design alternatives, evaluating performance or exploring other equipment options to meet objectives. The company has a complete manufacturing facility ready for metalwork, woodwork and wheel manufacturing which allows the production of equipment or components unique to the company and keeps the price low for clients. Becking acknowledged that most of the company’s business is done with equipment dealers but they do sell to end users as well.

In addition to custom-built products, Nutting also produces warehouse, industrial and towline trailers.

The company website,, cites the utilization of “experience and expertise in engineering and manufacturing” to provide “innovative logistic solutions for unique applications.” The site also notes that the company philosophy hasn’t changed since the day Elijah Nutting produced that first trailer. Employees still take the time to listen, make sure the solution is correct for each specific situation and consider every factor involved. The web site trumps the simple process still used, “listening well, thinking it through, and doing it right the first time.”

The business currently employs 35 people in Watertown and an additional six District Managers throughout the United States. As demand rises, more employees will be hired. Nutting is a division of Acco Material Handling Solutions and has been based in Watertown, S.D. since its relocation from Faribault, Minn. in 1984.

The company’s website also has a worksheet where potential clients can submit information about a product needed. To see what Nutting can do to solve your material handling needs, visit or call 800/533-0337.

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