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Hyster-Yale Group to Collaborate with RICO on Explosion Proof Lift Trucks

Industries such as aerospace, automotive, chemical, petroleum, construction, food, pharmaceuticals and plastics often have designated operating areas where lift trucks may be exposed to explosive gases and combustible dust particles. It is critical for certified Explosion Proof (EX) trucks to be utilized in these areas.

Hyster-Yale Group is pleased to announce a new offering which converts their 6,000 lbs. capacity Hyster™ or Yale™ electric counterbalance lift truck to a certified EX model through RICO Manufacturing, Inc. (RICO). With over 70% of the parts and truck systems remaining intact, authorized Hyster™ and Yale™ dealers will be fully equipped to service and support the RICO-branded EX trucks.

Based in Medina, Ohio, RICO has over 30 years of experience and is the leader in manufacturing certified EX solutions for the North American market. “The development of this program expands our existing partnership with RICO for the exclusive distribution of the RICO Pegasus Elite line of large-capacity, cushion-tire electric and internal-combustion counterbalance products,” says Martin Boyd, vice president of product planning and solutions for HYG. -Our industry-proven Hyster and Yale lift truck platforms as the foundation for a high-quality EX conversion by RICO helps meet the market’s need for a high-quality, certified EX truck,- Boyd continued.

EX-rated lift trucks have specific protection measures which allow them to operate in hazardous locations with potentially explosive or flammable vapors, liquids, dusts or fibers. Some examples of these protection measures include rigid metal conduit, mineral-insulated cabling, intrinsically safe electrical circuits, static conductive tires, protection against mechanical sparks, and explosion-proof enclosures for electrical components. The RICO certified EX conversions have been developed for operations in Class 1 ” Division 1 & 2 Group D (gas) and Class 2″ Division 1 & 2 Group G (dust) environments. In addition to the initial EX conversion, RICO also offers a comprehensive recertification program to ensure that equipment continues to meet stringent EX compliance.

For more information about EX products, please contact your local Hyster™ or Yale™ dealer.

About Hyster-Yale Group, Inc.

Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., designs, engineers, manufactures, sells and services a comprehensive line of lift trucks and aftermarket parts marketed globally primarily under the Hyster™ and Yale™ brand names. Subsidiaries of Hyster-Yale Group include Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, an alternative-power technology company focused on fuel cell stacks and engines, and Bolzoni S.p.A., a leading worldwide producer of attachments, forks and lift tables marketed under the Bolzoni™, Auramo™ and Meyer™ brand names. Hyster-Yale also has significant joint ventures in Japan (Sumitomo NACCO) and in China (Hyster-Yale Maximal). Hyster-Yale Group, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 7,700 people worldwide.

About RICO Manufacturing, Inc.

RICO Manufacturing, Inc., is proud to be a manufacturer of the world’s finest specialty lift trucks. RICO has pioneered the design, development and manufacturing of specialized lift trucks with capacities ranging from 1,000 to exceeding 400,000 lbs. RICO’s diverse and global customer base includes the industrial, military and commercial markets. For more information contact (330) 723-4050 or visit

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