Hyster Presents the Fortis Line of Lift Trucks

Hyster Presents the Fortis Line of Lift Trucks
Customizable new series allows users to optimize warehouse productivity and dependability

(Greenville, N.C., USA: Dec. 6, 2007) Hyster Company ( www.hysteramericas.com ) presents the Fortis® line of lift trucks. The Hyster® Fortis product line represents a transformation in the way lift trucks are designed, built and acquired. Incorporating proven design processes and systems, each Fortis lift truck is offered with multiple powertrain configurations to meet specific application requirements and business objectives and to optimize productivity, dependability and cost of operations. The Fortis family of lift trucks, which covers a capacity range of 2,000 lb to 15,500 lb, offers both cushion and pneumatic tire classes, with multiple engine choices consisting of gas, LP and diesel.

“The custom engineering of the Fortis series offers an advantage to lift truck users looking to maximize production for specific applications,” says Paul Laroia, president, Hyster Company. “Designed for maximum durability and ease of maintenance, Fortis lift trucks are a great example of the rugged dependability embodied by Hyster products.”

In head-to-head comparisons with similar trucks, the manufacturing and design advances of the Fortis series are shown to decrease downtime by up to 30 percent and save over $2,200 per year in operating costs. The Hyster electronically controlled powertrain, CANbus system industrial strength electronics, advanced cooling systems and reliable hydraulics all help to improve dependability and lower operating costs in all applications.

Drawing on Hyster Company’s legacy of strength and durability, the Fortis concept simplifies lift truck purchases with a tiered system of preconfigured engine-transmission bundles. This allows users to choose from a variety of packages to maximize purchasing power and increase overall return on investment. With the choices of performance transmissions, hydraulic controls and cooling system options, the customizable Fortis lift trucks provide the highest quality of performance for almost any application.

The Fortis series includes a Pacesetter VSM™ industrial onboard computer for adjustable performance to maximize uptime. The Fortis patented DuraMatch™ transmission systems include such features as the Auto Deceleration System, controlled rollback on ramps, controlled power reversals and auto-speed hydraulics with automatic inching control to help operators move loads more efficiently with less fatigue and product damage.

Hyster counterbalanced lift trucks provide superior ergonomic features to ensure maximum operator comfort and control during a shift. Innovations of the Fortis series to help reduce costs related to fatigue include repositioned foot pedals, fatigue-reducing operator compartments designed to isolate vibrations and easily adjustable operator settings.

In addition to the superior dependability of the Fortis series, Hyster lift trucks are supported by one of the largest and most experienced dealer networks in the industry. Hyster customers have access to an expansive parts availability program, in-depth operator training and product customization for special applications. Hyster Company also offers the industry’s most comprehensive standard warranty and affordable, flexible financing programs.

To find your local Hyster dealer, please visit www.hysteramericas.com .

For media information, please contact Matt Murphy, Koroberi, Inc., by phone at 919-945-0533 or by e-mail at matt@koroberi.com .

About Hyster

Based in Greenville, North Carolina, Hyster Company ( www.hysteramericas.com ) is a leading lift truck designer and manufacturer in North America. Hyster Company offers more than 130 models configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel, and electric power, with the widest capacity range in the industry ­ from 2,500 lbs to 105,000 lbs. Supported by the industry’s largest and most experienced dealer network, Hyster Company builds durable lift trucks that deliver high productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability, and advanced ergonomic features; accompanied by outstanding parts, service and training support.

Hyster Company employs approximately 7,000 people worldwide as part of NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. ( www.nmhg.com ), a wholly owned subsidiary of NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NC).