Papé Acquires Johnson Lift/Hyster

WarehousingMaterial HandlingNewsPress Release

For Immediate Release

Eugene, Ore.----The Papé Group has announced it has completed the asset purchase of Johnson Lift, the Hyster forklift dealership for Southern California.  This agreement allows Papé Material Handling to expand their dealership network, adding six locations serving Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, Imperial, and San Diego counties in California, Yuma County in Arizona, and the Baja Norte region of Mexico. No terms of the acquisition will be released.

“This is a very exciting opportunity, and we look forward to providing consistent quality customer service to our customers in Southern California,” said Chris Wetle, president of Papé Material Handling.  “Our Papé Material Handling team is eager to meet the hardworking customers throughout Southern California and earn their business by delivering on our commitment to keep you moving.” 

Johnson Machinery Co., established in 1940, will continue to own and operate their three other divisions, Johnson Machinery, Johnson Power Systems, and Ever-Pac. “I’ve been doing business with the Papé organization for 50 years, they will do an excellent job succeeding Johnson in Southern California,” commented Bill Johnson, President of Johnson Machinery, Co.

Hyster, a division of NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), manufactures industry leading materials handling equipment for applications in more than 700 industries.

Johnson Quote:

Effective November 13, 2015 Johnson Lift/Hyster locations in Anaheim, City of Industry, El Centro, Fontana, Oxnard, and San Diego will be renamed Papé Material Handling, a division of The Papé Group. They join a network of more than 20 other Papé Material Handling locations in California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington serving customers throughout the Western United States with outstanding customer service, an excellent parts department, new and used equipment, and an extensive equipment rental inventory.

About Papé Material Handling Inc.

Headquartered in Eugene, Ore., Papé Material Handling, Inc., provides sales, rental, finance, parts, and service for customers within the material handling and warehousing industries, throughout seven western states. Papé Material Handling is the authorized dealer for Hyster, Yale, Genie, Skyjack, V. Mariotti, CombiLift, Utilev, Load Lifter, JLG, Doosan, Hawker, and Crown. Papé Material Handling is part of The Papé Group of Companies.

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About The Papé Group Inc.

Headquartered in Eugene, Ore., The Papé Group Inc. is a holding company for capital equipment dealerships throughout the West. The businesses of The Papé Group provide full dealership support (new/used equipment, rental, parts, service, and finance) for the premier brands of capital equipment used in the construction, agricultural, turf, forestry, trucking, and warehousing/materials handling industries. The Papé Group businesses include Papé Machinery Inc., Papé Material Handling Inc., Papé Kenworth, Papé Motive Power, Ditch Witch Northwest, and Engineered Products. The operations serve nine western states – from Alaska to California. The cornerstone of all Papé Group operations since the first dealership was founded in 1938 has been its commitment to providing high quality products backed by consistent, quality customer service wherever and whenever needed…to keep you moving. For more information about The Papé Group Inc., visit

About Johnson Machinery Co.

Established in 1940, Johnson Machinery Co. has grown from one location and 12 associates, to ten locations throughout Southern California and over 600 employees.  Headquartered in Riverside, California, Johnson Machinery is the heavy equipment division and headquarters for the company.  The three other divisions within Johnson Machinery Company, include Johnson Lift, Johnson Power, and Ever-Pac.   The primary manufacturers represented include Caterpillar for the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, Hyster for all of Southern California as well as Sullair.  Johnson Machinery Co. is proud of a more than 60 year history of providing the best products and service to our customers, with one consistent theme always being present: "Treat people fairly, whether customer or associate. Provide good products and service at reasonable prices."


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