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MEMBER

JEFFERDS CORPORATION

PROFILE

A Successful Symphony
for 70 Years
How Jefferds Corporation has thrived for more than 70 years
BY STEVE GUGLIELMO

F

or more than 70 years, Jefferds Corporation (St. Albans, West Virginia) has managed to
straddle the line between good, old-fashioned business sense and leading edge insight and
innovation. The successful combination of the two has propelled the business from a oneman operation to a Corporation with more than 300 employees and 10 branches in two states.

Jefferds Corporation, originally
Jefferds and Moore, was founded
in 1947 by Joe Jefferds. Joe was a
Lieutenant Colonel in the Army during World War II. After the war, Joe
returned home to West Virginia to
work for his father's pharmaceutical
company. The company was interested
in mechanizing the warehouse and so
contacted a representative from Rapids
Standard Company, later Rapistan, to
discuss how to go about that process.
Joe was a mechanical engineer with a
degree from MIT, so he was intimately
involved with the warehousing project.
The representative suggested to Joe

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that, with his background, he should
get involved with the then infant business of materials handling. Soon after,
in 1947, Joe left his father's company
to start Jefferds and Moore and began
calling on customers and plants in the
West Virginia area.
"Initially, the company was primarily
involved with engineered products,"
says Jefferds President/CEO Richard
Sinclair. "They worked with conveyors, hoists, cranes, monorails and other
things like that."
In the early 1950s, however, Jefferds
became an Automatic Transportation
forklift dealer, a company that was the

precursor to Yale. Adding this forklift
line was a shift for a company that had
previously been solely involved with
engineered systems equipment.
"In the late 1950s, a Clark franchise
in West Virginia became available
and he bought it, which required a
structural change in the company,"
says Sinclair. "Instead of being a oneman show, now the company needed
mechanics, parts and support personnel. And he inherited some of that,
with the people that came from the
franchise that he acquired. But over
the course of time, the company
supplemented that and continued to
add branches."
This was a watershed moment for
Jefferds. Not only did it mark the company's first real foray outside of engineered systems, it also set the tone for
future acquisitions and expansions.
Throughout the next several decades,
Jefferds opened several other branches.
In the early 60s, the company added a
branch in Parkersburg, WV. In 1975, the
company added a Clarksburg location.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017

Chairman’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
2017 MHEDA University Calendar
Ask Your Board
MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE
@WORK
WOMEN IN INDUSTRY
INDUSTRY PULSE
BEST OF THE BEST
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
CLARK MATERIAL HANDLING COMPANY
MHEDA WORKS WITH MSSC TO DEVELOP CERTIFIED FORKLIFT TECHNICIAN DESIGNATION PROGRAM
49 EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IDEAS
2017 EMERGING LEADERS CONFERENCE
DOES YOUR LIFE PASS THE CREATIVITY & INNOVATION QUIZ?
GET CONNECTED, GET AHEAD
MHEDA Convention 2017 Recap
THE MASTER'S PROGRAM IN DEALER MANAGEMENT
KEEP/SELL/GROW-BUSINESS ANALYSIS
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
Index of Advertisers Chronologically
The Last Word
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - WOMEN IN INDUSTRY
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - BEST OF THE BEST
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - Spotlight on Association News
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - MHEDA Milestones
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - Index of Advertisers by Product Category
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