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  • 1958

    Jack-Bradt Jack Bradt, a Cornell University engineering graduate, founded SI HANDLING SYSTEMS, INC. The company’s first product is manually-wheeled carts used in manufacturing and distribution environments.

  • 1960

    lotow-industriesSI installs its first LO-TOW®, a switch-cart system, at Spector Freight in Brooklyn, NY. The LO-TOW revolutionizes the industry with the in-floor chain conveyor system.

  • 1964

    The first public share of SI HANDLING SYSTEMS, INC. is issued.
  • 1968

    SI enters the order selection / distribution marketplace with the purchase of ORDERMATIC,™ a computer-controlled machine that picks full cases of product.


  • 1969

    Cartrac-industriesSI continues to increase its market share in the manufacturing and distribution segments with the addition of CARTRAC,® a rugged yet simple component in a floor- or overhead- mounted application for loads up to 5,000 lbs.

  • 1970

    blue-world-globe SI HANDLING SYSTEMS, INC. expands its audience by entering the international marketplace.

  • 1971

    To round out its order selection business, SI acquires the Tilt Tray / Gull Wing Sorter, a high-speed, high-volume sortation machine. SI develops software to better integrate equipment and orders processing.
  • 1972

    NASDAQ-logo SI is one of the first technology companies listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. SI acquires the right to ITEMATIC,™ an automated order selection system for processing individual items.

  • 1989

    Dispen-SI-matic-SI-SystemsSI acquires the rights to provide Dispen-SI-matic® throughout North America. Both the single and dual tier Traveling Head Dispensers (THD) are introduced.

  • 1990

    SI again expands its capabilities with the acquisition of the Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) group from BT Systems of Europe.

  • 1993

    SI/Baker Inc. is formed as a joint venture to provide automated prescription fulfillment systems.
  • 1995

    SI introduces ACCUPIC,® a new paperless, high-speed order picking system for small packages.


  • 1996

    SI HANDLING SYSTEMS creates the Gantry Robotic Order Picking System for medium volume SKUs. SI enters an exclusive license agreement with Seattle Film Works to use their mail sortation technology for order fulfillment applications. The U.S. government awards SI Handling Systems the Red River Army Depot installation, the company’s largest government contract. Red-River-Army-Depot-logo
  • 1998

    SI HANDLING SYSTEMS, INC. is named one of the world’s Top 20 Material Handling Systems Suppliers. SI obtains ISO 9001 certification.

  • 1999

    ermanco-incorporated-logoSI HANDLING SYSTEMS, INC. purchases Ermanco Conveyor, broadening its presence in the material handling industry.

  • 2000

    Paragon-Technologies-logo-blackSI changes its name to PARAGON TECHNOLOGIES, INC. as part of a new strategy to become a full service material handling organization.

  • 2002

    PARAGON trademarks SINTHESIS,® a real-time software solution that optimizes planning, warehousing, inventory management, routing, order fulfillment and distribution. Warehouse Distribution Optimizer™, PARAGON’s proprietary software suite, is trademarked. This software analyzes all of the order picking systems in a distribution center in real time. sinthesis-software-suite
  • 2011

    mobile-matic-A-frame-SI-Systems Mobile-matic™ introduced to the material handling industries as the first mobile A-Frame.

  • 2013

    SI SYSTEMS, LLC acquires Innovative Automation to expand on its warehouse management and controls software and receives patent for Mobile-matic™.