About Us | Bushman Equipment

Custom Engineering Solutions for Material Handling Problems

We offer our customers

  • Our undivided attention to our customers’ needs and expectations
  • An experienced and dedicated workforce
  • Engineering expertise that includes licensed professionals (P.E.)
  • Uncompromising standards of quality
  • Pioneering innovation

Quality is Built-in

We have the people, the experience, the facilities, and the technology to custom engineer and manufacture equipment to optimize your production process and to improve your product quality and productivity.

  • We consider every customer to be a partner, and we focus on providing quality equipment and service that attracts repeat business
  • Bushman Equipment, Inc. will not make equipment that we feel is unsafe or is likely to be misused in an unsafe manner
  • We use only high-quality materials and components
  • We inspect raw materials, manufacturing processes and finished products for defects that could result in safety concerns
  • Our welders and welding processes adhere to AWS D1.1 and D14.1 specifications
  • Bushman engineers design our products in conformance with the latest revisions of ASME Specifications B30.20 and BTH-1, “Design of Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices
  • We test our products and operating systems prior to delivery to minimize site installation and start up times
  • We guarantee materials and workmanship
  • Our technicians are available to provide operator training, inspection and repair services


  • Howard Bushman founded Bushman Equipment in Chicago in 1950. The company quickly established a reputation for the design and manufacture of rugged, heavy-duty overhead crane attachments and below-the-hook lifting equipment
  • In 1993, Bushman acquired the proprietary clutch line of Flaton Machine Works, Inc
  • Bushman acquired West Bend Equipment Company in 2000. West Bend manufactured custom-designed, heavy duty material handling equipment including load inverters, mechanical and hydraulic upenders, coil mounting systems, lift tables, and die and mold handling equipment
  • In 2006, Avon Engineering, Ltd. of Waterdown, Ontario, became part of Bushman Equipment. The two companies have strong engineering capabilities and extensive experience in steel, steel processing, paper and heavy manufacturing
  • In 2012 Bushman Equipment, Inc was acquired by Xtek, Inc of Cincinnati, OH. Xtek is an international manufacturer of custom machined and heat-treated parts and component assemblies for severe-duty industrial applications. We are 100% employee-owned