|Hi-Lift Company History
The Bloomfield Manufacturing Company
The Bloomfield Manufacturing Company, established in 1895, is one of
the oldest companies in the state of Indiana, and is the parent company
to both the Hi-Lift Jack Company,and the Kant-Slam Company.
Founded over 100 years ago by the late Philip John Harrah, the
company is still owned and operated by the Harrah family and is
currently under the leadership of the fourth generation of the Harrah
One of the first products invented by our founder and manufactured by
the company was the combination Anvil-Vise-Drill tool. Another early
product was the Kalamity Kar Kit, which held supplies that a car owner
of that era might need during a motoring trip. The kit contained a pail to
hold gasoline, a siphon to transfer gasoline, a steel tow strap and a
waterproof sheet to keep the driver clean while working under his car.
Mr. Harrah also invented many other products that met people's needs,
including the casket display cart, the folding tea wagon, and the
seven-use hammer-hatchet-wirecutter-pliers tool.
The Hi-Lift's predecessor was invented in 1905 and sold as the
Automatic Combination Tool. The original jack was commonly known as
the Handyman or Sheepherder's Jack, and years later it was renamed
the Hi-Lift Jack. Our current product line includes the Handle-All
multi-functional tool with telescoping handle and 4 full-sized
implements; Slide-N-Lock Tie-Down System - an extruded aluminum rail
and locking pin system for tying down cargo in pick-up trucks; the
Post-Popper post puller; and the Kant-Slam Hydraulic Gate and Door
Closer. But the Hi-Lift Jack remains our best-selling, most popular item.
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