Hyster-Yale Group announced a new offering, which converts their 6,000-lb. capacity Hyster or Yale electric counterbalance lift truck to a certified Explosion Proof (EX) model through RICO Manufacturing, Inc. With more than 70% of the parts and truck systems remaining intact, authorized Hyster and Yale dealers will be fully equipped to service and support the RICO-branded EX trucks.

“The development of this program expands our existing partnership with RICO for the exclusive distribution of the RICO Pegasus Elite line of large-capacity, cushion-tire electric and internal-combustion counterbalance products,” said Martin Boyd, vice president of product planning and solutions, Hyster-Yale Group. “Our industry-proven Hyster and Yale lift truck platforms as the foundation for a high-quality EX conversion by RICO helps meet the market’s need for a high-quality, certified EX truck,” Boyd continued.

EX-rated trucks have specific protection measures, which allow them to operate in hazardous locations with potentially explosive or flammable vapors, liquids, dusts or fibers. The RICO certified EX conversions have been developed for operations in Class 1 – Division 1 & 2 Group D (gas) and Class 2 – Division 1 & 2 Group G (dust) environments.

In addition to the initial EX conversion, RICO also offers a comprehensive recertification program to ensure that equipment continues to meet stringent EX compliance.

Hyster-Yale Group, www.hyster-yale.com

RICO Manufacturing, www.ricoequipment.com

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