Kraft Electric Drives History

Our history began as Kraft Fluid Systems, a distributor of hydraulic, power transmission, and electronic control equipment founded by Bob and Marie Kraft in 1972. The first office was a small area on the second floor of a machine shop in Strongsville, Ohio, a southwest suburb of Cleveland. In 1975, we added our first employees and occupied the entire second floor of the machine shop. In 1978, we moved to a multi-tenant building, leasing 7300 sq. ft. for office and warehouse space.

In 1986, the Kraft team moved to our current location, 14300 Foltz Parkway in Strongsville. Our 30,000 sq. ft. facility includes advanced test, assembly, and fabrication equipment for electric drive components, gear reducers, and hydraulic equipment; an electronic programming and testing area; and a training center.  In 2000 we became a 100% employee-owned company.

In 2012, Kraft Electric Drives was born as a separate division of Kraft Fluid Systems to focus on selling drive systems for battery powered vehicles.  We have supplied electric drive solutions to OEM’s of AGV vehicles for over 20 years and continually search for new applications to apply our products from amusement park rides to ground support equipment.  Our focus is to supply the highest quality products and services so that our customers are successful.  We now sell complete systems from batteries and chargers all the way to the tires.

Since our founding, our goal has been to provide our clients with the best value. We do this by focusing on our relationships with our:

Satisfying customers is our top priority. Since long-term customers are our greatest asset, we strive to provide service that is courteous, honest, empathetic and responsive.

We provide our clients with the industry’s best products by partnering with some of the industry’s leading manufacturers. The manufacturers we’ve developed relationships with are distributor-oriented with a focus on quality, safety and product innovation.

The positive attitudes of our employee family are responsible for our continued growth. In 2000, we became a 100% employee-owned company. Learn more about our company, products or employees by calling us at (800) 257-1155.

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