HISTORY & VALUES
Glenn Braden started Braden Steel Corporation in 1924 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.The company began with production of drive heads used for drilling oil wells. In 1927, Mr. Braden’s close ties to the automotive industry led to the introduction of the company’s first truck mounted oil field winch.
By 1936, the company had changed hands and was renamed Braden Winch. Ten years later, the company headquarters moved to a larger facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
While Braden was making an impact in the center of the country, CARCO, a brand owned by railcar and metal manufacturing company Pacific Car and Foundry, was building a name in the northwest. In 1932, CARCO introduced a winch specifically for use in the American Northwest’s timber industry.
As the railcar industry shifted, CARCO’s focus became supplying timber operators with winches and hauling tackle. CARCO winch products were also developed alongside the world’s first track driven dozer’s.
Gearmatic began as a manufacturer of power transmissions in Vancouver, B.C. in late 1946. Gearmatic is known for pioneering planetary gear systems and top quality, long-lasting products. This high value and durability made Gearmatic a market leader for innovation in fishing, logging, forestry and drilling.
PACCAR brought these three companies together in 1983 at Braden’s main manufacturing facility. This collaboration created a synergy of knowledge and experience, making PACCAR Winch the standard in winch, hoist and drive systems.
Exceptional Quality and Commitment to the Future
Exceptional quality is the cornerstone of PACCAR. Design, construction and service are never compromised. PACCAR Winch products are certified for specific applications according to national and international standards.
Our research and development engineers use proven industry and application knowledge alongside the latest design technology. Process protocols such as Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) ensure efficient use of resources, while Pro-E and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) provide precision component designs, robust assemblies and rugged products. Additionally our engineering staff conducts comprehensive testing to assure all products and components perform to customer specifications.
People, Process and Support
Our manufacturing, assembly, sale and service have decades of individual experience. Employees are the true backbone of PACCAR Winch. They define, measure, analyze, improve and control each process. PACCAR Winch products are supported by an entire department, dedicated to providing the best parts, service, and technical support in the industry.