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After school, William goes to work for the White Motor Company out of their Chicago, IL branch. He
returns to work at a Streator, IL lumber yard when sales prove not to be his calling.
While working at the lumber yard, William has the idea for a dump bed to be mounted on Ford Model
T’s. Early production units are hand made, but demand grows quickly. To expand production Anthony
Company is incorporated and production is moved to a larger facility across town.
Anthony wins a contract with Henry Ford to ship bodies to Dearborn, Michigan to be fitted on Model
T’s as they leave the plant.
A meeting with Henry Ford produces demand for production prints. With his refusal to sell the prints,
Ford proclaims William will soon go broke.
Anthony instead turns to selling through distributors, which launches the company’s biggest growth.
The company leads the way developing hydraulic systems of all kinds used to transport cargo, becoming a
weighty player in the transportation equipment industry.
Local Ford dealership service manager Frank Novotney brings his idea for a truck lift to plant
manager Lawrence Walker. With Anthony’s help, the idea becomes a working machine that could be
affixed to rear of any make truck. Anthony markets the new loader under the trademark “lift
gate” which eventually becomes widely recognized as a term for truck loaders.
Novotney receives royalties on each sale as the lift gate’s chief promoter.
During WWII, Anthony Company produces bomb trailers and other transportation equipment for allied forces.
Anthony Company receives a 4-star Army / Navy E-Award – an honor given to only the top 5% of
facilities engaged in wartime production.
Following the war, general superintendent & plant manager Lawrence Walker leaves Anthony. He uses his
life savings and a mortgage on his home to open a business producing industrial handling equipment used
in large factories.
Anthony focuses on the liftgate and a new line of agricultural equipment in the peacetime transition.
The liftgate was so well-received that it quickly becomes a critical component of a successful delivery
The trademarked term lift gate is widely recognized referring to elevating truck loaders.
The closely held family business is sold.
With over 150 joint and individual patents to his name, William’s success story stands as a
testament to what can become of creativity and hard work.
Anthony produces truck bodies, fork lifts, hoists, agricultural equipment, military equipment, and
Now head of the company his father founded upon leaving Anthony in 1945, Patrick Walker purchases the
Anthony liftgate line, adding to the product portfolio of truck seats, lawn care machinery, and
industrial handling equipment.
With a skilled workforce and the latest in manufacturing technology, Anthony liftgates are proudly built
in the USA.