The engineering foundation of migrating from a fork truck material flow to Fork Truck Free http://forktruckfree.com/ operational efficiencies are represented by Topper Industrial (www.topperindustrial.com) Founder Ed Brown and son Ryan Brown, President of the Wisconsin-based industrial cart FTF revolution. Ed Brown is considered the father of the North American fork truck free (FTF) movement. In 1994,
Brown opened the operations of Topper Industrial, a leading manufacturer of various material handling equipment in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. The company proves highly innovative in finding solutions to the needs of an ever-changing industrial work environment. Brown is an inventor of many industrial cart and conveyors solutions. He holds several patents through his years running Topper. Most of the patents relate to ergonomics and safety primarily in the material handling sector. These patented products are extensive and include mechanical advancements on Topper's tow bar, couple system and cart handle.
Brown also holds a patent on tilt carts, and many other Topper products are patent pending.