Callahan Manufacturing opened it's doors in 1969 in Royal City, WA with just one employee. At the time, Dean was only 23 and had two children with his wife, Nancy. At the start, Callahan Mfg produced sugar beet beds. Sugar beets were a common crop grown during that time in Royal City and he saw a need in the area.
In 1979 the Callahans had several flat bed trailers they wanted to use to haul corn and wheat for their farming operation. As a solution, the first Callahan Hoist was designed and built in their manufacturing shop for their own use.
Soon after the Callahans created the first hoists, local farmers saw the potential of the it and purchased the hoists to assist with dumping their chopped hay for cubing operations. Word spread, and a trucker in California heard about the Callahan hoist and ordered six of them. From there, the Callahan hoist took off in popularity and Dean and Nancy have been busy with orders ever since.
After the success of the Callahan Hoist, Dean and Nancy decided to spread their operations beyond just manufacturing. In addition to building trailers and truck bodies, the couple also farms hay, has a 1,300-cow dairy, runs a gravel pit, operates an orchard, does well-drilling, excavating, hay-compressing, and owns a trucking business.
With 5 kids, 16 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, Dean and Nancy's lives are full as they continue to run Callahan Manufacturing from their original building in 1969. They enjoy teaching their grandchildren their hard work-ethic and how to operate heavy machinery. To-date, they have built hundreds of hoists that are all over the United States and in such diverse markets as Europe, Asia, Central America, and South America.