Originally founded in 1918, Brookville has a rich history. The company was established by a Ford dealer, Mr. L.A. Leathers, who started installing flanged railroad wheels on gasoline powered trucks and began Brookville Locomotive Works. The idea was to defer from the underdeveloped road systems and take advantage of the better maintained railways in the area. The company went into full-scale production of gasoline and diesel powered locomotives following World War I. During that time period they also produced a variety of specialty rail equipment including: school buses, speeder cars, refrigerated cargo haulers, flat cars, workman's cars, bullet-proof pay cars, and ambulances. The majority of the locomotives, at the time, were manufactured for logging, plantation, and industrial above ground applications. In 1942, Mr. P. Brosius Eisenman, having acquired the original business from Mr. Leathers, sold it to Mr. Joseph Horky, who moved the company to Pickering Street in what had been the Jenks Foundry Building.
In 1975, the company was purchased and became Brookville Locomotive, a Pennbro Corporation, with Mr. Dalph S. McNeil as president. The Company constantly redesigned and adapted its machines with new technology to keep up with thriving industry needs. The old style, pressed-on wheels, have been changed to bolt-on wheels, and the inefficient shoe-type brakes have been replaced by liquid-cooled wet disc brakes. This result in longer life and reduced maintenance costs. Also, Brookville was the first company to introduce planetary drive axles on rail-mounted equipment, which was quite a significant modification from traditional chain and worm gearing. Other improvements such as V-spring rubber bonded suspension and power shift transmissions were made. With its developing rail and rubber tired mining products, the change in the name of the company to Brookville Mining Equipment Corporation seemed logical. Natural evolution into other markets; an expanded board of directors; the building and relocation to its new factory on July 17, 1998, precipitated another name change to Brookville Equipment Corporation.
The company has prevailed over many challenges, including the July 19, 1996 Brookville flood and the many changes in the mining and transportation industries, to reach its current position as a highly respected and resourceful business. After the devastating 1996 flood, where over eight feet of water drowned the company, Brookville Equipment Corporation moved into its new 72,000 square foot ‘state of the art’ facility. The company was restored to 100% production in just one month. It was adjudged the winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s “National Phoenix Award, in 1999” this was (in recognition of the firm’s resilience in aftermath of the flash floods). Brookville was also named the “Manufacturer of the Year, 2001” by the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. In 2006, Brookville Equipment Corporation was named Small Business of the Year by the Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Today Brookville is especially proud of its highly educated managers and engineers, and professionally trained and motivated team of employees who are committed to achieving the mission and vision of the company. The Brookville Team offers such innovative options such as regenerative braking, solid state IGBT electronic control systems, DST "Dry System Technologies™" exhaust management systems that meet regulatory requirements, and Rail/Walker™ Jack/Walker™ re-railing devices patented by Brookville featured on some of Brookville's latest machines. Today, the company produces a full line of customized rail-mounted or rubber-tired haulage machines for underground mining, tunneling construction, industrial and switching applications. For the international market Brookville has grown to emerge as a leading U.S. manufacturer of haulage equipment and has shipped machines to 80 countries throughout the world. Brookville Equipments two additional industries; are pushback tractors for airline ground support and public transportation. Brookville has fully refurbished streetcars for cities, which include New Orleans, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
Brookville has maintained an outstanding reputation for manufacturing quality machines since 1918, and looks forward to continued success for generations to come. We will continue to incorporate advanced technology and processes into our machines, and lead the industry by producing the safest, most dependable, cost effective equipment for our customers worldwide.