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Our Heritage


The Patterson Company began operations in 1858 on the banks of the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. In the 1950s we began designing and manufacturing towboat and barge winches, which is what we are known for today. When we started, we made just a few sizes of winches, but we now offer winches with capacities from 20 tons to 90 tons and in three operating formats: manual, electrical, and hydraulic. Over the years, we’ve improved the winch by listening to the needs of the end user. The results are increased safety and winches that require less maintenance. For over 150 years, we’ve protected, pulled and performed for you.