Wallingford’s, HSP Gripen Of Sweden Announce Partnership

Wallingford’s Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership with HSP Gripen of Sweden, one of the largest global manufacturers of forestry, construction, and terminal grapples.

Wallingford’s Inc., with headquarters in Oakland, Me. has distribution facilities in New Hampshire, Oregon, Quebec, and Alberta. Founded in 1975, Wallingford’s is the largest wholesale distributor of logging supplies in North America. In December 2021 Wallingford’s, Inc. became a member of the pewag Group, a leading global company in traction devices and industrial chain solutions—founded in 1479 and headquartered in Austria.

Chip Wallingford, President of Wallingford’s Inc. states, “We are very excited about this new relationship with HSP Gripen and look forward to adding this high-quality line of grapples to our product portfolio.”

In 1994, one of Sweden’s many machine operators grew tired of the poor offering and mediocre quality of grapples and decided to start developing and manufacturing his own brand. He had an idea of what was required from a grapple for it to work efficiently and last a long time. Today, HSP Gripen is one of the leading companies within the grapple manufacturing sector. All HSP Gripen production is done in Hudiksvall, Sweden. The unique shape of the claws improves timber handling, while the twin cylinders provide low and even shaft loading—meaning less wear—and the high strength steel are just some of the excellent features you get when choosing a grapple tool from Gripen.

“We are happy and proud to become a trusted part of Wallingford’s network in the North American market,” says Tomas Jonsson, owner of HSP Gripen. Gripen is already an established brand in the forestry sector in the Swedish and Nordic markets.

“HSP Gripen has just launched a new five-year plan where the company will double its sales volume by 2028. This includes, in addition to a couple of new products, growing our business outside our home markets. We are very much looking forward to the new collaboration,” says Maria Flöjt, newly appointed CEO, HSP Gripen.


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