Hilman Equipment Company was founded by Norman Hill. In the early days, Norman sold all kinds of rigging and transport equipment from the garage of his home in Sea Girt, NJ. His wife Jean ran the office, which was a desk located in the basement of their residence, often standing in a couple inches of water after a hard rainfall.
In the summer of 1966, the Hilman team moved into a brand new 2500 square foot building on Highway 34 in Wall Township, NJ. During the next fifteen years, several additions were made to the building until it occupied more than 24,000 square feet. One by one, operations were brought in house together with better equipment and modern machinery.
Hilman Rollers were used to make the lower grandstand portable at the Louisiana Superdome. The "Dome" was considered the architectural focal point of downtown New Orleans. It was one of the world's largest arenas. The two lower stands were moved on a total of (60) 100-ton capacity Hilman Rollers. The stands are moved up to 3 times a week as different events require different seating.
Hilman Rollers were used to create the transfer system utilized by San Francisco Municipal in the major restoration of their famous trolley cars. As the cars were brought off line, they were rolled down a ramp and transferred on a mobile cart.
Prior to its initial launch in 1986, NASA used standard Hilman FT Series Rollers to load the canister onto the transporter for the Hubble Space Telescope. A Swivel Locking Diamond top style was chosen for this project to change directions easily and maneuver in tight quarters.
Hilman designed unique two-piece carts with low-height swivel style Hilman Rollers attached enabling aircraft engines of various sizes to ride through assembly on imbedded rail tracks.
The historic and famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stood on the Atlantic Ocean for more than 100 years until it was threatened with destruction by an encroaching sea. To preserve the structure, it was decided to roll the lighthouse to a new resting place using 100-ton chain style rollers with Accu-roll guidance.
Hilman engineered and manufactured a 4800-metric ton Hilman Lift & Roll System that was installed as a permanent fixture aboard an offshore rig to reduce the friction when extending and retracting the cantilever beams.
Hilman designed and supplied (6) 100-ton electric powered motorized rollers and complete track system on a Melter Cart Bogey to be used at the Hanford Nuclear Vitrification Site. The site houses millions of gallons of radioactive and chemical waste that are byproduct of the national defense efforts during World War II and the Cold War era. During the vitrification process, the gases are processed, stabilized and poured into stainless steel canisters to cool and solidify which our rollers move in and out.
The Queensferry Crossing is now the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world spanning 1.7 miles. Hilman customized 300-metric ton chain style rollers with lateral guidance were used during the construction of the bridge on the six Erection Travellers (the gantries that lifted the sections of the deck) to launch them along track girders to the next lifting position.
Introducing the next evolution of Hilman, the TK-EVO, a cordless battery operated Traksporter, great for use on special flooring including clean rooms, healthcare facilities, microchip manufacturing plants and more.