The Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company was founded on December 9, 1868 by Linus Yale, Jr. and Henry R. Towne in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its industry was locks and its headquarters were in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1868-1869), Stamford, Connecticut (1869-1948) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1948-1966).
In 1894, the company sold its crane department to the Brown Hoisting Machinery Company. In 1963, the firm was acquired by the Eaton Manufacturing Company and operated as a division. It was merged into Eaton in 1966, which became Eaton, Yale & Towne, Inc.
In 1984 the operation was reformed as Yale Materials Handling Corporation.
- Buffalo, New York (1946-1949)
- Gallatin, Tennessee
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Stamford, Connecticut (1869-1959)
- Canadian Yale & Towne Ltd. (St. Catharines, Ontario)
- Norton Door Closer Company
- Yale Lock Manufacturing Company (1868-1883)
- Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company (1883-1963)
- Yale & Towne, Inc. (1963-1966)
- "Blount" Door Checks
- "Triplex" Chain Blocks
- "Yale" Cylinder Latches
- "Yale" Cylinder Locks
- "Yale" Door Checks
- "Yale" Padlocks
- "Zephyr" Elevating Hand Trucks