1952 Collins Associates Inc. founded by Arden “Art” Collins as the truck equipment industry’s first manufacturer’s representative agency.
1957 Moved to Glenmore office building. Added full staff for advertising and direct mail services.
1962 Acquired R.P. Hummel Distributing Co. in Cincinnati, OH for retail distribution of truck equipment.
1964 Art Collins formed the Truck Equipment & Body Distributors Association, which later became the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).
1967 Changed name of RPH to Collins Truck Equipment and added second location in Lexington, KY.
1970 Expanded Collins Truck and moved to new building in Sharonville, OH.
1978 Ron and Larry Collins assume ownership from their father, Art Collins.
1979 Expanded C/A rep business and acquired new, larger office building on Montana Ave.
1979 Acquired Gaynon Truck Equipment in Jacksonville, FL.
1979 Acquired Venco Liftgates from Santa Anita Mfg. in CA.
1981 Developed the full line of Venco VP and VC scissors dump hoists for pickups, flatbeds and dump bodies.
1981 Moved Venco Mfg. to Gaynon Truck Equipment facility in Jacksonville, FL.
1983 Sold Collins Truck Equipment to Kaffenbarger Truck Equipment Co.
1984 Developed Venco patient lifts for Ellis and Watts CAT scan mobile vans.
1985 Developed the Venco Railgate.
1986 Developed the Venco SH side loader and later sold to Waltco Lift. Corp.
1989 Acquired Santa Anita Mfg. and the Venturo electric crane line.
1994 Built new plant and moved Venturo to present location on Best Place in Cincinnati, OH.
1994 Brett Collins, Ron’s son, and Scott Collins, Larry’s son, join the business.
1994 Ron Collins elected to the NTEA Board of Trustees and served 6 years.
1997 Developed the Venturo HT hydraulic crane line.
1997 Changed name of Santa Anita Mfg. to Venturo Mfg., Inc.
1998 Implemented Solidworks 3D modeling software.
1998 Implemented Kan Ban JIT inventory management system.
1999 Formed distribution agreement with Signature Truck Systems of Clio, MI., establishing an early and dominant presence in the propane truck market.
1999 Formed Ferrari North America partnership to distribute Ferrari Italian-made articulating cranes in the U.S.
2000 Developed the Venturo crane body line in partnership with Phenix Enterprises of Pomona, CA.
2004 Added overhead paint conveyor line and drying oven.
2006 Added hex boom manufacturing capability with automated seam welder.
2007 Formed Venturo Installation Center and hired Dave Foster. Launched new line of Venturo WorkForce crane service trucks.
2008 Closed Venco Jacksonville plant and moved manufacturing to Cincinnati, OH.
2009 Redesigned the entire line of Venturo ET electric cranes.
2010 Brett Collins elected to the NTEA Board of Trustees for a four-year term.
2010 Brett Collins appointed as President of Collins Associates/Venco/Venturo.
2010 Scott Collins appointed as Vice President of Operations.
2011 Developed and implemented the Venturo Rugged. Reliable. Real. brand marketing plan.
2011 Implemented Workwise ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software.
2012 Formed VTS Crane Training Services as industry’s first manufacturer providing OSHA compliant operator training.
2012 Expanded the manufacturing facility on Best Place in Cincinnati, OH by 30%.
2013 Brett Collins, Dave Foster and Mike Strittholt purchase Venco/Venturo Manufacturing, Inc.
2013 Company’s name changes to Venco Venturo Industries LLC.
2014 Ian Lahmer elected to the NTEA GenerationNEXT Board of Governors to a three-year term.
2014 Brett Collins joins the TSCMG (Telescopic Service Crane Manufacturers Group) with the NTEA.
2015 Brett Collins named Vice-Chairmen of the TSCMG (Telescopic Service Crane Manufacturers Group).
2016 Brett Collins named Chairmen of the TSCMG (Telescopic Service Crane Manufacturers Group).
2016 Dave Foster named Chairman of the NCCCO STWG (Service Truck Work Group).
2016 Venco Venturo launches new Van Crane product line which introduces the VC1000 and VC500FB Van Cranes.
2016 Expanded the production facility by 6,000 sq ft.