A History of Excellence

Founder, Charles H. Hodges; and one of the original company utility vehicles

Charles H. Hodges & Son, Inc. was founded in Baltimore, MD in 1934 by Charles H. Hodges Sr. as a business dedicated to supplying and servicing material handling equipment in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia. We specialize in loading dock equipment, highspeed, traffic, and cold storage doors, conveyor systems, and freight lifts.

The Hodges family has been involved with the loading dock industry since the first dockleveler was invented and manufactured by Gary Kelley back in the 1950's. In fact, Charles H. Hodges & Son installed the first dockleveler on the East Coast in Baltimore in 1954. As the dockleveler industry has grown, we have been involved in the evolution of the equipment. Charles H. Hodges III invented and patented the airbag dockleveler which has become the number one selling push-button leveler in the world.

Charles H. Hodges III featured in Baltimore Sun for having installed over 14,000 Dock Lifts

Coming into the 21st century, one of our main focuses has been to stay up to date with current technology. We make it our duty to educate our customers on the latest and greatest technological advancements. This helps to ensure that our customers operate at peak efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Patents & Timeline

  • 1934 | Charles H. Hodges Sr. founds the company
  • 1944 | Relocates to 2415 Maryland Ave.
  • 1955 | Teamed up with the Kelley Company to distribute and install dock equipment
  • 1980 | Teamed up with Pflow industries to sell and install VRC's
  • 1995 | Charles H. Hodges III patented the air bag dockleveler
Patent #: 5,471,693 Patent #: 5,500,968 Click Images to Enlarge