History


Visionary. Innovative. Forward thinking. Words and phrases that many associate with leading-edge companies that revolutionize their chosen markets. In 1954, the Louis A. Grant Company epitomized the definition of vision and innovation. The steel industry, at this time in its development and as a direct result of existing technology, utilized significant manual labor to perform many of the daily tasks necessary to produce molten iron and steel. Inherent with performing hand labor in this type of environment, exposure to potentially dangerous work tasks challenged steelworkers on a daily basis. The industry began to respond somewhat regarding safety in the 1950s – Steelworkers negotiated for a concept called “safety relief,” in which workers had the right to refuse a job if they deemed it unsafe. Unfortunately, this did little to improve overall safety, and thus something else was needed to facilitate work tasks and improve worker safety.

Enter the Louis A. Grant Company. Over 60 years ago, a request to look at work in an open-hearth facility led to the recognition that there was a better way to perform refractory demolition via the use of mobile track machines.
One of the earliest machines built by LA Grant was the “Grant-O-Matic”. The immediate success of this equipment in improving steel industry safety and productivity resulted in strong demand for additional units. Throughout the industry, iron and steel producers dubbed the equipment as “LG Machine”, a moniker that has stuck with our track-mounted machines to this day. LG Machines eventually became indispensable to blast furnace and steel producing facilities, and it was rare to visit one of these plants where LA Grant track-mounted equipment was not present and an essential part of the production process.

During the 1960s, a worthy competitor surfaced in the Keibler-Thompson Company. Adept at developing equipment for refractory demolition applications both within and outside of the steel industry, a healthy rivalry developed that pushed both companies to continue to innovate. Resultant expansion to markets outside of steel proved beneficial. The expertise developed over years of designing and building equipment for the steel industry provided opportunities to improve worker safety and process vessel turnaround in multiple industries and market segments. As a result, automated refractory demolition and scale removal penetrated market sectors such as ferrous and nonferrous metals, cement/lime, fertilizers, chemical and petrochemical, specialized demolition, and many others.

In 2000, Louis A. Grant Inc. acquired Keibler-Thompson and in 2007 KT-Grant Inc. was founded. Today, we continue to innovate and are the industry leaders in providing fully operated equipment rentals, as well as new equipment sales, to all refractory consuming industries. We have also expanded our capabilities to serve customers in markets and applications beyond the refractory consuming industries. This has been accomplished via our many years of experience in specialty equipment engineering and design, for work in the most difficult of environments. Customers call on KT-Grant Inc. to solve process issues and improve employee safety. Our current global footprint includes over 30 countries where our technology is improving customer equipment availability, process efficiency, process yield, and most importantly overall facility safety.