RH Brown is a fourth-generation family-owned business with offices in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1911, as Washington Cycle and Supply Co. in Tacoma, WA by Richard H. Brown, the company primarily sold bicycles and miscellaneous industrial equipment.
Years later, a partnership between Stan Larsen and Richard H. Brown was established and the name changed from Washington Cycle and Supply Co. to RH Brown Company to better represent the wide variety of industrial supplies and material handling equipment offered by the company. Soon after, Stan's son Richard Larsen joined the business.
In 2006, R. Scott Larsen, grandson of Stan Larsen and son of Richard Larsen, took the helm becoming the fourth-generation to lead RH Brown. In 2021, RH Brown celebrated its 110th anniversary year and in November 2021, announced a partnership with Bastian Solutions, a Toyota Advanced Logistics company.
RH Brown is a premier provider of material handling solutions in the Pacific Northwest and
beyond. When your business needs material handling equipment or advanced material handling
solutions, we'd appreciate the opportunity to learn more and see how we can help you meet your
goals. Please email us or call us today at 1-800-426-9806 to find out how RH Brown can serve your material
To provide material handling solutions and services that add value to our customer's business and exceed their expectations.
To provide an environment that fosters communication, opportunity, respect, education and reward for our employees.
To generate consistent equity appreciation for long term growth.
RH Brown is a proud member of MHEDA, the Material Handling Equipment Distributor Association, and recipient of the MHEDA Most Valuable Partner designation for eleven consecutive years.
The vision of the Material Handling Equipment Distributor Association (MHEDA) Most Valuable Partner (MVP) designation is to recognize distributors who have achieved, through documented processes; performance excellence in customer service, supplier relationships, employee training, and community involvement.
By working with a MHEDA member, you're assured that you're buying from one of the best material handling distributors. MHEDA member companies are considered the "gold standard" within the material handling industry.
RH Brown President, R. Scott Larsen, has served on the MHEDA board for four years, beginning in 2014. His Director position will concluded at the end of 2017.
"The ability for RH Brown to provide a software solution was a necessity at the rates we needed to process...and they were the right fit for us because their knowledge base."
Jon Alegria, President and Owner
CPC International Apple Co. Inc.
"It's RH Brown's reputation in our industry and this valley and that they've built their business on service and quality -- I built my business on service and quality to my customers and I look for that in my suppliers."
Peter Verbrugge, President and Owner
Sage Fruit Company
"Our system was handling 960 to 1000 cartons per hour and is now handling 1350 to 1500 carts per hour. We've reduced our shipping time by three to three-and-half hours per day."
Barbara Feathers, Manager of Distribution Operations (ret.)
Oregon Liquor Control Commission
"The company is Colson's most valuable distributor in the Northwest United States. In fact, RH Brown happens to be Colson's longest standing distributor with a partnership of over 93 years in the making. RH Brown is not only a valued and long-standing partner of Colson, but also an excellent vehicle in getting our products to market in the Northwest. The R.H. Brown team has also been instrumental in assisting in the design of caster and wheel products to comply with customer requests."
Don Laux, President & General Manager
"I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the RH Brown Company for their knowledge, experience, and quality customer service. Whether it's an equipment purchase or turnkey installation RH Brown has the expertise to propose options that will meet our throughput or budget requirements. RH Brown projects are on time and perform as promised. Most importantly there is a level of trust and confidence in RH Brown that you don't always get from an equipment supplier. It feels like RH Brown is as invested in the project as much as we are."
Jerry Danson, Sr. Manager Equip & Sys Engineering
Nintendo of America Inc.
"RH Brown continues to be a highly valued partner to us due to their approach, knowledge, support and most importantly, people—absolutely meeting and exceeding our needs."
Martin Rask, Operations Manager
Last Updated: November 7, 2021