About Us

Serving the Material Handling, Heavy Equipment, Forestry, Mining and Railway industries.

The Berns Company was founded by George Berns in 1955. George’s son Steve Berns, now 60, grew up in the industrial surplus business and has been at Berns since the 1970’s. Remaining in Long Beach, he attended California State University Long Beach receiving a degree in business. Steve is the President of The Berns Company and BT Equipment Company Inc. 

During the 1950’s and 1960’s Berns’ primarily bought and sold new surplus from the United States Government. In the late 1960’s, The Berns Company purchased a gear manufacturing company and began manufacturing Drive Train Components for the material handling, construction, forestry, and mining industries. Over the last 64 years, the company has grown to six warehouses and one of the largest inventories of material handling replacement parts and components in the world. The Berns group of companies now employs 40 individuals. The Berns Company has become a major wholesale supplier to Original Equipment Manufacturers such as Clark Material Handling, Hyster, Yale, Tug Technologies and other OEM’s. 

Today, The Berns Company continues to be the largest material handling surplus buyer in the world. We continue to buy inventories daily. Inventory disposal management is key to helping our customers save money. Our surplus inventory is currently over 500,000 line items. This large inventory offers our customers very deep discounts, while our sales staff is friendly and has the technical expertise required to fill all your company’s needs.

The Berns Company is conveniently located in Long Beach, California. Located in the Long Beach & Los Angeles harbor area offers air, ground, truck and sea freight forwarding same day to our customers around the world.

The staff at The Berns Company brings many years of experience to the customer. Steve has worked in every department and aspect of the business since he was a child. He has continued the company philosophy of developing and maintaining excellent relationships with many suppliers and vendors over the years.

Brett Berns is Chief Operating Officer and has also worked at Bern’s since he was a child. Brett is buying and selling good used forklifts, forklift attachments and (GSE) ground support equipment towing tractors. Brett graduated in 2017 from The University at Colorado Boulder (CU) obtaining a degree in business finance. Brett is now traveling the world visiting vendors and customers.  

Gary Kirpluk is The Berns Company’s specialist in drive- train components and parts. Gary was in the Navy and was a former parts manager at Toyota. Gary’s spent over 20 years with Berns.  He’s always on the move. Gary works off-site; however, he is always accessible by cell. He has a thorough knowledge of all drive axle, steering drive axle and brake components & parts from every supplier. If you need knowledgeable assistance for your Meritor / Rockwell /  AxleTech,  Dana-Spicer Off Highway, Clark, Clark /Hurth, Borg Warner, New Process, ZF, etc. don’t hesitate to give Gary a call. 

Jaime’ Guia is The Berns Company’s parts & used parts manager. Jaime started out dismantling forklifts over 26 years ago and has the hands-on knowledge to help you through even the toughest-to-understand problems with identification of parts for all makes of lift trucks.

Lewis Mangold has been with The Berns Company for over 25 years. Lewis is familiar with all aspects of the company. Lewis is a former M60 Gunner as well as a repelling and jungle expert with A Co. 1st. 504 ABN. INF based out of Fort Bragg North Carolina. At 64 Lewis received his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. If you have surplus components or parts that you want to sell or list on the Associated Inventory’s tab of our website, please call or contact Lewis.

The Berns Company’s tremendous inventory cuts across the board with its product line. Our coverage is amazing and goes from the “hard to find” through the obscure, to the most current. 

The Berns Company rebuilds and stocks transmissions, complete drive-axles, differentials, planetary assemblies, steering gears, steer axles, brake compressors, brake boosters, hydro-vacs,  hydraulic pumps, valves, power steering & tilt cylinders. Depending on the customer needs, The Berns Company can produce off the shelf parts or components or rebuild and return the customers unit. We see requirements primarily for all type of Forklifts and Airport towing tractors. However, it is not uncommon to see components for cranes, loaders and heavy duty trucks.

Replacement parts are the thrust of The Berns Company’s business. It makes up to 80% of all sales. Along with our new surplus and aftermarket replacements, The Berns Company is a warehouse distributor for 100 different original part manufacturers.

Customers around the world use The Berns Company to source their requirements. Service is our business and we are willing to source anything our customer needs. With our large inventory and experienced sales staff, “The Berns Company is one attractive place to shop, you should get to know us!”