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Other makers Benches and Cabinets - Statistics and History - U.S.A.
When did these Work Stations first appear in Service Departments?
Our research uncovered this Balcrank ad for their Velvetizer "SERVICE SALESMAN" from a 1935 catalog. It is complete with; a pull-down locking door, workbench area light, custom ordered department lettering, power and lube outlets, and even a parts washer.
What would draw a dealership or garage to purchase Department Service Merchandisers?
To give your Service Department a clean and organized appearance. To offer the mechanics more efficiency and a dedicated work area, based on the task.
Heavy duty and modular to fit any desired configuration, these Work Stations added efficiency to any busy Service Area. All manufacturers delivered their Merchandisers enameled in White only.
You would have a choice of Ad Glass for a given specialty or Marquee signage that could be customized by department or dealer.
- Ads and units in use -
Images of the Merchandiser building process
Work Station Emblems through the years
John Bean Visualiner
Manufactured in Lansing Michigan, John Bean offered a steering service wall cabinet called the "Visualiner". It appears their were six different configurations / models. Years of manufacturing were from 1947 through the 50's. Typically these models measured 137 inches wide, 70 inches tall, and 16 inches deep