Wallingford’s Inc., the largest wholesale distributor of logging supplies in North America, proudly announces a significant milestone in its growth plan with a strategic partnership with HSP Gripen, one of Sweden’s leading manufacturers of forestry, construction, and terminal grapples. This collaboration marks a new chapter for both companies, as they join forces to enhance the availability of top-tier grapples in the North American market.

Founded in 1975, Wallingford’s Inc. has established itself as a key player in the logging supplies industry, with distribution facilities strategically located in Oakland, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, Quebec, and Alberta. The company has recently become a member of the Pewag Group, a global leader in traction devices and industrial chain solutions, headquartered in Austria. Chip Wallingford, President of Wallingford’s Inc., expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “We are very excited about this new relationship with HSP Gripen and look forward to adding this high-quality line of grapples to our product portfolio.”

HSP Gripen, founded in 1994 by a visionary machine operator in Sweden, has grown to become a prominent name in the grapple manufacturing sector. All production takes place in Hudiksvall, Sweden, utilizing the latest technology to ensure the highest quality grapples. The unique design features, including improved timber handling and twin cylinders for low and even shaft loading, set HSP Gripen apart in terms of efficiency and durability.

Tomas Jonsson, owner of HSP Gripen, expressed pride in becoming part of Wallingford’s network, stating, “We are happy and proud to become a trusted part of Wallingford’s network in the North American market. Gripen is already an established brand in the forestry sector in the Swedish and Nordic markets. With this collaboration, we see the potential to gear up and expand further together with Wallingford’s Inc.”

Maria Flöjt, the newly appointed CEO at HSP Gripen, outlined the company’s ambitious plans for the future, stating, “HSP Gripen has just launched a new 5-year plan where the company will double its sales volume by 2028. This includes, in addition to a couple of new products, growing our business outside our home markets, so this is completely in line with our business plan, and we are very much looking forward to the new collaboration.”

This partnership marks a significant step towards providing North American customers with access to cutting-edge grapple technology and reinforces Wallingford’s Inc. as a leader in the distribution of logging supplies. For more information, visit www.wallingfords.com, www.hsp.se/en, or call 1-800-323-3708.


Maria Flöjt
Incoming CEO
070-218 88 17

Tomas Jonsson
Owner, CEO during handover
070-634 66 50

Chip Wallingford
CEO Wallingfords