J.R. Merritt Controls




Our customers are at the center of what we do. With customized controls specifically designed to your application, our dedication to quality and our commitment to unmatched technical support, we ensure that you are covered from every axis.


A stringent focus on quality control in our U.S.-based, ISO certified manufacturing facility ensures the utmost accuracy and quality of all our joysticks and control solutions. Each joystick and chair system is manufactured and tested to withstand the harshest conditions and use.


Our US based manufacturing facility is located in Stratford, CT. Inside we house an expansive manufacturing floor with assembly line manufacturing for high volume production, as well as skilled operators who handcraft lower volume, highly customized controllers.


For over 35 years, J.R. Merritt Controls has been engineering and perfecting industrial controls The J.R. Merritt team encompasses a seasoned team of mechanical and electrical engineers with diverse backgrounds.


Headquartered in Stratford, CT, J.R. Merritt Controls sales and support network sprawls across North America. We strive to give our customers the best experience no matter their location and are ready to provide information and support to current and future clients throughout the continent.

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For over three decades, J.R. Merritt Controls has been a leading voice in the evolution of industrial control and human interface solutions, helping our customers experience heightened levels of machine operator productivity, comfort and safety.

J.R. Merritt was established in the mid 1980s as the exclusive North American licensee for Spohn & Burkhardt GmbH & Co., one of the original manufacturers of industrial switchgear. We staked our early reputation on a new breed of rugged, low-spring-force joysticks for the metals industry and soon expanded our product line to include seating solutions. This allowed us to offer a complete adjustable, turnkey solution - and custom fit - to steel mill operators across the Americas.

In the mid 1990s, J.R. Merritt applied the same mill-duty design principles to a new line of cost-effective, durable joysticks specifically for the mobile equipment market. Today, every controller we build is as unique as its application and operator. From the handle to the output technology, we partner with our customers to identify and engineer the controls that will meet and exceed the needs of their application. We're proud of the fact that our customers consider our engineers and technical staff to be an extension of their own team.

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary, J.R. Merritt would like to thank the customers, suppliers and partners that continue to make this such an exciting, rewarding journey. We pledge to remain dedicated to providing innovative application solutions and products of unmatched quality and durability. Among the advancements that we are excited to share this year is our new crane simulator station, which allows operators to virtually practice with our equipment in simulated real-world scenarios.


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