JR Merritt


The industry standard for joysticks and chair systems.

Since the mid-1980s, J.R. Merritt Controls has been engineering and manufacturing control solutions for the steel industry. With superior quality and robust construction, the J.R. Merritt range of custom-configured joysticks and operator chair systems quickly became the industry standard on cranes and machinery in mills across the nation. This unparalleled rugged-ability perfectly complement the high duty cycle operations of the cranes and general operations typically found in mills.

With an array of options and customization, each chair system range offers crane operators a multitude of adjustment capabilities to help optimize comfort and reduce stressful seating positions for operators of all statures.

From the handle to the output technology we partner with our customers to identify and design control solutions that meet and exceed the needs of their application. Single axis, multi-axis, and complete operator chair systems are available that can be custom configured to a range of steel mill and paper mill machinery, including overhead cranes, gantry cranes, foundry cranes, portal cranes, crucible cranes, crucible carriers, and more.


  • Overhead Cranes
  • Crucible Cranes
  • Crucible Carriers
  • Ladle Cranes
  • Tundish Cranes
  • Foundry Crane
  • And more

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Why J.R. Merritt Controls?

Unmatched Quality & Reliability

Whether your duty cycle is high or your operators are heavy-handed, J.R. Merritt's joysticks are manufactured and tested to withstand the harshest conditions and use. 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 controllers.

Fully Customized to Your Requirements

Every joystick 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. When working with us, consider our engineers and technical staff an extension of your own team.

Engineering Support

We go far beyond simply supplying controllers and chair systems for your machinery. Our engineering and design teams will work closely with you from concept through installation; thus becoming an extension of your development staff. With manufacturing, engineering and service based in the U.S., we are only a phone call away to provide support throughout the life of your equipment and operation.

Made in the USA
Over 35 Years Experience
Certification Iso

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Helpful Resources & Tools

Crane manufacturers, crane service providers, and mill staff encounter a variety of challenges when defining and choosing a joystick or control system for their machinery. To assist with this process and with general maintenance, we've released the below articles.

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