JR Merritt

Wood & Paper

Ultra rugged and reliable controls for smooth operations.

J.R. Merritt Controls has been serving the control needs of wood and paper mills since the mid-1980s. With robust construction and superior quality, the J.R. Merritt range of custom-configured electric joysticks and operator chair systems perfectly complement high-duty cycle operations of cranes and general machinery in mills.

With a multitude of options and customization, Merritt operator chair systems have been designed with key features and adjustments that help to optimize operator comfort and boost productivity on mill equipment. Each model chair system offers multiple types of highly durable industrial seats that are available in cloth, velour, vinyl and leather upholstery - all designed to withstand the harshest of environments.

Single-axis controls, multi-axis joysticks, and complete chair systems are available that can be custom configured to a range of wood paper mill machinery, including overhead cranes, RTGs, RMGs, portal cranes, and more.


  • Overhead Cranes
  • Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes
  • Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes
  • Portal Cranes
  • 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. 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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