In the late 1950’s, on the fertile Oxnard Plain in California, Mel Wiggins had an idea for a machine which would increase the efficiency of agricultural companies and the workers. His innovation, focus on the customers’ needs, and the quality of production made his idea successful. Wiggins Lift Company was born. Building upon those ideas, Wiggins did the same for the construction industry. Within a few decades, the expanded into other areas and became a global supplier of high-capacity material-handling machines.
Today, we design and produce some of the world’s most unusual material handling equipment for operation in some of the world’s most challenging conditions. Wiggins Lift is the world leader in boat-handling for dry-stack marina storage. We produce material handling machines for military applications, designed for full operation in heavy seas on board the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship. Other machines provide unique solutions for mining organizations, construction and material-handling applications, and agricultural enterprises. Some of our customers are government agencies, such as the Atomic Energy of Canada and the USA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We also manufacture and repair hydraulic cylinders for a wide variety of applications, such as for the massive lighting towers for outdoor entertainment.
Led by CEO Michele Wiggins-McDowell (the founder’s granddaughter), the company has a strong reputation for robust and exceptional machines. The craftsmen and designers (some who have been with company over 25 years) use the latest computer-assisted engineering, manufacturing, and planning tools to produce machines tailored to the needs of each customer, at price points that challenge standard assembly line units. Some of these solutions have led to breakthrough technologies, such as uniquely modified steer axles and Wiggins’ patented Stability Control™ and Stable Lift™ technologies.