Wiggins Lift at the Breakbulk Americas Show in Houston

Wiggins Lift at the Breakbulk Americas Show in Houston

Wiggins Lift at the Breakbulk Americas Show in Houston

Breakbulk Americas Show 2017 was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, on October 17-19. Breakbulk Americas is the largest exhibition of its kind in the Americas, bringing top-tier shippers together with breakbulk and project cargo service providers.

Exhibitors and sponsors include specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/ terminals, logistics providers, road, rail, barge and air transportation, export packers, equipment companies and more. Hear from industry experts during the conference sessions, which are held on the exhibition floor.

Wiggins Lift shared a booth with MYMIC Technologies and XL Lifts, where our displayed showed one of the two 60k @ 48″ LC trucks delivered in 2016 to SSA Port of Stockton. These lifts had a custom rebar attachment for handling 40′ and 60′ pieces of rebar. SSA liked these trucks so much, they placed an order for two 33K @ 24″ LC forklifts.

As seen on the display above, what sets Wiggins apart from others is custom design: we can make anything you need with any attachment. Our trucks are high quality,  last longer than our competitors, and we provide short lead times (we 3-4 months, not the 8-10 months of our competitors).

Come see Keystone Point Marina’s new Wiggins Marina Bull—a work of art!

Come see Keystone Point Marina’s new Wiggins Marina Bull—a work of art!

Trish Hamilton, owner of North Miami’s Keystone Point Marina, reports that the marina is “…taking delivery of a brand new, beautiful Wiggins forklift on the opening day of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Many marinas paint their forklift equipment to blend with the property colors—we’ve decided to take it a step further with custom-designed artwork by marine industry artist Hugo Cardonne.

Hamilton explained, “Since FLIBS draws such an international crowd we thought it would be the perfect venue to present a trendy, fun design for a piece of equipment that is an industry mainstay. It’s not just a forklift—it’s a moving work of art!

The new Marina Bull™ forklift will be showcased at the Wiggins Lift Company booth all week. On Thursday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m. there will be an official unveiling, with a naming ceremony and cocktail reception at the FLIBS, Worldwide Forklift booth number 1030. ALL PRESS AND MARINE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

“The folks at Wiggins make the planning and purchasing of a new marine forklift really easy,” added Hamilton. “The engineers at Wiggins Lift Company have designed a powerful piece of equipment that fits our customers’ boat types, with some room to grow our larger boat-owner customer base. This is the sixth forklift we have purchased from Wiggins, and we want to have some fun with the process of taking delivery.”

Wiggins Marina Bull—Longevity in Action at Belle Maer Harbor Marina

Wiggins Marina Bull—Longevity in Action at Belle Maer Harbor Marina

How long should a marina lift last? They work in pretty tough environments: from freezing to hot temperatures, in fresh and salt water, lifting and moving heavy and uneven loads, and just the general wear and tear of heavy machinery.

Wiggins lifts are known for their durability and longevity in the field, even in the toughest environments. How about Harrison Township in Michigan? Our friends at Belle Maer Harbor Marina know this all too well—and that’s why they have been using the same Wiggins Marina Bull since 1990—twenty-seven years on the job!

The Marina Bull is a 15K Marina Bull. Check out the Wiggins classic logo on the back!

This Marina Bull has worked every day since 1990. It was recently repainted, and looking great! This lift has been working in the field almost longer than anyone else has been making marina forklifts!

Here’s a picture of the 1990 Marina Bull (right) next to their 2004 Marina Bull (left).

This is another reason why Wiggins is the world leader in the dry storage boat handling equipment industry. Wiggins can custom design what you need for your marina. We design and manufacture our trucks to meet each customer’s unique environment and needs. This makes each Marina Bull particularly suited to the job it will perform, which means better performance and—as Belle Maer Harbor Marina knows—impressive durability.

Wiggins builds machines to order, meaning you get what you need for your application, not some generalized lift that may or may not meet your needs. If you’re in need of a marina forklift, give us a call, and we’ll show you exactly what we mean.

Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey…

Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey…

All of us at Wiggins Lift send our thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We have many friends and customers who are dealing with its aftermath. So many are in need of resources and manpower, and will continue to be in need for a long time.

Beware of scams (there are many) that prey on good-hearted people. Always research aid organizations who accept funds and goods. Or simply stay with the tried-and-true. Here are a few we like:

In today’s culture, there are many forces that seek to divide us over political and social topics. But Texans have shown us that we are all one big family when it comes to what matters—food, shelter, safety, family, friends, community, and faith.

CEO Michele McDowell in American Journal of Transportation

CEO Michele McDowell in American Journal of Transportation

Wiggins Lift and CEO Michele McDowell in the American Journal of Transportation

Wiggins Lift Co., Inc. and Michele Wiggins-McDowell was recently featured in an article in the American Journal of Transportation. The article highlights Wiggins’ use of the latest technology for safety, durability, efficiently, environment-friendliness, and strength. Noting that Michele may be the first female CEO of a forklift design and manufacturing company, the article continues:

 

As the third-generation Wiggins to become the chief executive officer of the leading manufacturer of marina forklifts in the world, Michele will tell you that her blood lines may have provided the connection, but her qualifications for the job are a result of learning the forklift business from the bottom up.  She began working at the Wiggins factory in Oxnard, California at age fourteen.

Michele is the daughter of second generation Wiggins CEO Mike Wiggins, and granddaughter of company’s founder Mel Wiggins. She began her career running parts, working as head janitor, office assistant and lead go-for. After a four-year separation to attend college at Abilene Christian University, Michele returned to the factory as director of purchasing and then chief financial officer before taking the helm after father Mike Wiggins stepped down. Mike still works and has assumed the title of president of the company.

Wiggins is the world’s leading manufacturer of marina forklifts, shipping product throughout the globe. They have designed the world’s largest marina trucks, used to lift yachts from the water, transport them back to boat storage facilities and insert them into their multi-level slots. Wiggins has also produced forklifts for the agricultural fields of California, for the U.S. military, for nuclear power plants and specialty lift trucks for the marine terminal industry…

To read the full article, visit AJOT.

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