World Cargo News: Wiggins Chooses Volvo Penta

World Cargo News: Wiggins Chooses Volvo Penta

As we announced on our blog last year, we have adopted the Volvo Penta for Tier 4 Final-compliant machines. Our first unit was a Yard Bull for the Port Hueneme, California docks; the second was a Marina Bull at Bolton Landing marina in the Finger Lakes in New York state. Many more have followed since.

World Cargo News published an article on the adoption, with detailed background on the Penta engines, as well as some further information on Wiggins Lift’s success last year in the marina market and our ground-breaking Marina FLX.

Wiggins’ Bruce Farber Selected as ASME Engineer of the Year

Wiggins’ Bruce Farber Selected as ASME Engineer of the Year

Wiggins’ Bruce Farber Selected as
ASME Engineer of the Year

Wiggins Lift Co., Inc. was honored last year by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Channel Islands (ASME) for our innovative Marina FLX. This year, our own Bruce Farber has been named the ASME Engineer of the Year.

Bruce has been a vital part of the Wiggins’ team for almost twenty years as Technical Director at Wiggins Lift. He was recently promoted to Director of Business Development and Special Projects, making use of his expertise, experience, and intimate knowledge of Wiggins’ products to help customers make the best choice.

 

From the ASME release:

Bruce Farber stands out as not just as the ASME Mechanical Engineer of this Year, but his technical and professional achievements over the arc of his career span many areas of Mechanical Engineering. Bruce is a local product, having earned both his BS and MS Mechanical Engineering degrees from UCSB in 1979 and 1980, respectively. As an undergrad, he earned Highest Honors, Magna Cum Laude, and also resurrected the dormant ASME Student Chapter at UCSB. Over the 36 years of his professional career, Bruce has served as a member and officer of both ASME Channel Islands and California Society of Professional Engineers.Over 36 years, Bruce has demonstrated his technical skills and leadership, from Lab Assistant to Engineering Director, from the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory in Port Hueneme to Oceaneering Technologies to the present day at Wiggins Lift Company in Oxnard. Along the way, he has earned 9 patents –for the US Navy for seawater hydraulic diver tools, tennis racquet improvements to prevent tennis elbow, an exercise chair for paraplegics, and forklift safety technology. He analyzed and helped install the JAWS sharks in Florida and the first plastic wastewater outfall in California.

Key points of EOY’s career of accomplishments that merit recognition as EOY:

  1. Credentials include BS in Mechanical Engineering (1979) and MS in Mechanical Engineering (1980), both from UCSB; California Professional Engineer license in Mechanical Engineering.
  2. Progressive professional growth and technical achievement throughout his career, from Lab Technician to Engineering Director. Companies include Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory, Oceaneering Technologies, Allison Fitness, Hi-Temp Insulation, Proactive Technologies and Wiggins Lift Company. Recently he has taken a new position at Wiggins Lift as Director of Business Development and Special projects which allow him to combine his technical background with sales acumen.
  3. Holds 9 patents. 5 patents for the US Navy covers a seawater hydraulic tool system for divers, 2 patents cover improvements for tennis racquets to prevent tennis elbow. 1 patent for an exercise chair for paraplegics. 1 patent in forklift technology for enhanced stability control.
  4. Active member of ASME for 39 continuous years, from 1978 as undergraduate student at UCSB who helped re-establish the ASME UCSB Student Chapter to the present as member of ASME Channel Islands Section where he has held various leadership positions (including Chair) over the years. Also a member and officer of California Society of Professional Engineers where he also served as officer several times.

Congratulations to Bruce and our gratitude for his excellent work over the years! We are proud that you are part of the Wiggins’ team!

Welding Class Field Trip!

Welding Class Field Trip!

Welding Class Field Trip!

We were privileged to have the Channel Islands High School welding class for a visit Wiggins Lift!

Joe, Paul, and some others from our team took them on a tour of the facility, discussed our operations, watched some of the welders work, and got to talk with them all about our work. Thanks to their teacher, Jonathan Throckmorton, for helping set up the field trip. We enjoyed having this bright group of students, and wish them all the best in the future!

Beat Rising ObamaCare Costs—Lock in a 2016 Price

Beat Rising ObamaCare Costs—Lock in a 2016 Price

Lock in a 2016 Price and Beat the Rising ObamaCare Costs

A little incentive to ease the pain of rising costs!

Part of running a business means controlling costs. While cost-savings decisions are often available, sometimes the costs are out of our control.

Like many of you, our insurance premiums have increased for the second year in a row as a result of the Affordable Car Act. Once again, they have doubled, resulting in a 400% increase in just 24 months! While there may be relief in the future, it will take some time.

Wiggins refuses to compromise the safety, quality, and longevity of our products (which is unequaled in the industry). Because of these significant increases, it appears we will have to raise our prices in 2017.

However, we have some good news. If you are planning on purchasing a lift in 2017, place your order and deposit before December 31, 2016. You tell us when you want your lift delivered any time in 2017, but you’ll get it for the 2016 price!

Place your order now!

Our thoughts to those affected by Hurricane Matthew

Our thoughts to those affected by Hurricane Matthew

Our hearts and prayers to all of those affected by Hurrican Matthew. Even though the storm has passed, the rainfall and flooding mean there may be more consequences to come.

We hope that everyone’s family, friends, communities, and businesses are safe and that recovery is fast.

All the best from all of us at Wiggins Lift Company.

Buy a Wiggins Lift this Year, Get a Big Deduction!

Buy a Wiggins Lift this Year, Get a Big Deduction!

Buy a Wiggins Lift This Year, Get a Big Deduction!

A new federal tax law allows up to $500,000 in one year.

A change in the U.S. Tax Law now allows you to take the full deduction in one year of a new purchase. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015″ (PATH Act, 26 U.S.C. § 179) was signed into law last December and is in effect for the 2016 tax season.

This means that if you buy a Wiggins Lift this year, you can claim the full depreciation on this year’s taxes, instead of over the lift’s lifetime. This can result in a significant tax savings.

The law allows a full deduction for long-term, personal property purchase that you use in your business at least 50% of the time. The aggregate cost of all items deducted cannot exceed $500,000. There are other restrictions, as the law is intended to help small business (but there are provisions for larger business, too!) As always, check with your tax experts!

Get your order in now to make sure your lift is built and delivered in 2016 so you can take the deduction!

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