CEO Michele McDowell wins Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award

CEO Michele Wiggins-McDowell wins the
Spirit of Entrepreneurship 2018 Award

Michele Wiggins-McDowell, CEO of Wiggins Lift Co., Inc., has won the award for Wholesale/Manufacturing/Trade from the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation for 2018. She was one of three finalists named last month.

The award was presented at a dinner at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort in Santa Barbara, California on May 4, 2018. Michele was presented with a beautiful Tiffany award crystal.

We at Wiggins Lift know how much you deserved this award! Congratulations!

(The SOE Foundation’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards recognize the contributions of outstanding women entrepreneurs to the economies of Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties, and also support future economic growth through the recognition, financial support, and education of student entrepreneurs.)

A customer praises the Wiggins Marina Bull FLX

A customer praises the Wiggins Marina Bull FLX

A guest post from Russell Higginson, the General Manager of The Boathouse Marina in Freemantle, Western Australia.

My name is Russell Higginson, and I have been in the marine business lifting and storing boats in Fremantle, Western Australia, for 30 years.

I first used a Wiggins Marina Bull in the early 1990s and, boy, was I impressed! Because of how easy they are to use, and the peace of mind offered by the Stabilift™, system, I have been using Wiggins machines exclusively at the many marina and storage facilities that I’ve been involved with ever since!

About six years ago, I saw a CGI video on the internet of the Wiggins Marina Bull FLX. I said to myself “Wow, I want one!!” After a few meetings with owners of The Boathouse Marina in Fremantle, everyone saw the potential of this revolutionary machine. We decided that we would be the first to use it, here at our dry storage facility.

This piece of engineering brilliance was a bit daunting at first. We asked ourselves “Will it be fast enough? Is it too big? Can we get parts if needed?” But after the first month of training on the FLX, we were off and running.

 

Three years later and over 10,000 boats launched and retrieved, the machine has exceeded our expectations. So much so that we are purchasing another machine to keep up with our expansion. Whenever we’ve had issues, Wiggins has stood behind their product 100%, and they never fail to assist when neede—day or night. 

Another major plus is that the FLX helps prevent damage to boats, whether it be the gunwale rubbing on the side of the rack or the nav lights being snapped off at the lower rack—the fact you can “rise above the top of the boat” is awesome!  Once you are lined up at the rack, there is no deviation—it traverses straight. The FLX has allowed me to cut my budget for damages to boats by as much as  95%!

It comes down to the fact that you can lift bigger boats in a smaller area. The increased stability offered by the unique amd award-winning design means that the big boats can be lifted to a top rack, middle rack, or lower rack. It doesn’t matter. We routinely lift 60 boats in an eight-hour day without a single problem.

Would I recommend the FLX? Yes, yes, and yes!

Want more information on the FLX? Visit the webpage here, or contact us at the email address or phone number below.

Join us at the Miami International Boat Show!

Join us at the Miami International Boat Show!

Join us this week at the Miami International Boat Show! 

Thursday to Monday, Feb 15-19, 2018
Miami Marina Stadium Park and Basin

Stop by Booth E416 and say hello. We’ll have reps from Sales, Engineering, Production on hand, as well as CEO Michele McDowell and President Mike Wiggins. Our Taylor SSI reps are also there, sharing the booth with us.

Don’t forget to join us for a cocktail reception at CG Marina, too! Saturday night, 6-9pm.

 

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.”

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