Wiggins Lift Co., Inc., know for innovatyion, has been awarded a Top-10 New Product Winner at the 2019 World Ag Expo in Tulare, California.
The eBull is a large capacity, lithium electric forklift. Designed and manufactured by Wiggins Lift Co, Inc., it is the industry’s first commercialized large capacity lithium electric forklift for the agricutlure industry manufactured exclusively in the United States. The eBull uses fast charging lithium-ion batteries, and is the first high-capacity zero emissions forklifts to run continuous shifts. Downtime is minimal with built-in onboard Level 1 and 2 charging, and optional DC quick charge option.
With capacities ranging from 30,000 to 88,000 lbs., it is designed to utilize 12- and 14-pallet attachments in the produce industry. The new large capacity lithium electric forklift.
About the WORLD AG EXPO®. The largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, World Ag Expo® boasts more than 1,500 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. In 2018, 106,700 people came from 49 states and 63 countries to attend the 51st World Ag Expo®.
We are sad to announce that. Hattie America Wiggins passed away at the age of 98 on November 22, 2018, at her home in Oxnard, California. She and her husband, Melvin Wiggins, founded Wiggins Lift Co., Inc. in 1960. Mel passed away on November 24, 1989.
Hattie was born on October 14, 1920, in Ada, Oklahoma. She married Melvin Wiggins in 1935. They lived in Oklahoma and Texas before following the Great Migration to California. After living in Newhall, Hawthorne, and Ojai, they settled in Oxnard and began Wiggins Lift Co., Inc., a heavy machinery manufacturing company, making forklifts for the agricultural industry. Wiggins Lift grew to provide innovative and customized forklifts to the marine, agriculture, military, yard, and mining industries. Mel passed away in 1989, and Hattie continued working at the company every day until this year.
She is survived by a son, Michael and his wife, Nancy; a daughter Darleen, and her husband, Paul. She has four grandchildren (Michele, Dana, Melissa, Michael) and eight great-grand-grandchildren (Micah, Cayman, Alexa, Maya, Grayson, Cody, Kennedy, Holland).
A memorial service will be held at the Ventura Church of Christ on Wednesday at 12:30 pm, followed by a burial at Ivy Lawn in Ventura. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the John Clayton’s Does God Exist program.
XL Lifts represents Wiggins — come see us both at BreakBulk Americas Show 2018!
Representing Wiggins Lift Co., Inc. as a dealer for Yard Bull and Marina Bull lines in the Western United States, XL Lifts brings a combination of technical expertise and relatability to your forklift needs. With over twenty years of experience in forklift sales (and with Wiggins lifts in particular), XL Lifts President Michael Marzahl knows the industry inside and out.
“Wiggins Lift Company is helping progressive companies take advantage of the next generation of electric forklift technology,” said Marzahl. “The first of its kind, the Wiggins Yard eBull will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sound pollution, while enabling industrial companies to do their jobs. I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting movement.”
“We are proud to have XL Lifts representing us in the marketplace,” said Wiggins’ Director of Sales, Micah McDowell. “XL Lifts brings a personal touch to each customer, something we relate to as a family business. This touch, coupled with a depth of knowledge about our products, allows XL Lifts to create lasting relationships with customers in each industry. Wiggins is excited about the opportunities for the future of this partnership.”
Besides extensive forklift knowledge, XL Lifts is well-versed in the grant funding process and works with state and local air pollution authorities on behalf of customers to help fund zero-emission initiatives.
XL Lifts will exhibit with Wiggins at Booth 1349 at this year’s BreakBulk Americas Conference in Houston on October 2-4. Stop by to say hello!
Wiggins Announces the First Zero-Emissions Large-Capacity Forklift: the eBull.
Oxnard, CA – Wiggins Lift Co. is excited to unveil the first commercially available zero emission large capacity forklift. With capacities ranging from 30,000 to 70,000 lbs, the Wiggins Yard eBull is fully electric and wholly manufactured in the United States. Wiggins Lift is a family-owned forklift manufacturer that has been operating in Southern California since the 1950s. The world leader in marina forklifts, Wiggins will display its first zero-emission industrial unit at the Breakbulk Americas Show in Houston on October 2-4.
Wiggins has partnered with battery supplier Thor Trucks, a fellow Southern California company, recently chosen by UPS to provide electric delivery trucks for field tests by the logistics giant. Thor provides batteries and electrification system integration, enabling Wiggins to reduce R&D effort and development time. “We’ve been innovators in the material handling field for over 50 years, so producing the first commercially available large capacity zero emission forklift in the industry was a logical next step for us,” says Micah McDowell, Wiggins’ Director of Sales.
Wiggins is using high voltage lithium-ion batteries, which are more resilient and longer lasting than the lead-acid batteries typically used on smaller warehouse forklifts.
With an estimated 6-month lead time, Wiggins will begin taking orders at the Breakbulk Show. Due to the higher costs associated with battery electric power, Wiggins has been working with state authorities on available grants designed to ease the financial burden of customers who purchase the electric forklifts. Many states have put such programs in place to incentivize operators to adopt zero emission material handling solutions. Many predict that advances in battery technology will significantly reduce costs of batteries within the next few years. Wiggins is also working on designs for a forklift that runs on hydrogen fuel cells, the technology, and infrastructure for which it estimates will be available in the next few years. Wiggins will build all of its battery-electric Yard eBulls with the capability the convert to hydrogen power in the field when that technology is available. For now, Wiggins will offer its entire product catalog in electric, including marina and industrial forklifts, tire handlers for mining, and other all-purpose and agricultural equipment.
Wiggins Lift invites you to see this technology for yourself at the Breakbulk Americas Show in Houston on October 2-4 at Booth 1349. With the first Wiggins Yard eBull on display, Wiggins will show you the advantages of zero-emission material handling and answer any questions you may have. Wiggins looks forward to seeing you there!
Wiggins Expands Our Partnership with Taylor and SSI as an Authorized Sales and Service Dealer for Marina Bull
In 2010, Wiggins Lift Co., Inc. partnered with Taylor Machine Works and Sudden Service, Inc. as an authorized Marina Bull sales and support dealer. Taylor has represented Wiggins admirably in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina for eight years.
The relationship between these two family-owned, family-oriented, built-in-America businesses has benefitted Wiggins, Taylor, SSI, and—most important—our customers.
This wonderful relationship made it clear to us that there was more we could do together. We are pleased to announce that Taylor and SSI are now the authorized service and sales dealers for the Wiggins Marina Bull in the following regions:
District of Columbia
British Virgin Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands
Trinidad and Tobago
This new era of cooperation between our two American, family-run companies will benefit the marina industry and their customers.
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’sSpirit 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.)