Press Release - October 1, 2018 6:00AM EST
Commercially Available Electric Forklift Debuts at Breakbulk Americas Conference in Houston, Texas, Oct. 2-4, 2018
VENTURA, Calif., October 1, 2018 (Newswire.com) - XL Lifts, specializing in zero and low emissions forklifts and a Wiggins Lift dealer, today announced it is working with SSA Marine to launch a 36,000 lb. capacity zero-emissions electric forklift suitable for marine terminal and rail yard operations. SSA Pacific, a subsidiary of SSA Marine, has committed to deploying the newly announced Wiggins Yard eBull for its operations at The Port of Stockton facility.
Featuring a quick charge lithium battery, the innovative Wiggins Yard eBull offers high-performance and energy efficiency, features never possible in a large capacity forklift. The effort is part of the company’s mission to explore, evaluate and recommend energy transformation alternatives to reduce greenhouse gas emission and differentiate the ports and communities that SSA Marine serves.
“We are constantly evaluating our operations for opportunities to reduce emissions and we knew this technology was something that our team needed to be a part of,” said Joe Carrillo, SSA Pacific regional vice president of Northern California. “We started by deploying two 33,000 lb. Tier 4 final forklifts (highest emission standard in California currently for heavy duty equipment), which was a step in the right direction, but we wanted to do more.”
SSA Marine’s large capacity zero-emissions forklift initiative was solidified at last year’s Breakbulk Americas conference, where President of XL Lifts Mike Marzahl and SSA Pacific Regional Vice President of Northern California Joe Carrillo met over dinner. The idea was then brought to Wiggin’s Lift Company, who was able to bring the concept to fruition in less than a year. The company just announced its first commercialized, lithium battery large capacity forklift. Powered by Thor Trucks, the same innovators being used for UPS’ fleet of electric trucks, the new Wiggins electric forklifts are able to run continuously, without significant downtime.
“Wiggins has a history of innovative firsts and the new Wiggins Yard eBull is another example of why Wiggins is the leading provider of forklifts for marinas and will soon be in the industrial sector as well,” said Mike Marzahl, president of XL Lifts (a Wiggins dealer). “I am thrilled to be a part of the SSA Pacific green forklift initiative and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them.”
We are constantly evaluating our operations for opportunities to reduce emissions and we knew this technology was something that our team needed to be a part of. We started by deploying two 33,000 lb. Tier 4 final forklifts (highest emission standard in California currently for heavy duty equipment), which was a step in the right direction, but we wanted to do more.Joe Carrillo, SSA Pacific Regional Vice President of Northern California
The Wiggins Yard eBull is available now and will be showcased for the first time at the Breakbulk Americas Conference Oct. 2-4, 2018, in Houston, Texas, booth #1349. XL Lifts also works with companies to secure forklift grants to significantly reduce the cost of this modern technology. Contact XL Lifts for more information.
About XL Lifts
A family-owned business, XL Lifts specializes in zero and low emissions forklifts. XL Lifts also provides consulting, new and used forklifts and other equipment, parts and maintenance software to some of the biggest marinas, industrial ports and manufacturers worldwide such as SSA Marine at the Port of Stockton, Federal Marine Terminals, Ports of America and Marine Group Boatworks. XL Lifts’ forklift line includes diesels, rough terrains, LPG/dual fuel, electric and marina forklifts. More information about XL Lifts can be found at www.xlliftsinc.com.
About SSA Marine
With marine terminal and rail yard operations in more than 250 strategic locations around the world, SSA Marine is unmatched in skill, experience and productivity. We believe in making intentional investments in our people, places and practices that optimize customer service and efficiency at every handling point. It begins with our greatest assets: our employees. We provide proprietary training that raises job proficiency and fosters creative thinking. In turn, customers reap the benefits of a tenured, highly productive workforce that delivers shorter turn times, responsive service and the confidence that cargo is being handled with the greatest care and efficiency. We continually strive to improve and expand our operations – developing new marine, rail and ancillary services, as well as advancing technical innovations to streamline vessel throughput and reduce time in port.
By expanding our reach and capacity, modernizing our processes and developing our employees, we drive prosperity for our customers around the world. SSA Marine can be found at http://www.ssamarine.com/.
Aimee L. Quemuel