SOE Award Recipient

2018 • Wholesale, Manufacturing & Global Trade •


Michele McDowell

• Oxnard, CA •

Wiggins Lift Co.

"Build your team around people who demonstrate integrity, loyalty, and who fit well with the direction and goals. Even above skills—skills are much easier to learn and train for than integrity."

Michele's Bio...

Michele is the 3rd-generation CEO of Wiggins Lift Co. now a global manufacturer of forklifts originally founded by her grandfather in 1956. Wiggins lifts are shipped around the world and can be found working on the decks of Navy ships in rough seas, deep inside dark mining tunnels, handling nuclear waste in Canada, and transporting boats in marinas on lakes and oceans everywhere. She follows the slogan coined by her grandfather “Made for the owner, designed for the operator.”