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Snorkel manufactures aerial work platforms (AWP) for markets in Australia, New Zealand, and North and South America.

The company has been owned by variety of different companies and investors throughout its history. It is currently owned by The Tanfield Group, a U.K.-based company that manufactures AWPs and zero-emission electric vehicles. Tanfield also owns UpRight, Snorkel’s sister company, which serves the European, Asian, and African markets.

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[edit] History

Snorkel was founded in 1958 as Snorkel Fire Equipment Co. It introduced an elevating platform specifically designed for fire fighting and rescue work, which “set the standard” for aerial fire fighting equipment.[1]

In 1971 the company was sold to ATO Inc., which became Figgie International Inc. Six years after its acquisition, Snorkel entered the construction and industrial industries by developing the Snorklelift telescoping AWP. It consisted of an aluminum telescoping boom with modern hydraulic and electric systems.[2]

In 1988 Figgie decided to build on its AWP success by acquiring Economy Engineering Work Platforms, a leading manufacturer of self-propelled scissorlifts and ground entry vertical lift work platforms.[3]

Figgie then expanded Snorkel to include manufacturing facilities in Levin, New Zealand and sales and service offices in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. The company was beginning to develop a more “global manufacturing footprint.”[4]

In 1997 Snorkel became a part of OmniQuip International Inc. who decided to sell the fire and rescue apparatus product lines of Snorkel and focus all energy on AWP sales.[5]

In 2002 Snorkel was acquired by a group of private investors from OmniQuip. They decided to sell the company five years later to The Tanfield Group.[6]

[edit] The Company Today

Snorkel is currently owned and operated by The Tanfield Group.

George Fitchett is Snorkel’s vice president of sales; Dave Smith is its vice president of operations.

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[edit] References

  1. History. Snorkel, 2009-25-09.
  2. History. Snorkel, 2009-25-09.
  3. History. Snorkel, 2009-25-09.
  4. History. Snorkel, 2009-25-09.
  5. History. Snorkel, 2009-25-09.
  6. History. Snorkel, 2009-25-09.

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