“Necessity is the mother of invention”
It’s an adage which we have heard since we were kids crawling through our fathers’ garages. It is also the story of the LiftGator.
The idea for the LiftGator came to be when Justin Russo, co-founder of LiftGator, was working as a fabricator in Goleta, CA. He needed a way to load welders, generators, and air-compressors into his truck, but wasn’t willing to cut the truck apart and weld a permanent liftgate in place. Justin felt that there was a better way, and began development of a liftgate which would fit in the truck’s hitch, being there only when he needed it.
Justin, a Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering student, started the company while still in college. From humble beginnings, building LiftGators in a family barn, LiftGator has grown to be a premier manufacturer of hitch mounted liftgates.
Today, LiftGators are manufactured in Mt. Pleasant, TX and sold throughout North America and Europe. Each unit is built by experienced fabricators from American made materials. High quality product standards have always been a focus, guaranteeing each LiftGator will hold up to real world abuse.
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A Brief Introduction to Our History
Every little step counts
First LiftGator Takes Life
Production Begins in a Barn in Bakersfield, CA
Tech Pitch Winner and Audience Choice Award
LiftGators Ship to Customers
Innovation Quest Winner
World Ag Expo Top 10 New Product of the Year
North American Trailer Dealers Association Top New Product of the Year
LiftGator moves operations to Mt. Pleasant, TX and greatly expands production capacity.
National Truck Equipment Association 2017 Innovation of the Year
Our Commitment Speaks for Itself.
Award Winning Manufacturing, Sales and Performance.
NTEA 2017 innovation of the Year
NATDA 2016 Top New Product of the Year
World AG Expo 2016
Top 10 New Product of the year
2016 Innovation quest winner
2015 Tech pitch winner & Audience choice award