Monthly Archives: August 2018

Former Service Intern Graduates Summa Cum Laude, Earns Accolades

Jace Ewing Graduates Summa Cum Laude

Pictured L to R: Mark McLarty, James Long, Jace Ewing, Ed Blackard, Danny Owens

Jace Ewing, a former Hugg & Hall Equipment Company (Hugg & Hall) service intern and Western Equipment Dealers Association technician trainee, recently graduated from the program with honors at the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. Ewing graduated at the top of his class earning the distinction of Summa Cum Laude and receiving the John Martin Outstanding Student Award (voted on by his peers) and the Western Equipment Dealers Association Outstanding Graduate accolade. 

Hugg & Hall proudly supports the advancement of training and education in service and trade skills. The Western Equipment Dealers Association Technician Training program provides an excellent example of a platfrom which equips students, and young people in particular, with desired and employable skills. Members of the Hugg & Hall service team attended Ewing’s graduation celebration, including: Mark McLarty, North Regional Director of Service, James Long, Product Support Sales Manager, Ed Blackard, Shop Foreperson and Danny Owens, Service Manager. 

The Hugg & Hall team feels honored to have hosted such a promising technician and wishes Ewing all the best in his future career. 

Learn more about the program in our prior article, here

Jace Ewing Graduates Summa Cum Laude

Jace Ewing

7 Best Safety Features to Add to Your Forklift Today

Forklift safety is vital to keeping your warehouse running smoothly. Here are seven forklift safety features to add to your warehouse! 

Orange Seatbelt

A simple orange seatbelt can help save lives! In the event of a forklift tip-over, a seatbelt can keep your operator from being crushed by the lift. 

When you install an orange, high-visibility seatbelt on your forklift, you’ll easily be able to see whether or not employees are wearing their seatbelt. 

An orange seatbelt can also remind operators to wear it, since it’s more noticeable and harder to ignore than a standard seatbelt. 


LED Lighting

LED lights can be easily installed in forklift cabs. They’re longer-lasting and brighter than traditional forklift lighting, which keeps the interior better-lit for your operators. 


Rear View Mirrors

A simple way to optimize forklift safety is to add rearview mirrors to forklift cabs. Greater visibility can lead to fewer accidents.


Blue/Red Light

While it’s important for your operators to be aware of your surroundings, it’s equally as important for the rest of your employees. Blue or red lights can alert your employees when a forklift is in motion.

These lights are ideal for high-volume areas, noisy workplaces, and areas with pedestrian traffic. Some lights even cast shadows alerting pedestrians that the machine is approaching.


Track Lighting

In addition to red/blue lights, track lighting illuminates forklift working areas. Clearly marked forklift work zones alert other workers about your forklift. 


Fire Extinguisher

Attachable fire extinguishers can be added to forklift cabs in the event of an emergency. 


Clear Cab

If your forklift ever operates outside, or is exposed to natural elements, a clear cab is a safer option than a standard cab. The clear cab protects forklifts from precipitation without sacrificing visibility. 


Read our article on how to safely operate a forklift here.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2018. We updated it for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness in November 2023.

Golf Tournament to Benefit Hope Campus

Golf Tournament to Benefit Riverview Hope Campus!

Please participate in our golf tournament to benefit Hope Campus!

The tournament will be held on September 24 at the Eagle Crest Golf Course in Alma. 


  • Lunch: 11 a.m.
  • Shotgun start: 12 p.m.
  • 4-Man Scramble Team: $500 
  • $75 Fun Pack (includes: mulligans, pro drive and putting contest)

Sponsorship options: 

  • Platinum- $1000 (lunch and 2 holes)
  • Gold- $500 (driving range or putting green and 1 hole)
  • Silver- $250 (beverage cart)
  • Bronze- $100 (1 hole)

Hope Campus works with a network of regional partners to provide comprehensive services to impoverished individuals and families in the River Valley, according to their website. The group addresses acute needs and supports individuals throughout the path to self-sufficiency. Hope Campus offers medical care, mental health care, temporary housing, workplace readiness skill development and access to a variety of other social services.

To enter, print and fill-out the form (linked below) and submit to or mail with submission fee to: Hugg & Hall Equipment Co., 2808 McKinley Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72908. Please make checks payable to Hugg & Hall Equipment. DEADLINE TO ENTER IS SEPTEMBER 1 


Come have some fun and support the River Valley community! Visit the Hope Campus website for more information about this great organization:

Genie Releases New “High Float” Telescopic Boom Lifts


Genie S-85 HF-Boom

Genie has introduced the release of two “high float,” ANSI-compliant boom lifts. The lifts are engineered to avoid damaging soft ground surfaces while maintaining high lift capacities. Designers created the S-80 HF and S-85 HF machines to “float” on more frangible surfaces like sand and turf. The new boom lifts protect softer surfaces during operation that could be damaged by more aggressive tread on regular rough terrain machines. Hugg & Hall Equipment Company (Hugg & Hall) continually assesses the latest industry trends and advancements. As such, the features of Genie’s new telescopic boom lifts are explored in the below sections.

Float Capabilities

The S-80 HF and S-85 HF lifts were engineered to perform heavy-lifting without creating extensive damage to more delicate surfaces. The lifts protect softer surfaces that could be damaged by the more aggressive tread on regular rough terrain tires, according to Genie. The lifts feature a virtual pivot primary boom which aligns the machine’s center of gravity for lower machine weight.

Lift Capacity

The new high-float machines feature lifting capacities of 600-lbs restricted and 1,000-lbs unrestricted. The capacities will allow lifts to carry up to three people along with any necessary tools and materials, according to an article published by Lift and Access. The capacities are comparable to other models but are notable in congruence with the minimal invasiveness on vulnerable surfaces.


Purchasers will have the option between lift baskets featuring 6-foot platforms, with dual-entry, or 8-foot platforms, with tri-entry and side-swing gate, according to Equipment World. The side-swing gate simplifies the process of entering the basket and streamlines the loading of tools and materials.


The lifts are equipped with air-filled 41/18LL x 22.5 20 ply tires, according to Equipment World. The tires support the machines intended design for productivity on sensitive surfaces, according to Lift and Access.


Both units are available with a 74-hp diesel engine, according to Lift and Access.

Working Height

The S-80 HF delivers up to 86-feet of working height and 68’6” of outreach, according to Lift and Access. The S-85 HF provides up to 91-feet of working height and 72’6” of outreach.

Features on the new high-float models include automatic envelope control, which retracts the boom when it reaches its operating envelope, and a load-sense cell that automatically limits the operating envelope to match the load chart, according to Equipment World.

Tier 4/ANSI A92 Compliance

The diesel engine offered is Tier 4 compliant, according to Lift and Access.

Corrado Gentile, a Genie product manager, said that the new Genie HF models are based on the design and engineering of the Genie Xtra Capacity (XC) booms, complying with the overload restriction and terrain-sensing guidelines in the new ANSI A92 and CSA B354 industry standards in North America, as well as European EN280 and Australian AS 1418.10 standards, according to Lift and Access.

Smart Link

Genie also added its Smart Link control system to the booms for easier operation, according to Equipment World. Its onboard diagnostics can be displayed on a new LCD screen at the ground controls, allowing machine setup, calibration and troubleshooting on the machine, with no need for a laptop or other accessories.

Other Features

  • 4WD and positive traction drive maintains equal power to all drive wheels
  • 45% gradeability (stowed) for driving on slopes
  • 160˚ platform rotation and 360˚ continuous rotation turntable for quick, precision positioning