Our History

Snorkel was founded in 1959 in the United States of America by Art Moore, as a fire fighting equipment company that developed an aerial work platform specifically designed for aerial firefighting and rescue work.

These products set the standard for aerial firefighting equipment, which were proven for reliability and versatility, and created the foundations for the Snorkel product line as we know it today. Snorkel was one of the founding members of the global aerial work platform industry, and the focus on innovation remains at the heart of the company.

Learn more about Snorkel’s founder Art Moore, and the history of the company in his recently published autobiography, ‘My Story‘. Now available to purchase from www.artmoorememoirs.com.


Snorkel New Zealand is proud to have manufactured Snorkel lifts here in our facility in Levin for forty years. Watch our video show reel highlighting our journey: http://www.snorkellifts.co.nz/40-years-in-production/.

Timeline

1986
March 21

Snorkel introduces the UNO articulated boom lift

Snorkel introduces the UNO articulated boom lift
Prior to founding Snorkel, Art had an idea for a plant maintenance machine. He made this a reality at Snorkel, launching the UNO articulated boom lift in 1986. This became one of Snorkel’s most popular models.
1977
March 21

Snorkel enters the construction / industrial market

Snorkel enters the construction / industrial market
Snorkel entered the construction and industrial market with their first telescopic boom lifts in 1977. The Snorkel TB-42 and TB-42P featured aluminum upper booms and platforms – a first in the industry. These booms utilized technology from the firefighting product line, including state of the art hydraulic and electrical systems, and helped to position Snorkel as a market leader for boom lifts.
1971
March 21

Snorkel sold to ATO Inc.

Snorkel was sold to ATO Inc., which later became Figgie International which was a Fortune 500 Company.
1959
March 21

Snorkel founded by Art Moore in the USA

Snorkel was founded by Art Moore in the USA, and remained a privately-owned business until 1971.
Snorkel was founded by Art Moore in the USA, and remained a privately-owned business until 1971.