The corporation Pinguely-Haulotte was just named the Haulotte Group during the year 2005. The name change was the first time in 124 years the name has not included Pinguely. The Haulotte Group is popular for manufacturing articulated work platforms, telescopic work platforms, scissor lifts, trailer mounted work platforms and vertical mast-work platforms.
On the 24th of July, the year 2008 the Haulotte Group obtained Bil-Jax, who was the US' largest scaffold manufacturer. Currently, Haulotte Group has one factory in Spain, three plants in France, one in Romania, near the City of Pitesti. There is a new factory that opened during the winter of 2008. This factory is only 1 km away from the existing plant near Pitesti within Arges County. The plant is called Arges II. There are also two plants within the USA, the former Bill-Jax.
The company was established in 1881 within Lyon, France by Alexandre Pinguely. The company first constructed steam locomotives. The company evolved into making machinery eventually. During the year 1892, they supplied a steam engine to the Chemin de Fer de St Victor a Thizy.
The company supplied 7 trains to the Voiron-Saint-Beron railway. Pinguely was not considered a main steam engine manufacturer when it comes to numbers produced. The company supplied a steam train to the Chemin de Fer du Haut-Rhone during 1930 and by 1932, Pinguely started manufacturing steam shovels. Production of steam locomotives was stopped and the company began focusing instead on mobile cranes and making earthmoving equipment instead.
Arthur Hualotte established the beginnings of Haulotte during 1924, when it was referred to as Ateliers de Construction A. Haulotte. This company specialized in manufacturing derricks, aerial platforms and mobile cranes.
Manufacturing it was decided to be sub-contracted to Pinguely-Haulotte, who was to be responsible for the marketing and engineering, research, design and development. All products were abandoned by Saubot so that the company can focus on self-propelled aerial work platforms.