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