WE LIFT (Wiggins Electrified Long-term Investment in Forklift Technology)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
WE LIFT (Wiggins Electrified Long-term Investment in Forklift Technology)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Wiggins Lift Co. is to upgrade, modernize, and expand the current manufacturing facility, establishing the pathway towards an advanced net zero manufacturing facility. Additionally, Wiggins and the Project Team will train and hire sufficient workforce to address an anticipated 5-10x growth in the electric forklift and MHE market by 2028 and expand High Roads Training Partnership programs to establish the labor pool needed to support the manufacturing, operation, and maintenance of advancing zero-emission vehicle and equipment technologies. This project will benefit local communities through planned growth and resulting increased economic impact; workforce hiring and development efforts; reduced emissions and noise; and increased worker safety.

Contact Information

Taiying Zhang
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Air Pollution Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
2571 Cortez St, Oxnard, CA 93036

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, section 15301 and section 15303
Reasons for Exemption
Work under this project consists of installation of small new equipment at an existing wastewater treatment plant, and falls under both Class 1 and Class 3. Class 1 consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. All work proposed will be conducted at Wiggins’ existing manufacturing facility. Modifications to the existing building will be focused on upgrading electrical infrastructure to support testing and validation and increased manufacturing capacity for the Wiggins electrical forklift product lines. For these reasons, work under this project will have no significant impact on the environment and falls within 15301. Class 3 consists of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure. Wiggins will add ten zero-emission forklift assembly bays to increase the production. The proposed addition on the West side of the property is 9,900 sq ft, which is consistent with the existing General Industrial zoning of the site. The new building will hold the fabrication operations, metal storage, metal preparation and painting. For these reasons, work under this project will have no significant impact on the environment and falls within 15303. The project will not impact an environmental resource of hazardous or critical concern where designated, precisely mapped, and officially adopted pursuant to law by federal, state, or local agencies; does not involve any cumulative impacts of successive projects of the same type in the same place that might be considered significant; does not involve unusual circumstances that might have a significant effect on the environment; will not result in damage to scenic resources within a highway officially designated as a state scenic highway; the project site is not included on any list compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5; and the project will not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource. Therefore, none of the exceptions to categorical exemptions listed in CEQA Guidelines section 15300.2 apply to this project, and this project will not have a significant effect on the environment.
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