Woodbine Manufacturing Company is the developer of Tommy Gate, a premier brand of private, commercial, and industrial hydraulic lifts. Established in Woodbine, Iowa in 1964 by Delbert "Bus" Brown, Tommy Gate has experienced steady growth in each of the past five decades and is widely acknowledged as a leader in the industry.
Now sold on five continents across the world, Tommy Gate's strong reputation for quality has been built through a strict adherence to the highest standards of engineering, craftsmanship, and customer service.
Vehicle operators and cargo handlers complete daily tasks in a safer and more efficient fashion by using carefully-designed Tommy Gate hydraulic lifts.
In addition to producing liftgates of the highest quality, Woodbine Manufacturing Company maintains a deep-rooted priority on customer and employee satisfaction over margin of profit.
Frames and platforms on every Tommy Gate liftgate are hand assembled and hand welded while precision parts are laser cut and/or robotically welded.
Built by hand, by master welders, machinists, and quality control experts, the exceptional quality of Tommy Gate hydraulic lifts is seen in every liftgate that leaves the Woodbine, Iowa factory.
Invented by Delbert “Bus” Brown, and first sold for pickups in 1965, the assembly process used in constructing the original Tommy Gate liftgate has not changed much over the years. Although components have been upgraded, the basic design of that original lift is essentially the same.
Every pump and motor that goes into any Tommy Gate hydraulic lift must pass an assembly floor test in addition to quality control inspections by the vendor.
Hydraulic cylinders are built in-house. Precision cylinder welds are executed by robotic machines, while assembly and testing are done by hand.
The Tommy Gate facility includes a 40,000-square-foot warehouse and shipping department. Specific models are always kept in stock and ready to ship the day they are ordered. The most popular models are also kept in stock at one or more of five Tommy Gate warehouses nationwide.
The state-of-the-art Tommy Gate factory houses five different assembly lines as well as developmental engineering and testing departments and is located on the same piece of ground where every Tommy Gate hydraulic lift has been produced for over 45 years.