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Founder of Wing Enterprises and Little Giant Ladders dies at 72

By Kathryn May | Posted - Aug. 7, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.


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SPRINGVILLE -- Former Springville Mayor and prominent businessman, Harold Wing died Monday from heart complications at the age of 72. Wing, a Utah native, is known globally as the founder of Wing Enterprises, creator of "The Little Giant Ladder System."

Wing's business was inspired by a German ladder prototype in the 1970s. He brought the idea back to the United States, patented it and began Wing Enterprises in his garage. Within the first year, he sold more than a half a million dollars worth of ladders.

Friends and family members had a memorial at the Little Giant Ladder building in Springville.

"He was a very giving and charitable, not only to his employees, but to complete strangers as well," said Doug Wing of his father.

Wing was very personable with his employees at Little Giant Ladders as well, knowing all 200 of them by name. He was also known for hiring those people that other businesses wouldn't because of criminal records or disabilities.

Along with having a big heart, Wing also loved fancy cars and dirt biking. He was actually riding a dirt bike when he had a heart attack.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Spring Creek South stake center in Springville.

Instead of flowers, the family is asking that people donated to Utah Fast Pass.

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