As we celebrate 63 years at Higgins Corporation this month, it’s hard not to reflect on how much the world—and particularly technology—has changed since our doors first opened in 1960.

When my father, David R. Higgins Jr., purchased what was then Shepard’s Inc. in Hallowell, Maine, the business landscape was vastly different. Typewriters were state-of-the-art, adding machines were in every office, and photocopiers were an innovative technology. Just a year after our founding, we moved to Portland and gradually began to diversify our offerings.

Fast forward to the digital age, and the term ‘typewriter’ is more likely to be heard in a history class than in a modern office. Over the years, we have witnessed—and actively participated in—the technological transformation of the workplace. From the advent of word processing and computer networks in the 1970s and 80s to the rise of the internet and mobile technology in the 2000s, we have continuously adapted our product line to meet the ever-evolving needs of our clients.

As of October 1, 2023, we stand at 63 years in continuous operation—an achievement that would be inconceivable without the tireless dedication of our employees. While COVID-19 restrictions curtailed our 60th-anniversary celebrations, they did not dampen our spirit or halt our progress. My gratitude extends to each and every team member and their families for their ongoing commitment to excellence.

We’re deemed ‘essential’ not just for our vital role in serving educators, healthcare providers and first responders but, in my opinion, for our adaptability and our lasting impact on the people and businesses we serve. We’ve navigated seismic shifts in technology while maintaining the core values that have made us a trusted partner for more than six decades.

The road from typewriters to cloud computing has been long, but it has been an immensely rewarding journey. We are more than just a company; we are a community that has grown and changed with the times, just as the world has grown and changed around us.

In summary, Higgins Corporation is a living testament to 63 years of technological evolution, dedication, and most importantly, community. As we celebrate this year, remember that you are the reason we’ve come this far, and you are the reason we will continue to thrive in the years to come.

Happy 63rd Anniversary, Higgins Corporation!

~ David R. Higgins, III, CEO