SPRINGVILLE -- Hal Wing, the founder and owner of Little Giant Ladder Systems and Wing Enterprises, died Monday from heart complications. He was 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 of ladders.

Ryan Moss, the chief executive officer of Little Giant Ladder, said the business will carry on, but Wing will be missed as a member of the business community.

"The business will continue to march forward. We still have our business plan and we will continue to move forward but Hal spoke quite often at BYU and UVU and was a real mentor to a lot of people that were starting businesses," Moss aid. "He had a lot of knowledge and experience to share with people in the business community. To lose Hal is to lose one of the great men in this valley. He truly was a great man and he will be missed."

Wing announced his official retirement from the company earlier this year, but Moss said Wing could still be seen at the company almost daily.

"We still saw him at least every other day," Moss said. "He loved the people and the business. Even though he said he was retired not a lot changed. He was a real people person and everybody loved him."

During his career Wing was named to the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum Hall of Fame, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Men of Achievement and the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

There are no details on when or where funeral services will be held.