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CRANE RENTAL SERVICE, INC.

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FOUNDATION CONSTRUCTORS, INC.

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BETTER BUILT TRUSS CO.

Remains Focused on Customer Satisfaction by Sticking to Their Motto of Being Large Enough to Serve and Small Enough to Care

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Purchases New Tadano GTC-800 80 Metric Ton Tele-Boom Crawler Crane from Coastline Equipment Crane Division

Better Built Truss Company Utilizes Boom Trucks and Swing Cab Cranes to Off-load and Place Their Wooden Roof and Floor Trusses

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OST TRUCKS & CRANES, INC.

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CRAINCO, INC.

Adds Two New Manitex 30-Ton Tractor Mounted Boom Truck Cranes for Greater Flexibility Out in the Field

Celebrates 30 Years Serving the Southern California Construction Industry

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Right: Crane Rental Service using their Link-Belt HTC-8690 crane to place jetway at LAX.

By Brian Hoover, Senior Editor

Remains Focused on Customer Satisfaction by Sticking to Their Motto of Being Large Enough to Serve and Small Enough to Care

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rane Rental Service has one of the most diversified fleets in the Southern California with units ranging from 30-ton boom trucks and 50 to 90-ton rough terrain cranes, all the way to 40-140-ton hydraulic cranes and 240-ton to 450-ton all-terrain cranes. Crane Rental Service is owned and operated by the Foster Family, and Carl Johnson has been serving as the general manager for 5 years. “We have been in an expansion mode lately and have expanded our fleet and added several new cranes,” says Johnson. “We have also 6

diversified our revenue stream into some new areas where we have been pursuing more long-term contract jobs as opposed to taxi crane work.” According to Johnson, a part of this recent expansion has included the addition of two new Terex T 340XL 40-ton truck-mounted telescopic boom cranes, a Link- Belt RTC-8090 Series II 90-ton rough terrain crane, and a Grove GMK6300L all-terrain crane. “We noted that we were subbing out more jobs than we wanted when we were busy, and that is always a good measurement

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of when it is time to buy new cranes,” continues Johnson. “We go with Terex for our smaller cranes, Link-Belt for our midrange cranes and Grove/Manitowoc for our larger cranes. We are primarily a Link-Belt and Grove shop, which allows us to take advantage of our integrated interchangeable parts inventory.” Like many other successful companies, Crane Rental Service pays attention to economic trends and future opportunities. “Part of our revenue stream and diversification plan is to recognize and seek out new areas of growth C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


and development. As a result, we are currently taking on more maintenance jobs as opposed to new construction, with a focus on longer-term projects,” says Johnson. “This includes contract and civil work on freeway and roadbuilding jobs with a focus on widenings and bridge girder work.” LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar modernization program, and Crane Rental Service has provided a long list of cranes

for a variety of projects. They had a significant presence on the LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal Expansion Project and specifically the Midway Satellite Terminal, where their cranes and operators are assisting in the construction of Jetway Boulevard and the Automated People Mover (APM) Project. The APM is an electric train system that will travel on a 2.25 mile and serve six stations on both the inside and outside of the Central Terminal Area (CTA). LAX broke ground on the project in March 2019 with anticipations that major construction will be completed

Below: Crane Rental Service operating their Link-Belt 140-ton crane at the Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) at LAX.

in mid-2022 and open for service in 2023. “We are working on both building and infrastructure projects at LAX and have been out there for the last two and a half years,” says Johnson. “We have supplied everything from a 40-ton truck crane to 450-ton all-terrain cranes, with several 90-ton RT cranes on-site for a couple of years now. Our work out at LAX has fluxuated from providing a single crane to multiple cranes being used in a variety of capacities, and this is the type of work that fits right into our new long-term jobsite business plan.”


Below: Crane Rental Service utilized their Grove GMK5275 & GMK5240 cranes at the Western Waste Transfer Station expansion project.

Crane Rental Service has also remained very busy out on the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC) Project that will soon be accessible from the Automated People Mover. ConRAC is one of the most high-profile components of LAX’s Landslide Access Modernization Program (LAMP). The new rental car facility will consolidate rental care operations currently spread throughout LAX into one convenient location adjacent to the 405 freeway. “This job broke ground in January, and we will be on-site for the next two to three years with 90-ton RT cranes and 350-ton all-terrain cranes,” says Johnson. 8

OTHER LONG TERM AND TURNAROUND PROJECTS Crane Rental Service is well-known for their daily and weekly rental services, and they will continue to lead in that niche. However, the real growth is coming in the way of more longterm projects like the Western Waste Transfer Station Project that they will have been on for around 12 months by jobs end. “This is a great structural steel project where we had a 275-ton and a 240-ton crane working in tandem on at one point, along with a 110-ton crane and a 90-ton RT as well,” continues Johnson.

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“We stay busy because we serve so many different industries, including power plants, where we will be starting several turnaround projects very soon.” Johnson points out another ongoing project that Crane Rental Service has been on with multiple cranes. “We were on the Grand Avenue Parcel Q Project and we be provided one to two support cranes at any given time,” says Johnson. This is a 39-story multifamily tower project with a 20-story Equinox hotel and a public plaza that will sit atop a six-level parking garage. This project is expected to be completed in 2022. { Continued on page 10 } C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


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866-JCB-SCAL / 866-522-7225 14675 Valley Blvd Fontana, CA 92335 bryan.bernardino@SoCalJCB.com www.SoCalJCB.com Terms & Conditions: Pictures shown with optional accessories. For towing policy please consult with your local state transportation office. Offers may change without notice and may not be combined. Additional terms and conditions may apply, please contact your local JCB dealer for details. JCB dealer reserves the right to withdraw, alter or decline any product from sale or any offer without prior notice. Price, if shown, does not include government fees, taxes, dealer freight/preparation, dealer document preparation charges or any finance charges (if applicable). Final actual sales price will vary depending on options or accessories selected.


Above Left: Grove GMK6400 450-ton all terrrain crane working on a project for Disney in Anaheim. Right: Grove GMK5240 placing large trees for landscape work.

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Crane Rental Service currently has around 35 to 50 operators and oilers that are each a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12 and Local 428. Every operator is NCCCO, and OECP certified with many years of experience in all types of crane work, including general hoisting, freeway and bridgework, trucking, refinery work, high-rise construction and machinery moving. “As we begin our 54th year in business, we continue to be bullish on the Southern California economy and 10

see it remaining steady in the foreseeable future and even as far out as the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles,” says Johnson. “Our goal is to continue to increase our utilization within our existing fleet. We had around 14% growth in 2018, but only around three to 3% in 2019. We see 2020 being fairly flat as far as growth is concerned, but still maintaining the very brisk pace, we have witnessed these past several years.” Johnson says that he just recently got back from an economic summit in Costa Mesa and points out that it is the forecaster’s opinion

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that the upcoming presidential election will have a lot to do with our immediate economic future. “Our company motto speaks for what we want to be now and in the future. Large enough to serve but small enough to care,” Johnson concludes. “We are not and do not wish to be the biggest, but only to outshine all others where quality and reliability are concerned.” For more information on Crane Rental Service, please visit cranerentalservice.com or call their Orange California headquarters at (714) 997-3100. Cc C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


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Fou n dat ion C on st ructor s , I nc . P u rch a se s N ew Ta da no GTC-800 80 M et r ic Ton T e le -B o om C r aw le r C r a n e f rom C oa st li n e E qu i pm e n t C r a n e D i v i sion By Ian Hoover, Editor

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oundation Constructors, Inc. was founded in 1971 by Fred Cavin and partners, Ray Rose, Joe Hilton and Barney Murdock. The dream and vision have always been to be a modern, dynamic and industry leading pile driving company in California. Through hard work and determination, the company grew quickly enabling them to purchase the H.F. Lauritzen Construction company in 1976 and relocate to the current Oakley facility. A couple years later (1978), Foundation Constructors, Inc. opened its wholly owned subsidiary, Foundation Pile, Inc. to better serve the Southern California market. The company entered into the drilled foundation market in 2006 by purchasing the assets of American Pile Driving. A variety of patented and proprietary drilled foundation products along with a new level of engineering expertise came along with the American acquisition. Foundation Constructors, Inc. and Foundation Pile, Inc. (Foundation) now specializes in multiple types of deep foundation piling for the commercial, infrastructure, industrial and energy industries, as well as a long list of other agencies and institutions. From freeway and road building jobs and private construction projects to residential and multi-use housing, and DOT work, the company is a recognized foundation solutions leader throughout California.

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Foundations Constructors, Inc. serves the territory from Bakersfield north, while Foundation Pile, Inc. serves everything south of Bakersfield. John Honaker is the Vice President of construction for the entire state of California and he has been with Foundation for 15 years. “The pile driving trade requires heavy equipment that can standup to the daily rigors of our continuous, and aggressive work environment,” says Honaker. We use cranes and excavators equipped with special piling attachments to perform pile driving and auger cast pile duties. We need cranes and equipment that we can depend on and an equipment distributor who can be there for us at a moment’s notice.” Foundation Constructors and Foundation Pile collectively own and maintain a fleet of 40 pieces of heavy equipment, including multiple cranes and a hydraulic excavator. “Our drill rigs are Woltman PVE 90s, along with a variety of sizes of Fundex machines. Our cranes are primarily Link-Belt and Manitowoc, and we just recently added a Tadano GTC-800 80 metric ton tele-boom crawler crane to our fleet,” says Honaker. “We were renting the Tadano from Coastline Equipment and almost immediately moved it into a rental/purchase and decided to buy it. David Demichei contacted us and let us know that Coastline was handling the Tadano/Mantis cranes and so we started out

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Foundation Constructors’ Tadano GTC-800 on Highway 4 bridge widening project installing all of the bed pile at the 680-freeway intersection.

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by renting a Tadano GTC-600 and GTC-800.” Honaker explains that the main benefit of owning the Tadano GTC-800 is that it is a hydraulic rig and that means it comes preassembled with tracks and boom. “There is no real erection time involved with the Tadano, other than the counterweights that we install in 30 to 40 minutes,” continues Honaker. “Typically crane rental companies do not like or allow their customers to drive pile with rough terrain cranes and other hydraulic rigs. The 88-ton Tadano is advertised as a pile driving crane and that is the beauty of this machine. It is built to drive piles. We have driven pile with diesel hammers and have pulled and driven sheets with no issues whatsoever. It is everything they claim it to be.” Foundation Constructors has utilized their new Tadano GTC-800 in San Francisco to drive sheet pile at the Soma Hotel project. “The Tadano has plenty of boom length where I can set or splice pile. We typically pile drive with one rig and set additional pieces with the Tadano crane. We have had it for nine months now and it is just such a versatile crane. This machine has never had an idle moment and I have never seen it in our yard,” says Honaker. “We plan on purchasing more Tadano cranes because they fit right in with our niche market. They are built for pile driving and they are definitely our crane of choice when it comes to hydraulic rigs.” Foundation Constructors also recently used their GTC-800 on the Highway 4 bridge widening project to install all of the bed pile at the 680-freeway intersection for Brosamer & Wall. “We also were recently awarded the pile driving contract for the Mission Rock project in San Francisco. This is for four separate buildings and some of the longest pile ever driven in San Francisco,” continues Honaker. “We are driving around 1,300 piles around 250 feet deep. We are doing test piling right now and should be in full production by the end of June.” Foundation Constructors, Inc. and Foundation Pile, Inc. are both union operated companies with anywhere from 75 to 130 skilled team members working during both peak and slower times of the year. They offer and maintain the industry’s most innovative engineering staff with the most experienced and profession construction teams available. With the most modern technologically advanced drilling equipment and installation methods available, the Foundation team is prepared to provide their clients with a long list of deep foundation solutions. For more information on either company, please visit foundationpiledriving.com or call their Oakley headquarters at (925) 754-6633. Cc

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Better Built Truss Company Utilizes Boom Trucks and Swing Cab Cranes to Off-load and Place Their Wooden Roof and Floor Trusses By Brian Hoover, Senior Editor

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urabilt Truss started in 1964, and by the early 2000s, the company had tripled in size, enabling the owners to sell to Universal Forest Products in 2006. The housing and general building industry was booming in 2006, but the housing industry crashed by 2008, prompting the company to close its Riverbank plant in 2010. Shuttering the business meant that 37 hardworking, long-term employees were about to become a statistic, and that did not sit well with anyone, including general manager, Jeff Qualle. Jeff happened to mention the sad predicament to his longtime friend, Dave Sanders, who worked with Jeff to arrange the purchase of the assets and then moved the company to Ripon. With a change of name and location, the new entity, Better Built Truss Company (BBT), was formed in 2010 and began to thrive once again with 60 fulltime team members and a great location just off Highway 99 in Ripon. Today, the company 14

fluctuates between 125 to 150 employees, depending on the time of year. Alan Kosky has been the plant manager at Better Built Truss since 2012. He worked for the company under the previous name in the 90s through 2008 and has been in the truss industry for more than 20 years. “At BBT, we serve an approximate 100-mile radius, with the majority of our business located in the greater Sacramento area, and over the hill and on into the greater bay area,” says Kosky. “We manufacture wooden roof and floor trusses primarily for developers and framing contractors in the commercial, residential, custom and light industrial niches.” Kosky points out that their clients either pay for and manage the installation of the trusses themselves or pay BBT for craning services to erect floor and wall panels. “We use the latest technology and equipment to manufacture our products. This includes MiTek Industries’ software systems for

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Above: Better Built Truss appreciates their operator friendly and versatile Manitex 2281T, 22-ton capacity boom truck with 81 feet of boom seen here erecting a third floor roof system.

their plate manufacturing and software operating systems,” says Kosky. “It also includes the best crane and high reach machinery available. We primarily use boom trucks and swing cab cranes from a few trusted manufacturers and distributors.” According to Kosky, cranes are an integral part of their delivery system, and in Northern California, their contracts require plate line delivery. “Most of our support boom trucks consist of Peterbilt trucks with a fixed boom attached. We currently own seven boom trucks and two swing cab cranes, including a Manitex 2281T 22-ton capacity boom truck with 81 feet of boom, and a Manitex 40124 40-ton capacity swing cab crane with 124 feet of boom. We purchased both of these crane trucks from Coastline Equipment Crane Division out of Sacramento.” C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


Kosky and BBT purchased the Manitex 2281T boom truck in 2015 and the Manitex 40124 swing cab crane in 2019. “Both cranes have a specific job to do, with the boom trucks taking on residential jobs and projects that require 81 feet of reach or less. The Manitex 40124 swing cab crane comes into play when greater reach capacity and higher reach capacity is required,” continues Kosky. “The Manitex 40124 is a high-speed machine, and it exceeded our older cranes in weight capacity. It is an extremely reliable boom truck, and we are thrilled with the service and support we are receiving from Coastline.” Kosky goes on to say that the swing cab crane trucks are typically used for multifamily structures with several levels that need more boom capacity. “You don’t have quite the flexibility with the swing cab cranes, and you cannot tow cargo behind like you can with the boom trucks, but when we need greater capacity, they are irreplaceable.” BBT has two additional boom trucks on a lease-purchase option from Coastline. “We find that we don’t lose much with the lease/purchase option, and it gives us the flexibility in the event there is a downturn in the market,” says Kosky. “Dave Demichei is our representative from Coastline, and we had a relationship with him from years back when he worked for another crane company. He made a move to Coastline and reached out to us, and we are glad he did. Coastline has been very flexible and responsive to our needs, and we appreciate their customer service-oriented approach.” BBT deals directly with a long list of national builders, as well as local framing contractors. “Around 8% of our business is in the custom manufacturing CALCON TRAC TOR .CO M

market for the builder or homeowner,” continues Kosky. “Our business is based on long-standing relationships based on trust and reliability. We stay busy due to our strong reputation in our local and regional markets, and wordof-mouth keeps us busy at all times.” For more information on Better Built Truss Company, please visit their website at

betterbuilttruss.com or call their Ripon headquarters at (209) 869-4545. Cc

Right: The Manitex 40124SHL exhibits increase reach and load capacities often needed in today’s residential and mulit-family developments. Below: Manitex 40124SHL swing cab crane lifting floor panel.

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OST TRUCKS & CRANES, INC. Adds Two New Manitex 30-Ton Tractor Mounted Boom Truck Cranes for Greater Flexibility Out in the Field

OST uses their new Manitex 3051T boom truck crane to lift water filters at a water treatment plant in Palmdale.

By Brian Hoover, Senior Editor OST Trucks & Cranes, Inc. (OST) is a family-owned truck and crane service company headquartered in Ventura with branches in Bakersfield and Port Hueneme. Leon Zermeno started the company in 1947 with one bobtail truck hauling drilling mud for the local oil companies. Zermeno’s ingenuity and resourcefulness propelled the company to early and ongoing success, making it one of the largest full-service transportation and crane services companies in Ventura county. OST continued to grow and prosper in later years under the ownership of Leon’s three sons, Denny, Ron and Don Zermeno. Don and Ron decided to retire around one year ago, while their brother Denny Zermeno and Chris Lang continue to offer their customers continued quality service, 18

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The Manitex 3051T installing a screen at the California Aqueduct near Palmdale.


Above: OST’s Link Belt HTC 8690 setting up a stage at Buena Vista Lake near Bakersfield.

safe operations and cost-effective solutions. Chris Lang serves as the Vice President of operations for OST and deals with the day-today business tasks. Steve Stansbury manages OST’s Bakersfield location. This location serves the areas oil fields, construction jobs, refineries, wind farms, and a variety of local agencies and commercial businesses. Every day brings a different list of jobs where they may be moving drill rigs one day and setting modular buildings the next. Every project is different requiring the use of cranes, boom trucks, and/or forklifts daily. OST has a fleet of 40 to 250-ton hydraulic cranes, 100 to 150ton conventional cranes, and two new 30 Ton Manitex 3051T Boom Trucks recently purchased from Coastline Equipment. We use these Manitex boom trucks regularly to move drilling rigs, telephone poles, transformers, K-rail or any other piece of equipment that needs to be loaded and transported including items such as boulders and spas. CALCON TRAC TOR .CO M

OST likes these particular boom truck cranes because they are larger than the smaller tonnage cranes that other manufacturers offer. At 30-ton capacity and a 51’ proportional boom. They are reliable and popular cranes within the industry. OST owns and operates Link-Belt, Grove, and Terex Cranes, along with a long list of forklift manufacturers. Manitex is however their boom truck of choice due to its larger size and the attention and service they receive from Coastline Equipment. According to OST Vice President Chris Lang, his company has been dealing with Coastline representative Gary Bach for several decades. Gary had worked for another crane company and when he made a move to Coastline, Chris Lang continued their relationship and trust that they had built upon for so many years. “Coastline has been there for us when we need them,” continues Stansbury. We had an issue with a couple of rams leaking on the rear outriggers, and

Coastline responded immediately with efficient and friendly service.” OST Trucks & Cranes, Inc.’s core beliefs are based on Safety, Integrity and Value. From their large staff of industry-leading professionals to their expertly maintained fleet of state-of-the-art cranes and equipment. OST is ready to serve your needs with unparalleled service and competitive rates. Along with crane services, OST is also very well-known for its Port Services division that serves the Port of Hueneme, San Pedro and Long Beach. They provide loading and unloading services, along with trucking services for heavy haul cargo or general freight. The transportation division is also licensed and trained for the hauling of hazardous waste and materials. They maintain a large fleet of roll-off bins, ranging in size from 10 to 40 yards. For more information on OST Trucks & Cranes, Inc. please visit their website at www.ostcranes.com or call their Ventura main office at (805) 643-9963.. Cc

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C E L E B R AT E S 3 0 Y E A R S S E R V I N G T H E S O U T H E R N C A L I FO R N I A CO N S T RU C T I O N I N D U S T RY By Ian Hoover, Editor

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rian and Diane Smith started Crainco, Inc. a little over 30 years ago from their home in La Mirada. It all started with just two small Dyna-Lift sign cranes in 1990 that they used to primarily lift A/C units, signs, motors, light poles and such objects. Diane Smith remembers that their very first job was to lift the main beam of their

church into place. “An earthquake damaged the church, and our pastor heard that we had just started our crane business,” says Smith. “We were more than happy to help and lift the large beam into place for our new church.” After a little more than two years of hard work and sacrifice, the Smiths

were able to generate enough business to justify a move to their first office space in Santa Fe Springs. Crainco, Inc. serves all of Southern California, with the majority of their work being in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. “Our first commitment is to our customers, and they sometimes ask us to go { Continued on page 22 }

Below: Crainco’s Link-Belt HTC-86110 moving a bulk shipment of 20” pipe that was part of a waterway system they packed and shipped to Hawaii.


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Above: Brian and Diane Smith, Crainco, Inc. founders celebrating 30 years of business. Below: Crainco racing team posing with their top alcohol funny car.

far and wide, so we have been as far north as Santa Barbara, down south to San Diego and even out to Barstow,” says Smith. “It is our customer service that has made us one of the top industry leaders in crane and high reach equipment rentals. We pride ourselves on being on time and have been recognized by our customers for our promptness, quality of service and professionalism. We hold to strict training procedures and will never send an operator out into the field unless he or she is fully competent and capable. From first contact to job completion, our operators know what is expected of them, and they always deliver.” With a strong leadership team, Crainco has firmly established itself as one of the most prolific over-the-road mobile crane services in the industry. Its mobile crane division ranges from 15-tons to 110-ton cranes from manufacturers such as National, Manitex, Link-Belt and Broderson. In addition, Crainco’s equipment rental division has an extensive inventory of Pro Lifts, scissor lifts, forklifts, and articulating booms from manufacturers such as Haulotte, Genie, Skyjack, JLG, Toyota and Gradall. “Our team members are great and willing to give their all to meet the customers’ needs,” says Diane Smith. “The key to our success has always been service. Everybody has the equipment, but we take the extra step and do what is needed to get the job done safely and efficiently. Diane Smith continues to point out that the company also has an excellent safety record. Training has played a big role in this. Our team is well-informed on job site safety and appropriate rigging equipment usage,” continues Smith. “We celebrate our safety record on every milestone. Quality First, Safety Always is what we live by here at Crainco.” Crainco offers safety training and certification classes, as required by ANSI and OSHA, on scissor lifts, booms, reach lifts and forklifts. It also provides qualified signal person training, which C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


Bottom: Drone shot of Crainco’s Link-Belt HTC-86110 placing HVAC units at Long Beach Town Center.

is the workplace safety law now requires that every heavy lift company must now have a qualified signal person and a qualified rigger. Another key to Crainco’s success is that every employee also serves as a salesperson. “When we first established the business, one of the founding philosophies and was to pay commission to operators. Our operators are our most valuable salespeople,” says Smith. “They are out in the field amongst all of the various trades, and they interact with the decision-makers. It makes sense that they should be empowered to help meet our customer’s needs out on the job site.” Over the years, Crainco has been called on to provide skilled operators and equipment for a wide variety of projects. They work for the U.S. Forestry Service, major Hollywood movie studios, theme parks, airports, presidential libraries, hospitals and medical facilities, and on many other specialty rigging projects. One of

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the more interesting and recent projects involved a waterway system that needed to be packed and shipped to Hawaii. “We received a bulk shipment of 20” pipe at our Santa Fe Springs yard where we assisted a professional packing crew in the shipping and crating process for a safe and expedient trip to Hawaii,” says Smith. “We are also currently providing a Marriott Hotel with long-term storage while their site is being prepared. We will then truck the equipment to the site at a later date and then provide the scissor lifts and cranes to hoist the various units to their forever homes.” After being in the business for 45 years, running a company for over 30 and meeting people in the industry through trade shows, events and job sites, Brian and Diane say their success has humbled them. “Along with our

successes, we feel compelled to give back. We have been able to give and serve with a few organizations over the years; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, OC United, Royal Family Kids, to name a few,” continues Smith. “We want to thank all of our employees for working so hard with us over the years. We truly appreciate their dedication. We also want to thank customers, some who have partnered with us since we opened

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our doors some 30 years back. Their patronage has been truly a blessing for our company and the families it supports.” Crainco is now in their secondgeneration, and Brian and Diane Smith’s sons all joined the family business at an early age. “Our older son, Eric is our general manager/dispatcher, and our younger son, Aaron is one of our seasoned crane operators,” says Smith. “We also want to recognize Chuck Pettit, who has been with us since we Top Left: Crainco performed a double pick with two 50-ton Manitex truck cranes side-by-side in the city of Commerce. Top Right: Crainco performing a lift at Villa Sienna Apartments in Irvine. Right: Perry Schweder designed the pumpkin platform for the Crainco booth at the OC United Pumpkin Run last October. Far Right: Crainco helped construct the new Christmas tree at the Westfield Mall in Valencia. 24

opened our doors in 1990. He serves as a great mentor to all of our crane operators and is a true asset to our company.” Smith goes on to recognize Angela Roskelley, their office manager and customer service representative. “Angela has been with us for 20 years and is a truly remarkable person. Our customers love her contagious spirit and her willingness to keep them happy at all times,” continues Smith. “We are also privileged to have Perry Schweder as our sales manager. Perry joined us last year and has brought new field opportunities and sales strategies into our business structure, and we are better off for his efforts.”

Crainco carries C60 and D21 contractor’s licenses for machinery transport and offers it’s trucking services for specialty and wide-load hauling of equipment. In addition, approximately 20 fully trained and certified crane operators and service technicians ensure that most any equipment needs can be addressed in the shortest possible time. They operate out of their five-acre facility in Santa Fe Springs, where they have been for the past 20 years. For more information on Crainco, Inc., please visit their website at www.craincoinc.com or call (562) 903-7290. Cc


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