When you look up into the sky, it’s hard not to notice the tower crane booms dominating urban horizons. North American city skylines are decorated with tower cranes hard at work on a variety of projects. American Cranes & Transport’s annual ACTTowerCrane50, featuring 23 companies, has grown by exactly 158 units since 2017 and by 300 since 2016.
Notable changes this year on the ACTTowerCrane50 is the omission of Allegiance Crane & Equipment, JayDeeContractors and A Quick Pick Crane & Rigging. However, our list increased by three companies in 2018 with the addition of B&G Equipment Supply with 24 tower cranes in its fleet, Allied Crane with 14 cranes, Wolffkran with 12 cranes, Kranes Inc. of Central New York with three cranes and Crane Tech Solutions with a fleet of two cranes.
In 2016, the ACTTowerCrane50 index was changed from total capacity of crane fleet to size of fleet. We made this change for a number of reasons, namely because of the differing methodologies each company used to calculate total capacity. Fleet size offers a more equitable comparison and better represents the state of the crane market.
The ACTTowerCrane50 changed significantly in 2016 and 2017 after Maxim Crane Works acquired AmQuip, Coast Crane and Essex Crane Rental. This gave Maxim a boost to Number 2, where it has stayed the last two years.
|2018 Rank||2017 Rank||Company||Country||No. of depots||No. of employees||Scope of operation||Senior contact||Website||Largest tower crane in fleet||Largest tower crane capacity (mt)||No. of tower cranes in fleet|
|1||1||Morrow Equipment||USA||23||358||Worldwide||Christian Chalupny, president||morrow.com||Liebherr 710HC-L||64||666|
|2||2||Maxim Crane Works||USA||52||3,500||National||Bryan Carlisle, CEO||cranerental.com||Wolff 1250B||60||350|
|3||3||Bigge Crane & Rigging||USA||17||956||National||Weston Settlemier, president and CEO||bigge.com||Comedil CTT721-40 B||40||210|
|4||4||ALL Family of Companies||USA||38||1,600||National||Michael L. Liptak, president||allcrane.com||Potain MR 608||32||94|
|5||5||P&J Arcomet||USA||4||58||Worldwide||Stephen Jehle, president||pjarcomet.com||Terex Peiner SK 575||32||93|
|6||6||Creative Lifting Services||USA||1||22||National||Will Webb, president||creativelifting.com||Saez TLS-65||8||75|
|7||14||Stafford Tower Crane of America||USA||1||70||Worldwide||Patrick Stafford, owner||staffordcranegroup.com||Peiner SK 575||32||65|
|8||9||RMS Cranes||USA||42||1,500||National||Mike Appling, CEO||rmscranes.com||Potain MR 608||32||50|
|9||7||Bigfoot Crane Company||Canada||2||20||National||Ryan Burton, managing partner||bigfootcrane.com||Potain MDT-219||10||48|
|10||10||Oxford Builders Supplies||USA||3||50||National||Mike Demelo, VP of equipment operations||oxfordbuilders.ca||Comedil CTL 630||32||39|
|11||11||J.F. Lomma Inc.||USA||8||163||Worldwide||James Lomma, president||jflommainc.com||Favco M1280||96||38|
|12||12||Blue Hat Crane & Equipment Rental||USA||6||92||National||Henry Volante, director, tower crane operations||bluehatcrane.com||Linden Comansa 21LC550||20||37|
|13||13||Skycrane Limited||Canada||2||12||Worldwide||Jim Howard, president||towercranes.net||Sun STT-753||32||29|
|14||15||Guay Inc.||Canada||20||500||National||Jean-Marc Baronet, president||gruesguay.com||Terex Peiner SK 415-20||20||26|
|15||16||Compass Equipment||USA||4||50||Regional||Kelly Hadland, CEO||compassequipment.com||Potain MD 485B||20||25|
|16||new||B&G Equipment Supply||USA||6||105||National||JR Moran, director of crane operations||bgequipmentsupply.com||Terex Peiner SK575||32||24|
|17||17||United Crane & Rigging||USA||2||60||Regional||Joe Mirabile, general manager||unitedcraneandrigging.com||Terex Peiner SK 575||35||22|
|18||new||Allied Crane||Canada||1||14||National||Derek Kasa, manager||alliedcraneltd.ca||JASO J300N||16||14|
|19||new||Wolffkran Inc.||USA||2||7||Regional||Duncan Salt||wolffkran.com||WOLFF 355 B||28||12|
|20||18||Custom Service Crane||USA||5||45||Regional||Randy Huffman, vice president||customservicecrane.com||Wolff 8033.20||20||11|
|21||19||Connelly Crane Rental*||USA||3||47||National||Michael A. Connelly, pesident||connellycrane.com||Terex Peiner SK 415-20||20||6|
|22||new||Kranes Inc. of Central New York||USA||1||10||Regional||Neil Keukelaar, president||kranesinc.com||Potain MDT302||16.5||3|
|23||new||Crane Tech Solutions||USA||2||25||Regional||Robert Kohler, vice president||cranetechsolutions.com||JASO J560||24||2|
In 2018, the most notable ranking shift was Stafford Tower Cranes, which jumped up from 14 to 7. Today the company has 65 tower cranes in its fleet as compared to 32 units in 2017.
Since 2016, the number of people employed by the ACTTowerCrane50 has grown by 2,204 workers. This year, with 9,264 employees, the future appears to be bright for the tower crane industry as the market shows continual improvement. An aging workforce and skills gap are not affecting the tower crane sector that grew by 896 workers since last year.
Morrow Equipment is still Number 1 on the list with a whopping 666 tower cranes. Morrow’s fleet size increased slightly this year from 658 units in 2017. Morrow Equipment has held the Number 1 spot in our ACTTowerCrane50 since its inception in 2005.
The second-place spot is again held by Maxim Crane Works with 350 units, up 33 tower cranes from 2017. Rounding out the top five are Number 3 Bigge Crane & Rigging and Number 4 ALL Erection with 210 and 94 tower cranes respectively. The Number 5 spot belongs to P&J Arcomet with 93 tower cranes in its fleet. Every company on the list previously has increased their fleet sizes since this time last year.
In terms of the largest capacity cranes on the list, J.F. Lomma leads the pack. Lomma’s Favco M1280D has a capacity of 96 metric tons. Other large capacity tower cranes include the 64-metric ton Liebherr 710HC-L, the 60-metric ton Wolff 12508 and the 40-metric ton Terex Comedil CTT721. The complete list is on page 23.
American Cranes & Transport sent out our annual ACTTowerCrane50 survey in late June 2018. Survey forms were due back July 12. But you can request and submit a the survey form any time of year.This year the ACT team made a bigger-than-ever effort to increase the number of companies on the ACTTowerCrane50. We created a database of 91 companies that we know have one or more tower cranes in their fleets. The problem is getting these companies to realize the value in filling out our survey form and submitting their information. As ever, we will continue to try to get this list to its rightful size of 50 companies
- Allied Crane & Machinery
- American Cranes & Transport
- B&G Equipment Supply
- Coast Crane
- Crane Tech Solutions
- Cranes & Specialized Transport
- Essex Crane Rental
- Kranes Inc. of Central New York
- Maxim Crane Works
- Morrow Equipment
- North America
- Tower - Luffing Jib
- Tower - Saddle Jib/Flat Top/Cat Head
- Tower - Self-erector
- Tower Crane 50