From oil and gas refineries to petrochemical facilities, nuclear power plants to wind farms, whether large- or small-scale projects, there appears to be no shortage or work for the specialized lifting sector.

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Over the last year, the ACT SpecializedLifting50 list has seen a slight increase in almost every category. While remaining steady, it appears that the market for specialized lifting is experiencing another year of quiet growth. With several minor increases, the indicators have remained stable without any notable surges since our 2018 survey. As the market continues to stabilize, the SpecializedLifting50 index should continue to see modest increases.

The SpecializedLifting50 posted an index of 1,457,799, gaining 29,927 tons over the 2018 index.

With the exception of a few flat years, its easy to see that each year brings with it slight progress across the board. Acquisitions have accounted for some of the jumps on the list as the larger companies continue to expand, while smaller companies show little growth.

This year’s SpecializedLifting50 employs some 14,847 people, increasing by 198 employees over 2018. As the industry continues to combat the work force gap, the availability of jobs is increasing alongside a declining number of employees interested in filling them. In hopes of bridging this gap, the future of the industry will rely on a growing awareness in more blue collar job opportunities to keep this number steady and growing.

ACT began distributing survey forms for the SpecializedLifting50 list via email in January 2019 and followed up with phone calls and more emails in February. The companies that completed and returned these surveys over the course of the last two months were included in this year’s list.

For some companies we were forced to use their data from our 2018 list. In these cases, an asterisk will appear next to that company’s name. As a result, the SpecializedLifting50 is an estimate.

While every effort was made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information in this list, ACT, and its editors and its publishers do not assume responsibility for any errors or omissions. We strive to improve this list, as well as our other annual lists, every year.

Rank2018 RankName of companyLocationNumber of depotsScope of operationNumber of employeesSenior contactWebsiteNumber of rubber tired gantriesNumber of  gantriesNumber of other specialized lifting unitsNumber of strand jack unitsMake and model of largest lifting unitCapacity of largest lifting unit (US tons)Specialized Lifting Index (US tons)
1 1 Mammoet Americas USA 25 Worldwide 1,300 Bill Ambrose, president, Americas www.mammoet.com 0 20 305 157 Mammoet Lift System 350,000 372,800
2 2 Fagioli, Inc. USA 2 Worldwide 142 Edoardo Ascione, president www.fagioli.com 0 20 146 596 Fagioli Self-Propelled Skid System 70,000 288,000
3 3 Barnhart Crane & Rigging USA 51 National 1,450 Alan Barnhart, CEO www.barnhartcrane.com 0 87 770 25 Barnhart Modular Lift Tower 5,000 285,850
4 4 Bigge Crane & Rigging USA 17 National 1,065 Weston Settlemier, president & CEO www.bigge.com 0 22 236 74 Bigge Lift Tower System 4,000 91,862
5 5 Emmert International USA 3 Worldwide 110 Terry W. Emmert, president www.emmertintl.com 1 4 1,049 4 Emmert Lift System  3,250 80,850
6 6 Edwards Moving & Rigging USA 9 Worldwide 106 Mark Edwards, CEO www.edwardsmoving.com 0 16 560 4 Hydrospex Strand Jack System 800 60,957
7 7 Deep South Crane & Rigging USA 8 Worldwide 630 Mitch Landry, president www.deepsouthcrane.com 2 3 50 6 Deep South Specialized Jack System 16,000 29,800
8 9 Burkhalter USA 4 Worldwide 91 Delynn Burkhalter, CEO www.burkhalter.net 0 5 60 14 BPU-750 3,527 22,700
9 8 Doral Equipment USA 3 National 50 Rob Keelan, vice president www.doralequipmentrental.com 0 6 58 0 Riggers 604 600 21,800
10 10 Wolfe House Movers  USA 2 Worldwide 45 Jamin Buckingham, president www.wolfehousebuildingmovers.com 0 0 87 0 Buckingham Synchronized Lifting System 12,000 16,905
11 12 Lampson International USA 8 Worldwide 300 Kate Lampson, PR & marketing www.lampsoncrane.com 0 4 8 0 E-Z Lift 2,400 13,500
12 11 Rigging Gear Sales, Inc. USA 1 Worldwide 15 Ben Forster, vice president www.rgsinc.net 0 118 219 0 Lift Systems HH1000 1,000 13,246
13 17 Taylor Crane & Rigging USA 2 National 86 Jim C. Taylor, Jr., president www.taylorcrane.com 0 9 210 0 Enerpac EVO Sync Lift System 2,400 12,998
14 13 Erickson’s* USA 3 Regional 70 Steve Erickson, president www.Ericksonsgr.com 0 5 80 0 Enerpac SBL 1100 1,176 12,676
15 15 Berard Transportation USA 5 National 75 Brett Berard, Vice President of Operations www.berardtrans.com 0 0 8 0 Enerpac Syncrolift 4,000 12,600
16 14 Transport Bellemare* Canada 4 Worldwide 1,100 Daniel Provost, transport operations manager www.groupebellemare.com 0 1 5 0 Goldhofer 2,872 12,000
17 NEW Global Rigging & Transport USA 1 Worldwide 30 Dan Close www.globalrigging.com 0 0 15 16 CTTS 2,000 10,000
18 16 International Industrial Contracting Corporation* USA 4 National 300 Randall L. Goddard, vice president www.iiccusa.com 0 36 525 0 Riggers Manufacturing EZ604 600 9,660
19 18 Omega Morgan USA 4 Worldwide 325 Troy Tallent, vice president specialized www.omegamorgan.com 0 6 18 0 Heavy Slide System 6,000 8,150
20 22 IRM Industry Movers Mexico 2 Worldwide 130 David Gonzalez, president/CEO www.irmindustrial.com 0 3 103 0 J&R Engineering Lift N Lock Gantry 500 7,530
21 19 TNT Crane & Rigging USA 42 National 1,700 Mike Appling, CEO www.tntcrane.com 0 6 75 0 Enerpac SBL 1100 1,100 7,200
22 20 Norris Brothers Co.* USA 1 Regional 65 Bernard E. Weir Jr., chairman www.norrisbr.com 0 3 13 0   125 6,695
23 21 PSC Crane & Rigging USA 4 National 175 Randy Sever, executive vice president www.pscind.com 0 3 103 1 Hydra-Slide JS250 Up N Go 1,000 6,210
24 29 Maxim Crane Works USA 50 National 3,000 Frank Bardonaro, COO www.maximcrane.com 0 12 124 4 J&R Lift N Lock Gantry 700 5,750
25 23 Transtell SA de CV* Mexico 1 Worldwide 120 Guillermo Arce, general manager www.transtell.com.mx 0 2 3 2 Hydrospex HSL2000 Lifting 2,040 5,340
26 24 Advanced Rigging & Machinery Movers USA 1 Regional 30 Matthew Hinty, president www.advanced-rigging.com 1 10 130 0 Hydratech FS 404 270 400 5,300
27 25 Duffy Crane & Hauling* USA 1 Regional 50 Jeffrey L. Cummings, president www.duffycrane.com 0 1 20 0     5,000
28 NEW Engineered Riggin USA 3 Worldwide 10 Christopher Cox, president www.EngineeredRigging.com 0 2 8 2 Enerpac SBL 1100 1,200 5,000
29 27 Atlas Industrial Contractors* USA 7 Worldwide 350 Randy Goddard, executive vice president www.atlascos.com 0 3 89 4 Atlas Tower Lifting System 800 4,400
30 30 Riggers Group Mexico 3 Worldwide 65 Hector R. Tores, Da Vila, vice president www.riggers.mx 0 4 19 38 J&R Engineering Lift N Lock Gantry L1200 600 3,850
31 31 Mid-Atlantic Lift Systems* USA 1 National 4 Travis Hall, president www.midatlanticlift.com 0 38 28 0 Lift Systems 34PT5400WT 500 3,258
32 33 Williams Steel Erection Company* USA 1 Regional 100 Marianne Pastor, vice presient www.wmsi.com 21 24 6 0 Link-Belt HC 278 300 2,200
33 34 Process Group Inc. Canada 3 Canada 275 Bryan Snyder, VP construction www.processgroup.ca 0 6 6 0 Lifting Tower 1,000 2,130
34 35 CSE Inc. * USA 5 National 250 Lisa Moon Stinnette, CEO www.cseonline.net 0 1 6 0 J&R Engineering Lift & Lock Gantry 900 2,000
35 37 Intermountain Rigging & Heavy Haul USA 2 National 95 Ron Montgomery, president, heavy haul www.irhusa.com 1 4 1 4 J&R Model L903-4-34-Gantry 450 2,000
36 36 Holland Moving & Rigging* USA 1 Worldwide 20 Chris Holland, president www.hmrsupplies.com 50 0 20 0 Holland Power Dolly 55 1,990
37 39 Mountain Crane Service USA 4 National 122 Paul Belcher, chief executive officer www.mountaincrane.com 0 2 8 0 J&R Engineering Lift-N-Lock Gantry  700 1,400
38 38 Southwest Industrial Rigging* USA 4 National 170 Mike Madge, Vice President www.swirusa.com 0 4 7 0 Lift Systems 850 850 1,332
39 26 Cropac Equipment* Canada 4 National 75 Johnathan Vieira, marketing & communications manager www.cropac.com 5 5 45 0 Taylor X360M 50 1,000
40 40 AME Inc.* USA 4 Worldwide 158 Scottt Walken, director of preconstruction  www.ameonline.com 0 3 5 0 Lift Systems 75 Ton Twin-Lift 75 755
41 NEW Crane Service Inc. USA 14 National 587 Scott Wilson, President MLHCCG   0 3 12 0 Enerpac SBL-500 500 760
42 NEW HMS Lift Inc. Canada 1 Worldwide 8 Eric Lavigne, manager www.brutelift.com 0 0 8 0 BruteLift  200 345
        315   14,847     81 501 5248 951     1,457,454

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