Greiner Expands Fleet With Purchase of 14th Crane

Greiner Industries began when Frank Greiner launched a welding business in a one-car garage in April 1976.

📅   Wed December 02, 2015 - National Edition
Brenda Ruggiero - CEG CORRESPONDENT


An observation platform is to be set on the top on a farm silo in Manheim, Pa.
An observation platform is to be set on the top on a farm silo in Manheim, Pa.
An observation platform is to be set on the top on a farm silo in Manheim, Pa. Greiner Crane is setting concrete precast panels on a water tank in Fredericksburg, Pa. Greiner Crane, a division of Greiner Industries in Pennsylvania, added a 14th crane to its fleet last March with the purchase of a Link-Belt 3210 from Woods CRW.

Greiner Crane, a division of Greiner Industries in Pennsylvania, added a 14th crane to its fleet last March with the purchase of a Link-Belt 3210 from Woods CRW.

“We decided to buy the Link-Belt 3210 for obvious reasons,” said Ben Daugherty, Greiner Crane manager. “For load chart capacity, the crane has the greatest capacity of its competitors. It’s an all-terrain crane, it has good maneuverability on job sites and it has a shorter outrigger stance or set up area than its competitors. We also like the features of the Cummins engine powers in the upper and the lower of the crane. Another advantage is the road speed, which is what we need in the crane rental market to service the customers in a timely fashion. This crane actually has the highest road speed of any all-terrain on the market. That’s another reason why we chose this crane. Link Belt’s a good dependable durable machine for us. We have a few in our fleet, and the crane’s working very well for us.”

Daugherty noted that Woods CRW is its local dealership, and the relationship has been a positive one. Greiner’s Woods CRW salesman is Mike Shively.

“They provide not only sales, but good service for us,” he said. “We don’t have many issues with our Link-Belt, but when we do, they take care of us very well. They come out to our facility and take care of our needs, and they’re professional — and I’m quite satisfied with their services.”

Woods CRW, a perennial top five Link-Belt dealer, has locations in Williston, Vt., Central Square, N.Y., North Oxford, Mass., and Carlisle, Pa.

About Greiner Industries

Greiner Industries began when Frank Greiner launched a welding business in a one-car garage in April 1976. Within two years, he constructed a 30,000 sq. ft. shop to consolidate the welding, custom metal fabrication and millwrighting operations. Blasting and painting facilities were soon added.

Greiner purchased his first crane in 1978 to provide turnkey service for his customers. The hydraulic crane, a 15-ton (13.6 t) Galion, allowed the company to greatly expand its millwrighting capabilities.

In 1986, Greiner purchased more than 45 acres along PA 283 between Mount Joy and Elizabethtown to build an office, machine shop and 60,000 sq. ft. fabrication shop, followed by another steel bay. In 1989, a separate blasting and painting facility and a vehicle maintenance garage were added.

In addition, Greiner purchased two smaller crane operations: Steffy Crane in Ephrata, Pa., and Cranewerks in Hanover, Pa.

Today, Greiner Industries produces all types of structural, plate and miscellaneous metal work, such as heavy beams, columns, trusses, girders, plate fabrication, combination structural members, tanks, bins, hoppers and material handling systems.

Greiner still comes to work every day, and the company now employs more than 250 people in a 200-acre complex with more than 400,000 sq. ft. of work area “under roof.”

Greiner Crane rents hydraulic all-terrain or truck cranes and operators to accomplish any lift, anytime, anywhere. There are locations in both Mount Joy, Pa., and Hanover, Pa. Capacities are from 40- to 450-ton (36 to 408 t), with boom lengths up to 440 ft. (134 m). Cranes and operators are ANSI, NCCO, OSHA and MSHA certified, with licensing/certifications in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C.

In addition, Greiner offers custom crating for equipment transport, and temporary storage for various needs.