Crane rental, sales company expands fleet, experiences growth

Imperial Crane Services Inc. has been specializing in crane rental and sales for more than 40 years. Imperial focuses on long-term, heavy-lift projects and daily rentals, and has been a dealer of Tadano rough terrain cranes for more than 20 years as well as dealers in Elliott boom trucks, Sany crawler cranes, STROS hoists and Barko material handlers.

Starting as a one-crane operation, Imperial has grown its rental and sales divisions significantly in the past 10 years to create a worldwide organization. Imperial has extensive experience in refinery turnarounds and maintenance work, and a skilled staff that consistently manages multiple, large-scale projects and offers more than 250 pieces of equipment, operator training, project management, cost estimation and lift coordination.

A quality fleet
The recent purchase of a 600-ton LTM 1500-8.1 Liebherr makes Imperial one of only a handful of companies with a crane of that capacity in North America. In addition to its new all terrain, the company has made a multimillion-dollar purchase of Sany crawler and rough terrain cranes. These additions were strategically purchased to handle its industrial heavy lift work throughout the country.

Imperial, which has a very large name in the Midwest and has recently been doing more long-term projects nationally, has locations in Bridgeview, Ill.; Griffith, Ind.; St. Louis; and Port Lavaca, Texas. While steadily adding locations throughout the United States, Imperial has adapted and evolved from its original vision and continues to expand on its innovation and growth.

Imperial’s fleet includes:
• Hydraulic truck cranes — 35 tons to 600 tons.
• Conventional truck cranes of up to 300 tons.
• Crawler cranes of up to 352 tons.
• Rough terrain cranes — 15 tons to 120 tons.
• Boom trucks — 10 tons to 50 tons —with boom reach of more than 200 feet.
• Industrial elevators/construction hoists.

Safety above all
The company’s core value of safety and service — with safety taking precedence over all — has trickled down to all Imperial employees. Its frequently decreasing EMR is a direct result of Imperial’s commitment to safety as well as its future.

Although Imperial has doubled its manhours and expanded greatly as an organization in recent years, its safety record continues to improve. Reaching more than 2 million manhours without a lost-time accident and a .61 EMR, while taking on new projects nationally, has been a testament to its effective safety program.

The company’s safety department recently readjusted its plan to include a growing number of employees in multiple locations. Its headquarters in Bridgeview oversees all aspects of projects through an improved tracking system and on-site management for sites abroad.

“We are now able to more efficiently track safety trends and ensure our employees are not only properly certified but qualified to Imperial standards,” said Imperial Safety Specialist Jeanie Hoffman.

Timely, accurate service
Imperial offers superior customer service on a 24-hour basis. Its sales staff is always available to provide quotes, perform sitereviews and assist customers with accurate and timely information.

In-house estimators at Imperial use the latest programs to provide prompt crane sizing, quotes and permit expediting. Estimators offer customers alternative lifting methods and equipment, along with cost-cutting suggestions.

Imperial field estimators make jobsite visits, prepare site layouts and meet with project teams. Field estimators are readily available to consult with field staff in order to provide the appropriate equipment needed for projects of all sizes.

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