Crane Service, Inc. first came into existence when Emmet Storks opened its doors in 1960.
The company began with two cranes servicing the Albuquerque area and the company’s growth can been directly linked to the development of the city.
Crane Service took part in the construction of The Pit and Dukes Stadium (now the Isotopes Stadium) along with Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories.
Since Rick Sigel's purchase of the company, Crane Service, Inc.'s fleet has been drastically expanded. During a business boom in the mid-nineties Crane Service, Inc opened a satellite office in Bloomfield, New Mexico. Since, the company has opened offices in Sweetwater and El Paso, TX.
As Crane Service, Inc continues to grow as an industry leader, we maintain the pride instilled in the company.
An Uplifting Tale
Leroy Pulliam began working for Crane Service in the early 1960s. During his time as an employee with the company, he operated cranes all over the southwest; however one story about him will never be forgotten.
On June 3, 1971 Leroy was operating a crane setting air conditioning units at the newly constructed Winrock Apartments in Albuquerque.
Around noon Leroy noticed smoke coming from the building. A fire had started and because of their location, the crew was unaware of the surrounding danger. Leroy knew he needed to alert the crew, however the only signal he could use was to hoist the line up and down attempting to get their attention. Hoping the men would notice the ball moving and look up to see smoke, Leroy remained in the crane.
After a few minutes passed, Leroy noticed the line wiggling on its own, so he hoisted up to find four men holding on white-knuckled. He pulled them to safety as the fire destroyed 14 of the 16 buildings Bradbury and Stam Construction Co. were erecting in the complex.
Leroy retired in 2009, but two of his family members still work for Crane Service. The boy in the picture above is his son Rob who has been an operator, dispatcher, and salesman for the company. His grandson Jeremy also works at Crane Service as an oiler.