About Crane Equipment & Service, Inc.

Crane Equipment & Service, Inc. is one of North America’s largest and oldest manufacturer of overhead cranes and Jib Cranes. Our history goes back to 1917.

Our History

The consolidation of Abell-Howe Company and Washington Equipment Company (WECO), created a combined diversity of application expertise and markets to make Crane Equipment & Service, Inc. uniquely qualified to provide best-in-class crane and hoist equipment and services.

Important dates in our history include:

1917 – Abell-Howe Company is formed in Chicago, IL by Oliver Abell & Glenn Howe.

1935 – Abell-Howe Co. is purchased by M. O. Haeger.

1950’s – Abell-Howe Co. moves manufacturing for Cranes, Runways and Jib Cranes to Forest Park, IL with a 90,000 Sq Ft Manufacturing Facility.

1960’s – Jib Crane Products are originally designed and produced.

1982 – Washington Equipment Company is formed in the Peoria, IL area.  This company is also known as WECO.

1985 – Washington Equipment Company moves to former A. O. Smith facility in Eureka, IL – which is now our home.

1995 – Our Service Office in the Quad Cities is Established giving us a Peoria Service Branch and a Quad Cities Service Branch which is now located in Davenport, IA.

1998 – Abell-Howe Company is purchased by Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

1999 –  Washington Equipment Company is purchased by Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

2002 – Abell-Howe and Washington Equipment are combined into one entity known as Crane Equipment & Service, Inc.

2004 – Abell-Howe production at our Forest Park, IL plant is discontinued and production of all products including Jib Cranes moves to our Eureka, IL facility.

2019 – Crane Equipment & Service, Inc. is purchased from Columbus McKinnon Corporation and becomes it’s own entity.  Crane Equipment & Service, Inc. is the manufacturer of Abell-Howe Cranes.

Overall, we have built tens of thousands of crane systems, thousands of runway systems, millions of dollars of crane/hoist parts and components and have the experience and Engineering Know-How to keep our customers running.


We design, build and service all types of overhead cranes including a full complement of standard and custom crane types including:

  • Structural beam cranes
  • Box-girder cranes
  • Patented track cranes
  • Abell-Howe Jib Cranes
  • Gantry cranes – Single or Double Leg
  • Enclosed Track Aluminum workstation cranes
  • Complete bridge & runway systems
  • Top running free-standing runway kits – FREEDOM FRAME
  • Licensed structural engineering support available

Complete your system with a quality electric chain or wire rope hoist:

  • CM
  • Yale
  • Shaw-Box
  • Budgit
  • Coffing
  • Chester
  • Detroit
  • ACCO

In addition to our crane building facilities, we also have two service locations and a large inventory of repair parts and accessories for most cranes including hoists, power bar, controls, and other electro-mechanical components.

Our Services Include:

  • OSHA mandated inspections
  • Preventive maintenance programs
  • Repairs – on site and off -site
  • Rebuilds / upgrades / retrofits
  • New installations and removal of old equipment
  • Entire crane and hoist management programs
  • Operator Training

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