The Family Business – THEN

The ALL Family of Companies started small in 1964. The three Liptak brothers founded ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. in Cleveland, Ohio — with just one crane.

Their rental enterprise filled a need for contractors who couldn’t, or didn’t want to, own and maintain their own equipment.

Over time, the Liptaks purchased more cranes and developed relationships with manufacturers, allowing them to buy direct, first-off-the-line models.

But the brothers didn’t just add to their fleet, they continuously reinvested in their yard by adding special shops for welding, machining, service and maintenance.

Soon, one yard just wasn’t enough. They acquired established crane companies, such as Dawes and Central Contractors, and opened new branches in locations between them. These additions enabled the equipment to travel among branches and jobs, with closer stops for maintenance and parts as needed.

Specialized departments for aerial equipment, towers, and boom trucks were formed and moved to new locations. During the next 50+ years, the small family business grew into the ALL Family of Companies.

The ALL Family of Companies – NOW

ALL’s flagship yard, now 40 acres large, remains home to logistics and the main service shops, still operating under the ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. name. The ALL Family corporate headquarters has moved just a few miles up the road.

The founding brothers are still involved with daily operations, with second and third generations of their family now in leadership positions, supported by nearly 1,500 dedicated employees.

Most of ALL’s employees have grown up in the heavy lift industry, and now share their lifetime of expertise with the next generation. This tradition of mentoring provides more than just tricks of the trade — ALL Family employees have the confidence that only comes from knowing they’ve learned from the best. Customers choose ALL because of the reputation it has earned through these decades of accumulated knowledge and passion for the industry.


THE ALL TIMELINE

1964

ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. is founded by 3 brothers and 1 crane in Independence, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland.) This flagship location operates as one of the main hubs for service in the ALL Family of Companies.

 

ALT Sales Corp. is also founded as a complementary division of ALL Erection & Crane Rental, dedicated to sale and service of boom trucks.

 

1965

ALL Erection & Crane Rental purchases its first new crane, a 52.5 USt American #20, still in use in the Columbus yard today.

1977

ALL Erection & Crane Rental moves from a trailer to its first Corporate Headquarters building on the same property. The property continues its expansion into 40 acres of service shops.

 

Central Contractors Services, originally founded in 1946 in Chicago, joins the ALL Family of Companies.

1978

Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental joins the ALL Family of Companies in Wisconsin. Dawes was originally founded in 1945 and was a founding member of the organization that would eventually become Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) in 1948

1980

Recognizing another burgeoning market, ALL begins renting aerial equipment to augment its crane rental business. As demand rose, ALL opened an independent aerial division, with headquarters out of Richfield, OH.

 

ALL Crane & Equipment Rental Corporation purchases a Nitro, West Virginia branch from ACE Equipment.

1982

ALL Crane Rental Corp. opens in Columbus.

1987

Dawes opens its Kaukauna branch in Wisconsin.

1988

Hauling services are spun off as DST (Dawes Special Transport) so that Dawes can focus exclusively as crane rental and sales.

1989

 

ALL Crane Rental of Georgia opens in Austell.

 

Tom Freckmann retires as general manager of Dawes branches. His son Steve replaces him

 

1993

Dawes opens a Madison branch in Wisconsin.

1995

Jeffers Crane Service, based in Northwestern Ohio, becomes a member of the ALL Family of Companies.

1998

ALL Crane Rental of Georgia expands its Austell property.

1999

 

ALL purchases Manitowoc’s 21000, Serial #1. It later adds two more of the eight in the United States.

 

ALL Crane Rental of Tennessee opens in Knoxville.

 

Central Rent-A-Crane’s Fort Wayne, Indiana branch was acquired from an existing company. The branch moved to a larger facility in 2014.

 

Central-Rent-A-Cranes Elkhart, Indiana branch was acquired from an existing crane company.

 

2000

ALL Crane Rental Corp. (Columbus, Ohio) opens a second branch in Marietta, Ohio

 

ALL acquires Rocky Point location as a satellite office to the Raleigh, North Carolina branch.

2001

The Aerial division moves its headquarters to Richfield, Ohio.

2003

ALL purchases Manitowoc’s 18000, Serial #1.

2005

ALL creates a division dedicated to Tower Cranes. ALL Tower Crane, LLC operates out of Richfield, OH.

2006

ALL purchases Manitowoc’s 16000, Serial #1.

2007

ALL adds Manitowoc’s 14000, Serial #1 to the fleet.

 

ALL Carolina Crane Rental of Wilmington, LLC, in Rocky Point, North Carolina, becomes its own entity.

2008

Construction begins on ALL Crane Rental of Pennsylvania’s current West Elizabeth location. The new facility features 8,000 square feet of new office space, and 15,000 square feet of shop.

2009

ALL adds the revolutionary Link-Belt TCC-750 to the fleet, with the first 10 off the line.

 

ALL Erection & Crane Rental outgrows its original corporate headquarters on Old Rockside Road in Independence, Ohio and moves just a few miles up the road. The original building remains home to the main service shops, safety department, and logistics/dispatch departments.

2012

ALL Crane Rental of Louisiana is established to serve the Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma markets.

2014

Central-Rent-A-Crane’s Fort Wayne branch moves to a much larger facility.

2016

February: Central-Rent-A-Crane opens an Indianapolis branch.

 

March: ALL Crane Rental of Alabama, LLC moves to a new location, with renovated facilities and a much larger yard, in Theodore (Mobile).

 

December: ALL's West Virginia location experiences a massive expansion, dubbed "The Annex".

2017

July: ALL Family of Companies becomes an authorized dealer for Kobelco Cranes.

2018

May: ALL Family of Companies named new authorized dealer for Maeda Mini Cranes.

 

August: ALT Sales Corp., Member of ALL Family of Companies becomes a retail distributor for Manitex Articulating Cranes.


2019

March: ALL Family of Companies expands fleet by adding 212 new trucks and trailers.

 

October: ALT Sales Corp. is named Elite Dealer by National Crane.


December: Central Contractors Service moves its administrative offices to newly expanded Alsip, IL yard.

2020

April: ALL Family of Companies announces the Shared Equipment Program, which allows General Contractor to act as the primary renter of cranes and other equipment.