Our History

HOW THE FAMILY BUSINESS BECAME THE ALL FAMILY OF COMPANIES

 

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. This 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. 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) with 48-state authority 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 in North Western 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 8 in the United States.

ALL Crane Rental of Tennessee opens in Knoxville.

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

Central-Rent-A-Cranes Elkhart (IN) branch was acquired from an existing crane company.

2000:

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

ALL acquires Rocky Point location as a satellite office to Raleigh, NC 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 becomes its own entity.

2008:

Construction begins on ALL Crane Rental of Pennsylvania’s current West Elizabeth location. The new facility consists of 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.

January: ALL Erection & Crane Rental outgrows its original corporate headquarters on Old Rockside Road in Independence 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".