Dennis and Jerry started in the crane business in 1972 and 1973, respectively. Their early one-man cranes were adapted to allow travel control from the operating position. This enabled them to do extensive work with boilermakers building big water tanks, as well as big oil storage tanks in refineries. It was also useful on steel erecting jobs, notably installing columns in tilt-up buildings, as well as structural steel buildings.
Today their crane sizes range from 5 to 165 tons capacity. All are hydraulic truck cranes except the 165 ton Demag, which is a hydraulic all-terrain crane.
Smith Brothers Crane Rental, Inc., still has customers from those early years, notably steel erecting companies and other construction related businesses. In fact 90% of their business is repeat business.
Over the years, their projects have included Los Angeles’ Aerospace Museum and the Science Museum, the Artesia and Harbor Freeway Interchange, Disney Concert Hall, DreamWorks’ Glendale Complex, the new Business Building at El Camino College and most recently, the George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach.
In 1995, they acquired Certified Crane Service and gained access to the movie industry. They have worked on building sets, blue/green screens, stunts, grips, lighting and special effects. Movies have included “Batman & Robin,” all of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, the entire “Missions Impossible” series, the first two “Iron Man” movies and many, many more.
In forty-plus years in the business, there isn’t much in the way of crane usage the company hasn’t seen.
Their operators and crew are randomly drug tested, OECP Certified for Operating and Rigging & Signaling. They also have TWIC Cards.
They are proud to be veteran owned.