Kito Crosby names business development lead

Peter Hird, Commercial & Business Development Lead, Kito Crosby

Peter Hird has started a new position as commercial & business development lead at Kito Crosby. 

Hird has been involved in the crane and lifting business for 40 years and counting, starting out at the family business Peter Hird & Sons in 1983 and progressing into specialist lifting and rigging project management. In 2004, he became managing director of Peter Hird & Sons, and subsequently also Valla Cranes UK, Valla Cranes USA and Compact Lifting Group. 

In 2015, he and Ben Windass launched Blokcam after seeing a gap in the market for a high-quality camera system that would fit to the hook block of many types of cranes. Following the 2021 sale of BlokCam to The Crosby Group, Hird was appointed as business development director.

In February 2023, The Crosby Group, a provider of lifting and rigging solutions, and Kito Corporation, a leading manufacturer of material handling equipment with 90 years of experience in the development and production of hoists and cranes, completed their business combination.

The company continues to pioneer technologies and solutions for safer operations in a wide range of industries, from construction and cargo control to energy and entertainment. Leading brands include Kito, Crosby, Harrington, Gunnebo Industries and Peerless.

Crosby’s Peter Hird: ‘It’s in my blood to work with cranes and lifting equipment’ Hannah Sundermeyer speaks with Crosby’s business development director about the potential of crane and lifting camera equipment in an ever-evolving industry.
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