Your guide to Tower Cranes North America

Photo: Morrow Equipment

A booming sector of the lifting sector, tower cranes decorate the skyline of many major cities as demand surges for these cost effective and efficient cranes.

The Tower Cranes North America conference, organized by American Cranes & Transport and International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazines, in exclusive partnership with the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), is the only conference and networking event for North America’s tower crane industry in 2024. The conference will bring together senior management and decision makers from crane users and owners (rental companies and general contractors), crane manufacturers, dealers and ancillary equipment suppliers.

Kicking off the conference is keynote speaker Sam Moyer, General Manager of ALL Tower Crane, a division of the ALL Family of Companies. He will discuss the various ways the industry has evolved and talk about how these indicators will shape future trends in the realm of tower cranes.

Engaging speakers

The conference will also showcase a variety of presentations on the legal aspects of tower crane contracts; preparing for severe weather; synthetic versus wire rope; a roundtable discussion about crane erection, climbing and disassembly; a case study on the fascinating Crazy Horse Memorial project in South Dakota; how to utilize technology to improve safety on lifting sites and an engaging discussion about the challenges of workforce development.


6–8 p.m.

Networking reception at hotel


8–9:30 a.m.


9:30–9:35 a.m.


Alex Dahm, editor, International Cranes and Specialized Transport


  • Keynote Address, Sam Moyer, general manager, ALL Tower Crane
  • Preparing for severe wind and weather conditions, Jim D. Wiethorn, founder/chairman, Crane Risk Logic
  • Synthetic rope versus wire rope: the two distinctions, Timothy W. Klein, principal engineer - structures and fabrication, WireCo, Brooks Nunley, Kennedy Wire Rope
  • The Rise Tower project, Mexico: how tower cranes can optimize CAPEX/OPEX on a major project, Pedro Alonso, CEO & owner, Espamex
  • Panel discussion: tower crane procedures: assembly, climbing & disassembly, Matt Finnerty, owner, Finnco Services, Kelly Hadland, president, Compass Equipment (Uperio), JR Moran, director of crane operations, Brasfield & Gorrie, Chris K. Noblit, director of engineering and service, Tower Cranes North America, Manitowoc, Moderator: Alex Dahm, editor, International Cranes and Specialized Transport
  • The ‘Borrowed servant’ concept and minimizing contract risks, Jesse Callahan, shareholder, May Potenza Baran & Gillespie, P.C.
  • Heavy lifting to avoid legal pitfalls, Darell Barger, partner, Hartline Barger, Anna Dodds, associate, Hartline Barger, Clayton J. Callen, partner, Bowman and Brooke
  • Site report: Crazy Horse Memorial – three generations of passion, Peter Juhren, president & COO, Morrow Equipment Company
  • Panel discussion: challenges of workforce development, best practices for luring and retaining employees, Andreas W. Ernst, general manager Cranes Americas, Terex USA, Shelly Gayring, director of marketing, Select Crane Sales, Moderator: D.Ann Shiffler, editor, American Cranes & Transport
  • Using technology to improve safety on lifting operations (provisional title), Casey Savlov, executive vice president, Vita Industrial

4:25–6 p.m.


Note: Program and speakers subject to change

Sponsoring companies and organizations of TCNA: 


AMCS TECHNOLOGIES. Discover AMCS’ advanced safety solutions for tower cranes and other construction machinery, including anticollision and zoning systems, site supervisors, video cameras and our innovative data collection solutions, the IoT Lifting platform via web and app. Elevate safety and efficiency on jobsites with our cutting-edge technologies, explore how the company is revolutionizing the industry and collaborate to shape the future of construction.


MANITOWOC/POTAIN. Potain tower cranes are known around the world for their lifting power, reliability and innovative designs. Potain builds more than 60 types of tower cranes to fit a variety of jobsites: high-capacity top slewing cranes on infrastructure jobs, luffing jib cranes that construct skyscrapers, topless cranes reshaping the urban environment and Hup self-erectors transforming residential construction.

WOLFFKRAN stands for more than 170 years of competence in the design and construction of tower cranes made in Germany. Founded in 1854, the company soon specialized in the production of lifting equipment and developed the world’s first fast-assembly top-slewing tower crane in 1913. WOLFFKRAN also operates its own rental fleet comprising some 750 WOLFF tower cranes and offers an extensive range of services from technical planning, to on site crane logistics and assemblies, crane maintenance, training and accessories. WOLFF tower cranes are manufactured in Germany and are used for building landmark projects around the world including many locations in the U.S. and Canada.


COMANSA is a leading manufacturer of flat top and luffing jib tower cranes. All cranes are built with the latest technology that is grounded in safe, reliable operation. They also are some of the simplest cranes to erect and dismantle because there is no tower top or pendant lines to assemble, and all connections are pin connected. Comansa’s North American branch offers sales, engineering support, service and parts to the U.S. and Canada from its locations in Charlotte, Dallas and Seattle.

LIEBHERR. The invention of the mobile tower crane in 1949 marked the start of Liebherr Tower Cranes. This product division within the Liebherr Group of Companies is now the leading global manufacturer of mobile construction and tower cranes and has five production plants in Germany, Spain, India, Brazil and Russia. Its range of products includes an extensive program of high-quality tower cranes featuring all systems and size classes. They include fast-erecting, top-slewing, luffing jib and special cranes.

TEREX. Terex Tower Cranes is part of the Materials Processing segment at Terex Corporation, a global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and materials processing machinery. Terex Corporation designs, builds, and supports products used in construction, maintenance, manufacturing, energy, minerals and materials management applications from its facilities spread all over the world in North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Their tower crane product line includes all ranges in flat top, hammerhead, luffing jib and self-erecting.


BONDURA TECHNOLOGY, designs and manufactures pin solutions to customer’s specifications, based on the patented and DNV GL Type approved bondura pin technology. The company has more than 30 years of experience with expanding pin technology within offshore, onshore, mining, heavy machinery and more. The head-office is located in Norway, and Bondura has a sales office in Sweden.

NEARGRID SOLUTIONS offers high-performing and reliable battery systems to supply construction sites of all kinds with one or more tower cranes. The Neargrid Portal serves as a comprehensive tool for managing energy resources on construction sites. Its primary functions include conducting status checks, providing real-time power data, and aggregating energy data for the entire duration of the construction project.

UNITED RENTALS POWER & HVAC. United Rentals is committed to a standard of excellence in every aspect of their business and to ethical, responsible governance and conduct in all phases of operations. The company works together with customers, communities and employees to find solutions with a shared commitment to service and safety.

JASO stands as a global frontrunner in designing and manufacturing tower cranes, elevation systems and overhead cranes tailored for construction, wind energy and industrial applications. As a family-owned company based in the Basque Country, Spain, we take pride in our legacy that dates back to 1965, and we have effectively established a significant global footprint, reaching over 70 countries.

ULTRAWIS is a startup company that introduces computer vision technology to the construction and crane industry, with a vision to spearhead the digitization in construction through smart cranes in digital job sites. UltraWis Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) is an ALL-IN-ONE solution that includes cameras, sensors, crane interface unit and touch screen, that displays video overlays by guidance graphics with built in anti-collision. The ADAS web application monitors crane productivity, provide safety alerts and task planning and scheduling capabilities.

STAFFORD TOWER CRANES has opted to remove the SOIMA brand and now will offer tower cranes under Stafford Tower Cranes. The company continues to grow as a worldwide provider of lifting services and equipment. Based in Phoenix, AZ, Stafford tower cranes are manufactured at the Portuguese plant. Stafford also rents and sells mobile cranes, self-erecting cranes, overhead cranes and construction hoists. Stafford provides certified operator services for all cranes and hoists as well as erection and dismantle, technician and consulting services on projects globally. Stafford’s Tower Crane School of Phoenix provides training for tower and mobile crane operators, riggers and signalpersons.


MORROW CRANE. Since 1968, Morrow has focused exclusively on the tower crane and construction hoist industry. As an exclusive distributor of Liebherr-manufactured tower cranes and as a representative of Alimak Scando hoists, the company has developed an expertise and knowledge of their product line.


MAXIM CRANEWORKS. Maxim Crane Works is the only coast-to-coast provider of comprehensive lifting services in the U.S. Maxim offers rental heavy-lift equipment, including hydraulic truck, rough terrain, crawler, tower, conventional truck cranes and boom trucks. Serving industries like industrial manufacturing, infrastructure, and commercial building, their 50-plus branches offer management, rigging, engineering and transportation.


KITO CROSBY. See the latest Crosby BlokCam crane visual and audio solutions at the Kito Crosby booth. Kito Crosby is the global leader of the lifting and securement industry it pioneered, and for which it continues to set the quality standard. Kito Crosby’s people, products, solutions and services have innovated the lifting and securement industry for over 250 years.


BRASFIELD & GORRIE. Since Miller Gorrie founded Brasfield & Gorrie in 1964, the company has grown from a local contractor to a national construction company with 13 offices in eight states. Brasfield has helped clients complete projects that transform communities and power economies. In 2023, they earned $5.8 billion in revenue and Engineering News-Record ranked the company #21 on its Top Contractors list.


CREATIVE LIFTING SERVICES. Creative Lifting Services offers a wide selection of tower cranes and self-erecting cranes for rent, sale or lease. Provide parts & service on all self-erecting and tower cranes. Exclusive North American Sáez Distributor.

CROPAC EQUIPMENT is a trusted family-owned crane distributor operating since 1977, specializing in the sales and rental of cranes and equipment. With exclusive territories for both Terex and Potain, Cropac offers top tier tower crane product lines to the construction industry.

LEWIS CRANE & HOIST provides turnkey crane and hoist solutions. Based in North Texas, Lewis serves a five-state region and is licensed to do business in California and Nevada, where it is an expert in casino construction. The company sells, leases, operates and maintains new and used tower cranes, personnel/material elevators, derricks and mobile cranes.

NORTH AMERICAN CRANE & RIGGING offers operated and maintained tower crane service throughout the eastern United States. NACR specializes in turnkey, single-source project delivery. The company self-performs all aspects of their service from pre-planning to final demobilization. NACR offers state-of-the-art fleet of tower cranes, certified operators on staff, mobile assist cranes, assembly/dismantlement riggers, service technicians and trucking fleet. NACR’s approach mitigates risks to safety, schedule and budget.

ROYCAP/CAPITAL CRANE are a leading tower crane services, parts, sales and rental provider in Toronto.

TIPTON CRANE. Tipton Crane is a crane company located in Chattanooga, TN. They are the first appointed dealer by Manitowoc for the French-made Potain GMA Self-Erect Tower Crane products. Tipton Crane served as the pioneer for the self-erect tower cranes in the Southeast United States. Their rental fleet consists of self-erects, city cranes up to the MDT319 and small luffing cranes up to the MR295. Tipton Crane is a full-service tower crane company with rentals, sales, parts and technician services.


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