Third Manitowoc MLC300 Crawler Crane for Wilkerson Crane Rental in Kansas City – Heavy Lift News
18 Aug 2023

Third Manitowoc MLC300 Crawler Crane for Wilkerson Crane Rental in Kansas City

Kansas City-based Wilkerson Crane Rental (Wilkerson) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the purchase of another Manitowoc MLC300 lattice-boom crawler crane equipped with VPC-MAX®. Although the company has over 40 years of experience in hoisting, lift planning, heavy hauling and equipment servicing, Wilkerson Crane Rental only officially came into existence in 2013. That year, Diana Holt put together a rescue package for the soon-to-be liquidated crane division at which her husband Jeff Holt had spent his entire working life as an operator and assembly director, and her father-in-law Fred Holt acted as general manager.

 

 

Company growth has been consistent with Diana at the helm as CEO, and Jeff as Director of Operations and the rest of their dedicated team. Wilkerson’s cranes are as far afield as Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. Work has further driven the company’s acquisition of large Manitowoc cranes, thanks to a booming local economy, a new airport, data centers and a battery plant, coupled with the rise of wind farms and infrastructure projects.

“Four years ago, we bought our first MLC300 with a wide boom and extended upper boom point. This purchase was exclusively for wind farm work and apart from coming back for one three-month job, it’s been conducting maintenance on one wind turbine after another,” said Jeff Holt, Wilkerson’s Director of Operations.

 

 

“Two years ago, we purchased our second MLC300 with a wide boom and extended upper boom point. This machine started out with wind work as well. Since then, it has done tilt-wall work, as well as infrastructure jobs — where it’s really well suited. We can efficiently mobilize it and it’s perfect for a variety of jobsites,” Holt said. “It’s currently on a long-term jobsite replacing a bridge over Table Rock Lake in Ridgedale, Missouri.

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