Materials in Motion

Spanco 40th Anniversary


This year at Spanco, we’re celebrating 40 years in the crane business. In 1979, Richard Uhlig—the son of Lug-All founder George Uhlig—established Spanco in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Here Spanco began manufacturing a small line of Spanco Adjustable Gantry Cranes and Tripod Cranes. Soon the business grew, and we added a line of Spanco Jib Cranes and Workstation Bridge Cranes.

By 1992, Spanco had outgrown its original location, and we built a new 95,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. The same year, we introduced workstation cranes with pre-made enclosed track runways and bridges. Today, the Morgantown facility serves as Spanco’s headquarters and core manufacturing facility.

In 2003, we began manufacturing all of our own workstation components here in the United States. Then, in 2005, we introduced a line of rigid track fall protection systems under the new Rigid Lifelines division. Our Rigid Lifelines division launched a full line of customized and pre-engineered fall protection solutions backed by years of experience with rigid track material handling systems.

In 2008, as Spanco continued to grow consistently, we needed to expand again. This time, we opened a second manufacturing facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, to better serve our customers on the West Coast. This expansion to bi-coastal manufacturing allowed us to provide more timely shipping nationwide.

Present Day

Today, Spanco is celebrating 40 years of providing high-quality cost-effective material handling solutions. Our talented engineers, AWS certified welders, and investments in world-class precision technology ensure that we can create effective, reliable custom crane solutions for any material handling challenge.

Our history shows that our success comes from our dedication to serving our customers. When you call Spanco, you talk to a real person. We connect our customers with our sales representatives and local distributors with the knowledge and expertise to find the right solution for their application. Spanco sales representatives and distributors work together to understand our customers’ facilities and workflows and recommend crane systems that meet every requirement and expectation.

When an application requires a customized crane system, our engineers work quickly to find an efficient system tailored to any specific requirements or constraints. After a system is purchased, Spanco continues to provide any technical support, customer service, and engineering resources our customers need to keep their cranes serving them as long as possible.

As we celebrate 40 years of providing material handling solutions, we hope our continued focus on excellent customer service and high-quality products will keep our relationship with our customers strong for many more years to come. We are committed to serving our customers by meeting all of their expectations, embracing specific challenges and providing custom solutions, and delivering our products on time. That’s our Promise to Perform.