Spanco, Inc. earns the prestigious Certified Welding Fabricator (CWF) designation from the American Welding Society (AWS) for our comprehensive quality management systems for welding fabrication.


Our new manufacturing facility opens in Las Vegas, Nevada, to accommodate consistent growth and serve our customers on the West Coast.


We introduce rigid track fall protection systems under a new Rigid Lifelines® division. Our engineers develop a line of Spanco Tractor Drives for I-beam and enclosed track systems, as well as retrofit drives for jib cranes.


We began manufacturing all of our own workstation components in the United States.


We build a 95,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on the edge of Pennsylvania’s Amish country in Morgantown, PA. Today, the Morgantown facility is Spanco headquarters and our core manufacturing facility. We also introduce workstation cranes that use imported Met-Track™ from Helm in Germany via Metreel in England.


Richard Uhlig founds Spanco, Inc. in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. We start by manufacturing a small line of Spanco Adjustable Gantry Cranes and Tripod Cranes. As the business takes off, we add Spanco Jib Cranes and Workstation Bridge Cranes.


George Uhlig (Richard Uhlig’s father) invents the first truly safe cable lever ratchet hoist with an interlocking double-pawl ratchet system to ensure that one pawl always holds the load. Today, LUG-ALL® manual hoists are used worldwide by professionals for safe, smooth, precise lifting and pulling.

Notable Spanco, Inc. Milestones:


  • 2018: awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification.
  • 2008: awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification.
  • 1999: awarded ISO 9001 certification.
  • 1990: becomes an official member of the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA).