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11th Annual Safety Meeting Spotlight: Dave Anderson, Founder and CEO of Anderson 360 Solutions

At Thackray Crane Rental, Inc., we make safety and regulatory compliance a priority in everything we do. That is why we’re proud to announce that Dave Anderson, the founder and CEO of Anderson 360 Solutions, a world-leader in workplace safety and compliance assistance, will be featured as the keynote speaker at our 11th Annual Safety Meeting.

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The Walter J. Thackray Memorial Scholarship: What You Need to Know

Thackray Crane Rental, Inc., in partnership with The Philadelphia Foundation, is proud to introduce the Walter J. Thackray Scholarship in memory of our company’s co-founder and beloved family patriarch, Walter J. Thackray.

Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. does more than just supply rigging equipment to NJ, PA, and DE builders. We also give back to the community, following in the footsteps of our founders.

Below, you will learn all about Walter J. Thackray and the scholarship established in his name. We will also explain eligibility requirements for applicants and how you can apply.

First things first:

Who was Walter J. Thackray?

Walter J. Thackray co-founded Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. back in 1947 with his wife, Anna Cassalia Thackray. Their values of honesty, integrity, and family helped shape the company into the organization it is today.

Walter was known for giving back to the community and helping improve the lives of those around him. Sadly, he passed in 2010, but, through this scholarship, his family looks to continue his legacy of helping to grow the community for years to come.

The Philadelphia Foundation

Founded in 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. TPF grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, TPF manages assets of over $416 million and more than 900 charitable funds established by its fund holders. It distributes about $20 million annually to over 1,200 nonprofits as grants and scholarships. To learn more, visit www.philafound.org.

Scholarship Details

The Walter J. Thackray Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior looking to continue his or her education in Construction Management, Agricultural or Horticulture Science at a 4-year non-profit college or university.

An award of $2000($500 per year for four years) will be granted to one eligible applicant to help cover the cost of tuition. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years upon meeting criteria. High school senior student applicants should have a GPA of at least 2.5 and must demonstrate financial need and participation in activities outside of school such as volunteer work, clubs, or extracurricular activities to be eligible.

How to Apply

Interested students may submit an application along with an essay, letter of recommendation, and other school documents that can be found on the application’s webpage. Applications will be accepted now through May 1, 2018, and a winner will be selected in the following months.

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Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. is a leader in more than crane and rigging supplies for DE, NJ, and PA. We are an active member of the community and love to give back in any way we can. Click here for more information on the Walter J. Thackray and the values he instilled in his family and company.

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Choosing the Right Crane for the Job

Put plainly, businesses rent cranes to move and lift up to hundreds of tons of materials. However, no two projects are exactly quite the same. Because of this, different cranes suit different purposes. To get the job done right, the appropriate piece of equipment must be chosen for the task at hand. This decision hinges on proprietary industry knowledge and experience and having served our customers since 1947, Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. prides itself as the premier provider of crane rentals in the tri-state area.

Over the past several decades, we have developed a strong reputation for reliable crane rental services in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. With our construction support services—such as equipment rentals, trucking and transportation, warehouse and storage, and project logistics customers regularly complete their projects both safely and efficiently.

Do you need a crane for your next project? Depending on the nature of the job, we could outfit you with one or more of the following cranes, among others.

Crawler Cranes

These cranes have the ability to move under their own power, allowing them to transport heavy loads around construction sites. This capability, combined with lift capacities that range from 50 to 440 tons, makes them suitable for many different projects.

Boom Trucks

Boom trucks offer even more mobility at the cost of lower lift capacity (about 8-28 tons). Their multifunctional truck beds allow you to easily transport materials and supplies between sites. To add to their versatility, they can even come with an attached man basket, allowing personnel to install and remove signs, maintain cell phone towers, or perform a variety of other essential functions in hard-to-reach places.

All-Terrain Cranes

With lift capacities up to 500 tons and the ability to traverse rough surfaces, all-terrain cranes give contractors a powerful and highly maneuverable crane rental option. These heavy-duty machines include features like retractable and extendable counterweight positions, hydraulically-operated winches, and a maximum hook height of 425 feet.

These cranes serve as just a few examples of diverse selection of equipment. For more information about our crane rentals, browse our website here. To learn more about our company and our construction support services or to hire a certified crane operator in the Philadelphia area and beyond, call us at 1-844-99-CRANE today!

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Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. Celebrates American Heart Month by Aiming to Keep Employees Healthy

As your one-stop shop for crane rental and logistical services near New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. strives to offer as much support as it can to both its employees and customers. In celebration of February and American Heart Month, we want to spread awareness of employee health and well-being; and how that makes all the difference for our company.

American Heart Month in February

Although it isn’t always discussed in the context of hydraulic cranes and construction, American workers do suffer from heart disease at an alarming rate. According to a study by the American Heart Association, a quarter of the deaths in the United States, every year, are the direct results of heart disease. It’s for this reason that Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. takes a proactive approach to its employees’ health.

Optimizing the Health of our Company

Here at Thackray Crane Rental, Inc., our full-time Safety and Risk Management Director, Mark W. Thackray, ensures that our employees maintain optimal health. Mandating regular physicals, along with health and wellness policies, Mark sees that every employee utilizes and optimizes their healthcare and medical services. Ultimately, we recognize that our employees exist as more than one of our greatest assets: they’re an extension of the larger Thackray family.

The Extended Thackray Family

With our roots as a 3rd generation family-owned and operated company, our company bonds as a larger whole—an extended family with the same values, communal ties, and concerns.

Being a Thackray employee is about honesty, integrity, and trust. Since the days of our founders, we’ve instilled values like these throughout our organization and in all of our contracts. It’s a firm belief and personal philosophy that our employees and our customers deserve the best that’s in our power to offer them.

We apply this belief by ensuring that we obey safety regulations concerning our employees and our equipment; that we train our operators and enforce a sense of duty, courtesy, and discipline.
Local community involvement is just as much of a part of being at Thackray, as we cultivate our ties outside of the organization—supporting business partners, fundraisers, loyal customers, and staff however we can.

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Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. Supporting the Kicks4Chris Foundation in 2018

Since our earliest days hauling tractors, trailers, and cranes wherever customers and communities have needed them, Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. has stood for more than crane rentals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. In fact, since 1947, we’ve continued to make philanthropy and community outreach some of our highest priorities.

Today, we would like to kick off the New Year by proudly and loudly supporting the efforts of the local non-profit organization, Kicks4Chris Foundation.

The Origin of the Organization

Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. has always sought to support communities in NJ, PA, and DE in all ways that it can. When we first heard about the Kicks4Chris Foundation, its mission resonated with us and our hearts went out to the Stern family. In 2015, the Foundation was established in memory of Chris Stern, the son of our cousin Carole (Cassalia) Stern. Chris, who was diagnosed at the age of 21 with sarcoma, spent six years of his life fighting against the disease.

Despite the complication of severe heart disease brought on by immunotherapy, Chris was able to push his sarcoma into remission. Avoiding a risky heart transplant, he pushed through, going on to lead the James Madison University Relay for Life. During these years, he also worked with the City of Hope, making it his personal mission to befriend and support others fighting their own battles against cancer and sarcoma.

It was in the summer of 2014, just as Chris’s cancer returned, that he and his family halted all of the chemotherapy and radiation, turning to alternative treatments. After a consultation with a Dr. Breelyn Wilky, they learned about the medical potential of immunotherapy and the research that had been steadily advancing it.

Researching Immunotherapy in Honor of Chris

Sadly, Chris passed away the following summer, at the age of 27. In honor of Chris Stern and the fight that is still waged by millions of cancer patients to this day, Kicks4Chris has served as a vehicle to fund research into primary immunotherapy. By hosting an annual 5k, paint nights, basketball tournaments, and benefit Galas, Chris’s family has tried to bring more awareness, as well as funding, to nascent cancer treatments.

Inspired by Chris and everyone fighting against cancer, we encourage others to donate towards their cause by visiting Kicks4Chris.org. All donations received by the organization automatically qualify as tax-deductibles, and go directly toward those who need immunotherapy research the most.

Won’t you join us as we support the Kicks4Chris Foundation this new year? We truly appreciate all of your charitable considerations in an effort to “kick” cancer away!

Visit Kicks4Chris.org for more information on how you can support this worthwhile cause.

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Planning Out Your Construction Rentals and Logistics with the Professionals

If you’re in the construction industry, you can rely on Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. for far more than the industry’s sturdiest, and most powerful hydraulic cranes, boom trucks, tractors, and lulls.

At our family-owned company, we’re more than cranes and boom truck rentals in Philadelphia. We’re your industry leaders in logistics, warehouse storage, fabrication—any service you could want from us. It’s our extensive fleet of vehicles, tools, equipment, and skilled drivers that make us the ideal friend on your construction site or workplace.

Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. and Drivers

Though you may not think about it much, you definitely can’t underestimate the skill required to drive, maintain, and operate a heavy duty tractor, rig, or industrial crane. When you partner with us, you gain access our trained crews—capable of moving and erecting virtually everything they see.

Down to the size of their shackles, lifting beams, and synthetic slings, we can tailor our vehicles to meet your industry needs. Our array of cranes and boom trucks come fully stocked with every range and type of material handler. We’ll match the rig, and the driver to the work that you need done, utilizing all the resources and the personnel of our loyal NJ, and PA trucking company.

Logistical Coordination and Assistance

Because of our familiarity and experience with heavy duty vehicles and equipment, we can take care of transportation and logistics, all the way from our Philly headquarters, and warehouses to you and your contractors. Piloting our vehicles, savvy Thackray drivers navigate the tightest and most challenging of construction sites with ease and confidence.

Don’t worry about all the routing, bridge crossings, and road permits. Our Thackray experts see that bridges and overpasses do not affect our transportation of vehicles and equipment. Thanks to our knowledge of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey regions, we plan with obstacles in mind, arriving to you precisely when you need us.

Safe and Secure Industry-Grade Storage

Should your construction be paused or extended into the coldest months of the fall and winter, our warehouses are always at your service—securely storing your construction materials, and machines.

Our industrial-grade outdoor storage units can fit everything from reactors, HVAC chillers, glass, steel beams, and specialized medical equipment. Surveilled, and insulated, our warehouses can preserve, and protects your construction projects, all at an affordable rate.

To learn more about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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Why You Should Keep Materials Inside a Climate-Controlled Storage

If you, your company, and contractors have worked on a long-term construction project, you know how problematic storing and accessing your building materials and equipment can be. Luckily for you, Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. is much more than crane and equipment rental company. Overseeing New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, we bring you everything you need to successfully and smoothly complete your work both on and off-site.

Guarding and Storing Your Materials

Given how essential and expensive construction materials and equipment tend to be, it’s imperative that you know where and how they’re being stored. Here at Thackray Crane Rental, Inc., we keep our customers’ project materials in state-of-the-art, climate-controlled warehouses and storage yards. We understand that you cannot take chances; so, we ensure that everything you need is always available to you 24/7 and protected by a security team and surveillance system. Whenever you need to unload and acquire your belongings, we open our facility to you and even assist with the logistics.

The Highest Quality Customer Service

Why keep your rebars, steel beams, and transformers where they could easily be damaged or stolen? We have multiple storage yards and warehouses, strategically located in areas of PA and NJ. Our company is about more than trucking, rigging, and crane rentals—it’s about the quality of the service that we bring to our customers. As we see it, a storage service in 2017-2018 should anticipate all your needs, and we will deliver the highest possible quality service to you, our valued customer.

High Quality Warehouse Storage

When you utilize our storage warehouses, you’re given 24/7, 365 day access to some of the best industrial-grade warehouses available. Because you’re partnering with Thackray Crane Rental, Inc., you can be certain that you’ll always have assistance as you load and unload materials and heavy-duty machinery.

You can cease worrying about your rebars and concrete succumbing to the colds of winter! Inside of our climate-controlled storage units, your materials will be insulated against temperature drops, as well as any corrosive moisture in the air. Once you’re ready to bring it all back on-site, our flatbeds, lowboys, and cranes will be readily available. At Thackray Crane Rental, Inc., we think of it all!

Contact us at 1-844-99-CRANE or visit thackraycrane.com to request a storage quote today!

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The History of Thackray Crane Rental and Lincoln Financial Field

As loyal football fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, we here at Thackray Crane Rental, Inc cannot overstate how truly proud we are to be affiliated with SportsRadio 94WIP, home of the Eagles Radio Network. As loyal Eagles’ fan for decades now, we feel such a strong, personal connection to our hometown team. In honor of our partnership with the Eagles Radio Network, we wanted to revisit our own professional history with the sports team—stretching as far back as 2001, and our involvement in the construction of Lincoln Financial Field.

A Decade of Negotiations

While some Philadelphians call the former U.S. capital, “Philly,” equal proportions of Eagles fans call Lincoln Financial Field, “The Linc.” Regardless, anyone who can remember the old Veterans Stadium will undoubtedly agree that “The Linc” is vastly superior, where football stadiums are concerned. Back in those days, the Veterans Stadium acted as both baseball and football field. It wasn’t until the venerable 1990s that anyone started talking about the possibility of a new stadium. Part of the reasoning for negotiations was the reputation of the Veteran Stadiums itself—ranked as one of the worst venues in the NFL.

The owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Norman Braman, aspired to commission a stadium worthy of his city and his team. Too frustrated by constraints and a severe lack of financial support, Braman sold the Eagles to Jeffrey Lurie. Over the next six years, Lurie passionately pleaded his case to the state of Philadelphia. In 1999, the state approved funding, realizing the vision. By December of 2000, the deal was struck between the City of Philadelphia and the Eagles, agreeing on the construction of what would be Lincoln Financial Field.

Thackray Crane Rental and the Eagles

Having been in business since the 1947, Thackray Crane Rental Inc. had solidified its status in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Maryland, and Delaware, as the premier crane provider in the region. When the substantial project commenced in 2001 to construct the new 69,000 seat stadium, Thackray Crane Rental was involved in lifting the structural steel used to fabricate the immense building. With our fleet of cranes spread across the Philadelphia, PA, region we were proud to partake in the construction of Lincoln Financial Field.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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A Peek into the Life of a Crane Operator

It goes without saying, but the construction world is enormous—as vast and as mighty as the vehicles, materials, and equipment utilized on a daily basis. Between the boom trucks and crane rentals, cities like Philadelphia are constantly booming with all the hauling and lifting that goes on.

You may be wondering, “What’s it like to operate one of those gigantic all-terrain cranes?”

Wake, Shine, and Lift

Most crane operators rise in the early morning, giving themselves a sizable portion of the day for lifting and transporting. The first challenge of the day is usually the transportation of the crane itself. Thankfully, a bulk of industrial cranes are designed with easy travel in mind. Once they’re safely rolling down the road or highway, operators ensure that they avoid any overheads or bridges that would bar them entry. Sometimes it’s not the height of the crane, but the weight of the machine that can be logistically problematic. It is for this reason that Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. employs start-of-the-art technology, aiding operators remotely.

Safe Habits and Protocols

Upon their arrival at a job site, crane operators will assess what they see and seek out the local contractor or customer. By coordinating with other workers on site, operators ensure that their cranes do not hinder, endanger, or immobilize anyone in their vicinity. Operators become masters of planning and checklists—sometimes devoting over an hour of their day to systematics, electronics, and computers. As the years have passed, safety regulations in construction have steadily increased. Today, in 2017, your average crane operator is likely to boast a number of certifications. Training and certifications often depend on the job site and the project in question. Some of these qualifications include: OHSA, NCCO certification, CDL license, etc.

Keeping Atop the Tech

Technology evolves more rapidly than most of us realize. Crane operators grasp this simple truth in their day-to-day. Advancements in technology have coincided with dramatic rises in mechanical accuracy and operational efficiency. Newer cranes now feature HUDs and tools for easier lifting and rigging. Whether deployed in DE PA, or NJ, operators need to stay familiar with the latest cranes on the market. Thankfully for operators, the more advanced a crane, the more intuitive it’s likely to be.

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Thackray Crane Rental to Co-Sponsor the Claddagh Fund’s Sixth Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

At Thackray Crane Rental, your premier crane rental and rigging provider in NJ, DE, and PA, we are proud to announce that we are co-sponsoring The Claddagh Fund’s Sixth Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament. This special event will be held at the Woodcrest Country Club located in Cherry Hill, NJ on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. We are honored to sponsor a good time while supporting worthwhile causes to uplift our local communities.

The Claddagh Fund is the charitable outreach foundation of the American Celtic punk band, the Dropkick Murphys. Founded in 2009 by their frontman Ken Casey, this organization honors the three attributes of the Claddagh Ring, which are friendship, love, and loyalty.

The Claddagh Fund’s mission is to help raise money for underfunded non-profit organizations. Organizations like these aim to assist vulnerable individuals within the community. They particularly concentrate on groups that help both children and veterans. They also aim to assist alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs nationwide, as well as across the globe.

At 11:00 AM, registration and warm ups will commence. At 11:30 AM, lunch will be served. The Shotgun Start golf tournament will begin at 1:00 which will be followed by dinner, auctions, and awards at 6:00 PM.

If you’d like to know more about the Claddagh Fund’s Sixth Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament click here to register your team of four for the shotgun start.

Can’t make it? You can still make a donation!

If you want to learn more about the Claddagh Fund and all the positive work they do for the underprivileged, please visit their website.

We at Thackray Crane Rental are honored to be a part of this occasion and we are proud to support beneficial causes that help those in need.

If you would like to find out more about our company and how we can provide your lifting and rigging, needs throughout DE, NJ, and PA, please give us a call at 844-99-CRANE. While we can schedule rentals in advance, we can also offer emergency construction support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also have trucks capable of moving oversized loads. Plus, our logistics department will give you a single point of contact to save you time, labor, and costs. Thackray Crane Rental has an array of resources to complete your complex project with ease.

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