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Thackray Crane Rental Slated to Host 10th Annual Safety Meeting

Here at Thackray Crane Rental, we do much more than provide high-quality cranes, trucking and transportation, warehouse with climate-controlled storage options, and rigging in DE, PA, and NJ. In fact, we are excited to announce that we are slated to host our 10th Annual Safety Meeting on Wednesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. This year, our event will take place at the Ironworkers Local 401 Hall in Philadelphia, PA.

We are honored to welcome keynote speaker David D. Teater to present “Distracted Driving – A Traffic Safety Epidemic.” Not only is Mr. Teater a corporate consultant from FocusDriven, but he’s also a nationally recognized traffic safety advocate.

Mr. Teater served as CEO for several private companies, including two decades with an automotive supplier. He became a member of the National Safety Council in 2009 when it called for a national ban on cell phone use while driving. Eventually, with his help, the Council was able to reduce fatalities and injuries due to distracted driving.

Mr. Teater’s presentation will cover such topics as:

  • The threat of vehicle crashes and their effects on business and society
  • The science of driving distracted and how mobile device use while driving impairs the driver’s conduct
  • Common misperceptions about cell phone distractions
  • Why cell phone distraction is the most common cause of distraction
  • Why distraction-caused crashes are underreported as the reason
  • Why corporations should prohibit employee cell phone use while driving
  • Public opinion of cell phone driving bans
  • Potential technological solutions

We are inviting all of our employees, as well as their teenage children who just started driving, or will be driving in the near future. At Thackray Crane Rental, we recognize that accidents caused by distracted driving are happening more and more frequently—and yet, these accidents are entirely avoidable. Therefore, our goal is to encourage parents and their children to speak openly and honestly about the subject and hopefully, prevent distracted driving from occurring.

The company will also review the Department of Transportation’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate, which was enacted to improve roadway safety overall. An ELD employs technology to strengthen commercial drivers’ compliance with hours-of-service regulations to prevent fatigue so as to prevent accidents and safe lives. Operations Safety Direcor Mark W. Thackray will also share about the overall safety year in review, to keep employees aware of the latest industry standards.

Thackray Crane Rental is proud to serve as the premier provider of cranes in NJ, PA, and DE. To find out more about our services or Mr. Teater’s presentation, please give us a call at 1-844-99-CRANE. To learn more about FocusDriven, please also feel free to call (616) 296-0870.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Outsource Logistics Services for Your Project

Business owners are ambitious. That’s how they got to be where they are. Hard work. Lots and lots of hard work. While working hard is an important aspect of daily business operations, so is working smart. Time is money, and money is what keeps the lights on. Save time, save money and avoid hassles. Get it done right the first time. Get it done promptly, safely, and at an affordable rate.

Logistically, it makes sense to outsource services such as construction to specialists. There’s a reason your accountant isn’t paving the parking lot. We utilize experts in all aspects of our businesses. Building support is no different.

Sounds pretty simple right? That’s because it is. Over the last ~70 years, the team here at Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. has continually refined our craft to provide the most efficient NJ crane rental services in the entire Tri-state area.

Here are three reasons why outsourcing Logistics will prove beneficial for your upcoming construction projects:

1. It’s Safer – Full-service contractors (like us) have our maintenance shop where factory trained mechanics regularly inspect all equipment. Our company maintains AAA-rated insurance coverage to give clients peace of mind for numerous logistic projects. Never assemble a crew of uncertified technicians to operate air cranes or crane lifts. It will likely cost a lot more (headaches + money) in the long-term.

2. It’s Quicker – This is where our experience comes into play. Getting the job done right the first time will pay dividends. Don’t spend your time consulting with ten different companies for ten different jobs. By using a one-stop-shop like Thackray, you will free up hours to get other necessary work done inside the office.

3. It’s Less Expensive – Efficiency is our specialty. Over the last six decades, we have built valuable partnerships and learned the most cost-effective ways to transport your goods. From storage in New Jersey to rigging in Philadelphia, our quality and prices are hard to match. To get a toll-free quote, call 844-992-7263 today.

These are only three of the many reasons why a proven company should handle renovations and projects of all sizes. Our broad selection of services includes crane rentals, warehouses, logistics, trucking, rigging, lull rentals and much more. If you want more information, check out http://thackraycrane.com or email [email protected] anytime!

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When We Say Cranes, We Mean All Kinds of Cranes

When we say we provide cranes for projects of any and every size, we mean it. That’s why we wanted to take a moment and highlight the versatile machinery we have in stock for our full-service crane rentals and construction support services. When you need a crane for your construction or industrial project, you can trust that we have the exact piece of equipment you’re looking for:

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All Terrain Cranes – Mobile cranes with the flexibility to maneuver on public roads as well as on rough terrain at the job site. These vehicles are equipped with all-wheel drive and crab steering, and are designed for lifting up to 1,200 metric tons. Our fleet features cranes from Terex and Grove, and we offer one of the region’s only Liebherr 500-ton All Terrain Hydraulic Truck Cranes, which has a maximum hook height of 425 feet, extendable and retractable counterweight positions and an advanced super-lift system.

Hydraulic Lift Cranes – This piece of heavy-duty equipment uses an internal fluid-filled hydraulic system that allows it to lift heavier loads than smaller cranes. All hydraulic lift cranes have an enclosed operator’s cab on a steel base, and all of the selections in our fleet are mobile, with lift capacities varying from 30 to 80 tons.

Rough Terrain Crane – Mobile cranes that are mounted on an undercarriage with four rubber tires. These vehicles are designed for off-road operations and, as their name suggest, rough terrain applications. In order to level and stabilize the crane for hoisting, outriggers extend vertically and horizontally. In addition, this type of crane features a single engine that powers both the undercarriage and the crane. Whether you need a lift capacity of 14 tons or 90, we have the selection for you.

Crawler Cranes – Mobile cranes that do not require outriggers since they have a set of tracks instead of tires that provide for stability and mobility. These machines are mounted on an undercarriage and can move around a site with little risk of getting stuck in soft ground, but they usually have to be disassembled and transported by trucks, rail cars or ships between locations. Our fleet includes models that have lift capacities ranging from 50 to 440 tons.

Carry Deck Cranes – Smaller mobile machines with 360-degree rotating booms capable of moving smaller loads over short distances in confined spaces. Our selection features manufacturers like Grove, Broderson and Terex and are capable of reaching as high as 67 feet and lifting 8 to 15 tons.

Much, Much More – At Thackray Crane Rental, Inc., we feature equipment of all sizes and types to help you get any job you need done, and done right. Our full line of industrial and construction equipment includes more than just an impressive array of cranes, we can also provide Telescopic Handlers (also known as telescoping forklifts and telehandlers), Boom Trucks, Heavy-Haul Tractor Trailers, Flatbeds and Lowboys, Double Drops, Custom Crane Attachments and Rigging Hardware throughout NJ, PA, DE, MD and the northeast.

To learn more about our short-term and long-term rentals that are available for radio dispatch 24 hours a day, our Thackray certified and experienced operators or our reliable and honest service, check through our website and view our inventory today. Once we’ve impressed you, give us a call or Request a Quote online.

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10 Amazingly Fun Facts about Skyscrapers!

At Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. we are excited about our part in the construction of the highly-anticipated Comcast Innovation and Technology Center in Center City Philadelphia. This 59-story technological marvel is slated to be finished in 2017, and will boast 2 new restaurants, one on the top floor with amazing 360-degree views of Philly, a ground-floor concourse with easy access to SEPTA’s Suburban Station, 45 floors of rentable office space, and the new location of the Four Seasons Philadelphia Hotel, which will have 200+ rooms, event and meeting spaces, a spa and fitness facilities. The state-of-the-art engineering that goes into such a skyscraper got us even more curious about the extra tall buildings we help construct. So, as a result of that curiosity, and late-night Googling, here are the top 10 fun facts we discovered about skyscrapers:

  1. Where did that word come from?? We’ve always given props to the person who came up with the word “skyscraper,” it’s so obvious, yet so perfect. The buildings literally appear to scrape the sky with their spires and can easily inspire awe among admirers, both young and old. But the word has origins in something completely unrelated – ships. “Skyscraper” got its start as the nautical term for a small triangular sail set above the skysail.
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  3. Proving points at the World’s Fair, more than 125 years ago! While not technically called a skyscraper, the Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest building in 1889. The tower was built for the World’s Fair to prove that iron could be as strong as stone, even though it is considerably lighter. Bonus Fact: Every seven years, the tower is repainted with 50 tons of dark brown paint.
  4. The one that started it all…The Home Insurance Building, which was demolished in 1931, is still known as “the father of the skyscraper.” Built in 1885 in Chicago, it was 138 feet tall with 10 stories and was the first building to use steel beams and columns for support so that it could have more windows. But the new method wasn’t free of controversy, the city halted the building’s construction to investigate the safety of the structure because so many people worried about its stability.
  5. A lightning rod! The Empire State Building was purposely designed as a lightning rod and, as such, is struck by lightning around 100 times every year! Bonus Facts: The Empire State Building holds records for being the first building to have more than 100 floors and, at only 410 days to build, the fastest construction of a building, when considering its height and the technology available during that time period.
  6. A possible catastrophe kept secret…During the 1970s construction of the Citicorp Center in New York, workers bolted the building’s joints instead of welding them as originally specified. This wasn’t discovered until a year after the building’s completion, when the chief engineer, preparing for the encroaching hurricane season, discovered the change and the bolts’ inability to withstand hurricane-force winds. A team of workers was immediately dispatched to weld two-inch-thick steel plates over the 200 bolted joints. Halfway through the repair process, the city of New York, and the Citicorp Center, experienced a near miss, as Hurricane Ella veered out to sea a mere hours before the city would have had to evacuate. This close catastrophe was kept hidden from the public for nearly 20 years!
  7. A race! In 1929, Walter Chrysler and the Bank of Manhattan Trust Company took part in a race to build the world’s tallest skyscraper. The Chrysler Building won the intense race at the very last moment, when workers raised its spire, which was hidden inside the building, through the roof. Unfortunately, the celebration was cut a little short when, just 4 months later, the Empire State Building claimed the title. But kudos are still deserved for the Chrysler Building: at the height of its construction, floors were being completed at an incredible rate of four per week, without a single fatality!
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  9. Construction marvel or marketing genius? Oh, Chicago – the Windy City. We can only imagine the extra considerations necessary to build a skyscraper that can withstand those winds. As their solution to the issue, engineers for the John Hancock Center included five enormous diagonal braces on the building’s exterior walls that unfortunately block the view from two windows on every floor. That wouldn’t stop a local rental agent though, he marketed those sightless windows as a status symbol and charges a premium to rent the affected rooms!
  10. Oh, the view! On a clear day, visitors to the top of Chicago’s Sears Tower can see four states at once: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Impressive, at the very least! But what’s more: to ensure the clearest view possible, the building mounted six robotic window-washing machines to its roof. Now that’s dedication to cleanliness.
  11. And the reward for most original name! Okay, so the Taipei 101, located in Taipei and boasting an incredible 101 stories, isn’t exactly creative in the name department, but it was ranked as the world’s tallest building when it was completed in 2003. It lost that title in 2010, but became the world’s tallest, and largest, green building in 2011, when it was awarded the LEED platinum certification.
  12. Beat that! The Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, took the title of world’s tallest building from the Taipei 101 in 2010. At 2,716 feet and 160 stories, it features the fastest elevators in the world, over 20 acres of glass, and is also the world’s tallest manmade structure. Just, Wow.
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We could go on and on about skyscrapers, but there’s work to be done. As a leading crane rental company in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware, we have to do our part towards creating the next best skyscrapers, which will hopefully generate their own list of fun facts! Call us today at 1-844-99-CRANE, if you also play a part in this amazing process and are in need of crane and equipment rentals, warehouse and storage solutions, or trucking and logistics help.

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Tips For Protecting and Storing Your Rebar

A reinforcing bar, commonly known as rebar, provides strength and stability to concrete structures. While concrete is extremely strong, it can lose its integrity under tension stresses and lead to cracking and spalling, which occurs when the material starts flaking and breaking away. Rebar helps prevent concrete structures from premature cracking and flaking by absorbing and distributing the stress. However, common rebar is manufactured from unfinished tempered steel and is susceptible to rusting.

Using rusted rebar isn’t allowed when constructing a concrete structure and would result in your company’s work being turned down by the building inspector, unless the rust is removed. This is an obvious problem for anyone working with rebar, so it is paramount that your materials remain clean and rust free.

Rebar manufacturers produce various grades of rebar for use in different environments. For instance, in areas with highly corrosive atmospheres, such as the coastal areas we serve, a manufacturer can supply Type 2205 stainless steel rebar, which has a higher resistance to corrosion. Uncoated, corrosion-resistant, epoxy coated and galvanized rebars may also be employed in these situations.

No matter the type of rebar you choose to invest in for your projects, storing it properly is still essential, and we have compiled the following tips to help you do just that.

• Put the rebar on top of a raised non-metallic platform, such as wooden pallets. Both the ground and concrete areas absorb moisture and can lead to rusting.
• Cover the rebar with a thick protective tarp and secure it with cinder blocks (or something similarly heavy) at the corners and edges. You want to minimize the rebar’s exposure to the elements.
• If using galvanized rebar, avoid contact with uncoated rebar and excessive exposure to wooden materials, which can stain its surface. We recommend using another type of non-metallic platform.
• If using stainless steel rebar, avoid contact with carbon steel rebar or other ferrous (iron) materials. If this is unavoidable, make sure the stainless steel rebar is placed on the top of the other materials.

When it’s time to call it a day and head home, the best way to prevent corrosion is to take the rebar indoors. While we know that this is often easier said than done, it will ensure that your materials are ready for use and that extra time will not be needed to clean it and remove any accumulated rust. Remember that structural building materials not kept in good shape, such as rusted rebar, may not be approved by the building inspector. Furthermore, keep in mind that areas with high humidity and increased chances of rain or snow, such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, increase your risks of rust.

If you’re looking for indoor storage solutions, call us at Thackray Crane Rental, Inc. We offer warehouse storage facilities with tractor trailer and railcar accessibility. Our indoor, climate-controlled warehouses are located conveniently throughout our service areas and provide security, video surveillance and 24-hour convenient access. Making the decision even easier for you, we have over 60 years of experience with logistics and transport support services that specialize in delivery synchronization. We will ensure that your materials make it to your job site when you need them, in the condition you need them to be in.

Whether you need storage assistance in MD, PA, NJ or DE, we can help. With our extensive experience and dedication, we can fulfill your needs and keep your materials safe and clean. We also have heavy-industrial outdoor storage yards to store your heavy machinery and semi-trailers. Trust Thackray and you won’t be disappointed!

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Giving Back to the Community During Holiday Season

We are a proud company that offers clients quality equipment and crane rentals throughout the Tri-State area. During the holiday season, we like to give back to the community and help those less fortunate find some joy through the season. That’s exactly what was accomplished this past December.

We thank all of those who participated in our donation drive to help benefit the infants and children at St. Francis – St. Joseph – St. Vincent Homes for Children, a Catholic Social Services Agency in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

As the year continues, we have adopted the charity to help support the mission of St. Francis – St. Joseph – St. Vincent Homes for Children. Throughout this past holiday season, all of our employees graciously took part in the donation drive to provide these children with diapers, toys, clothes, money, and other essentials after following a wish list. The wish list was provided by Melissa Bossert Prushen, M.Ed., the agency’s Title One Coordinator.

We are a tight-knit, family run company, and the holidays brought us together as one family. Our employees will donate throughout the year to this great cause, and any contributions you may have as our clients, we encourage you to think of those less fortunate and provide them with the warmth and love they deserve. Look for news of our upcoming donation drives, and take part in helping this family run team of dedicated and compassionate employees care for children at risk and in need.

Through giving back to the community, Thackray Crane Rental will continue to serve our clients with the highest quality/capacity products and operating equipment so your projects run smoothly. As you rent our cranes, boom trucks, forklifts, and other equipment in our fleet, it would make our year if you could donate some much needed items for the children at St. Francis – St. Joseph – St. Vincent Homes for Children that we have taken under our wing.

We remain proud and committed to you and our community.

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A Look at Over 65 Years of Service

It’s been a remarkable 65+ years for all of us here at Thackray Crane Rental. We have seen steady advancements in our equipment and have developed into a full-service company, never straying from our family owned roots.

It started in 1947 when Walter and Anna Cassalia Thackray opened up shop with just a TL20 Lorrain crane to handle all the heavy lifting our initial clients needed. Since day one, we’ve held a vision and have stayed committed to focusing on customer satisfaction. Our motto is and always will be, “Faith, Family, and Country.” All of us, from management to our valued staff members, work together to present you with the best possible customer service experience.

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Thanks to your trust, we have become a company that offers much more than equipment rentals in the greater Philadelphia area. From that single TL20 Lorrain, we have grown to become a company that now operates more than 120 cranes with various capabilities and capacities. You can trust our ability to handle complex projects with:

·     Hydraulic Truck Cranes

·     Heavy Haul Tractors

·     Forklifts

·     Rough Terrain Lulls

·     Boom Trucks

·     Rigging Support

·     Logistics

With our equipment and advanced training methods, we have a thorough and distinct approach to safety measures. It’s with great pleasure that our Safety Committee has received certification and was recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Since our inception, we have been tasked with many projects that require certified operators and safe service for a crane rental in MD, PA, NJ, or DE. Some of the projects in which we are most proud include:

·     Architecture of the Society Hill Towers

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·     Lifting and transporting items for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

·     Construction of Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, including the implementation of over 11,000 solar panels.

·     Working with Temple University to expand their construction and improve their facility

·     Constructing and installing new infrastructure in the new high rise facilities at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

·     And many more unique projects that have helped us become one of the Top 50 crane rental companies in North America.

With 65 years of growth, we are looking forward to the future as we stay up to date and increase our capabilities in order to serve you for many more years. Thanks to the invaluable work ethic of our staff and the trust of our clients, we couldn’t have reached and celebrated this notable mark without you!

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Importance of Safety for Crane Operators

At Thackray Crane Rental, Inc., there’s nothing more important than the safety of our operators and our customers! We ensure safety by consistently training our certified crane operators and implementing a company policy with safety regimes and seminars. This summer, we held our 7th annual safety meeting with over 85 of our employees in attendance. The high attendance number indicates our employees’ eager willingness to become informed of the latest news and developments in industry safety.

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Our safety meeting involved an engaging agenda with a variety of speakers, notably including SportsRadio 94WIP’s Big Daddy Graham. Evening topics covered a range of safety initiatives. Thackray Crane Rental’s Operations Safety Director Mark W. Thackray offered a welcoming introduction of additional guest speakers, who provided commentary on the following safety topics:

• Dan Kane, Director of Safety Services at Diamond Tool, who elaborated on fall protection equipment, specifically safety harnesses.
• Deane Smith, Founder of Safety at South Jersey, who discussed wind load evaluations.
• Joe Doerr and John Schoppert, Risk Manager and Loss Control Manager at NationsBuilders Insurance Services (NBIS), who summarized new mobile equipment training that will launch this fall for our certified operators.

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As a renowned radio and television personality, comedian and writer, Graham delivered a number of inevitable jokes, but also offered motivating words of wisdom for the meeting’s attendees. Recalling his successful battle with throat cancer, he felt fortunate to have caught it early on and encouraged everyone to always trust one’s instinct when it comes to personal health and well-being. Both his lighthearted humor and sage advice were very well received by the entire audience.

Mark W. Thackray remarked positively about the company’s measurable improvement in safety statistics in the last year, which is a testament to the collaboration between employees and our company’s safety team. He also suggested tips on driver safety, recommended guidelines for spiral roll cages, and reviewed ladder basics.

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In regard to safety, when it comes to each unique job site, our crane operators must review a checklist of job conditions and assess equipment to effectively operate their crane. Important considerations include ground and weather conditions, as well as potential hazards to avoid. Through experience and training, Thackray’s operators are instructed on how to identify critical factors to best avoid issues.

When renting through Thackray Crane Rental, you can rest assured that your construction project will be completed safely without a glitch. Establishing trust with you is just as important as our safety, and the two go hand in hand. For any job, we take safety seriously, and you can rely on Thackray Crane Rental to provide the best service for your satisfaction!

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Tough Jobs Made Easier With Crane Rentals

Are you beginning to plan a big construction project? Chances are, your project will involve a lot of labor, heavy lifting, rigging, possible hauling of materials and warehouse storage – a task that requires more than just manpower. You will require an impressive piece of machinery to lift all of that equipment and supplies for your project. A crane can handle all of the material and complete the project most efficiently. Construction and building professionals understand that hiring reliable contractors is important. Hiring the appropriate crane rental is just as critical!

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It is more cost effective and safer to rent from a reputable company. When deciding to rent a crane, many factors should be considered, including:

  • Hiring a licensed crane operator. Thackray Crane operators are nationally certified and adhere to the safest operating procedures. Proof of our commitment to safety is a company policy that mandates a strict training regimen for all employees.
  • Crane maintenance. Thackray Crane Rental’s equipment is regularly inspected and maintained to ensure the equipment is in perfect working condition.
  • Versatility. Thackray specializes in construction, heating and air conditioning, power generation, petrochemical, communications, road construction, bridge building, or just about any industry that requires expertise in the planning, lifting, handling and placing of equipment and materials.
  • 24/7 Availability. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. Whether you require a bare crane rental, a manned crane with a licensed operator, a short term daily rental or long term rental, we can accommodate your needs. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week should an emergency arise.

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By choosing Thackray Crane Rental, you can enjoy such advantages as:

  • A project manager who can assess your project, determine your needs, and project a timeframe and estimated costs. Our technology includes computerized fleet management, 3D lift planning software, and wireless permits.
  • An array of all terrain cranes, rough terrain cranes, truck cranes, telescoping forklifts, boom trucks, crawler cranes, carry decks, heavy duty tractors and other specialized trailers and equipment that is certified and maintained through daily inspections.  Professional operators who use computerized controls always ensure safety first.
  • A talented team of operators, oilers, riggers, and haulers who can handle your project from start to finish.
  • Secured warehouse and storage facilities, should you need temporary space for your materials or equipment. Work space and logistics support are also available for sub-assembly and component fabrication, so that final assembly can be completed closer to the job site.
  • The satisfaction of hiring a company who is committed and dedicated to your service!

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Call anytime to learn more about why companies should rent a crane through Thackray Crane Rental and learn about all the additional services we have to offer. You can always rely on Thackray Crane to provide the best lifting and transportation equipment for any job, big or small.

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