The Early Days


In 1970 John W. Payne, the founder and CEO of Payne’s Cranes, Inc., purchased a small construction company with one dump truck and a backhoe. He changed the name of the business to John W. Payne Excavation and immediately started to expand the business that would later become John W. Payne Construction, Inc.. This early expansion included a well-planed program of continued investment in new equipment. One of these early acquisitions was a small cable rigged crane shown in the picture at the left installing a bell tower on a local church.

Mr. Payne originally purchased the crane to handle small local jobs like the ones in these pictures. However he soon established a relationship with nearby UNA-LAM a division of Unadilla Silo Co. a major producer of engineered glue-lam beams for large structures.

This and other similar relationships allowed the firm to expand its horizons from a relatively local market place to one that now covers the entire East Coast of the US. This growth also required a more focus on the crane business so a new company, Payne's Cranes, Inc., was added to Mr. Payne's stable of companies.

The new company continued to expand by adding cranes to their inventory; all of which were hydraulic like the one in the picture to the right. Along with this expansion of inventory the firm also expanded its core competencies.


The Present

Today Payne's Cranes, Inc., with over 38 years experience, works with all the major laminated beam manufacturers, as well as their customers, distributors, sales reps, and other contractors, all over North America. John W. Payne the President and founder of the company, along with Gregg Eldridge the Vice President, are dedicated to providing their customers with solutions developed through their years of experience in glue-lam erection and other crane related problems.

All of the cranes in the Payne's Cranes inventory are hydraulic and 69% are all terrain designs. These cranes range in size from 20 ton to 350 ton with boom and jib lengths from 144 feet to 400 feet. All of Payne's Cranes operators have the necessary licenses to allow them to work in any state and, along with the crews that work with them, have the expertise that makes our customers feel confident the job will be done safely and right.

Safety is a primary consideration in everything we do at Payne's Cranes. Our Safety Manual is available to our customers as are all our Material Safety Data Sheets. As you might expect, considering the work we do, fall protection is one area we are particularly careful about. When working at heights over 6 feet above grade our crews are always tied off and/or protected by guard rails. When it comes to safety we will not cut corners.

What This Means To You

As our customer you will always know that we will provide you with:

  • Solutions not problems.
  • Experienced operators and crews.
  • A safe workplace.
  • The right crane for the job
  • Where & when you want it.
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