American Cranes


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  • Manufacturer of lattice boom crawler cranes with lifting capacities from 50 to 275 tons.
  • Based in Wilmington, NC

Terex American Products

  • Lattice boom crawler crane
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Historical Overview

1882
The Franklin Manufacturing Company founded in 1884 in St Paul, MN (USA) by two entrepreneurs Frank Johnson and Oliver Crosby.

1883
Company name is changed to American Manufacturing Co.

1892
Company changes its name to American Hoist & Derrick

1985
Company name changed to “Amdura”.

1985
American mobile crane product line is purchased by group of investors forming a new company named American Crane Corporation

1998
American Crane Corporation is acquired by Terex.

Distinguished Historical Accomplishments

1885
American Manufacturing Company awarded its first patent for friction drums used in hoisting equipment.

1886
American Manufacturing Company introduces the Crosby Clip, an ingenuous devise used for fastening wire rope which still sells by the million in 1980s.

1889
Introduction of steam powered hoists.

1891
Introduction of largest electric hoists available up to 15 HP.

1895
Invention of a first mobile crane, called “Traveling Derrick”, a combination of revolving derrick and a steam hoist mounted on rail-car type wheels.

1895
Builds largest locomotive crane for the US navy with 45 tons lifting capacity.

1904
Designed the Railroad Ditcher, a shovel which revolutionized the railroad industry.

1923
American Hoist creates the first crawler crane. 

1938
Designed first 250 ton derrick.

1968
Sky Horse invented.

1976
Design of M-3000, the first ship-mounted revolver crane with lifting capacity of 3,000 tons.

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