Generations of Heavy Lifting Success
Since opening our doors in 1929, Hampton Crane, Inc. has evolved to meet—and stay ahead of—our customers’ heaving lifting, crane, and machinery moving needs.
Nearly a century later, we’re still a family-owned and operated company, combining unmatched service with the latest in heaving lifting, crane, and machinery moving technology. Our team is the most experienced in the business, with almost 100 years since the doors have opened.
It’s our firm belief that anyone can own equipment; it’s our experts that make this company special. We adhere to a strict code of conduct, bring decades of strategic expertise to each job, and still treat each customer like our biggest account.
The Hampton Crane Promise
Excellence since 1929
Atlas Hampton enters the service business under the name Hampton’s Garage, providing expert auto repair on 5th and Jefferson in Nashville, Tennessee.
Stinson Aircraft becomes Hampton’s first machinery moving customer.
Hampton works for numerous manufacturing plants in middle and eastern TN including Genesco, Inc. The company begins using wreckers, wenches, jacks, and greased floors to move machinery.
Hampton buys 2 Lorain cranes for machinery moving, but their large frames limited work inside plants with low ceiling height. Hampton put the cranes to use in the Rogers Group’s massive rock quarry.
Hampton joins a massive 4-year project constructing and installing turbines for Old Hickory Dam, located 25 miles upstream of the Cumberland River in Nashville, TN.
Hampton buys four tow motors, increasing lift capacity to 18,000 pounds. The company’s customer base grows rapidly during the post-WWII manufacturing boom.
Hampton increases lifting capacity to 25,000 pounds for forklifts and 70 tons for cranes. The company updates its name to Hampton’s Crane Service.
Hampton upgrades to hydraulic cranes and increases forklift capacity to 40,000 pounds. The company expands its service area to include Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia.
The company increases lifting capacity to 600 tons; machinery moving and logistics quickly become the core competence of the business.
Hampton Crane invests in the most modern equipment available to service the growing demands of the manufacturing community in a global economy; lifting capacity doubles to 1200 tons.
Installed four of the largest bed-section brake presses in North America.
Hampton Crane continues to increase the size of the company and still owns an entire fleet of trucks and lifts.
Hampton Crane's heaviest lift is 750,000 LBS in Chattanooga, TN.
Hampton Crane came under new management under new owner, Lance Carney. Lance is the 3rd generation owner.
Facilitated the move of a brake press from Sweden and installed in TN. This brake press was, at the time, the highest tonnage BP.
Hampton Crane moves to a brand-new 30,000 sq. ft. facility after the original location in Nashville was destroyed by a tornado.
Brought cranes back into the business.