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About Atlas Crane

About Atlas Crane

Where Service and Safety Meet

Atlas Crane Service is based out of Aurora, Wheeling, and Ottawa Illinois. We employ only Local 150 Operating Engineers, and we have Certified Signal Men available. We will tackle any of your crane needs, large or small. Atlas Crane is committed to safety while watching our customer’s bottom line. Atlas Crane proudly serves the entire Midwest.

Our Story

Atlas Crane was established in 2009 by current founder and CEO Zach Prentis. 

Zach’s vision of starting his own crane company was set in motion with the purchase of the first crane which he parked in his driveway, from this beginning Atlas Crane was born.

Taking on projects small and large, Zach’s think big philosophy, vision and culture created tremendous company growth. By 2014 Zach grew the company to over 50 employees with 10 acres in Aurora Illinois. 

By 2023 the company had grown to over 200 employees, operating the largest fleet of new Liebherr cranes in the country, serving customers from coast to coast.  

The first 40-ton truck crane was the starting point to a larger fleet of cranes. Serving many of his neighbors in Batavia, the business started small.

After 7 years, the company moved to its current headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. Then opened additional branches in Peru, Illinois and Atlantic, Iowa to improve responsiveness to a rapidly growing Midwest Region.

In 2022 the company was acquired by Ares Management. With continued branch expansion throughout the country, Atlas Crane has grown to become a nation-wide provider.

Our Mission

The Atlas Crane mission has been transparent since inception, and the business remains highly aware of those roots.

Our goal and core focus remain the same. We will continue to honor and foster Zach’s vision for the company and its culture by delivering excellent service provided by top notch industry professionals.

We believe that safety and service is our #1 priority and each project (big or small) deserves the highest level of quality.

Where Service and Safety Meet

At Atlas Crane, providing exemplary service, SAFETY is built into the DNA of our organization. From employee training and risk control measures to regular project audits and personal protective equipment, we live safety in everything we do.

We will never compromise the safety of our team members or take risks for the purpose of a new project or to meet a deadline. Our team members and their families deserve this commitment. Our customers and the communities that we operate in, deserve this commitment.

We believe that each and every project, regardless of size or complexity should be planned and executed based on the foundation of customer satisfaction and total safety. We regularly review our actions and performance to ensure the safest possible approach to our business.

Our slogan “Where Service and Safety Meet” is embedded in everything we do. We don’t believe you can achieve one without the other!

2021 EMR

2021 TRIR

ISO 9001, 14001, 45001 Certifications

Our Vision

As we continue to set new horizons, our story and mission are part of who we are.

Our following core values have stayed consistent:

  • Honesty: Act with integrity in everything we do.
  • Growth: Strategically expand our business to support the needs of our customers and employees.
  • Stewardship: Respect our social and environmental resources.
  • Personal Development: Recognize, cultivate and value our employees’ initiative and diverse talents.
  • Service: Operate with quality to create value and satisfy our customers.

We believe that these core values define and motivate us to keep reaching our future goals, All while staying committed to our slogan "Where Service and Safety Meet".