Merseyside, UK based crane company Roadcraft Crane Hire has celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Founded in 1920 by Henry J Carey, the company originally manufactured electric cargo trucks used on the Mersey docks. Located on Knowsley Road, Bootle, the company quickly expanded its operations and in 1933 moved a mile down the road into its current premises on Strand Road.
The outbreak of World War II resulted in the majority of its workforce enlisting into army however and the company was forced to close the manufacturing side of the business. It was at this time that it started concentrating on its rental fleet and shortly after the war ended in 1945, its extended its fleet to include forklifts and small mobile cranes which were in high demand.
In 1966 company founder Carey passed away with Clarence H Moors, who had been a director of Roadcraft since 1955, taking charge. When Moors passed away in 1969, company secretary Andrew G Thomas became chairman and has held the position ever since.
Today, Roadcraft is run by Moors’ son, Paul Moors, who joined the company in 1955 as an apprentice fitter/mechanic. He worked his way up through the business to become a director in 1971 and eventually managing director of the company. Roadcraft currently runs a fleet of All Terrain cranes with capacities ranging from 10 to 130 tonnes as well as a number of Kato city cranes and a 15 tonne Franna pick & carry crane.
Managing director Paul Moors, said: “Roadcraft’s long history is a testament, not to the cranes in our fleet, but to our operators in the cab together with the dedication of all our office and support staff. The company remains committed to supplying mobile cranes to the ship repair and freight industry, together with all aspects of the construction industry. ”
Finance director Mike Caine, added: “Unfortunately, due to the current horrendous situation that we are all going through with regard to Covid-19, any thoughts of celebratory events to mark our 100 years in business have taken a “back seat” somewhat. But as far as I am able to ascertain Roadcraft is the oldest crane hire company still operating in the United Kingdom and, hopefully, will be here for many decades to come.”
Take the crane quiz
Roadcraft has carried out - and importantly photographed - a number of interesting applications over its 100 year history, so we thought we would put you to the test to see if any of our crane operators can name the make and capacity of the below cranes.
We have numbered them 1 to 10, so feel free to post your guesses in the comment section and we will reveal the answers Monday afternoon.
We have now updated the picture captions with the make and tonnage of the cranes.