Since 1985, Bruce Larsen, founder and president, has run a fully insured training facility where all the instructors are certified journeyman-status crane operators with a minimum of 30 years experience. This method of operation earned Crane Safety Ltd. a well-respected reputation, both nationally and internationally, and was what first caught Leavitt Machinery’s attention.
Leavitt Machinery has been steadily growing its training division for 15 years and trains more than 30,000 operators per year in various disciplines. After learning that Larsen was open to new opportunities, Leavitt Machinery approached Crane Safety Ltd. and began talks regarding a potential acquisition.
“We were very pleasantly surprised and excited at Crane Safety Ltd. when Leavitt Machinery approached us to partner with them.I had watched their organization from a distance and was amazed at how professional they were and how far they had progressed in the operator training field in such a short amount of time.”
John Mutis, Leavitt Machinery’s senior vice president, said he sees the incorporation of Crane Safety Ltd. as an asset to the company’s continued investment in safety training and certification. “We want to distinguish ourselves from other training facilities, and one of the ways we are accomplishing this is by cultivating an experienced team of trainers,” he added.