Link-Belt said that over the past two years Imperial, McAllister and Link-Belt have worked closely to meet the lift requirements of one of Imperial’s largest industrial customers. All machines in the package are already committed to long-term contracts for the next three to four years.

“This is the largest single crane purchase in Imperial’s history and was based largely on the superior capacities and bulletproof reliability we’ve experienced with Link-Belts over many years,” said Lance Bohne, Executive Vice President at Imperial.

Established in 1969 with a single 25-ton truck crane, Imperial is the largest locally owned crane service in the Midwest. This purchase is a testament to their substantial growth. Even with the death of the company’s founder, Lance’s father, John Bohne, the second-generation leadership, including B.J. Bohne, President and Bill Tierney, Vice President, has doubled revenues over the last five years and looks to top $50 million in 2008. “Every year has been a record in the last five years,” said Lance Bohne.