About Us

Our History

Over 50 years ago, Vic and Bernice Wenzel began building the foundation for what would become VIC’S Crane & Heavy Haul, Inc. Together they worked to build a small welding shop into VIC’S Welding Company, a union shop performing onsite repairs and fabrication in refineries and chemical plants in the area. The company concentrated on establishing VIC’S as an ASME Code shop and maintained “U”, “S”, and “PP” code stamps and the National Board “R” stamp to construct, assemble and repair pressure vessels and boilers. VIC’S supplied this service to petro-chemical plants and municipal power plants for over 20 years.
 
In the early 1970s, VIC’S identified the need for supplying cranes and moving equipment to its clients and built a fleet of equipment to effectively answer that demand. Over the next two decades, VIC’S continued to purchase large rough terrain cranes for its refinery work and hydraulic cranes for its ever growing day service. The need to transport VIC’S equipment to and from job sites brought an influx of trucks and trailers. In 1985, with a 13-axle tractor trailer combination, VIC’S Heavy Haul Trucking was started to transport heavy equipment for clients in the area. This fleet quickly grew to include prime movers, Goldhofer platform transporters and gantries for on-site heavy moving.
Vic & Bernice saw many changes in their company over the years and, in the late 1990s, turned the business over to their three daughters. With new management energy and the industry showing growth into power and wind, the new owners concentrated on growing a less labor intensive business. In 2001, the welding repair aspect of the business was dissolved and VIC’S Crane & Heavy Haul, Inc. was born. They purchased large crawler cranes to service the heavy lifts in power plants and refineries and continued to purchase larger hydraulic cranes for wind generator erection and maintenance. Engineering personnel were hired to answer the demand for documentation and graphic representation of critical lifts. The heavy haul division has grown to include new lifting and moving solutions with platform trailers, strand jacks, gantry and jacking systems, and in-house fabrication for special needs in lifting, making VIC’S a front-runner in heavy moving and rigging, in the upper Midwest.
 
With the addition of pre-construction planning services, VIC’S innovative management staff and dedicated employees offer “full service solutions” in hoisting, moving and setting to our clients. VIC’S team of Operation and Project Management, Engineers and Safety Personnel are here to keep up with all advances in hoisting and transport technology. With a knowledgeable workforce to service its client base with state-of-the-art equipment, you will see VIC’S performing well into the future.
 

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