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Crane Industry Services Adds Two Inspectors, Trainers

            Whelchel                               Johns    

March 12, 2019 - Crane Industry Services (CIS), Carrollton, Georgia, has added two staff members who are both trainers and crane inspectors.  

Noel Whelchel and Larry Johns bring skills that can help contractors and utility companies evaluate equipment and people. 

Whelchel holds degrees in business and sports administration from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University, and has more than17 years of leadership experience. His expertise includes strategic planning and program coordination.  


“Noel is interested in the application of technology tools to safety management. He will take leadership roles in the implementation of iReportSource for online, dynamic employee recordkeeping, and simulation training and onboarding schools with new craft skills programs,” said Debbie Dickinson, CEO of CIS. 


Johns has more than 35 years of experience in structural steel and heavy-lift rigging, and as a signal person. His certifications include NCCER Advanced Rigging and Ironworker, as well as NCCCO Rigger/Signal Person and Crane Operator. He is authorized to train OSHA 10- and OSHA 30-hour courses.  

“Larry has years of real-world experience working as a foreman for multiple general and specialty contractors, and he is a wealth of knowledge and experience running everything from friction lattice-boom cranes to telescopic mobile cranes,” said Dickinson.  

“CIS is excited about its significant growth and all that Johns and Whelchel add to the already dynamic CIS team,” she said.


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