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Crane Hot Line

Wagstaff Buys Bronson

From left: Ronnie Wagstaff, Jacob Neilson, Kevin Wagstaff, Judd Wagstaff, Whitney Tucker, Jan Bronson, and Earl Bronson.

May 28, 2021 – Wagstaff Crane, Murray, Utah, has bought Bronson Crane, America’s leading dealer of Potain GMA self-erecting tower cranes.

Wagstaff’s acquisition of Bronson, which until the acquisition was headquartered in nearby West Jordan, Utah, enables Wagstaff to expand the range of products and services it offers customers in Utah.

The acquisition includes all of Bronson’s assets and business functions. Bronson continues to operate under its existing name, but now operates from the Wagstaff building in Murray, Utah.

Bronson Crane became a Potain dealer in 2008, and since 2011 has been the top dealer of Potain self-erecting cranes in the U.S. Bronson now dominates the wood-framing commercial construction and masonry market in the territory, according to Potain’s parent company, Manitowoc.

To further serve the area’s lifting needs, the Bronson/Wagstaff team now offers NCCCO training and certification at its facility.

Earl Bronson, the company’s founder, has built Bronson Crane from the ground up over the last two decades. He has been largely responsible for introducing self-erecting cranes to Utah and the surrounding region. He will continue to support the team at Bronson Crane.

“We’re excited to join Wagstaff and look forward to continue to support our customers in their projects,” Bronson said. “We’ve worked hard to build this company over the years and develop this important market. We’re confident we’ll continue to grow with Wagstaff and expand self-erecting crane construction.”

Bronson Crane is a welcome addition to Wagstaff Crane. Its Potain self-erecting tower cranes complement Wagstaff’s Manitowoc mobile crane offering.

“For almost 60 years, we've offered the most complete line of hydraulic cranes in the Intermountain West,” said Jim Wagstaff, co-owner of Wagstaff Crane and now Bronson Crane. “In that time, we’ve operated virtually every type of Manitowoc mobile crane there is. Now it’s time to expand our services even further by taking the logical next step and providing Potain’s tower crane offering, too.”


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