American Equipment Expands National Field Service and Equipment Offerings With Acquisition of Shannahan Crane & Hoist | News Direct

American Equipment Expands National Field Service and Equipment Offerings With Acquisition of Shannahan Crane & Hoist Addition of extensive Midwest capabilities strengthens American Equipment’s position as one of the nation’s leading industrial MRO field service and equipment solutions providers

News release by Rotunda Capital Partners LLC

facebook icon linkedin icon twitter icon pinterest icon email icon SALT LAKE CITY | January 17, 2023 07:46 AM Eastern Standard Time

 American Equipment Holdings (“American Equipment”), a Rotunda Capital Partners portfolio company, has acquired Shannahan Crane & Hoist (“Shannahan Crane”), a leading provider of engineered overhead crane systems and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) field services. Shannahan Crane is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with an additional field office in Kansas City, Kansas. The acquisition of Shannahan Crane marks the 14th add-on acquisition completed by American Equipment since partnering with Rotunda in May 2021.

Founded in 1961, Shannahan Crane delivers comprehensive overhead crane and hoist solutions to a loyal customer base, including regional and blue-chip companies, covering an array of strategic end markets. Shannahan Crane has endeared itself to customers with its responsive, customer-first approach and innovative material handling solutions that include an extensive set of turnkey engineering, installation, and service offerings that effectively guide customers through the entire lifecycle of their assets.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Shannahan Crane join the American Equipment family. We now have a physical presence in 45 cities throughout the United States,” said American Equipment CEO Adam Zimmerman. “This vast network brings us closer to more customers than ever before and I’m excited to take advantage of the many collaboration opportunities that await us.”

“We are very proud of what Shannahan Crane has been able to accomplish over the last 60 years and we look forward to writing the next chapter of our story with American Equipment,” said Bill Shannahan, owner of Shannahan Crane. “This partnership will bring many opportunities for growth and improvement that I cannot wait to begin sharing with both our customers and our employees.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Bill and the Shannahan team. They have built a wonderful company with a strong work ethic and fantastic culture,” said American Equipment President and COO Troy Vellinga. “I look forward to bringing our teams together so we can begin leveraging the expertise and capabilities of these great organizations.”


About American Equipment Holdings

American Equipment Holdings is an organization of leading overhead crane and hoist, weighing and measurement distributors and field service providers, including American Equipment, Allied Crane, Eastern Crane & Hoist, Facilities Engineering, Kanawha Scales & Systems, Kistler Crane & Hoist, Pacific Crane & Hoist, Patriot Crane & Hoist, Shannahan Crane & Hoist, Systems Specialties, and Washington Crane & Hoist. The consolidated entity is one of the largest independently owned overhead crane and hoist, weighing and measurement solution providers in the country, serving over 7,000 customers nationwide. Together, American Equipment Holdings companies provide comprehensive solutions for everything related to customers’ overhead crane and hoist, weighing and measurement needs, including OSHA mandated inspections, preventative maintenance and repair field services, parts, engineering, ISO certified fabrication, new and replacement equipment, automated systems, system modernizations and training.


American Equipment Holdings represents leading manufacturers such as Avery Weigh-Tronix, Detroit Hoist, Columbus McKinnon, ACCO, R&M, Demag, Gorbel, Spanco, IMS, Rice Lake, Harrington, Conductix, Magnetek & PE and Mettler Toledo, among others, and customers rely on its service, design, engineering, fabrication, and installation capabilities to meet their unique application needs. American Equipment Holdings serves local, regional and national customers across a variety of end markets, including light & heavy industrial, automotive, mining, public utilities, military, aerospace & defense and energy, among others. For more information, visit


American Equipment is aggressively seeking to acquire other overhead crane, industrial scale and material handling equipment, parts and service solution providers and is interested in acquisition opportunities presented by business owners, management, or M&A intermediaries. Please contact Ryan Aprill, principal at Rotunda Capital Partners, regarding acquisition opportunities.


About Rotunda Capital Partners

Rotunda Capital Partners is an operationally oriented private equity firm focused on transforming family-founder owned companies into dynamic, data-driven platforms able to achieve and manage significant growth. Since its founding in 2009, Rotunda has partnered with management teams to build great businesses within three primary sectors: value-added distribution, asset-light logistics and industrial & business services. Rotunda strives to achieve replicable results by implementing its Rotunda Performance System to create strategic alignment, develop lean processes and create robust, data-driven infrastructures. For more information, visit


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