American Equipment Holdings Expands Presence in Eastern United States Through Acquisition of Patriot Crane & Hoist | News Direct

American Equipment Holdings Expands Presence in Eastern United States Through Acquisition of Patriot Crane & Hoist Patriot Crane joins American Equipment’s North Carolina and South Carolina division Eastern Crane & Hoist to form premier Southeast overhead crane & hoist field services footprint

News release by Rotunda Capital Partners LLC

facebook icon linkedin icon twitter icon pinterest icon email icon SALT LAKE CITY | August 16, 2022 07:47 AM Eastern Daylight Time

 American Equipment Holdings (“American Equipment”), a Rotunda Capital Partners portfolio company, has acquired Patriot Crane & Hoist (“Patriot Crane”), a leading provider of overhead crane maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) field services headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, with operations throughout the Southeastern U.S. The acquisition of Patriot Crane marks the 11th acquisition completed by American Equipment since partnering with Rotunda in May 2021.

For nearly 20 years, Patriot Crane has been a leader in providing comprehensive overhead crane and hoist field service solutions in the most demanding customer environments, including repairs, inspection, and replacement parts, to customers across a diverse range of end markets throughout the Southeastern U.S. During this time, the team at Patriot Crane has distinguished itself with highly skilled overhead crane technicians and a proven customer-first mentality. Combined with American Equipment’s industry leading engineering and fabrication capabilities, technical expertise and best-in-class resources, this partnership enhances the value proposition for both existing and new customers from coast to coast. Patriot Crane will continue to be managed by Gregg Salyer and operate as a division of American Equipment.

“The addition of Patriot Crane and their extensive east coast operations is a great win for customers,” said American Equipment CEO Adam Zimmerman. “Our goal at American Equipment has always been to provide a high-quality, one-stop-shop solution from coast to coast, and our partnership with the exceptional team at Patriot Crane is an integral step in delivering that benefit.”

“I am thrilled about what this partnership means for Patriot Crane, both for our customers and our employees,” said Gregg Salyer, owner of Patriot Crane. “I believe in the vision that American Equipment has for this industry. The talent and resources supporting this organization create a value proposition like no other in our industry, which will greatly enhance the customer experience and provide meaningful career opportunities for our employees.”


About American Equipment Holdings

American Equipment Holdings is an organization of leading overhead crane and hoist distributors and field service providers, including American Equipment, Allied Crane, Eastern Crane & Hoist, Facilities Engineering, Kistler Crane & Hoist, Pacific Crane & Hoist, and Washington Crane & Hoist. The consolidated entity is one of the largest independently owned overhead crane and hoist solutions providers in the country, serving over 4,000 customers nationwide. Together, American Equipment Holdings companies provide comprehensive solutions for everything related to customers’ overhead crane and hoist 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 the industry’s leading manufacturers such as Detroit Hoist, Columbus McKinnon, ACCO, R&M, Demag, Gorbel, Spanco, IMS, Harrington, Conductix, Magnetek & PE, 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 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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