Imperial Crane Services Inc., based in Bridgeview, has acquired Joliet-based Speedway Crane.
Speedway Crane, established in 2002, was started by Mike Fitzgerald, a former crane operator for Imperial Crane.
"Speedway Crane is a great fit for Imperial Crane as both companies strongly focus on safety, customer service and retaining skilled employees," Fitzgerald said. "Imperial Crane's solid reputation in the industry and continuously expanding fleet will allow us to magnify our existing relationships with our customers and offer additional resources that weren't available to us before the merger. Being a previous employee of Imperial, I recognize that Imperial and Speedway share the same values and vision."
Imperial, which also has offices in Indiana and Texas, has served the crane rental industry for more than 45 years.
"Imperial Crane is excited about this new venture and looks forward to passing on the benefits of this partnership to our loyal customers," Imperial Owner BJ Bohne said. "This acquisition will allow Imperial to open doors to a new customer base that was previously untapped. We welcome Mike and his team to the Imperial Crane family as they will have an immediate impact to enhance the ongoing success of our company."