Vic and Bernice Wenzel began building the foundation for what would become Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul, Inc more than 50 years ago. Together they built a small welding shop into Vic’s Welding Company, a union shop performing onsite repairs and fabrication in refineries and chemical plants. The company concentrated on establishing Vic’s as an ASME Code shop and maintained “U”, “S”, and “PP” code stamps and the National Board “R” stamp to construct, assemble and repair pressure vessels and boilers. VIC’S supplied this service to petro-chemical plants and municipal power plants for over 20 years.
In the early 1970s, Vic’s added a fleet of cranes and moving equipment to better serve clients. Over the next two decades, Vic’s continued to purchase large rough terrain cranes for its refinery work and hydraulic cranes for its ever growing day service. In 1985 Vic’s began to transport heavy equipment. Our fleet quickly grew to include prime movers, Goldhofer platform transporters and gantries for on-site heavy moving.
In the late 1990s Vic and Bernice turned the business over to their three daughters. With new management energy and the industry showing growth into power and wind, the new owners concentrated on growing a less labor-intensive business. In 2001, the welding repair aspect of the business was dissolved and Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul, Inc. was born. They purchased large crawler cranes to service the heavy lifts in power plants and refineries and continued to purchase larger hydraulic cranes for wind generator erection and maintenance. Engineering personnel were hired to answer the demand for documentation and graphic representation of critical lifts. The heavy haul division grew to include new lifting and moving solutions with platform trailers, strand jacks, gantry and jacking systems, and in-house fabrication for special lifting.
Never forgetting its Midwestern values and work ethic, today Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul is the leader in heavy moving and rigging throughout the upper Midwest.