Reading Crane and Engineering

Over 100 YeaRS of Crane experience

About Us

History of Reading Crane & Engineering Co.

The year was 1905. Teddy Roosevelt was in the White House and Reading Chain and Block began operations in a small factory in Reading, Pennsylvania. The new company designed and manufactured hand chain hoists for the emerging industrial market. As the industrial revolution progressed, Reading Chain and Block began manufacturing complete manual and electrically operated overhead cranes for industry throughout North and South America. Many of these cranes are still in use today. In 1951, with a change in name and location, Reading Chain and Block became Reading Crane and Hoist Company and relocated to a much larger facility in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and continued to produce overhead cranes and hoists. 1962 brought new ownership to the company and the concentration was on engineering, designing and manufacturing massive steel mill duty cranes. In 1974, with the decline of the US steel industry, the Pottstown manufacturing facility was shut down and again the company name was changed. This time to Reading Crane and Engineering Company due to the high concentration on engineering services. These services included crane modernizations, capacity upgrades and runway surveys. New equipment remained a large part of the business by aligning with numerous original equipment manufacturers as a Dealer or Distributor. In 1990 Reading Crane and Engineering Co. relocated back to Reading, Pennsylvania, built a new facility and again began building overhead cranes. With over a century of experience, we remain the leading privately held full service crane company in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Our Services
For over a century, Reading Crane has been engineering, designing, building, installing, inspecting and providing parts for overhead cranes and hoists. First and foremost, we understand how important these machines are to your business. We understand how a crane problem can increase downtime and reduce productivity. Whether you need help repairing a simple breakdown or help solving a complex material handling problem, we have the engineering expertise,service and sales staff ready to meet your unique requirements.

Overhead Crane Service

All of our technicians receive the latest training on all types of cranes, hoists and related equipment. Rest assured that when it comes to overhead crane service and emergency repair, Reading technicians are the best in the industry.


From a capacity upgrade study to unique structural design requirements, our experienced crane engineering group can solve your problems. With a complete staff of structural, mechanical, electrical and civil engineers we are prepared to address any issue, whether in the field or the office.

Crane Parts

Our strong buying power combined with industry relationships allow us to source parts from just about any manufacturer there is. Additionally, our ability to engineer replacement or improved solutions makes Reading Crane your one stop for all of your parts needs.

An Engineered Solution With A Common Sense Approach.