It all began with a dream to start a family business!
Larry Derks started in the crane business back in
1963 working for a well—known crane mfg., starting out as a draftsman moving up to an
estimating engineer then as a subcontractor that brought him around the world working on crane
projects. Larry made the decision with his son Craig to come home to west Michigan and start a
crane service company concentrating on the customer and filling all their service needs
Star Crane & Hoist was founded in western Michigan in 1985 as a family owned business,
with Larry’s 20+ years of crane experience, at the time from Larry’s previous
positions, and Craig with his automotive and drafting experience, they went for it.
Today the headquarters is in Allendale, Michigan that houses sales, service and fabrication
operations. Over the years One Crane Source was developed as distributorships evolved with
sales and service facilities in Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Detroit, Erie, Angola
Indiana, and North Royalton Ohio.
Throughout the years there have been many expansions, new distributorships, and numerous
awards as the premier crane company of the Midwest and the United States. The family business
continues to flourish, with a brother, a son, as well as cousins in the business, is a
testament to Larry’s passing in 2010. The growth continues, yet the ideals remain the
Building long—term business partnerships by meeting the needs of each and every customer
with the absolute highest quality of products and services.
The customer base crosses every conceivable product and service
line from nuclear to entertainment to educational, along with many more. A key measure of the
success of the company is their commitment to faith, family,and their employees as well as ALL
their customers. All this has brought them long term recognition as the crane and hoist
industry leader for the Great Lakes region.