Our History - La Grange Crane Service, Inc in Hodgkins, IL




First and Foremost We’re a Crane Company that has Never Lost Touch with Who We Are, How We Started, and that Our Customers Got Us Here.

Our story as Chicago’s original crane rental service begins as most American success stories do; in America’s heartland after World War II. Our founder, John Mooncotch Sr., stormed the beaches at Iwo Jima and returned to the United States to start a family.

For several years John Mooncotch traveled the country between various steel erection companies, building our cities’ infrastructure. He made countless friends and gained key industry knowledge that would one day lead to La Grange Crane Service’s great success.

They say that behind every great man, is his wife. After marrying in late 1963, wife Judi encouraged John Mooncotch to venture out on his own to start La Grange Steel Erection in 1964. Together, John and Judi would be renting out cranes at every opportunity to support their growing family, and the groundwork for La Grange Crane Service was laid. La Grange operated as a steel erection company through 1980. Thereafter, John and Judi’s focus would be solely on heavy hoisting.

Over the last 50 years La Grange Crane has transformed from humble beginnings, to Chicagoland’s premier crane rental service. Our growing fleet now includes truck, rough terrain, and all-terrain cranes from 28 Ton Boom Trucks to 550 Ton Cranes. No job is too big or too small. Our DBE, WBE, and FBE certifications make La Grange the perfect partner for all projects private and public.

Though our family business resembles little from what my Father and Mother started over five decades ago, our core values and belief in the customer has never wavered. We work daily with hundreds of local businesses and contractors who are driven toward the same goals that John and Judi Mooncotch sought when they started La Grange Crane, the American Dream.


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Frequently asked questions

What to look for when sizing up your next crane:

What type of equipment do I need?

Type of equipment can vary from project to project. Equipment is influenced by site restrictions, unit weight, distances, and overall project scope. La Grange Crane Service Project Managers are experts in all things crane and will help provide the perfect equipment to complete your project as safe and efficient as possible.

La Grange Crane is home to a wide variety of lifting solutions for all applications. Our comprehensive fleet includes: Mobile Cranes, All Terrain Cranes, Truck Cranes, Carry Decks, Telehandlers, and Man Lifts.

Crane size is determined by three variables: Load Weight, Load Distance, and Load Elevation.

Every construction site offers a new set of challenges. We recommend you connect with a La Grange Crane Service Project Manager to evaluate your project. Our team’s experience can help identify additional variables that can influence crane size.

We need Project location, Project Duration, Heaviest Load, and Farthest pick

Crane Cost can vary by equipment type, equipment size, and duration. We recommend you connect with a La Grange Crane Service Project Manager to review your project scope for reliable and accurate pricing.

Equipment Rental duration is dependent on project scope and can vary from daily, weekly, monthly and beyond.

La Grange Crane Service is signatory with Union Local 150. Our experienced crane operators have decades of field experience. We also provide an array of bare rental equipment to meet our customer’s project needs

La grange Crane Service is conveniently located at 6180 River Road, Hodgkins, IL 60525

La Grange Crane Services Chicagoland and nationwide

We prefer to meet clients on site to review project scope to identify, address, and overcome unique site obstacles. Site familiarity by our Project Management teams allows La Grange Crane to put field operators in a position to arrive on site, informed, ready to perform a crane lift as safely as possible.

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Yes! Our Project Management team is standing by to provide you with a crane proposal for bid purposes to ensure you have confidence in your crane budget.

We do our best to honor all pricing provided within La Grange Crane’s Terms & Conditions. We recommend you reach out to a La Grange Crane Service Project Manager with changes in scope or timeline to ensure your pricing is up to date.

La Grange Crane is open 24/7. Our comprehensive fleet makes availability around your schedule a top priority.

Let La Grange Crane Service’s leading industry technology and experienced Project Management team be your source of information. Reach out to our team for a call/email/meeting to review your project scope.