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Hanover’s Perspective

Virginia Crane Expands Their Operations in Hanover County

Virginia CraneVirginia Crane (a.k.a. Foley Material Handling Co.), a large manufacturer of industrial cranes, has announced a significant expansion of their facility in Hanover County. 

Phase 1 of the project will include a 13,000 square foot expansion that accommodates the production of a new, larger crane product.  An additional 20,000 square foot expansion is planned in Phase 2 that will add office and additional machine shop space.  When both Phase 1 and Phase 2 are completed, Virginia Crane’s footprint will be expanded to nearly 110,000 square feet. 

The company also purchased the adjacent property, formerly occupied by Stafford Equipment, and will move vehicle maintenance, hoist repair, the parts department and mill operations. The total investment value of these expansion projects will equal $2 million in construction and new equipment and include plans to hire an additional 15 employees

Virginia Crane began its operations in Hanover County’s Industrial Air Park in 1975 with a 1,000 square foot office.  The company started as a regional crane products dealer with engineering expertise and received their first manufacturing order for Nabisco in Cape May, New Jersey in 1976. 

Over the years, Virginia Crane pursued its goal of being the premier designer and engineer of crane and monorail systems on the East Coast. Now, less than a mile from their first office, they employ 140 people and operate out of a 65,000 square foot facility, where they manufacture goliath cranes used at Northrop-Grumman’s Ship Building Yard to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.  

Dale Foley, President of Virginia Crane, says, “I’m proud of the steady growth Virginia Crane has experienced over the years and I look forward to working with our talented team through another successful chapter.”