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Tulsa’s loss: plant replant Crane Carrier to shut down Tulsa manufacturing operations

New owner moving work to Ohio

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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 1:02 am, Thu Jun 19, 2014.

Crane Carrier Company, a Tulsa-based maker of custom-built heavy-duty vehicles for 68 years, is closing its plant here and transferring manufacturing operations to Ohio.

The Hines Corporation, the Spring Lake, Michigan, company that purchased Crane last June and also owns Kimble Manufacturing Company of New Philadelphia, Ohio, announced the move of Crane’s manufacturing operations to Kimble in a news release received Wednesday exclusively by the Tulsa World.

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20 comments:

  • Mike Knebel posted at 8:29 pm on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    tulsa5-260 Posts: 17

    Crane Carrier hasn't been making a profit in several years now.

     
  • Cheryl Cato posted at 5:26 pm on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    cheryl-169 Posts: 163

    Wonder if their CCC parts also located here in Tulsa is affected? I didn't see any mention of Illinois Tool Works which owned both the manufacturing and parts facilities.

     
  • M J Sanditen posted at 10:12 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    msugd-504 Posts: 628

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  • M J Sanditen posted at 10:07 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    msugd-504 Posts: 628

    What kind of journalism fails to give a brief history of this home grown company?

     
  • Carolyn Bowlin posted at 9:32 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    csbowl-131 Posts: 461

    Wow, what an unexpected piece of news to read this morning! Crane Carrier has been such a good friend to Tulsa and all of Oklahoma. Crane will be missed.

    Question? Why did not our governor and elected officials work as hard to keep Crane as they work of get movies shot in Okla.

    Comment: These republicans are killing us... the democrats are not doing much better....and the tea party is simply adding fuel to the fire.

    Sorry to see you go, but Ohio will treat you better.

     
  • rob morrison posted at 7:35 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    bobmo-157 Posts: 7094

    [thumbdown] We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, we are wooing more and more businesses to come to Oklahoma and our energy sector continues to boom. Liberals who dont understand economics are upset because Oklahoma won't embrace unions who will "work for the greater good" of the employees. My dad was a union member back in the 70's and I saw first hand how unions roll. If you dont vote the way Vinnie and Carmine suggest, you will get your legs broken. Financially, they will suck businesses and their workers dry, all for their liberal twisted cause...[wink]

     
  • rob morrison posted at 7:29 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    bobmo-157 Posts: 7094

    [thumbdown]

     
  • Tom Lynch posted at 3:28 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    thomas-164 Posts: 152

    That is what the Republican leadership in Oklahoma claims, but I do not see companies starting up businesses in the state. Those that do come in have been granted tax concessions that basically amount to bribery and in turn negatively impact local government taxes.

     
  • posted at 4:47 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    Posts:

    Sad!

     
  • posted at 4:46 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

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  • posted at 4:45 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

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  • Dennis Lane posted at 4:00 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    llsinnedll Posts: 1

    It's a sad loss from a company deeply rooted in Tulsa.

     
  • MIKE NOBLES posted at 3:00 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    miken-885 Posts: 258

    Its simple. They bought the company and felt the best plan was to consolidate manufacturing in their home town. yes, some companies seek out right to work states, but generally those are companies that are just looking to pay people the least amount possible...like call centers. Some companies are responsible and are looking for the overall best plan. With our lack of spending on infrastructure, the constant political (via law) attacks on women and others, Oklahoma is not a very choice place to do business in. Sometimes it is not just about monday.

     
  • Marilyn Torrance posted at 2:47 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    Marson-128 Posts: 1137

    Any time a company announces it has purchased another company (regardless where the companies are located), it is a sure bet that within a year or less another announcement will be made of relocating or closing one of the newly purchased companies.

     
  • LAURIE PHILLIPS THOMAS posted at 2:11 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    laurie-155 Posts: 12

    Crane Carrier is moving its operations from a right to work state (Oklahoma) to a non-right to work state (Ohio). I thought right to work legislation, workers' comp reform and tort reform was going to be a boom to bring business and keep business in Oklahoma. What happened?

     
  • John Sakelaris posted at 12:57 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    johns-241 Posts: 3338

    In cases like this, a big, strong state or local government could help. But in this particular instance it might be too late.

     
  • Gordon Mills posted at 12:33 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    d-v94g-454 Posts: 5602

    JS, I think it i more likely that a big government will be the one inflicting abuse.

     
  • John Sakelaris posted at 11:26 am on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    johns-241 Posts: 3338

    The article says Crane was purchased last year for an "undisclosed sum." Since now it seems that a tragedy is about to unfold, could we find out what the sum was and whether any laws were broken?

    This why, by the way, I like to tell my "small government conservative" friends that I am a "big government conservative." Only a big government can watch for abuses in matters like these.

     
  • John Elwell posted at 11:10 am on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    tulsap-200 Posts: 13568

    Tulsa is losing its manufacturing base, along with good paying jobs.

     
  • Gordon Mills posted at 10:33 am on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    d-v94g-454 Posts: 5602

    Big loss.

     

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