About Us

Starting in 2006 with only one crane, current owner Rich Nichols purchased Bob’s Crane Service with the goal of growing the business into the premier crane service company in the area.

Throughout the years, the company has grown to include multiple cranes ranging in size from 30 tons to 55 tons, and 11 employees, nine of which are our NCCCO-certified crane operators.

Our team’s combined experience in construction, rigging and crane operation allows us to provide a more comprehensive listing of high-quality services. From lifting train cabooses to oversized material handling to animal rescue, the team at Bob’s Crane Service is always up for the challenge.

Meet the Team

Rich Nichols

Rich bought Bob’s Crane Service in 2006 with one crane and has grown the company into what it is today! Rich is a certified crane operator and divides his time between running a crane, fixing cranes and overseeing the operations for Bob’s Crane Service, Bauman Crane Company LLC, and Crane Rentals, LLC.


From her initial start with the company as a billing clerk in 2011, she now oversees the daily operations of Bob’s Crane Service, which include scheduling of jobs, dispatch, handling of emergency work, dealing with a bunch of prima donna crane operators, and all administrative duties.


Ben has been a certified crane operator, as well as a certified Rigger and Signalperson with us since 2011. Ben’s construction background makes him especially suited for figuring out complicated crane and rigging set ups. Ben has an amazing memory for the load charts! As well as being a crane operator, Ben helps with job scheduling and dispatching. If you need a lift plan, Ben is your man!


With us since 2012, Tim has over 20 years of certified crane experience! From hanging off the side of a mountain in Colorado to floating in a piece of steel as smooth as silk, Tim has the most diversified resume for crane work. Tim is also a certified Rigger and Signalperson.


Jaime started with Bob’s Crane Service in 2016 with over fifteen years’ experience in the tree industry. Jaime is now a certified crane operator and one of our regular operators that looks at work to determine correct crane size. Jaime might also speak the best Spanish of our crew!


Matt had been in the tree industry for many years, but came to Bob’s Crane Service in 2017. Matt is a certified crane operator who also looks at work to determine correct crane size. Matt has a very large fan base!


New to Bob’s Crane in 2021 Megan comes to us with transportation industry experience. Megan will be handing scheduling & dispatch and administrative duties.


JR joined the team in early 2021 as a climber in training to become a certified crane operator. JR is a highly skilled tree climber with many years of experience in the tree industry.


Andrew joined Bob’s Crane in mid 2021 with tree company experience, Andrew is a formidable yet even keeled presence to the team. Andrew has since become a certified crane operator adding to our highly talented group of crane operators.


Mike started with us in August of 2022.  Mike has experience with HVAC, Trusses and Tree work making him very versatile.

Mike is also an excellent photographer!


Craig joined Bob’s Crane in early 2022 as a shop supervisor. In this role, he oversees maintenance of our fleet as well as being the guy to help us out with bring equipment to job sites. Craig came to us with welding, fabrication, and mechanical engineering experience.


Pat has been with the company since 2021 but was with our sister company Bauman Crane previously.  Pat comes from the tree industry but has experience with most crane work.

Pat is an avid surfer.  

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