Foley Material Handing Company, Inc.

Manufacturers of Virginia Crane; Hoists, End Trucks, Components, iCRANEsoftware


First Established in 1975 as a crane distributor, Foley Material Handling has evolved into one of the premier manufacturers of Overhead cranes, gantry cranes and automated material handling systems and custom solutions in North America along with major service and crane modernization. The 120-person organization is an ESOP, (that is an “Employee Stock Option Program”) company with all full-time employee being stock holders and having a vested interest in the success of the company

As a custom design specialty house, we have the advantage of integrating our extensive manufacturing, engineering and field technical expertise to effectively and seamlessly tackle the most challenging project. Our skilled field project management and technicians are fully supported by staff engineers, manufacturing, machining, electrical panel-building and automation experts.


  • Overhead and gantry cranes up to and including 550 ton
  • Complete turnkey crane modernization, upgrading and rebuilding
  • Locomotive turntables and transfer tables,
  • Locomotive drop-tables
  • Custom designed crane components including: trolley-hoists, end trucks, ergonomic cabs
  • Rigid mast manual and automated stacker cranes
  • Transfer cars
  • Automated material handling systems


The present main building was initially built in 1986. Multiple expansions has brought it to the present 65,000 square feet plus approximately 3,500 square feet out buildings. In addition, in 2008 the company purchased an adjacent property with 6,250 square feet of office and warehouse space for customer service. All located on approximately 20 acres of land.

Manufacturing capabilities include:

  • Plasma-arc steel burn-out,
  • twin-arm submerged arc girder welding capable of welding structures up to 160 feet long,
  • flame-hardening and heat-treating for wheel sheaves and drums,
  • extensive machine shop with CNC, multiple spindle milling machines, lathe turning up to 60” diameter and milling capability up to 25 feet long
  • UT testing of all full penetration welds as well die penetrant and magniflux as appropriate
  • All welders are certified by an outside third party
  • On staff Certified Welding Inspectors
  • Our electrical control and panel shop is UL certified


Present staffing levels are approximately 120 employees. Broken down as follows:

  • Administrative and accounting; 10 persons
  • Manufacturing management and Quality Control; 11 persons
  • Engineers and technical staff: 14
    • including 2 staff licensed Professional Engineers
  • Sales and Estimating: 9 persons
  • Skilled Technicians and Certified Maritime Inspectors: 10
  • Skilled labor (machinists, electricians, welders and assemblers: 66

Notable recent accomplishments:  

  • 2000 – Upgrade and rewiring of 1,100-ton capacity Goliath Crane at Newport News Shipyard
  • 2002 – Complete renovation of a complex, multi-functional, hammer-head crane (please see attached).
  • 2003 – Rigid mast hot titanium billet handling crane
  • 2004 – Totally automated rigid mast bar handling system
  • 2006 – Complete renovation of 660-ton Goliath Crane after hurricane Katrina in Pascagoula MS.
  • 2009 – Totally automated steel coil warehouse for a major steel coil coatings company
  • 2010 – Totally automated multi-crane aluminum coil warehouse system
  • 2012 – Multiple crane upgrades for shipyard including complete control rebuild
  • 2013 – Four Girder ladle crane built to AIST Report #6 standards
  • 2014 – Contract for 3, (three) 125-ton cranes for a major shipyard
  • 2014 – Multiple gantry cranes for multiple power generation plants
  • 2015 – Multiple gantry crane for Florida Power via Fluor Corporation
  • 2016 – Contract for 3, (three) additional 125-ton cranes for a major shipyard
  • 2016 – Totally automated two-level truck-body handling and storage system.
  • 2017 – Completely rebuild 2, (two) high cycle grapple cranes for Covanta Energy and built 1, (one) duplicate grapple crane in an emergency situation in less than twelve weeks
  • 2017 – Presently under contract to provide 1, (one) totally automated twin-hoist, bucket, clinker-crane for a cement plant with an extremely hostile, dusty environment
  • 2017 – Presently under contract for an automated ash-handling bucket crane


Available upon request

Contact Us

Richard Warriner
11327 Virginia Crane Drive, Ashland, VA, 23005
37.716549, -77.43989699999997
[email protected]

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