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BOSS Crane hoists equipment for open house

By Ken Hedler
Dec. 2, 2017 at 4 a.m.

BOSS CEO David Lowry, Gregg Williams, Carolyn Williams, of Real Estate Marketing, and BOSS president David Cowley attend the open house at BOSS Crane and Rigging on Friday December 1, 2017.  (Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)

BOSS Crane & Rigging marked its move to a new headquarters Friday by putting four cranes on display and welcoming about 200 people to an open house.

BOSS Crane chose the display because "everybody is used to hot air balloons here," said President David Cowley, referring to the annual Great Texas Balloon Race. But rather than a balloon lifting a basket, the company hoisted a 550-ton crane that held an 8-ton carry-deck crane about 200 feet into the air for the benefit of visitors. Two other cranes were behind the building and not on display.

"Luckily, the rest (of the cranes) are out working," said David Lowry, CEO of BOSS and nine other subsidiaries of parent company of Bennett International Group of McDonough, Georgia. He said the company has 34 cranes.

Lowry and Cowley started BOSS Crane in January 2015 at 5533 S. FM 2087 in unincorporated Longview and moved in mid-October to the former Trican pressure company property at 4836 W. Loop 281, next to Norris Cylinder. The company provides equipment and operators for the oil and gas industry, wind energy, paper mills, mining and other industries.

BOSS bought and moved into the former Trican property because BOSS had outgrown its former site, which was leased. BOSS now has 183 employees, Cowley said, up from 157 on the payroll in August.

BOSS Crane's goal is to be the best crane company in the United States, not the largest, said Marcia Taylor, who is Lowry's mother and founded Bennett International in 1974.

"We are so excited, just amazed at how the (new) facility turned out," she said at the open house. "This facility is allowing us to grow."

In addition to hoisting cranes, the open house featured speeches by Longview Mayor Andy Mack and company officials, a presentation of customer plaques, a Longview Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and luncheon.



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