Allegheny Crane Rental’s company culture is strongly formed around our can-do attitude. A key part of our brand and what sets us apart from the competition is our eagerness to figure out the correct solution to a problem. The owner, Kyrk Pyros, has trained his employees to consider every possible option.
Since day one, Allegheny Crane has put in the extra work to create a strong lift plan. When other companies back out because a lift starts to look impossible, we apply the time and expertise needed to make sure we know every scenario.
Inside the building, people attached ropes to the unit and slowly pulled it in. Because this lift was in a central part of town and the building was so tall, safety was even more of a concern than usual. But the crew managed to hoist the unit inside and reattach the windows without a hitch.
In March of this last year, a plane from the Butler airport suffered a messy landing and ended up in a ditch. The only passenger at the time was the pilot who thankfully, was not hurt. The airport needed a crane to lift the plane to safety. This was an especially delicate lift because of how malleable the aluminum that makes up a plane is. Allegheny Crane found the safest and most efficient way to lift the plane to safety. Kyrk Pyros was even in the field that day, guiding the operator. The plane was a mess after the crash, but Allegheny Crane was able to complete the lift without any further damage to the aircraft.
A few months ago, we were called by a tree removal company here in Pittsburgh. They had been hired by the homeowner to take out a tree that posed a potential danger to the house. After arriving at the job site, we realized how steep the driveway we planned to set up on was. It was a gravel driveway with deep trenches where our outriggers needed to rest.
After talking with the owner of the tree service, we learned that Allegheny Crane wasn’t their first call. The owner had started with one of our competitors. After their estimator came out to look at the job site he decided there was no way they could get one of their cranes to set up on the rough terrain.
It was a grim job site, but our estimators don’t quit very easily. We came up with a lift plan and accompanied the operator the next day to make sure everything went over well. We used half outriggers on one side of the crane and full on the other. We had to even out the steep hill with our angled mats, and after about an hour of setup time, we were ready to go. The lift went over without a hitch and we were out of there in a few hours.
A major part of why our customers come to us instead of the competition is that we put in the time before a lift happens. We consider every option and make sure there is nothing that could potentially go wrong. Clients come to us all the time with lifts that other companies have turned down. This can be because there are too many obstacles or there simply isn’t enough room for the crane. But we here at Allegheny Crane won’t accept that until we look at every single safe possibility.
Kyrk Pyros knows cranes. The reasons for a company’s success always begins at the top. Ever since Kyrk took control of Allegheny Crane Rental 15 years ago, he has worked hard to plant his work ethic and attention to detail in the culture of the company.
Kyrk has spent time as a crane operator. He knows exactly what he’s talking about when discussing an upcoming project with a client. He doesn’t just look at a chart and get a vague idea of what the lift will look like; there is no guessing. He’s been there in the field, running the show. He knows exactly how it will look and what the best lift plan option is.
A good company culture starts with its owner. That influence is why Allegheny Crane has made such an impact in the Pennsylvania crane market. Kyrk has mentored his estimators and passed on those skills.
Before they go into the field, Kyrk requires every estimator to get their Crane Operator License (CCO). He does this whether they plan to operate a crane or not. This is just one of the ways Kyrk puts in the time and training to be sure his employees are experts in their field. Kyrk training his estimators to this extent ensures they not only know the limits and appropriate lift strategies for our cranes, but also that they have a realistic visual image of the lift in their head as soon as they step on site.
When a customer calls on us to take a look at the specifics of a job site before a lift, they know the person visiting the site will be a professional who isn’t thinking in the abstract. The estimator knows everything from the best place to set up the crane, to what type of rigging should be brought on site the day of.
Kyrk demands the highest level of performance from himself. Because of that, his employees observe and admire his work ethic. It’s a fun company to be a part of, the people working there really feel like they are all on one close team.
“Be a team player,” said Kyrk. “I don’t ask anyone to do anything that I can’t or won’t do on a daily basis. Nobody works for me, they all work with me. That’s a major key to running a successful company.”
When Allegheny Crane takes on a job, the entire company demands excellence at every stage of the job process. From the moment we take a call, to the second we drive off site, Kyrk and his employees work hard to achieve safety, detail, and efficiency.