A new home for a firm that has grown

Viant 2 11-23-2014


Viant Crane takes pride in being a crane company that does it right, from top-notch customer service and precise lift planning to meticulous equipment maintenance.

Now Viant has a service center to keep pace with the fast-growing firm.

The company spent the latter part of 2014 transforming a former locomotive repair center in South Superior into a nerly 20,000-square foot crane service center that will increase dramatically the amount of inside space where mechanics can do routine maintenance to keep the fleet of nearly four dozen cranes in peak operating condition.

In addition to the large inside shop, Viant also has prepared 4.5 acres of the 15-acre site with 18 inches of gravel to accommodate outside storage of cranes and crane equipment.

“This is the space we have wanted and needed,” Viant President Dave Lemke says. “Our fleet and our operations have grown quickly. This center gives us the room to do our maintenance work so our cranes are ready when our customers need them.”

Workers from sister company RJS Construction Group renovated the former locomotive repair shop and added office space. Viant’s cranes work across the country year-round, so there never will be a time when all of them will be at the new service center. But all will make regular visits for routine maintenance and enhancements so they’re ready for duty.

“We take pride in our equipment and our reputation as a reliable partner for our clients,” Viant Director of Operations Nick Minardi says. “The service center helps us always be prepared.”

To see the Duluth News Tribune’s coverage of Viant and the Service Center, click on the two pages below:

Viant Crane DNT Service Center story cover 10-20-2014

Viant Crane DNT Service Center story jump 10-20-2014