Crane company coming to Fort Dodge in April

A Texas-based crane service provider will bring some massive machines and 20 new jobs to Fort Dodge when it opens its newest branch next month.

Company and local officials announced Monday that TNT Crane & Rigging, of Houston, will open a facility at 2125 Lainson Ave. By year’s end, it will be the home base for 20 employees, eight cranes and other heavy machinery.

TNT Crane & Rigging will begin looking for employees during a career fair March 26 at Iowa Central Community College.

”We are excited about opening our newest branch in Iowa and bringing our experience and expertise to better serve our customers in the region,” David Cowley, the company’s executive vice president, said in a written statement. ”Iowa offers great potential for growth and we look forward to expanding our customer base here through this commitment.”

TNT Crane & Rigging had been looking for a local site since November, according to Dennis Plautz, the chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. He described the company as ”a great addition to the region’s economy.”

”They bring diversity to our industry base and are a well-respected service provider in the wind industry,” Plautz said.

The company is coming to Fort Dodge just as a wind turbine construction boom is expected to move into high gear in Webster County. MidAmerican Energy plans to build about 100 turbines throughout the southern part of the county to create what the utility calls the Lundgren Wind Farm.

The company was established in 1985. It now has branches in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. It has more than 1,100 employees and about 470 cranes.