New England Manitowoc crane dealer marks 60th year

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ShawmutShawmut Equipment is celebrating its 60th anniversary of selling and renting cranes, serving as one of Manitowoc Cranes’ leading distributors.

Shawmut was founded in 1957 in Connecticut by George O’Connell as a crane distributor for Connecticut and western Massachusetts. It represents all Manitowoc crane brands: Manitowoc, Grove, National and Potain. It became one of Grove’s first distributors in 1963.

In 1995, it became the exclusive dealer in New England for Manitowoc’s crawler crane line. In 2007, it opened a branch in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. It also serves customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

The company is now in its third generation of family ownership.

“We attempt to treat all customers in a fair and honest manner, whether it concerns an equipment sale, a rental, a parts purchase or service work,” says President David O’Connell.