Great Lakes Lifting Blog

Spydercrane & SmartLift® News, Info, and How To’s

Welcome to the Great Lakes Lifting Solutions Blog - the place to learn the ins and outs of Spydercrane mini crawler cranes and SmartLift® glass lifting machines.

Here on the Great Lakes Lifting Solution Blog we post articles, case studies & frequently asked questions to help everyone who uses these incredible machines. These articles highlight the multitude of uses for Spydercranes and Smartlift® lifting machines.

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Recent Articles

Father-Son Duo to Lead Great Lakes Lifting into the Future with Change in Ownership

Great Lakes Lifting, a family-owned niche rental company serving the glass industry, is excited to announce a significant change in ownership, with a father-son duo at the helm. Steven Brooks, who has played a pivotal role in driving the company's growth over the past 5 years, has purchased 50% of the company from Frank Nielsen in a successful buyout. Steven, the son of founder Don Brooks, has worked his way up from a salesman to become a co-owner of the company. This change in ownership marks a significant milestone for the Brooks family and Great Lakes Lifting. "To go from a guy in a van pushing a product no one had heard of to now owning the company is truly an American dream," Steven Brooks said. "Being able to work side by side with my Dad, Don, makes this achievement even sweeter." Don Brooks, the founder of Great Lakes Lifting, has been a driving force behind the company's success since its inception. With Steven's entry into ownership, the father-son duo is poised to lead the company into a bright future. Their shared vision, experience, and dedication will guide Great Lakes Lifting to new heights of excellence and customer satisfaction. Under the new ownership, Great Lakes Lifting is committed to maintaining its position as a premier rental company for the glass industry. The company will continue to focus on providing top-notch service, solving customer problems, and ensuring customer satisfaction. Additionally, Great Lakes Lifting will explore opportunities for growth and expansion, with a goal of doubling the company's rental revenue by the end of 2025. "We are assembling a rockstar team, expanding our operations, and opening new offices to support our growth plans," Steven Brooks stated. "Everything we do is with the customer in mind, and we are excited about the future of Great Lakes Lifting." Great Lakes Lifting invites customers, partners, and industry professionals to join them in celebrating this exciting change in ownership. They remain dedicated to delivering exceptional service and building strong relationships that contribute to the continued success of their customers and the glass industry as a whole. For more information about Great Lakes Lifting, please visit Contact: Steven Brooks Great Lakes Lifting Phone: 815-931-4825 Email:

Maximize Efficiency in Insulated Metal Panel Installation utilizing the Panel Channel from Great Lakes Lifting

Discover the Panel Channel Lifter (P110T04DC3) from Great Lakes Lifting, the ideal solution for efficient and safe insulated metal panel (IMP) installation. Experience advanced lifting technology with Intelli-Grip® for enhanced safety, a high-flow vacuum pump for quick operation, and versatile handling for various panel types. Partner with industry leaders for reliable lifting solutions. Visit Great Lakes Lifting for more details on rentals, purchases, and expert services tailored to IMP installers.

How Great Lakes Lifting Streamlined Operations for ArmorCore with the SmartLift 408 in Peoria, Illinois

Great Lakes Lifting is always on the lookout for opportunities to showcase the versatility and efficiency of our lifting solutions. Our recent collaboration with ArmorCore in Peoria, Illinois, highlights how our innovative approach can easily solve complex logistical challenges.

Great Lakes Lifting Expands Rental Operations to LakeLand, Florida, Strengthening Its Presence in the Sunshine State

Great Lakes Lifting, a trusted family-owned company, is thrilled to announce its strategic expansion into the vibrant city of LakeLand, Florida. This exciting move is a testament to our commitment to serving the glazing and construction industries throughout the Sunshine State.

Great Lakes Lifting and Glazier Nation: A Powerful Partnership Advancing the Glazing Industry

Great Lakes Lifting and Glazier Nation, two respected and family-owned businesses at the forefront of the glazing industry, are excited to announce their collaboration aimed at providing comprehensive support to glazing contractors. These two companies have joined forces to offer an unprecedented combination of skilled labor, top-quality equipment, and exceptional technical support, revolutionizing the way contractors tackle their projects.

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