General Manager 

Joseph was previously employed with Willm's Craning Ltd. from 1995-2005. We welcome him back in 2014 as General Manager. Joseph is a journeyman crane operator, as well as a licenced Millwright.


We employ a crew of 14 full time employees, which include crane operators, machinery movers and security installation specialists.


William A Groot was on a contract with Northern Messenger, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. William had great insight and saw the need for crane services, as equipment, namely vaults were getting harder to lift with manual labour and tow trucks.

William A Groot purchased the first HIAB crane in Manitoba, in 1963. His cranes formed the heavy lifting division at Northern Messenger. After leaving Northern Messenger in 1975 and purchasing United Towing, Willm’s Craning Ltd. was formed. William’s brother Joseph joined as a partner at Willm's Craning Ltd. in 1977.

Bill and Joe had the ability to adapt to an ever changing industry with machinery moving becoming more technical, heavier and larger. The introduction of ATMs and computerized security equipment presented more challenges. Through dedication, hard work and a commitment to quality workmanship a solid reputation was built.

In September 2006, Willm's Craning Ltd. was sold to Bill & Joe’s nephew Ron Groot and his wife Robin. Ron had been employed as a Supervisor with Willm's Craning Ltd. since 1982. Joe retired in April 2007, with Bill following in September 2007.

Today Willm's Craning Ltd. operates with a fleet of 13 trucks and a staff of 14. Willm's Craning Ltd. is committed to the same quality workmanship and customer satisfaction that their outstanding reputation is built on.




Robin became owner with Ron in 2006. Robin looks after all the accounting at Willm’s Craning Ltd.

jennifer GROOT 

Safety & Office Coordinator  

Jennifer has been with Willm's Craning since 2012. She is our trained Safety Adviser and Auditor.



Ron has been employed with Willm’s Craning Ltd since 1982, and became owner in 2006. Ron is a journeyman crane operator, and has 32 years of experience in all areas of craning, machinery moving and security installation.

Reid mackenzie

Supervisor Machinery Mover/Crane Operator   

Reid has been employeed with Willm's Craning Ltd since 2005. He specializes in machinery moving.