Company History

Company History

North American Crane Bureau Group consists of several divisions and corporate entities, all in active support of the crane, hoist and rigging industry. Members of the executive staff actively participate in the development of various national consensus safety standards under the ASME B30 umbrella, are members of the U.S. tag of ISO, and support several national trade associations. NACB is a founding member of the Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals.

NACB Group and its subsidiaries are directed by company co-founders Ted Blanton, Sr. and Joe Crispell, with Diana Blanton heading up the day-to-day office operations. Since its incorporation in 1986, NACB Group has been committed to provide the industry with a standard of excellence unparalleled in the field of safety.

NACB, through its subsidiary NACB-IES, offers the industry state-of-the-art training simulators for mobile telescopic cranes, lattice boom truck cranes, overhead bridge cranes, and tower cranes. Units have been placed within organizations such as General Motors, U.S. Navy, I.U.O.E., Ford, U.S. Steel, General Electric, and internationally in all parts of the globe - South America, Africa, Asia, and even New Zealand.   

We conduct in excess of 400 safety training programs annually, all over the world. With training facilities located in Central Florida and Southeast Texas, personnel can receive hands-on crane operator training at both the Pasadena, TX and the Lake Mary, FL facilities. In addition to offering a wide variety of training programs, subsidiary NorAm® Productions Inc. has developed and published award winning safety videos for the lift industry. Most videos are available in English or Spanish, in DVD format.

NACB also holds federal accreditation under 29CFR part 1919, Cal/OSHA accreditation under Title 8, and is recognized by several additional state entities as being qualified to conduct lift equipment inspection/ certification and/or operator training/ certification. In 1996 NACB partnered with NCCER to facilitate the development of its first mobile crane operator training series. Today NCCER has an ANSI Approved crane operator certification program that provides the industry with a cost-effective, standardized means to verify competency and to credential mobile crane operators.