Our roots in the rigging industry date back to 1870 in the quarries of Vermont. John P. Mullins, or “JP” as he was better known, was well known throughout the Northeast for performing complicated rigging and hauling jobs using horses, gin poles and wagons. His son, John M. Mullins, who worked alongside his father, proposed the idea of buying a flatbed truck to aid in their hauling work. JP told John that motorized vehicles had no place in their line of work and that if he wanted to buy a truck, he should go into business for himself. In 1932, he did just that and founded John M. Mullins Rigging & Hauling, Inc. in Troy, New York, making us the oldest operational crane and rigging company in the Capital District today.
John grew his business by owning the biggest cranes and trucks and by performing the largest, most complicated rigging and erecting projects throughout Upstate New York, Western Massachusetts and Vermont. John and his wife, Agnes, ran the business together for many years. In 1965 John passed away, but Agnes continued to operate the company as a Woman Owned Business Enterprise. Their sons, John Charles and Marty, were raised in the business with trucks and cranes serving as their “toys”. As they grew, they worked alongside their mother to continue the family business into the next generation. Continuing the family tradition that dates back to the 1870’s, Marty’s children, Laura Mullins-Klein and John M. Mullins, II, are the proud owners of the business today. Laura operates the company as President making us once again a Woman Owned Small Business Enterprise, while John serves as the Vice President. As the next generation carries on the legacy, Marty proudly maintains an active role in the business that he grew up in. From the times of horses and wagons to our use of today’s most modern equipment, we pride ourselves on the reputation we have built as the best and safest crane and rigging outfit in the area.