For over 35 years, Montana Crane Service has been serving
the community of Bozeman. With a fleet of cranes ranging from 14 to 140 tons, Montana Crane Service has the ability to help with any task, and this
year that includes the 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree.
The team has been preparing for the event for quite some time, and a team of 3 operators will have the honor and task of helping removing the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and loading it as it makes its way from the Kootenai National Forest to Washington D.C. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the 2017 tour,” explained Mandy Jo McKeever, who leads Dispatch and Safety at Montana Crane Service. “We are regularly a part of community events, but this is definitely the largest project we’ve been asked to work on, and we’re excited.”
Montana Crane Service currently works with several community events in Bozeman including “Digger Days” with Eagle Mount, an organization that provides quality therapeutic activities for people of all disabilities. Construction companies from all over Bozeman come together to provide equipment and vehicles for the public to view and explore for a small fee as an effort to raise funds for Eagle Mount activities. Other community events include the City of Bozeman’s annual “Touch a Truck,” which allows the public to explore the cranes and machinery of construction companies.
Montana Crane Service doesn’t just provide cranes; the team also services customers in moving machinery, heavy hauling, crane certifications and more. “One day our team could be doing a tree removal, the other could be installing an AC unit.” explained McKeever. The team also utilizes the machinery to help hang Christmas lights in Bozeman for the community in early December
“We sincerely appreciate the enthusiasm and support from Montana Crane Service and so many others,” shared Choose Outdoors President Bruce Ward. “We couldn't continue this great American tradition without the passion of the US Forest Service staff, the generosity and commitment we receive each year from companies like Montana Crane Service and hundreds of volunteers from across the country."
A few weeks ago, Bozeman Operations Manager, Nick Poncelet, accompanied the forest service in Kootenai National Forest to help scout out the tree location. “We couldn’t be more excited to meet so many people through this event and be a part of Montana’s history with the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree!” exclaimed McKeever.
Learn more about Montana Crane Service here.