Acquisition of Nick’s Crane Services Gives Us 28 Reasons to Celebrate!

Jun 2, 2022 | Industry News

Load 28 Crane Hire celebrated over the weekend after taking over the reigns of Nick’s Crane Services, acquiring the business from Nick Eleftheriadis who is retiring after 50 years at its helm.

An end of financial year wrap up was held at Load 28 on Saturday, with Managing Director Marcus Rigney using the opportunity to announce the great news to the company’s valued staff, along with thanking them for their hard work and achievements over what he said has been a challenging and busy year.

The acquisition takes the Load 28 group fleet to 28 cranes, providing 28 reasons to celebrate, as clients will benefit from the added advantage of expanded service capabilities and cranes capable of servicing jobs of all sizes across South Australia.

Marcus spoke passionately about the past, present and future of the Load 28 group, that includes Load 28, Australian Glass Install, Victor Harbor Cranes and now Nick’s Crane Services. He highlighted how the latest key development will propel the business to new heights and recognised and celebrated Nick’s achievements within his business and his contribution to South Australia’s building and construction industry.

“We are proud to carry on Nick’s legacy, one that spans nearly 70 years,” said Marcus Rigney. 

“Over the past 50 years, Nick has built his business to be one of the most reputable and esteemed crane hire companies in South Australia and also boasted to be the largest for a long period too. Not bad for a man who migrated to Adelaide Australia from Athens as a 10-year old boy whose family only had 10 pounds to their name on arrival,” Marcus said. 

Nick started driving cranes at the tender age of 13 years in the mid 1950’s, claiming he was 17 years old and had a drivers license. He never looked back after that and launched Nick’s Crane Services in 1974.

Marcus said Nick’s Crane Services would continue to thrive under the Load 28 family and would operate as its own entity under the Load 28 banner, paying homage to Nick’s legacy, carrying it forward.

Marcus closed his address with some inspiring and motivational words for his team, encouraging them to always think outside the box, to not be afraid to fail, to dream big, and said that if they ever feel they are going to fall, to always ensure they fall forwards.

Nick’s Crane Services will be managed by Tom Rigney.

Should you have any questions regarding the acquisition, contact Load 28 on 1300 11 28 28.


Check out Load 28 Supervisor Luke showcasing our recent TC4 climb for valued client IJ Projects. Coordinated and focused, our amazing rigging team managed this lift so efficiently and safely.

This is not an easy project, as we are working with some close tolerances in the core, but true to Load 28’s innovative mindset, we designed a new chocking method to ensure we keep everything stable and safe throughout our climb. 


One should never underestimate the value and importance of positive client feedback.

Our TC3 went in the air successfully mid-March for our esteemed client Tandem Building Group for their 88 O’Connell Street project. 

The feedback we received: “The boys smashed it today mate. Awesome crew.” 
You can’t ask for much better than that!


PJC Construct utilised the services of Load 28 to assist them with the installation of their Tower Crane. We were engaged to service, repair, install and commission the crane and handover to PJC ready to operate. 

Our technical team worked hard to prepare the unit safely, and will continue to service and maintain the equipment for the duration of the project. 


We love working alongside our valued client Steamranger Heritage Railway.

Check out the video above to hear from Oliver at Streamranger discussing our recent lift of their 621 large steam locomotive at Mount Barker.

Using the power of our fleet, including our 230 ton Liebherr and our 130 ton Liebherr, we managed the job safely and efficiently. As Oliver says, the team from Load 28 worked “patiently” and “perceptively” and “listened to their needs really well”.

Well done lads. Collaboration and teamwork at its finest. 

Lifting in Yorkes

We are excited to announce the establishment of Ardrossan Crane Hire, a division of Load 28 Crane Hire. Ardrossan local and leading Load 28 crane driver and supervisor, Patrick Bush is excited to bring his experience and expertise to the local community.

Should you need crane hire on the Yorke Peninsula, reach out to Patrick (Bushy) on 0436 119 823 or at