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About Us

Crane Production Systems is a full-service metal stamping and material handling company.

Crane Production Systems was established in 1959 as "R.B. Crane and Sons" as a supplier of tooling components and equipment for tool-and-die builders in southeast Wisconsin. Since then, incorporated in 1972 by Steve Crane, the company has grown to provide world class machinery and products.  Our vendors chose Crane Production Systems to be their premium distributor because of our strong customer relationships, innovative solutions and integrity. We help our customers apply only top quality equipment to their specific production needs, assisting businesses in becoming more competitive and profitable in their marketplace.  

Our Mission

Crane Production Systems is dedicated to applying our extensive knowledge and expertise to help companies become more productive. 

Why Us

Our expert team has decades of experience using premium equipment with innovative solutions.  We enjoy helping companies be more competitive in their marketplace and thus more profitable. We encourage continuous growth within our team to deliver expert service to our customers. 

The team

President

STEVE CRANE — PRESIDENT

STEVE CRANE — PRESIDENT

With family history deeply rooted in tool and die, Steve Crane began working for the family business in 1964 while in high school, back when the company was known as R.B. Crane and Sons Inc. Steve used to run a surface grinder that was set up to modify punches and dies. From 1967 to 1969 Steve was educated by the US Army, and spent some time in Vietnam. During this period he learned to disassemble and reconstruct Cobra helicopters. In 1972, Steve graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with majors in mechanical engineering and business management. After graduation Steve became President of the company, and built up the product line and sales team. Later, Steve became the company's first installer. Today, Steve remains President of the company, and ensures that the company offers superior customer service. In his words, “We have a legacy of machinery that we sold and continue to service. We are set up to continue serving the needs of our manufacturing companies.”

Sales Team

GARY MATTHIES

GARY MATTHIES

Gary started his career with Crane in 1976 as a sales engineer. With a focus on punch presses, coil feeding equipment, press automation, and material handling, Gary has participated in numerous technical training programs to meet the changing demands of the industry. His experience and expertise assists customers in selecting and implementing the most productive equipment for their applications. In 1986 Gary was promoted to V.P. of sales, and he continues to lead the company in sales and marketing endeavors.

MIKE REYNOLDS — SALES ENGINEER

MIKE REYNOLDS — SALES ENGINEER

In the 1980s Mike owned and operated a fishing tackle manufacturing firm. During his last year there, the company produced over 1.5 million ice fishing jigs. In 1990 Mike joined Crane, and has since been at the forefront of customer relationship management. Embracing 26 years of experience, Mike strives to provide customers with the best possible solutions for their metal stamping operations.

MICHAEL MASZKA — SALES EXECUTIVE

MICHAEL MASZKA — SALES EXECUTIVE

When Michael began working with Crane Production Systems in 1999, his primary duties included performing new machine installations and servicing existing equipment for customers. In 2004 Michael was promoted to office manager, which required him to handle inside sales and technical support. Throughout his 26 year journey in the industry Michael has taught numerous customer seminars, and has developed an unparalleled proficiency in managing the equipment. Recently, Michael transitioned to outside sales. He continues to help customers find viable solutions, and assists end users in implementing more efficient business practices.

DAN BURETTA - MATERIAL HANDLING SOLUTIONS/SALES

DAN BURETTA - MATERIAL HANDLING SOLUTIONS/SALES

Dan started his career in the material handling industry in 2010 at Dorner Manufacturing. Here, he assembled 2200 Series conveyors, and was later promoted to a technical inside sales position. Dan joined the Crane family in February 2016. With over 8 years of experience in the material handling field, Dan's knowledge, attention to detail and passion for the industry allows him to assist customers in product training. Dan has studied mechanical and electrical engineering, but continues to learn on a daily basis.

Service Team

RANDAL SLOBODNIK—SERVICE MANAGER

RANDAL SLOBODNIK—SERVICE MANAGER

With 36 years of experience, Randal began his career in 1980 as a maintenance technician in a manufacturing plant. Soon after, he obtained a managerial role, and was responsible for engineering and maintenance with a focus on metal stamping. Eight years later, Randal joined Crane Production Systems as the service manager. Over the years, he has grown the service department from one service technician to five with his diligence and demand of the industry. Randal is a Marine Corps veteran.

SCOTT T. BILGRIEN—SERVICE TECHNICIAN (MECHANIC)

SCOTT T. BILGRIEN—SERVICE TECHNICIAN (MECHANIC)

Prior to joining Crane Production Systems, Scott worked for several metal stamping companies as a maintenance technician. His responsibilities have included preventative maintenance and plant productivity. Scott also has experience working for a machine tool rebuilder, and has extensive knowledge in disassembly, repair and re-assembly of punch presses and related equipment. With 37 years of experience in the metal stamping industry, Scott has been with Crane Production Systems for 16 years.

KURT WIRSCHING—SERVICE AND INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN

KURT WIRSCHING—SERVICE AND INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN

Kurt has vast knowledge of the metal stamping industry and 21 years of experience. He has participated in multiple training sessions with Crane's metal stamping suppliers. Kurt began his journey with Crane Production Systems in 1995 as a service tech trainee and has grown to adopt the most efficient installation techniques, reducing downtime for customers. Kurt is a Marine Corps veteran.

Customer Service Team

SHAWN LAHA — INSIDE SALES/CUSTOMER SERVICE

SHAWN LAHA — INSIDE SALES/CUSTOMER SERVICE

A part of the Crane team since 2006, Shawn is responsible for sales order entries as well as the expedition of orders. Additionally, his duties include customer service, quotations, and ordering the applicable supplies for service technicians. Shawn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

CHELSEA TURMAN - FINANCE MANAGER

CHELSEA TURMAN - FINANCE MANAGER

In 2012, Chelsea joined Crane Production Systems as the company's finance manger. She is responsible for overseeing all accounting functions and transactions within the company. Since joining the Crane family, Chelsea has had the opportunity to work in the shop to learn more about the punch press and material handling side of the business. She has gained hands-on experience making sensors and cutting, welding and painting operating stations.

MEGAN MORENO - INSIDE SALES/CUSTOMER SERVICE

MEGAN MORENO - INSIDE SALES/CUSTOMER SERVICE

Megan began her journey with Crane Production Systems in 2015. Her duties included assisting with invoicing and accounts receivable. Megan quickly transitioned to inside sales and continues to learn more about Crane and the metal forming industry on a daily basis.

Customer Testimonials

Atlas Metal Parts has worked with Crane Production Systems for the past 23 years.  They are always professional on the sales side of business as well as the service side. Whenever we have been down and need immediate service, they have responded the same day or within 24 hours. In today’s fast pass business world you need that type of service to maintain customer satisfaction.

I would recommend Crane Production Systems to anyone in the stamping business. They are true partners and will do whatever it takes to help you succeed!

Tom Magnor - Atlas Metal Parts And Fabricating, Inc.

I am writing this letter regarding our working relationship with your company, Crane Production System.  R&B Wagner has had the pleasure of working with your staff at Crane for over 15 years.  I greatly appreciate the help your company has given us to improve and maintain our press controls, sensor programs and other stamping equipment or services.  Crane Production system has worked with us on project work, troubleshooting, emergency repair and improvement efforts.

Your staff’s professional manner, knowledge, and experience have gained them the respect of associates at all levels within our organization.  Crane works well with our staff at Wagner to ensure that our needs are met.  Your project work has always met the deadlines and the pricing that was expected. 

In closing, I would like to thank your company for providing such a valuable service and always being available to help us reach our goals.  I look forward to continuing to work with Crane Production Systems in the future. 

Michael Skelton - R & B Wagner, Inc.