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Your  S.F.  Bay  Area  Crane  Service  Provider !
Your  S.F.  Bay  Area  Crane  Service  Provider !

About Us

CHAMPION CRANE is a small, family owned and operated business since 1976.

Vern and Gladys Erickson

Vern left Federal Sign and took his knowledge and love of sign work to start his own business. In 1976 Vern and Gladys first started Economy Sign. As it grew over the years they had a small fleet of trucks. Gladys ran the office and Kathy (their daughter) was right by her side learning the business. In 1990 Economy Sign turned its focus toward Crane Service and Champion Crane was born. Then in 1995 Vern and Gladys retired leaving the Crane Service for Kathy and her husband - Tony - to run. Vern and Gladys spent over 45 years together until we lost Gladys in January 2012.
Kathy Erickson - Palazzolo
Office Manager & Co-Owner

Kathy has worked at Economy Sign/Champion Crane since
she was old enough to answer the phone. She has worked in
both the sign and crane industries with hands-on, in-the-field
training, as well as learning from her mom how to run the
office. After Vern and Gladys retired she started running the business
from home. Being a work at home mom was the best of both
worlds allowing her to spend quality time with her daughter, Lynsie. When you call the office Kathy is your main contact.

Lynsie Erickson
Assistant Office Manager

Lynsie, now a college student, has been involved at Champion Crane since 2005. She has learned how to run the office and schedule & dispatch the crane. Lynsie will continue to work in the office alongside her mom as long as her college schedule allows.
Tony Palazzolo
Certified Crane Operator & Co-Owner
Tony has been a certified NCCCO crane operator here at Champion Crane since the early 1990’s. He has a vast knowledge in both the sign and crane industries. He worked with Vern for many years installing signs and is now the sole crane operator and owner here at Champion Crane. Tony likes working outdoors (yes, even in the rain) and takes pride in his job. His motto is "we work safe or we don't work at all".

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A Div. of Economy Sign, Inc.

Family Owned and Operated
Since 1976
CA Con. Lic. #617764
Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Crane Hours:
24-Hour Availability
(510) 797-8170
San Jose:
(408) 263-0449
Fax: (510) 796-0676