Crane and Hoist Canada

ABCO’s go-to operator makes it into our Top 10 Under 40

September 6, 2022  By Don Horne

The future of the heavy lifting industry looks bright – and we are looking back and looking forward to share these stories.

Armed with a strong work ethic, initiative, curiosity, and a commitment to training and safety, we are asking our readers to nominate candidates for our  Top 10 Under 40 celebration in the fall issue of Crane & Hoist Canada.

You can nominate by clicking here.

Whether they work in leadership, operations, maintenance, sales or support, these crane and hoist employees are highly regarded by their colleagues, clients and peers.


Want to recognize a future leader? Time is running out, as nominations for the 2022 contest wrap up on Sept. 30.

Here, we look back at last year’s Top 10 winners:


Operations Manager & Journeyman Red Seal Crane Operator, ABCO Crane Services Ltd.
Nisku, AB

Steven Willier was a rookie when he began his career at ABCO Crane Services back in 2008, which is why watching his journey has been so rewarding, says Pamela Crawford, president of ABCO Crane Services, in her nomination.

Steven Willier

“[He’s] gone from a very young man with no experience operating, being around cranes or driving commercial equipment to being ABCO’s go-to operator,” she shares.

When Crawford’s husband and ABCO owner Devern Crawford suddenly passed away earlier this year, Willier, 35, stepped up to take on the role of full-time operations manager.

“Steven has jumped from our top crane operator to a management position and has done so with determination, dedication and a willingness to accept the challenges that lie ahead of him,” says Crawford.

“These attributes will serve Steven well as he continues to learn and develop his own leadership style.”

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