Our History

A long tradition of family, excellence, and service


50 Years of Safety, Customer Service, and Satisfaction

We pride ourselves on our skilled team. Investing in our team has always been the core of our reputation and has provided us with the success we see today. 

Lifting the bells at Longwood Gardens.

Lifting the bells at Longwood Gardens.

From Welding to Cranes

Active Crane Rentals, Inc. was established in 1964.  While a young Lloyd Schmeusser was working in his father and mother Fred and Irene Schmeusser’s welding, air compressor, and generator rental business he approached them about diversifying and starting a crane rental business together.  Today, the business has progressed into its fourth generation.  It all began with a conventional crane and in time expanded to include hydraulic cranes, rough terrain, and cherry pickers, serving a wide variety of industries in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland.  Lloyd and his late father enjoyed many successful business ventures together.

Welcoming the Fourth Generation

With the growth of the business, Lloyd’s sister Jan and brother Gary joined the team and were an integral part of the business and keys to its success over the years.   Then as a youngster, Lloyd’s son Steve, the third generation, started helping in the shop, then became an operating engineer and transitioned into management. 

The business continued to grow and expanded to include boom trucks, hauling equipment, rigging services, storage and warehouse.  Eventually, Lloyd passed the torch and Steve took over the business. 

His wife Karen has been instrumental in supporting the overall day to day operations.  Soon after finishing college Steve and Karen’s son Hunter joined the team as the fourth generation. As we move into 2020 their son Beau will be finishing college and joining the company.

We serve the following states:


New Jersey


South Eastern Pennslyvania

Reach Us

103 Water Street
Wilmington, DE 19804



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