In 1933, Earl F. Sever Sr., had the foresight to create a business that would withstand the turbulent times of the Great Depression. Through hard work and determination, Earl took the initiative to found Piqua Steel Company, now known as PSC Crane & Rigging.
Along with his personnel, Earl traveled throughout Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Indiana—focusing primarily on demolition and plant dismantling.
As the country entered WWII, Bill Lear, of Lear Avia Corp., moved his company to Piqua, Ohio. PSC Crane & Rigging became the prime contractor to rig all the equipment out of the existing plant, which was then unloaded and installed in Piqua. In turn, this allowed PSC to enter the machinery-moving, rigging, and crane rental industry.
A “working-man’s man,” Earl proved to be a man of determination, learning many new trades throughout his career and consistently aspiring to be a success. He established long-term relationships built on the foundations of trust, honesty, and hard work. Every employee was his friend, and considered family.
Due to exceptional growth, Earl Sr. brought Earl Jr. onboard, and instilled in him the many high-quality standards he’d developed through the years. Today, those same beliefs have been carried forward by Earl Jr. and Earl F. Sever III (Lynn)—as PSC Crane & Rigging extends into its fourth generation with Randy Sever and Jim Sever.
A New Generation
After attending Ohio State University, Randy returned to Piqua, joined the Ironworkers, and graduated from their four-year apprenticeship program.
A few years after having worked in the field, Randy quickly progressed from foreman to general foreman and soon became the company’s lead estimator/project manager.
Jim attended Wright State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in business management in 1996.
He then returned to PSC as the assistant office manager. Jim learned the individual aspects of all of the company's administrative functions and brought new technologies and their related efficiencies to the forefront.
Since joining the organization in the mid-1990s, both Randy and Jim have been instrumental in the company’s growth, helping to usher in the Special Projects business unit, expanding into the Columbus market, and moving into the steel, petrochemical, and power generation industries.