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Stands for: powerful despite its diminutive size. It also represents a bird iconic to the farm, Bantam's original target market.

  • Bantam was a brand of cranes and excavators.
  • Based in Waverly, Iowa.
  • Bantam products were sold worldwide.

Historical Overview:

  • 1942

    Founded in Waverly, IA by Vern and Wilbur Schield.

  • 1963

    Company sold to Koehring, brand name transitions to Koehring-Bantam.

  • 1987

    Keohring cranes & excavators line acquired by Northwest Engineering

Product Past Current
Truck Mounted Crane x

Distinguished Historical Accomplishments

  • 1940

    Bantam #1 is designed as a dragline, used for production of lime for the local farmers.

  • 1953

    Develop CR35 – a self-propelled Bantam.

  • 1954

    Schield-Bantam company converts from Army truck cab to “cab over” crane carriers.

  • 1956

    With 1,017 cranes sold in 1955, Bantam claims to be the world’s largest producer of Truck-mounted power cranes– excavators. Company goes public.

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