WHO WE ARE
Your Mission is Our Mission
The Craneworks team is composed of a talented group of engineers, technicians, and administrative specialists with over two centuries of combined experience. We are all united by our commitment to serving the customer and to our Core Values—Know Your Job, Work as a Team, Take Pride in What You Do, Be Prepared, and Be Methodical. Many of our customers are currently serving the nation and we feel honored to play a role in keeping our men and women in uniform safe and mission ready.
MEET THE TEAM
As a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Barker led hundreds of Marines, Sailors, and Civil Servants in Afghanistan and aboard Camp Lejeune, NC. He remains passionate about supporting those who serve and pushing organizations to be their very best through disciplined processes and innovative thinking. Barker and his wife Molly reside in Richmond, Virginia.
MBA, University of Virginia Darden School of Business; BA History, Minor Writing, Virginia Military Institute
Crane Engineer and Special Projects Manager
An incredibly knowledgeable professional with over 35 years in the industry, Jeff O’Rourke is a legend in the world of Navy Cranes and is a founder of Craneworks, Inc. Jeff graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1989 with a BSET in structural/mechanical design while employed by National Crane Services as a large project supervisor. He obtained all his Navy certificates from the NCC challenge exams in 2001. He is the "signatory" for Craneworks’ Maritime Accreditation under OSHA 29 CFR Part 1919, a certified welder, a certified lead abatement supervisor, a level II NDT inspector, and an NCCCO Certified Crane Operator. Jeff resides in Appomattox, VA.
Executive Vice President
Weight Handling Program Division
Marshall is a Crane Engineer who works primarily with Navy and Marine Corps commands to help them procure and maintain weight handling equipment to the Navy Weight Handling Program’s standard. He has 10 years of experience working in both the public and private weight handling industry and believes safe and reliable weight handling equipment is key to mission readiness. He started his career at the Navy Crane Center in the Design Engineering Division and went on to lead the launch of the Oracle based weight handling program management software before coming to Craneworks, Inc. Marshall holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Military Institute.
Vice President of Operations for the Mid-Atlantic and Carolina Regions
Terry Leach joined Craneworks in January 2010 as the Large Project Manager and rapidly led the company through numerous electrical modernizations of cranes from 10 – 255 tons of capacity. During this time he also led an 18 month, three crane modernization project for the Army Corps of Engineers in South Dakota. His depth of experience was developed over 28 years and across multiple industries to include Defense, Nuclear, Mining, Aviation, Pulp and Paper, Coal, and Hydro Power Generation. Terry’s experience with overhead lifting covers everything from integrated patented track monorail systems to 600-ton capacity bridge cranes. In 2020 he was promoted to Operations Manager for the Mid-Atlantic and Carolina Regions and is currently responsible for the Navy Weight Handling Equipment programs at numerous military facilities. Mr. Leach is responsible for all aspects of operations, sales, training, and customer relations for our overhead crane division.
Vice President of General Industry
John Austin leads Craneworks’ General Industry division with a focus on critical weight handling operations in the Steel, Aluminum, and Power Industries. Prior to his time at Craneworks, Mr. Austin served for industry leading crane and rail engineering organizations. He began his career with Chaparral Steel, now Gerdau Petersburg, and ultimately created a crane maintenance group within the company. He is an expert in crane upgrades, design, rail alignment, fabrication, and maintenance. In 2011, AIST (Association for Iron and Steel Technology) awarded Mr. Austin the “Crane Innovation of the Year Award” for industry leading contributions to operational efficiency.
In 1999, Jeff O’Rourke and Kelly Hakes established Waterworks Mechanical Services, Inc. in Kissimmee, Florida. The company was awarded its first Department of Defense contracts in 2001 for crane maintenance aboard Kingsbay Naval Submarine Base and McGuire Air Force Base. The following year, additional contracts were awarded in the Washington D.C. region, and in June of 2003, the company relocated to Virginia to better serve its Mid-Atlantic customers.
Officially renamed in 2006, Craneworks has continued to serve the Department of Defense Customers with a focus on the U.S. Navy’s P-307 and related programs. Craneworks has continued to thrive because of it’s commitment to doing things the right way and because of a spirit of teamwork.
Much of this spirit is attributed to one of our founders, Kelly, who sadly passed away in 2012. Kelly’s dedication to excellence is visible in every facet of Craneworks and she will always be remembered and missed by customers and employees alike.