Aerial Specialists Inc

PO Box 085114
1760 State Street
Racine, WI 53408-5114


2005: acquired remaining aerial access MASTER DISTRIBUTOR inventories supporting Calavar, Condor, Strato-Lift formerly located in Caledonia, MI. - PLUS - the MASTER DISTRIBUTOR inventories supporting SIMON, SKYWITCH, HUNTERLIFT, SELMA, CHAMBERLAIN, GROVE and MANLIFT from Hazelcrest, IL. This inventory acquisition also supported, Broderson cranes, Cummins, Koehler and Deutz engines, Gradall forklifts, JLG booms, Mayville MEC scissors, Skyjack scissors, Snorkel Economy products, Stratolift and Terex aerials.

2003: acquired, in TWO separate acquisitions, the Original MEC (Mayville Engineering Corp) PRODUCTION PARTS INVENTORIES supporting the ORIGINAL designed Mayville Engineering models of Pac Craft, Hefty Herman, AM Aisle Master, HT Height Master & HH Handy Herman lifts.

2002: acquired Wellington Equip Corps complete Factory Parts inventory supporting 600 plus rental units incl: MARKLIFT, SKYJACK, GENIE, SNORKEL, STRATO-LIFT PLUS ...

2001: acquired the excess inventories of SNORKEL - ECONOMY parts formerly located in Long Beach, CA. relocating them by rail to Racine, WI. This inventory supports the Snorkel boom and Economy scissors lift lines.

2001: acquired assets to support the PRO-MARK Aerial Booms

2001: acquired 2nd SIMON and SKYWITCH Original OE Parts Inventory

1998: acquired 1st SIMON and SKYWITCH Original OE Parts Inventory

1990: acquired & Owns the ORIGINAL JLG "RACINE" Joystick and valued Past supplier to JLG

1990: acquired the support assets and Original Data for FABTEK directly from Hyster

Specialties: ASI maintains the LARGEST LISTING Searchable Database in NA supporting the complete aerial-access industry. ASI also maintains 98% of all of the original 75 NA based aerial lift mfg co., parts manuals, sales literature (incl: unit spec sheets) and OSHA mandated operation manuals.




Craig Ihde


Sue Ihde

Started in:


  • Milwaukee 7

Core Competencies:

Aerial Work Platforms, lifts and other related equipment

Estimated Annual Gross Sales:
$0 - 10 Million

Supplier to the Defense Industry:
No, never supplied to the defense industry

Number of Employees:
0 - 10

Import: No

Export: Yes


  • Automotive
  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Defense Industry Supply Chain
  • Energy Systems
  • Foxconn
  • Lakeshore Manufacturing Cluster
  • Marine Manufacturing
  • Wisconsin Wind Works


  • None

Markets Interested in Serving

  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Construction


  • Components, Parts and Hardware
  • MRO - Aviation Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul
  • Manufacturer / Service
  • Manufacturing: Machinery and Equipment
  • Other
  • Support of most all 75 US based Aerial Work Platform manufacturing companies since 1970.

Manufacturing Tier

  • OEM: An original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, refers to a company that makes a final product for the consumer marketplace.




Foxconn Technology Group and M+WǀGilbane announced 37 new subcontractors for the construction of a multi-purpose building at Foxconn’s planned Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park in Mount Pleasant.

The firms previously awarded $14 million in contracts to eight prime subcontractors on the 120,000-square-foot building. The facility will serve as a construction office during the buildout of Foxconn’s campus. It will also be home to research and development and experimental manufacturing activities.

Foundation work is expected to begin in August with work done by late 2018.

All of the 37 new subcontractors have a presence in Wisconsin and Foxconn listed southeastern Wisconsin offices for all but three.

The announcement with a heavy concentration of southeastern Wisconsin subcontractors comes as voters around the state remain skeptical that the project’s benefits will reach them. In the latest Marquette University Law School poll only 30 percent of respondents statewide said they expect businesses near them will benefit for the company’s manufacturing plant in Racine County.

Six of the firms selected in the latest round of contracts are also based outside of Wisconsin, according to state records. Those include three Illinois-based firms, Mariani Plants, concrete supplier Ozinga and overhead door supplier Paul Reilly Co.

Georgia-based SiteOne Landscape Supply is providing irrigation materials and ASC Pumping Equipment, which has its principal office in Kansas, will provide fire protection pumping equipment.

Johnson Controls International, which is based in Ireland for tax purposes but has its operations based in Glendale, will provide temperature control systems and equipment.

In announcing the contracts, Foxconn touted that many of the firms are owned by veterans, women and minorities, including DK Contractors, Arrow Marine Transport Inc., E3 Group, HVA Products, Inc., Professional System Analysis, Inc., and Hiram Power.

Foxconn and M+WǀGilbane set a goal of having 60 percent of construction work performed by Wisconsin-based businesses, including 10 percent by Racine County-based firms. There is also a 10 percent target for work done by minority-, woman- or veteran-owned businesses combined.

“Today’s announcement reflects Foxconn’s continued commitment to a ‘Wisconsin First’ plan by working with companies all across the state,” said Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn founder and CEO Terry Gou. “We are proud all of these companies have Wisconsin operations, and it is good to see that many are from southeast Wisconsin, as well as some from the Madison area, the Fox Valley and West Central Wisconsin. Part of the reason we selected Wisconsin is the quality of workmanship we find here.”

Here is a full list of contract recipients named today, including the office location listed by Foxconn:

  • Aerial Specialists, Inc.; Lift and Equipment Rentals; Racine
  • Airflow, Inc.; HVAC Equipment; Milwaukee
  • Arrow Marine Transport Inc.; Trucking; Kenosha
  • ASC Pumping Equipment; Fire Protection Pumping Equipment; Richfield
  • Builders Hardware; Hollow Metal Doors, Frames, Hardware Supplier; Menomonee Falls
  • Carlson-SRS Langer a Joint Venture; Roofing; Racine
  • Dickow Cyzak Tile Company; Ceramic Tile; Kenosha
  • DK Contractors; Excavation; Pleasant Prairie
  • E3 Group; Commissioning and Design Services; Milwaukee
  • Halquist Stone; Decorative Stone; Sussex
  • Hiram Power; Lighting Supplier; Racine
  • HVA Products, Inc.; Gas Unit Heaters and Air Curtains; Mequon
  • Ideal Crane; Crane Rental; Madison
  • Jasperson Sod Farms; Landscape Supplier; Franksville
  • Johnson Controls International; Temperature Control Systems, Equipment; Milwaukee
  • Johnson’s Nursery; Plant Material Supplier; Menomonee Falls
  • Kevco, Inc.; Caulking; New Berlin
  • KMI Construction, LLC; Masonry; Brookfield
  • Lange Brothers Woodwork Company, Inc.; Millwork Supplier; Milwaukee
  • Mariani Plants; Plant Material Supplier; Kenosha
  • Midwest Construction Materials, Inc.; Rebar Supplier; Stoughton
  • Milwaukee Plate Glass; Aluminum Windows and Entrances; Milwaukee
  • Mortl Restoration, Inc.; Caulking, Patching, Washing; Wauwatosa
  • Ozinga; Concrete Supplier; Kenosha
  • Paul Reilly Company; Overhead Sectional Doors; Mequon
  • Postorino Decorating, inc.; Painting and staining; Racine
  • Precise Contractors Inc.; Excavation; Brookfield
  • Professional System Analysis, Inc.; Test and Balance; Germantown
  • Red Cedar Steel Erection, Inc.; Steel Erection; Menomonie
  • Scott’s Pressure Washing Services; Final Panel Washing; Muskego
  • SiteOne Landscape Supply; Irrigation Material Supplier; Mequon
  • Systems, LLC; Loading Dock Equipment; Germantown
  • Vyron Corporation; Make Up Air Units; Waukesha
  • Werner Electric; Electrical Switchgear Supplier; Appleton
  • Witte Supply Company, LLC; Landscape Supplier; Burlington
  • Wolter Power Systems (Division of Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp); Generator Supplier; Brookfield
  • YUTKA Fencing; Fencing; Kenosha

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