Thern, Inc. is a family-owned winch and crane manufacturer based in the Midwest – a place where hard work, honesty and common sense continue to be core values. Durability, reliability, quality and outstanding service are taken very seriously at Thern. With a strong engineering staff and reputation for exceptional lead times, Thern can handle even the most challenging projects. With a history spanning over 65 years, this little Midwest company has provided amazing solutions to some very BIG projects all over the world.
From building the winch that lowers the Time’s Square Ball every New Year’s Eve, Thern products also played a part in the newly completed One World Trade Center; the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge; the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Pad; the world’s largest solar array project Ivanpah, located in the Mojave Desert; many Gulf Coast oil rig operations; the world’s first stadium reduction system at BC Place in Vancouver; and the world’s largest ferris wheel, the High Roller, recently completed in Las Vegas, NV. New customers may wonder: What can that little Midwest company do? While long-time customers wonder: What can’t they do?
Founded in Winona, Minnesota by the mechanically inclined Royal G. Thern and his wife, Lucille, during the post World War II boom, Thern Incorporated began with a handful of basic winches and other miscellaneous tools.
After the war, Royal and Lucille settled in the small, flourishing town of Winona on the banks of the Mississippi river where they created a corn sheller, lever operated chain hoist, cordwood saw frame and a differential chain hoist. These innovative products were the foundation for the lifting, pulling and positioning solutions the company manufactures today.
More than sixty years later, Thern has built a solid reputation for manufacturing the most dependable, powerful and durable solutions for moving loads of all sizes. Our extensive selection of off-the-shelf models and ability to design custom solutions, is why customers in markets around the world choose Thern winches and cranes for applications around the world.