• Established Industry Integrity

    Decades of Experience in Finding the Solution

Generations of Leadership

Clyde Preston Buckner started CP Buckner Steel after his discharge from WWII. Our company has been fully family owned and operated ever since and we pride ourselves on having a tight knit company culture with many employees who have been a part of our family for over 20 years.

Now in its third generation of leadership, Buckner has decades of experience in the industry coupled with a progressive vision for the future. Our company strives to be a true stakeholder with every client, becoming the vehicle for success in all of your complex and challenging ventures. Our mission is to provide safe, logical and experienced solutions to complex and demanding erection and heavylift crane projects.

If there is a really complicated project, the professionals in our industry will call it a Buckner job.

A Core of Steel

Started in 1947 CP Buckner Inc was initially forged in the steel industry. Starting out as a crew of rod-busters, the company grew into Buckner Steel Erection. With a focus on steel erection the company continued to grow both regionally and nationally through the middle of the century. In the early to mid 1980s the Buckner Heavylift Division began to emerge as the company acquired additional equipment to support the steel division and other partners. In the early 2000s all divisions had tremendous growth with the addition of major equipment. As our relationship with manufacturers, specifically Liebherr, grew in the early 2000s Buckner became the largest owner of Liebherr crawler cranes in the Americas. Through the past seven decades Buckner Companies has formed, combining experience with forward thinking to become the trusted, industry leader it is today.

Continued Industry Innovation

For 70 years now, Buckner Companies has been providing quality workmanship, completing state of the art projects and meeting demanding schedules. Throughout every change in the industry over the last 70 years, Buckner has been at the forefront and we continue to be leaders today. As the industry has changed we have adapted with it integrating multiple cloud-based solutions into our processes creating a more efficient communication structure for our customers and employees. Buckner approaches every customer & project with a spirit of partnership as we endeavor to be part of your project success. Our goal is to create long term relationships based upon confidence, trust, and integrity.

Industry Recognition

Buckner Companies has received national and international rankings and awards that illustrate our accomplishments and experience in the heavylifting and steel erection industries. As one of our industry’s leaders, we have completed an array of projects for various clients, including energy & power, automotive, oil and gas, commercial, manufacturing, institutional and many more. As a company, we strive to stay on top of changes, regulations and innovations in the industry.


2017 American Crane & Transport
  • #8 on the Index of Top Crane-Owning Companies
  • #6 Largest Crawler Crane Fleet
  • #5 Largest Crane
Top 20 Firms – Steel Erection – ENR
  • #5 Steel Erection
  • 2009 – RDU Airport Terminal 2
  • 2008 – P-201V Aircraft Maintenance Hanger
  • 2003 – Little John Coliseum
  • 2009 SC&RA Crane & Rigging Group Project Safety Award for superior safety records
  • 2003 SC&RA Rigging Project of the Year – LittleJohn Coliseum
  • 1995 SC&RA Rigging Project of the Year – Greensboro Coliseum


2017 International Cranes List
  • #11 on the Index of World’s Largest Crane-Owning Companies
  • Buckner Companies Headquarters
AISC 2011 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel
  • National Award for projects less than $15 million: Buckner Companies Headquarters
2011 COTE Award (Committee on the Environment)
  • Buckner Companies Headquarters
EEA National Recognition
  • Stewart Engineering – Buckner Companies Headquarters
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