We Stand by Our Good Name

Since Olsen Chain and Cable started its operation in 1950, we have been the premier supplier of overhead lifting equipment. Our customers have come to trust the reliable products and broad industry expertise they find with us.

Our founder, Gene Olsen, was an ironworker from the Twin Cities who started splicing wire rope slings in his garage. He sold these slings to local contractors and construction companies. As the area’s construction industry grew, so did his business. And by 1964, Olsen was able to leave his ironworking job and officially start Olsen Chain & Cable in Bloomington, Minnesota.

He quickly grew beyond his manufacturing space, expanded his operation, and added new products and services. Eventually, Olsen Chain & Cable added heavy lifting equipment, overhead lifting product lines, and custom cable terminations as well as hoist rental and hoist refurbishment. As growth continued, so did plant and facility expansion. Eventually a new facility with a large showroom and space for meeting and training would be acquired, as well as a large manufacturing facility in Moorhead, Minn., to meet growing customer demand in that area.

Olsen Chain & Cable also enhanced product lines and OSHA compliance consulting services. 

Today, construction companies and manufacturing plants rely on Olsen Chain & Cable for overhead lifting equipment, equipment rentalequipment refurbishment and OSHA inspection and consultation services. The company’s store offers abrasives, bits and blades, blocks, chain, cable and rope, fasteners, fittings, hardware, hand tools, hydraulics, power tools and safety and storage equipment.

We continue to provide exceptional, American-made overhead lifting equipment to our customers, with the safety, reliability, and service they depend on. 

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Avoid downtime and safety hazards with our lifting equipment inspection services. 

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Get equipment fixed right the first time with our hoist and hydraulic pump refurbish services.

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Balance budgets and regulations with our OSHA compliance consulting.

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