Roscommon company on the up

Roscommon company on the up

26 May 2016

Roscommon Company On The Up

Anchor offers products and service levels that are quite simply second to none.

Anchor Lifting Services Ltd. in Roscommon town supplies customers nationwide with a comprehensive range of market-leading lifting equipment and also provides a professional installation and maintenance service. We met up with company founder Tom Cummins to find out more about this excellent operation.

Tom Cummins established Anchor Lifting Services on January 1st, 2001 and the company has been on the up ever since! Over the past decade-and-a-half, the Roscommon town based company has earned a reputation as the premier provider of industrial lifting equipment in the west.

Zoning in on a specialist market, Anchor offers products and service levels that are quite simply second to none.

The experience and expertise of founder Tom and his staff is reflected in the company’s ability to attract a wide range of industry customers from factories and power stations to the ESB and Bord Na Mona and local authorities (County Councils).

Anchor Lifting Services specialises in providing, installing and maintaining lifting equipment. They provide specialist lifting equipment from all major manufacturers and are the sole Irish agents for Crosby.

Crosby and Kuplex are considered the standard of the international lifting equipment industry. This can be drawn from the fact that most contracts involving rigging products in the US and around the world read Crosby Only or Crosby or Equal. Crosby and Kuplex products are manufactured with the highest design factors in the industry and are better equipped to withstand abusive field conditions because of the improved impact and fatigue characteristics designed into each item. The majority of Crosby’s products are heat treated, which allows them to deform if overloading occurs, giving warning before ultimate failure.

Anchor are also distributors for Yale, Checkmate and GIS lifting equipment, which ensures that they can offer a solution to every type of lifting requirement.
Yale Hoisting Equipment manufactures the world-renowned Pul-Lift ratchet lever hoist. This general purpose, robust and reliable tool – along with a widely increased range of performance rated products – has made Yale a leading manufacturer in the hoisting market. Yale products are designed with practicality, endurance and safety in mind to ensure that no matter which Yale Hoisting product is chosen, German quality is guaranteed.

Meanwhile, Checkmate is built around a safety-first ethos, from conception of design, business culture and ultimate user safety with capabilities ranging from design, testing, manufacturing, installation, training and consultation with health & safety paramount. Checkmate supply technically innovative, cost-effective products derived from vast knowledge and experience, a leading UK company supplying textile slings and work at height safety equipment.

Operating out of a central base in Roscommon means Anchor Lifting Services Ltd. are ideally located to cover the whole of Ireland. An island-wide service is provided, covering all 32 counties and the northern border counties.

Anchor Lifting Services staff have gained qualifications in the field of lifting equipment from Lloyds British; Crosby Europe UK; L.E.E.A.; and Yale Industrial Products Ltd.

Services provided include: inspection of lifting equipment to Lloyds British and LOLER (Lifting Operation & Lifting Equipment Regulations) certificate No.17553; inspection and testing of compressors, pressure control and relief valves to machine EU directive 97-23-EC and EN ISO 4126. Anchor Lifting Services are one of the few companies in Ireland who full members of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association ( and are the only full member lifting equipment specialist in the west of Ireland.[1]

Lifting equipment is supplied with declaration of EU conformity and complies with machinery directive 2006. Testing and repair of all types of lifting equipment is carried out. This work is done in accordance with accepted codes of practise thus ensuring that all equipment retains certification according to statutory laws and LOLER.

Anchor Lifting Services also enjoy benefits from full membership of LEEA and are conditionally audited by them.

Parts are supplied for Abus, Demag, Gis, Kone, Misea, Morris, Munk and Yale lifting systems and some of the companies that services are provided to on a regular basis include ESB International; Aviation Maintenance Workshop Limerick; Quinn Cement, Cameron Flow Control Ltd (oil field valve manufactures); Bord Na Mona nationwide; McHale Engineering in Ballinrobe (manufacture of farm equipment); Dromone Engineering, Masonite Ireland and Coca Cola.

Tom Cummins comes from an electrical background and in early 01 started to supply, test and inspect lifting equipment. The product line includes chains and slings, bolts and shackles, manual chain hoists and overhead electrical cranes, all for use in industry, he notes. The full range can be viewed at

We hold a number of key agencies. As well as being sole agents in Ireland for Crosby the best-known lifting equipment manufacturer we also do Yale, Columbus McKinnon, Gis electric chain hoists, Checkmate textile slings and fall arrest equipment (safety harnesses etc.) and Street overhead cranes.

We supply replacement parts for all major brands of cranes and certify all types of construction lifting equipment (excavators, teleporters, forklifts, MEWPs, truck-mounted cranes and tail-lifts etc.). We provide a full installation, maintenance, repair, training and testing service including carrying out six-month and twelve-month statutory inspections.

Naturally safety is paramount and every facet of the operation is geared towards ensuring absolutely safe products and procedures at all times. A highly-skilled an competent team of four is employed full time, all personnel accredited and governed by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA).

Although Tom has customers all over Ireland, most of the work is local. To this end, Anchor Lifting Services is the largest and longest-established lifting equipment specialist in the west of Ireland. Most of our customers are in the Connacht region, within a 60-70-mile radius of Roscommon town, which gives us a very big catchment area and also service the rest of the country.

Looking to the future, Tom is confident that he can continue to develop the business going forward: We will keep providing a good product and a good service, he concludes. We have come through the downturn and things are picking up again. We have just installed a new shop / showroom, which is one of the first of its kind in Ireland and allows people to come in and see the different products on display and also to see some demonstrations. We re in a good position and we re looking forward to continuing to offer our customers excellent products and an unmatched service.

Feel free to call Tom directly on 086 8237856 for an obligation-free chat on your lifting requirements.

Anchor Lifting Services Ltd.,
Unit 4/5, Roscommon Enterprise Centre,
Racecourse Road, Roscommon town, County Roscommon.
Tel: 0906 625679 Fax: 0906 628741

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Taken from Irish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, Vol 18 No 7, September 2015


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