NexGen Crane & Rigging

nexgen crane and rigging

About Us

We are a full-service crane, rigging, and transport company with offices in Mississippi and Alabama.



Customer Satisfaction

Lending a lifting hand

Moving large, uniquely shaped objects is nothing new for us. For more than 50 years, the Thompson family has been manufacturing these very same large and unusual vessels for the chemical and petroleum industries. We’ve also had the responsibility to transport and install them. Now in its third generation, we are using our extensive experience to operate NexGen Crane & Rigging.


Whether you need a crane service for a job that’s across the country or just across the platform, on smooth ground or rough, our professional staff will complete the project safely and efficiently using the best equipment money can buy.


Hauling large objects is accomplished with a combination of experience and state-of-the-art equipment. We know the regulations and permitting process and the varying DOT rules, plus we maintain personal contact with state and local agencies.


When you need to relocate, replace, remove, or install industrial-sized equipment, it’s typically not as easy as simply rolling it out to the street. We offer a rigging service with a solution to complete the job and help get you back to work.

Our Story

Our roots date back to 1972 when Bill Thompson started Bill’s Welding Shop. With the right skills and an unflinching work ethic, the company evolved into Thompson’s Welding Service, an industry leader in manufacturing large and unusual vessels for the chemical and petroleum industries. Out of a need to move those vessels, NexGen was born. Today, NexGen is led by CEO Barry Thompson and COO Brent Thompson. With locations in Mississippi and Alabama, we exist to lend a helping hand to the progress throughout the southeast. As anybody who works here will tell you, our company is built on honesty, safety, and excellence in our field.

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Meet Our Team

Barry Thompson

Chief Executive Officer

Brent Thompson

Chief Operations Officer

Josh McKay

Finance Manager

Lindsay Maddux

Alabama District Sales Manager​

Tanar Edwards

Alabama Field Supervisor

April Smith

Alabama Office Administrator

James Shackelford

Mississippi Field Supervisor

Russell Ferraro

Mississippi District Sales Manager


We’re always looking for good people. Even if you don’t see your desired job posting, go ahead and send us your resume and tell us a bit about yourself. There are always opportunities on the way!


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