Southern Crane Contributes to Raleigh New Year’s Celebration

Southern Crane Co., Raleigh, N.C., has continued its involvement in the First Night celebration held in Raleigh on New Year’s Eve. The highlight of the New Year’s Eve celebration is an acorn descending from the sky. For the 20th straight year, Southern Crane helped Raleigh celebrate the New Year by lowering the giant acorn made of 1,250 pounds of copper and steel. 

Southern Crane has handled the honor every year since the inaugural First Night Raleigh in 1991. That initial request seemed a tad unusual, according to Earl Johnson, III, president of Southern Crane.  “When we first lowered the giant acorn, we weren’t sure if people would turn out to see it. But the crowd really got into it, reaching out to try and touch it,” said Johnson. “Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Raleigh has become a tradition for the entire Southern Crane staff.”

Terri Dollar, program director of Artsplosure and First Night Raleigh, said Southern Crane is an integral part of First Night Raleigh. “Over the past 20 years, hundreds of thousands of First Night attendees have cheered at the lowering of the giant acorn, made possible by Southern Crane.”

The company enjoys being a key participant in this tradition, said Johnson "It supports the nonprofit Artsplosure and the City of Raleigh, bringing citizens downtown for a family friendly celebration,” he added.