R.H. Marlin, Inc. is a family-owned organization located in Indianapolis, Indiana who specializes in crane rental and excavation. We are recognized as one of the leading specialists in the Midwest construction industry. Since our establishment in 1920, R.H. Marlin, Inc. has earned a solid reputation for consistent, high quality performance in rental and sales of lifting equipment, and also representing Manitowoc as a Potain Dealer. Its employees are dedicated to providing the highest level of service to its customers with resources to help culminate your projects on a timely and cost-saving method.
In 1920, Robert Hugh Marlin was given a horse and buggy as a wedding present from his mother. The Monroe County native traded the gift for a team of work horses. He then began excavating at Indiana University and other areas in Bloomington with borrowed equipment. Two years later, Marlin expanded his excavation business to Indianapolis working on several city projects, including Eli Lilly.
In the early 1930’s, the business had grown to a Model-T truck and 32 teams of horses. Due to growth of machinery, Marlin was able to work not only in Indiana, but surrounding states as well. Over the next 10 years, Marlin purchased an Osgood Dragline Crane and 125 dump trucks to work on the excavation of Camp Atterbury and coal mines located in Indiana and Kentucky. The crane rental business for R.H. Marlin began to take off in the 1950’s after the investment of 12 cranes. These cranes provided service to the Ford Motor Company plant and to the historic Indianapolis’ Downtown City Circle.
In 1970, Robert Hugh Marlin passed away at the age of 67, leaving his wife Roxie, six sons, five daughters, and their spouses to carry on the family business. Today, the company is owned by Charley and Ann (Marlin) Robertson and their family.
R.H. Marlin, Inc. has grown over the years to more than 75 full-time employees. Its services have increased to not only local cities, but across the Midwest. The company is recognized as the one of the leading specialists in the crane and rental equipment industry.