NEXGEN is a full-service crane and transport company with the capability to tackle almost any job. We offer an array of cranes and tractor/trailers at competitive prices with the goal of completing projects quickly and safely. Our certified operators, riggers and drivers are prepared to serve you.



Moving large and uniquely shaped equipment is nothing new for NexGen. For 50 years their family had been manufacturing large and unusual vessels for the chemical and petroleum industries, along with the responsibility to transport and install them. The third generation realized they had the expertise, experience and equipment to be a crane and rigging company on the commercial level. Now, years later, NexGen Crane and Rigging is a multistate provider of quality, dependable lifting, trucking, and rigging services.

Barry Thompson

Barry Thompson

Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from Mississippi State University in 1984, Barry was employed by Weyerhaeuser Paper & Westvaco Paper Company until 1996 and then worked as partner and general manager of Crossroads Shell until 2011. Today, he serves as both partner and CFO of Thompson’s Welding Services and partner and CEO of NexGen Crane & Rigging. Barry is a Hamilton, MS native where he still resides with his wife Debbie. Barry and Debbie have two children, Chelsea and Brent, and they are the proud grandparents of 4 beautiful grandchildren.

Brent Thompson

Brent Thompson

Chief Operations Officer

After graduating from Mississippi State University and following a career in politics, Brent joined Thompson’s Welding Services in 2017 as a third generation in the family business. In 2018 he took the leap to start NexGen Crane & Rigging, where he now oversees daily crane operations, employee training and development, and equipment acquisition strategy for the company’s two locations. When he isn’t traveling between NexGen’s Mississippi and Alabama offices, Brent loves to cook and read, camp with his wife and son, and of course cheer on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Josh McKay

Josh McKay

Finance Manager

Josh is a Columbus, MS native and a 2017 graduate of Mississippi State University. He joined the NexGen Crane & Rigging team in 2019 where he oversees financial management. In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife Abby and their two kids as well as hunting, fishing, and playing sports.

Clint Pegg

Mississippi Operations Manager

Clint has been in the crane and rigging industry for 16 years and counting, serving in a variety of roles including rigging, operating, sales, and operations management. Clint believes that his variety of roles have helped him develop a unique perspective, which has led to his success at NexGen Crane & Rigging. Clint enjoys spending his time with his wife and traveling to new places with her. His hobbies also include fishing and whitetail deer hunting.

Lindsey Maddux

Lindsay Maddux

Alabama District Sales Manager

Lindsay graduated from the University of Alabama in 2014. She then worked in the construction industry as a sales representative in equipment rental services for seven years before starting in the crane industry in March of 2022. Lindsay now serves as District Sales Manager for NexGen’s Alabama branch. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends.

Tanar Edwards

Alabama Field Supervisor

Tanar entered the gas and oil industry in 2008 where he worked as a swamper, rigger, semi truck driver, and crane operator in multiple states. In 2015, he headed to West Michigan where he expanded his heavy moving experience working as a crane operator and machinery mover with manufacturers throughout Beer City, USA. In 2022, Tanar decided he wanted to find a state that offered year-round fishing, hiking, trees, lakes, mountains, and a place to ride his motorcycle in December. Beautiful Alabama was the right fit. He is excited to be a part of the NexGen team as they pick up heavy things in the Rocket City.

April Smith

April Smith

Alabama Office Administrator

April is a seasoned Office Administrator with over a decade in the field. Throughout her years of experience, she has worked in departments such as purchasing and finance, worked for an executive, and more. She joined NexGen Crane & Rigging in 2022, where she oversees the daily office operations for the Alabama branch. Outside of the office, April is a busy wife, mother of four, and now a blessed Gigi to one. With a love for travel, April spends any free time exploring new destinations.

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