History of Mediaco



In 1942


In 1942, Jean-Jacques Vernazza created MEDTRANS, shipping transit company, with 4 employees. End 1942, with the acquisition of a small company of stevedoring to support its activity, MEDIACO ACCONAGE is born.

After, in the 50's


the purchase of a carrier crane NORDEST was the first step toward the purchase of more cranes for port services, more and more used to meet a general requirement in this activity and client's demands.

End of 1972


Christian Jacques VERNAZZA founded MEDIACO LEVAGE. Very attached to the city of Marseille and widely involved in the development of the local economy and innovative industrial projects, he was keen to keep the Group's head office there.

MEDIACO started its lifting activity with the acquisition of the most efficient equipment of the time, notably a Grove TM800 (the most powerful telescopic boom crane in the world in 1973).

Gradually, the fleet changed from lattice cranes to telescopic cranes, which allowed MEDIACO LEVAGE to rapidly expand its reputation in France.

MEDIACO LEVAGE has been the forerunner in the establishment of the first lifting and handling network in France and has consolidated its position by the acquisition of the SOGECOFA Group in 2008, as well as by other strategic acquisitions thereafter throughout the country.

Christian-Jacques VERNAZZA was able to integrate his children Annabelle, Alexandre-Jacques and Rodolphe within the family group.

MEDIACO has also undertaken to diversify its activities, notably in liquid bulk storage, oil production and logistics.

In 2006


Alexandre-Jacques VERNAZZA, joined the Mediaco group. In 2008, he became Operations Manager of MEDIACO LEVAGE, then General Manager in 2011. He became President of the family group in 2013.

Early 2014


MEDIACO has decided to open 2 agencies in Germany (Kehl and Freiburg).

The MEDIACO GmbH (Germany) 2021 fleet consists of 50 machines, including 30 cranes from 50 to 400 T, spread over 4 agencies (Stuttgart, Kehl, Rheinau, Karlsruhe).




MEDIACO strengthens its position as national leader through the acquisition of the SMMI Group (Grenoble, Lyon, Valence and Annecy), 4 agencies, 50 cranes and 80 people, which positions the MEDIACO Group as regional leader in the Rhône-Alpes region.

In may 2017,


The MEDIACO Group has acquired one of the largest cranes on the European market and the largest and most powerful crane in France (670 T at 21m reach): an LG1750 (lattice crane on mobile carriers with a capacity of 750 T), capable of handling all wind turbine assemblies (147T at 120m) as well as the most important national contracts, including the construction sites of the Greater Paris area. To date, MEDIACO MAXILIFT has 15 cranes of more than 500 tons spread over the national territory.

In 2017, an LG1750 (lattice crane on mobile carriers with a capacity of 750 tons) was added to the group's fleet at the Mediaco Maxilift subsidiary. It is used for large-scale projects, such as wind turbine assembly.

In 2019


MEDIACO acquires the Altead group, the 3rd largest lifting company in France, with 190 cranes, 500 employees and 15 branches.

This acquisition allows the group to increase its equipment base and its national presence and demonstrates the family group's determination to grow and develop.



The company SE LEVAGE based in Haute-Savoie and its 5 agencies: Frangy, Annecy, Chambéry, Lyon and Orleans join the MEDIACO group.

The Heavy Lifting department based in Haute-Savoie and Orleans, has 5 cranes from 500T to 1200T which will be integrated to MEDIACO MAXILIFT.

SE LEVAGE SWISS, now MEDIACO SWISS, will also allow the Mediaco group to establish itself in Switzerland from 2021.

The merger with SE LEVAGE will enable the family-owned group from Marseilles to strengthen its regional positions with a network of more than 15 agencies in the Rhône-Alpes region out of the group's 80 national agencies.



The MEDIACO Group has recorded a +49% increase in turnover over the last 5 years and now has 830 cranes ranging from 35 to 1,200 tons, 80 agencies, and 2,200 employees, making it the leading group in France and the third largest in Europe.

Chiffres clefs - Plus de 340 millions de CA 80 agences 800 grues 2000 collaborateurs