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After Productive Year, Crane Work Ends On Indianapolis' Huge Highway Project →

The highway project to completely re-route and reimagine Indianapolis' I-65/I-70 North Split interchange is winding down. Central Rent-A-Crane, a member of the ALL Family of Companies, has completed its work setting bridge beams for the project. A portion of westbound I-70 was opened to vehicular traffic in early October. The original North Split was built nearly 50 years ago and became an infamous traffic tangle, earning the nickname "the spaghetti bowl." Motorists routinely had to cross multiple lanes of traffic to reach their exits.  Click for more...


Manitowoc Wins Bechtel 'Global Supplier Award' →

Bechtel, a leading engineering, construction and project management company, awarded Manitowoc as one of its top suppliers at the company's 2022 Global Supplier Awards. The annual event recognizes business partners that have supported Bechtel's projects across the globe. "This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of our dedicated employees in the U.S. and around the world," said Aaron Ravenscroft, Manitowoc president and CEO.  Click for more...


Tadano Boom Booster for CC 68.1250-1 →

Just like for its siblings the CC 38.650-1 and CC 88.1650-1, Tadano now offers a Boom  Booster for the CC 68.1250-1. Its special design increases the main boom's stiffness, boosting the crane's lifting capacity by up to 30 percent. Boom  Booster kits for the CC 68.1250-1 are available in lengths of up to 334 ft., enabling the crane to reach a hook height of 636 ft. with the additional boom sections.  Click for more...


Tadano Presents Hybrid Tech Demo at bauma 2022 →

The future is electric — Tadano clearly thinks the same way and presented a demo of an all terrain crane with an electrified superstructure to a broad public for the first time ever at this year's bauma. "With this innovative tech demo, we'll show how Tadano is already laying the foundation so as to be able to use all options for carbon-neutral crane operation in the future," said Project Manager Alexandra Löhner.  Click for more...


Grove Launches GMK4070L at bauma 2022 →

To strengthen its four-axle all-terrain crane line-up, Manitowoc unveiled its Grove GMK4070L at bauma 2022 in Munich, Germany. The 77 ton GMK4070L boasts the strongest load charts and the longest boom in its class at 197 ft. At its full 197 ft., the crane lifts an impressive 4.8 ton, while at 161 ft. owners can pick loads of up to 9.1 ton. When working at its maximum radius of 151 ft., the GMK4070L will lift 1.1 ton.  Click for more...


Manitowoc Launches Grove GRT8100-1 Rough-Terrain Crane →

Manitowoc used its attendance at bauma 2022 to launch its latest rough-terrain crane: the Grove GRT8100-1. This upgrade of the hugely popular GRT8100 will be available from 2023 and offers a series of improvements over the original GRT8100. Many of the enhancements stem from a new chassis that shares commonality with the chassis from the proven 132 ton capacity GRT8120. There's also an updated engine and transmission package, and a new, wider cab with enhanced operating features.  Click for more...


Potain Unveils First in New Generation of Luffing Jib Tower Cranes at bauma 2022 →

Visitors to bauma 2022 saw the design and technology upgrades that will roll out to the Potain range of luffing jib tower cranes as Manitowoc introduced the first in a new generation, the MR 229. The new MR 229 is the first Potain luffing jib crane to feature Manitowoc's Crane Control System (CCS), the popular control command system that already features on all Potain hammerhead cranes. Compliant with the latest and upcoming standards, CCS maximizes lifting performance, increases flexibility on the job site, improves ergonomics for the crane operator and decreases commissioning times.  Click for more...


Manitowoc Unveils Potain MDT 159 Topless Tower Crane at bauma 2022 →

Manitowoc unveiled the latest addition in its Potain MDT City crane range at bauma 2022, the 6.6 ton capacity MDT 159, which fills the gap between the MDT 139 and MDT 189. With a 197 ft. maximum jib, the crane is suited to small to midsized building projects of up to 10 floors, and it has been specially designed for tight urban job sites. The topless concept is ideal for multi-crane work sites as it reduces the clearance needed for other cranes passing overhead or underneath.  Click for more...


Two Powerhouse Lattice Crawlers Ready to Rent in Southeast →

Two heavyweight lattice boom crawler cranes are making their presence felt in the southeastern states. The Liebherr LR 11000 and Liebherr LR 1800-1.0 are recent acquisitions by the ALL Family of Companies, with branches in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee. The 11000 is now the largest crane in the fleet, with an eye-popping 1,200-ton capacity and 551 ft. of main boom.  Click for more...


Construction Crane Numbers Rise Across North America →

After taking a dip in 2021, the North American crane sector is experiencing a comeback. In its first quarter report released in April, the Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) Crane Index logged a 4.5-percent increase in cranes at work across the continent. Toronto, Canada, is ahead of the pack in terms of number of working rigs. RLB reports that the crane industry is "essentially recovering to crane counts from this time last year." Of the 14 cities surveyed, five experienced an increase, six stayed the same and three decreased.  Click for more...


Canadian Company R&D Crane Brings Together Four Cranes to Deliver Major Toronto Bridge →

Canada's Cherubini Bridges and Structures has completed work on the Four Signature Bridges contract for Toronto's Port Lands project. The job wrapped up in style with the company successfully orchestrating a complex four-crane pick to get the final 492 ton segment of the bridge sent up the St. Lawrence River by barge. The lift of the 73 ft.-wide, 187 ft.-long Cherry Street North Bridge was performed by R&D Crane which — like the fabricator — is a division of Cherubini Group.  Click for more...


VIDEO: On Site With First Potain MDT 489 Erected in North America →

The first erected Potain MDT 489 tower crane in North America is now at work on a construction site in Madison, Wis., near the state capitol. Manitowoc President and CEO Aaron Ravenscroft took a trip to meet with the crane's owners — Nicholas, Nathanael and Mark Reynolds, of Reynolds Rigging and Crane Service — and watch the crane perform on the job site. "We have recently purchased two MDT 489 cranes to complement our rental fleet.  Click for more...


Keeping Bilbao's Traffic Moving — and Leaving Spain's Natural Beauty Intact →

The growth of Bilbao's port has been a real success story for Spain in recent years. But the increased traffic to and from the harbor had become a problem for the city's ageing roads and was leading to frequent congestion. A new relief road was planned but required Mammoet's specialist help to construct while preserving the ecology along the route through the scenic Bolintxu valley. Relieving Congestion in Growing Bilbao Bilbao is established as one of Spain's busiest ports and has in the past two decades seen continued expansion with shipping traffic heading to Europe and further afield.  Click for more...


Michael Dawson Announced as Marketing Specialist at Link-Belt Cranes →

Michael Dawson has been named marketing product specialist of lattice crawler and telescopic crawler cranes at Link-Belt Cranes. In his new role Dawson will provide marketing and sales support to all lattice crawler and telescopic crawler products for Link-Belt Cranes customers and personnel. Dawson has experience in the heavy equipment industry dating back to 2007, when he became a service representative for former Brazilian distributor, Brasil Máquinas de Construção.  Click for more...


VIDEO: Series of Updates Transforms Manitowoc's Model 999 Into MLC250 →

The Manitowoc 999, regarded as a contractor's choice in the 275-ton crawler class for more than two decades, extends its reign to the next generation with the introduction of the new MLC250. The new MLC250 includes significant updates while retaining the characteristics that have built the 999's reputation in the infrastructure, refinery and commercial building end markets. The improvements are designed to make operators and service technicians work more efficiently — and in greater comfort.  Click for more...


Link-Belt 348 Moves 16 Times in Four Months →

TMC Cranes LLC of Monroe, Ga., recently took ownership of a new 300-ton Link-Belt 348 Series 2 lattice crawler crane for precast tilt panel business in the southeastern United States. "Since we took delivery of this 348 four months ago we have moved it 16 times," said crane operator at TMC Cranes, Matthew DeLoach. "We have an H5 [348 H5] we moved 41 times last year. We have the crew and experience to break these cranes down very quickly and get them on the road, we can breakdown a 348 with 150 ft.  Click for more...


EPRI Demos Link-Belt Cranes for Hoisting Group →

Sixty-five members of the 2022 Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) Hoisting and Rigging Cranes User Group attended a five-day conference at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown in Lexington, Ky. The group also conducted hands-on demonstrations at Link-Belt Cranes on Link-Belt's 120-ton 120|RT and 75-ton 75|RT rough terrain cranes, as well as group discussion on industry specific topics like nuclear plant maintenance and best practices.  Click for more...


Ring Power Crane Opens 5-Acre Branch Campus at New Location in Aiken, S.C. →

Ring Power Crane recently opened a branch location in Aiken, S.C. The "branch campus" consists of five buildings situated on a 5-acre parcel of land and was selected for its geographic positioning in the state of South Carolina. Prior to becoming a Ring Power Crane branch, the property selected housed the operations of a major local construction company. The facilities and acreage represent about a 50 percent increase in size over the previous South Carolina location.  Click for more...


Merkel Autokrane Selects Pair of Grove Cranes for Complex Tandem Lift →

German crane services company Merkel Autokrane selected two of its 275.5 ton Grove all-terrain cranes for a challenging tandem lift in the Bamberg area of Lower Franconia. The GMK5250XL-1 and GMK5250L were called in to build a multi-story parking lot for one of the world's largest online retailers of musical instruments. Dieter Popp, regional sales manager of Manitowoc, said existing infrastructure at the job site necessitated the innovative two-crane solution.  Click for more...


Benchley Cranes Adds New Tadano GR-1000XLL-4 Rough Terrain Crane to Lifting Fleet →

If it's one thing Benchley Contracting & Rental Corp., dba Benchley Cranes, knows, it's how to grow business. The Forestville, N.Y.-based company's roots trace back to 1957 with just a single crane, dragline and dozer. Today, the company has a large lifting fleet of all terrain, boom truck and rough terrain cranes with capacities reaching 400 tons to serve customers in the Buffalo and western New York markets.  Click for more...



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