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Cranes, Crew From ALL Aid in Hurricane Ian Rescue Efforts →

Hurricane Ian struck Florida in late September. One of its enduring images was the collapsed Sanibel Causeway, which links Sanibel Island to Punta Rassa near Fort Myers on the mainland. Just a few broken sections of roadway remained, breaking the surface of San Carlos Bay. Without the 3-mi. causeway, the island and its residents were cut off from access to relief supplies. Just hours after Ian made landfall, ALL Crane Rental of Florida, a member of the ALL Family of Companies, was trucking cranes from Tampa to aid in relief efforts.  Click for more...


VIDEO: First Grove GMK6400-1 in North America Goes to Heaton Erecting in Georgia →

Heaton Erecting, a provider of professional crane, rigging and transportation services to the Atlanta, Ga., construction market, has taken delivery of North America's first Grove GMK6400-1. The new flagship six-axle, 450 ton all-terrain crane, which was supplied by Manitowoc dealer Ring Power Crane, expands Heaton's growing fleet of Grove cranes at an opportune moment, with business booming as Atlanta continues to live up to its reputation of being one of the country's fastest-growing cities.  Click for more...


National Crane, LineWise Team Up for High-Voltage Power Line Work →

Combining National Crane's largest capacity boom truck, the NBT60XL, with LineWise's TLL-2000-Series 3 Triple Line Lifter, capable of handling 230kV power lines, significantly expands the work scope of electric utility contractors. The Triple Line Lifter 2000 Series 3 is an insulated crane attachment used to support up to three energized lines. Constructed of high-strength steel, the maximum capacity for the TLL-2000 is 2,000 lbs.  Click for more...


ALL Adds 11 New Liebherr ATs →

The ALL Family of Companies, the largest privately-owned crane rental and sales enterprise in North America, has purchased a package of 11 new all-terrain (AT) cranes from Liebherr, ranging in capacities from 135 to 900 tons. The majority of the new cranes will be delivered by June 2023. Chad Rados, project coordinator of ALL, said the package speaks to the continued popularity of ATs among a wide range of customers.  Click for more...


Tower Crane Emergencies Require Level-Headed Action Plan →

Safety is key when any crane is on a job site, but a tower crane requires safety managers to have a rescue plan in place. A medical emergency can occur any time on the job, even to a crane operator in a tower crane cab. Many crane companies make rescue training sessions a regular part of their safety training programs. And many will get the local fire and rescue team involved. This summer, Bigge Crane and Rigging teamed up with the San Francisco Fire Department for field training exercises that included rescue instruction.  Click for more...


Big B Crane Hits Stride With Link-Belt Cranes →

In the last 24 months Big B Crane of Burleson, Texas, has purchased six Link-Belt lattice crawler cranes from local Link-Belt Cranes distributor HOLT Crane & Equipment of Irving, Texas. In June 2021, Big B Crane purchased two 238 HSLs and a 248 HSL, a 298 HSL in September 2021, a 348 Series 2 in June 2022 and a second 298 HSL in July 2022. "We have several 200-ton cranes, most of which are Link-Belt 248's [H5, HSL, H II] and we hang a lot of steel with them.  Click for more...


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...



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