Cranes Articles

Grove TMS700E Delivers High Mobility, Return on Investment for Industrial Contractor in Ohio →

Immediately after receiving its new Grove TMS700E truck-mounted crane in October 2019, industrial contractor R.G. Smith put it to work. After being part of several projects over the last six months, the crane is now erecting a 300,000 sq. ft. structural steel building that will house a large cheese production facility in Hiram, Ohio. The TMS700E was a perfect fit for the job site because of its high mobility and easy set up.  Click for more...


Lift & Move USA Launches New Website with Resources for Students, Educators and Industry Professionals →

The crane, rigging, and specialized transportation industry relies on people with technical skills, but faces a shortage of qualified workers. In order to promote the career opportunities in this fast-paced, high-tech sector, Lift & Move USA connects students and educators with the people, equipment and companies that work in crane, rigging and specialized transportation operations. A new website, launched in May 2020, now showcases the careers, industries and types of work related to this specialty field.  Click for more...


Mr. Crane Eyeing Expansion →

Mr. Crane, now among the largest crane and rigging firms in southern Calif., is celebrating the 51st anniversary of its founding in 1969 and the company, which crane industry veteran Lee Steinberg acquired in 2000, is looking to expand its operational footprint in the west. For its first 30 years, the Orange, Calif.-based company focused its operations on tilt-up construction. It was established when a small group of crane owners united to pool their resources together.  Click for more...


GAAC Commerz GmbH Expands Its Fleet With Another Tadano in the Form of the ATF 60G-3 →

When it comes to finding a special type of crane, GAAC Commerz GmbH has never had any issues. After all, the crane services firm based in Mittenwalde on the outskirts of Berlin has been a Tadano customer for many years. So what better time for it to purchase a new Tadano – other than actually needing one, of course – than its company anniversary? This is why March was an occasion to celebrate not only 30 years of GAAC, but also a new ATF 60G-3.  Click for more...


Mammoet Lands Biggest Contract for Arctic LNG2 Project →

Technip-led joint venture NovArcticin cooperation with Saipem and NIPIgas has engaged Mammoet as an unloading, transportation and installation contractor for the Arctic LNG 2 project. Having the benefit of the world's largest heavy-duty equipment fleet, Mammoet demonstrated the ability to provide a wide range of machines in large quantities at peak times on site. Arctic LNG 2 implements an innovative concept of LNG Plant on gravity-based structures (GBS).  Click for more...


Michael Walker Joins Empire Crane Team →

Michael (Mike) Walker has been added to Empire Crane New England's sales team. As the newest salesman, he'll be responsible for supporting customers and representing the many crane manufacturer's that Empire has to offer. Walker will be serving customers in the New England area (Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine). "I'm looking forward to selling the products Empire has to offer, especially Demag and Magni.  Click for more...


ALL's Steve Freckmann Receives SC&RA Pinnacle Award →

Steve Freckmann, general manager of Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, a member of the ALL Family of Companies, has received the Pinnacle Award from the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA). The Pinnacle Award signals the end of Freckmann's three-year term on the association's board of directors, and also recognizes his more than decade and a half of involvement in leadership positions within the association.  Click for more...


Stevenson Crane Service Earns International Recognition →

Illinois-based Stevenson Crane Service Inc. (SCS) recently earned two international awards for crane and rigging safety based on performance numbers that greatly exceeded industry standards. The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), an international trade association with more than 1,400 members from 46 nations, recognized SCS with the 2020 Crane & Rigging Group Safety Award and the Zero Accidents Award.  Click for more...


Effective Noise Control: Demag AC45 City Lifts Precast Panels Inside Shop Floor →

Constrained spaces often make indoor projects a tricky proposition – especially when unwieldy loads need to be lifted. And this was exactly the case for the Merkel Autokrane GmbH job inside a production facility for precast concrete elements run by FTO Fertigteilwerk Obermain. In order to install a noise barrier with large concrete panels, Merkel decided to use the new Demag AC 45 City, which is an ideal match for precisely this type of job.  Click for more...


Garco Construction Operates Link-Belt Cranes Around the Clock in Seattle →

In second quarter, the 2019 Seattle, Wash., City Council reached agreement on funding the largest new development in the city's history – a $1.6 billion expansion of the Washington State Convention Center. Joint venture Clark-Lewis (formed between Clark Construction and Lease Crutcher Lewis) was awarded a $960 million construction contract for the project. Garco Construction of Spokane, Wash., will complete initial foundation work for the 1,500,000 sq.  Click for more...


Link-Belt Service Promotes Tony Hatton to Warranty Administrator →

Link-Belt Cranes announced the promotion of Tony Hatton to warranty administrator, effective May 1, 2020. Hatton has been a hydraulic crane service technician in Link-Belt Service since September 2011. "Tony brings a wealth of knowledge with his field service and technical background that will allow him to expand the possibilities of warranty data analysis to a new level," said Troy Krumm, manager, field service.  Click for more...


Cranes Pick, Hold Chicago-Area Conveyor Bridge During Demo →

To upgrade the processing line at a Chicago-area metals-handling plant, a truss bridge supporting a conveyor needed to be removed to make way for its eventual replacement. The conveyor feeds a kiln where material is heated to remove impurities. Brandenburg Industrial Services was in charge of demolition, contracting with Dearborn Engineers & Constructors to perform site analysis and Central Contractors Service, a member of the ALL Family of Companies, to provide cranes for the bridge removal.  Click for more...


DICA's Kris Koberg Named to SC&RA's Safety Education & Training Committee →

Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA, was recently named to serve a three-year term on the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association's (SC&RA) Crane & Rigging Group Safety Education & Training Committee. Koberg's nomination was approved on April 30 during the association's web-based committee meeting. The mission of this committee is to monitor events and recommend actions on safety related issues, including safety programming, legislative, regulatory and standard settings; and, active liaison with the Ironworkers Labor/Management Safety Advisory Committee.  Click for more...


ALL Crane Announces Shared Equipment Program →

Today's construction job sites are evolving, and project owners demand partner companies that embrace new methods to drive down costs without negatively impacting quality. It is with this in mind that the ALL Family of Companies announced its Shared Equipment Program (SEP), a new approach to equipment rental that can shave millions of dollars and many months off construction projects. Here's how it works: a project's general contractor acts as the primary renter of all lift equipment for the job and then rents it to the subcontractors — a method that helps to eliminate waste, cuts costs, improves productivity and creates positive outcomes.  Click for more...


Tadano GTC-2000 Telescopic Boom Crawler Crane →

One could argue that the new Tadano GTC-2000 telescopic boom crawler crane anticipated a development: developed and built at Demag in Zweibrücken, it made its concept debut at bauma 2019. Now that Demag is part of the Tadano Group, the crane was relaunched as the Tadano GTC-2000 at ConExpo 2020. There are good reasons for including the telescopic boom crawler crane in the Tadano brand, according to the manufacturer.  Click for more...


Demag IC-1 Remote for Mobile Remote Access to Crane Data →

The digitization of the working world has long become an integral part of the crane industry. With this in mind, Demag's IC-1 Remote cloud solution enables remote access to and diagnosis of all relevant crane data from any location – including online troubleshooting by Demag Support. IC-1 Remote by Demag is the only solution to offer this option, according to the manufacturer. In the medium-term, IC-1 Remote will become available in the USA for all Demag all terrain cranes except for the AC 1000-9, as well as various Demag crawler cranes.  Click for more...


Misunderstanding Crane Operator Certification →

Crane operator certification is the second of OSHA'S three steps to operator qualification. By now, most people who use cranes are aware that crane operator certification is firmly established as federal law. That officially occurred on December 10, 2018, but it took more than thirty years to happen. I remember jokingly telling someone years ago that I would probably be dead before operator certification became law.  Click for more...


ConExpo 2020 Provides the Backdrop for New Crane Intros →

Rough-terrain crane buyers are on the hunt for bigger machines, in the 100-ton and 120-ton classes specifically. Crane manufacturers serving the North American market heard their customers loud and clear, and took advantage of ConExpo 2020 to unveil new models. Many of these machines featured new technology that answer customers' demands for easier mobility and operation. In Las Vegas, Link-Belt Cranes, Lexington, Ky., displayed two new models, the 100RT and the 120RT, with features to benefit the crane operator.  Click for more...


Stevenson Crane Service Becomes Multi-National Parts Dealer →

Stevenson Crane Service Inc. (SCS), a South Holland, Ill.-based company specializing in mobile heavy lifting equipment, has expanded and diversified parts capabilities. The company has expanded its parts service area into international parts procurement and the sourcing of hard-to-find items, including distributorship for the Load King line, which has taken over production of the Terex truck crane and boom trucks.  Click for more...


Timber Company Turns Panels with Caldwell Posi-Turner →

Freres Lumber Co. Inc. is using a 22,500-lb. (11.25-ton) capacity Caldwell Posi-Turner to turn loads at its Mass Plywood Panels facility in Lyons, Ore. The Posi-Turner, which is designed to rotate bulky and hard to handle objects during manufacture or assembly processes, is operated beneath the hook of a 15-ton capacity overhead crane to flip panels in the lumber and timber company's finishing area.  Click for more...



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