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CraneWorks to Acquire Midwest Crane Repair in St. Louis →

CraneWorks Inc. announced the acquisition of Midwest Crane Repair LLC. When the deal officially closes on Jan. 4, 2022, Midwest Crane Repair will be rebranded as CraneWorks St. Louis and become the company's ninth nationwide location. Founded in 2002, CraneWorks consistently expanded its offerings and footprint in all things lifting. Midwest Crane Repair has operated in the St. Louis area since its founding in 2013 and quickly became known as the area's de facto group to call for top tier crane technicians, the company said.  Click for more...


NJ Crane Expert's Mobile Crane Simulators Ready Construction Crews for Work →

In response to worsening labor shortages, NJ Crane Expert announced simulation training for mobile crane operators — and those who aspire to have a career as a certified crane operator. NJ Crane Expert has added two mobile crane simulators to its hands-on training. The traveling simulators provide safe and efficient training to those in the construction and utilities industries. NJ Crane Expert developed a trailer to safely transport the crane simulators to where the workers and students are located, bringing the simulators to the job site or company office throughout the contiguous United States.  Click for more...


VIDEO: Upwardly Mobile: Becoming a Crane Operator is Rewarding Career Option →

Whether it's because of high wages, increased opportunities or the ability to handle loads easier than ever before, there may never have been a better time to be — or become — a crane operator. Back in 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted an 8 percent rise in vacancies for this occupation over the following 10 years — well above the average increase for other highly skilled jobs.  Click for more...


NCCCO Foundation, Heavy Equipment Colleges of America Launch VICTOR Recognition Program →

The NCCCO Foundation and Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) announced the launch of a new program designed to recognize top-performing veterans. The announcement was made at the Sixth Annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications held on Veterans Day in Arlington, Va., and hosted by the NCCCO Foundation. Central to the new program is the Veteran In Crane Training Outstanding Recognition (or V.I.C.T.O.R.) award which will be presented to the top-performing veteran in each HEC training class for NCCCO mobile crane operator certification.  Click for more...


Carry Deck Crane Becomes Unlikely Hero of Rooftop Construction Project →

It's not every day that a carry deck crane gets to play the hero and come to the rescue. As the lift industry has evolved to showcase ever-larger cranes with longer reach and higher capacities, smaller equipment can sometimes seem pushed to the margins. But when Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago had a three-story "connecting link" project with special circumstances, it turned out a 25-ton carry deck crane was the perfect piece of equipment for the job.  Click for more...


Pinnacle Cranes Opens Spacious New Facility in Midland, N.C. →

From Construction Equipment Guide... To better serve its customers in the Carolinas and beyond, Pinnacle Cranes, the dealer of Link-Belt cranes and Manitex boom trucks, has opened a spacious new facility in Midland, N.C., just a few minutes outside of Charlotte. The 20,000-sq.-ft. building sits on 10 acres and features two services bays with two, 10-ton Kone overhead cranes. The shop can accommodate three or four cranes depending on their size, and the office portion is approximately 4,500 sq.  Click for more...


NessCampbell's First Grove GMK5250XL-1 Hits the Ground Running in Oregon →

Portland, Ore.-based NessCampbell Crane + Rigging, a longtime Manitowoc customer, put its new Grove GMK5250XL-1 all-terrain crane to work immediately after it was delivered in late September. The crane was the first of its kind to arrive in the Northwest, and it already has successfully completed a handful of jobs. The crane's first job involved lifting and placing 26,000 lb. metal structures at a power plant just outside Sheridan, Ore.  Click for more...


American Equipment Completes Acquisition of Washington Crane & Hoist →

American Equipment Holdings, a Rotunda Capital Partners portfolio company, has acquired Washington Crane & Hoist, a provider of overhead crane maintenance, repair and overhaul ("MRO") services and equipment in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Washington Crane is the third acquisition completed by American Equipment since partnering with Rotunda in May of 2021. For more than 45 years, Washington Crane has been providing a full suite of overhead crane and hoist solutions to market-leading customers throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, including OSHA mandated inspections, preventative maintenance and repair services, parts, engineering, new and replacement equipment, and system modernizations.  Click for more...


End of an Era: Last LR 1600/2 Leaves Liebherr Plant in Ehingen →

The 660 ton (600 t) LR 1600/2 crawler crane is being removed from the Liebherr crawler crane portfolio. Two hundred and twenty three of them have been built and delivered to customers over a period of almost 13 years. Its successor has already been launched in the form of the LR 1700-1.0. LR 1600/2 Large Volume Wind Power Crane The LR 1600/2 originally was designed as a crane for wind power and the first one was delivered in summer 2008.  Click for more...


VIDEO: Mammoet Wins Rigging Job of the Year Award →

On Oct. 29, Mammoet's USA team won a Job of the Year award at the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association's (SC&RA) Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The award was for Rigging Job of the Year in the $750,000-$2 million (U.S.) project category. The purpose of the SC&RA awards is to give special recognition to members that perform exceptional achievements in solving problems encountered in rigging and hauling.  Click for more...


Link-Belt Hosts 2021 CraneFest at Its Lexington, Ky., HQ →

Link-Belt Cranes held CraneFest 2021 at its world headquarters in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. The event was staged in two-day sessions with representatives from the company's dealer network, rental houses and end users in attendance to learn about Link-Belt's historic beginnings, manufacturing capabilities and lineup of world class cranes. On day one, Link-Belt hosted a reception and dinner at the Kentucky Headquarters of North America's oldest Thoroughbred auction company, Fasig Tipton.  Click for more...


Ensure Your Rigging Plan Covers Every Aspect of a Crane Lift →

Ask any "old timer" what you need to be a good rigger and you'll probably get the answer "common sense," said veteran rigging instructor Dan Cashin. He maintains that common sense as it applies to the rigger is the ability to think a job through safely, efficiently and economically. In his rigging handbook, Rigging Thinking, Cashin, rigger instructor at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, writes about the thought process that should go through a rigger's mind before he or she picks up the first piece of hardware.  Click for more...


ALL Names Kasey Stephens New GM of Geismar, La., Branch →

"Some kids played with Malibu Barbie. I played on a crane parked in my backyard." That's how Kasey Stephens explains her introduction to "living the crane life," a lifetime love of the crane business, which has culminated in her being named the new general manager of ALL Crane Rental of Louisiana, a member of the ALL Family of Companies. It's a familiar story when a love of cranes is passed down from one generation to another.  Click for more...


Groves Equipment Rental Upsizes Fleet With 14 New Grove Cranes →

You don't get to clock over 65 years of successfully renting machinery to the oil refinery, chemical plant and heavy construction industries of the Gulf Coast without displaying a firm commitment to reliability — and that's precisely why Groves Equipment Rental has ordered 14 brand new Grove cranes. By replacing its smaller, decade-old range of Grove RT540 to RT890 rough-terrain models with 14 Grove cranes including GRT8100, GRT8120 and GRT655 models, the Texas-based company is maintaining its long-standing tradition of continually upgrading its machines to provide one of the most up-to-date rental fleets in the industry.  Click for more...


Inspecting Tower Cranes Maintains Efficiency, Keeps Personnel Safe →

Tower cranes are a critical building tool. For many urban construction jobs to begin, tower cranes need to be assembled onsite well in advance. Much like the buildings they are used to construct, an assessment need to be performed before the crane is put into operation. Once assembled, work can only be started after the crane is approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Even if the crane was recently evaluated at a different job site, the AHJ (OSHA and city inspectors) will require the crane to be evaluated.  Click for more...


Lamprell Adds Second Manitowoc 999 Crawler Crane to Support Energy Projects →

Middle East-based Lamprell has added to its existing fleet of Manitowoc crawler cranes, with a new 999 model the latest unit to arrive. The company, which provides services to the energy sector, has already set the machine to work at its yard in Hamriyah Free Zone, United Arab Emirates. Here it will help with a variety of tasks in the construction of oil rigs, jackets for offshore wind turbines and more.  Click for more...


Stafford Crane Group Acquires Soima Cranes of Portugal →

Arizona-based Stafford Crane Group (SCG) has announced the acquisition of Portuguese tower crane manufacturer Soima Cranes. With this acquisition, SCG gains control over design and production of its tower crane equipment and will be able to take its customer service in rental operations to the next level, the company said. "The acquisition of Soima allows us to provide better service to our customers in the tower crane rental industry, particularly in terms of competitive pricing and availability of cranes and replacement parts," said SCG Founder Patrick N.  Click for more...


Scott Wilson Joins CraneWorks as VP of Sales & Marketing →

CraneWorks Inc. announced that Scott Wilson has joined the company, taking on a newly-created position as the organization's vice president of sales and marketing. Wilson is a former CraneWorks customer, joining the company with 40 years of crane industry experience. He began his journey at just 17 years old in Huntsville, Ala. He operated cranes and forklifts, drove trucks, moved machinery and repaired equipment for his first 16-years in the industry.  Click for more...


ALL Family of Companies Debuts New Website →

The ALL Family of Companies, the largest privately owned crane rental and sales enterprise in North America, has launched a redesigned and thoroughly re-imagined website. The revamped site includes intuitive navigation, bold graphics and multiple paths to the information ALL customers want most. ALL's website has always been about much more than showcasing product. It's an online repository of lift industry information, including load charts, equipment guides and helpful links, that is respected industry-wide, according to the company.  Click for more...


Long-Time Crane Representative Patrick Leatherwood Passes Away →

Patrick Curtis Leatherwood, 55, passed away Sept. 10, 2021, at home. Mr. Leatherwood was born Oct. 13, 1965, in East Point, Ga. In 1971, his family moved to Moultrie, Ga., where he grew up and graduated from Colquitt County High School. He then attended the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics.  Click for more...



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