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Wilhite Crane & Rigging Lifts Secretariat Statue Into Place →

An artist in Norman, Okla., Jocelyn Russell, was commissioned to create a 3,800 lb. bronze statue of Secretariat racing with its famed jockey, Ron Turcotte. Wilhite Crane & Rigging of Lexington lifted the Secretariat statue in late fall 2019. The statue was lifted with its Link-Belt 60-ton HTC-8660 Series II. The statue is located at the center of a traffic roundabout at Alexandria Drive and Old Frankfort Pike outside of Lexington and is valued at roughly $300,000.  Click for more...


Tadano Debuts Upgraded GR-150XL-3 Rough Terrain Crane →

Tadano debuted the GR-150XL-3, a new compact rough terrain crane for the North American market, at ConExpo-Con/AGG. With a 78.7 ft. boom, the longest boom in this class, a tailswing of just 4.1 ft. and asymmetric outriggers, the GR-150XL-3 is ideal for tight workspaces where mobility cannot be compromised, according to the manufacturer. The GR-150XL-3 was designed with the obstacles of urban environments and congested plants in mind and includes a new operator cab with improved visibility and an underslung hydraulic offset jib for easy operation.  Click for more...


Link-Belt 348 Series 2 Combination Top on Full Display in Vegas →

Link-Belt Cranes had the 300-ton (273-t) 348 Series 2 on display at ConExpo 2020. For the first time since introduction, Link-Belt displayed the new 348 Series 2 with its new luffing attachment configuration utilizing a conventional combination top. The new heavy-duty combination top boom section is built for conventional boom makeup or luffing boom configuration. Bar pendants connect main boom, luffing jib, and luffer back stay – making for easier assembly.  Click for more...


Stirnimann Celebrates 50-Year Partnership with Grove at ConExpo 2020 →

A leader in the construction and transportation industries across Europe, Stirnimann commemorated five decades of a successful relationship with Grove at the Manitowoc Cranes booth during ConExpo 2020. Several representatives from Olten, Switzerland-based Stirnimann visited with Manitowoc's team, which included Orlando Mota, Aaron Ravenscroft and Erdogan Arslan.   Click for more...


Tadano Mantis Introduces GTC-1600 at ConExpo 2020 →

Tadano Mantis Corporation exhibited the new GTC-1600 at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2020. The 160-ton model will expand the GTC product line to six machines. The new GTC-1600 (160 ton/145 t) boasts a 6-section, 42.8 to 200.1 ft. (13.1 to 61.0 m) hydraulic boom designed for flexibility – with higher, longer capabilities for lift work, while also enabling out-of-level and pick-and-carry work. The main boom is complemented by a 33.8 ft.  Click for more...


SCU Crane and Rigging Purchases Grove GHC140 on Display at ConExpo →

SCU Crane and Rigging (SCU) celebrated the purchase of a new Grove GHC140 telescopic crawler crane at ConExpo 2020. The crane, which is the highest-capacity model in the Grove telescopic crawler range, was launched in 2019 and features best-in-class load charts for its capacity range. The company commemorated the new addition to its fleet with Grove dealer Hayden-Murphy at Manitowoc's booth in Las Vegas, where the exact crane it purchased was on display.  Click for more...


Potential Pitfalls of Urban Crane Lifts Neutralized →

Urban settings can be tough environments in which to operate a crane. A recent project in downtown Chicago highlighted seemingly every conceivable hardship inherent to city work, yet each was overcome due to diligence, teamwork and careful planning. It began when managers of a 44-story office building in the city's central business district needed to add two new generators to the building to accommodate a new tenant.  Click for more...


CraneWorks Commemorates ConExpo With National Crane Boom Trucks →

CraneWorks CEO Keith Ayers visited with Manitowoc Cranes at ConExpo 2020 to celebrate his company's renewed commitment to National Crane boom trucks. The Houston, Texas-based company is one of the fastest growing in the lifting industry, utilizing many National Crane models in a fleet that has offices in Kansas, Florida, Colorado, California, New Jersey and Canada. Manitowoc's Mike Heinrich, Randy Hoover, David Hull and Justin Pilgrim presented Ayers (C) with a celebratory plaque to mark the occasion, and the group enjoyed a champagne toast together at the Manitowoc booth.  Click for more...


Mammoet Project Site Circuit Zandvoort Opened Prior To Dutch Grand Prix →

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen has opened Circuit Zandvoort near Amsterdam, the venue for this year's Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix. Earlier this year, Mammoet was selected as an official event supplier for the race. The track, which was opened in 1939, has undergone an upgrade over the last six months in order to improve its safety, infrastructure and accessibility.  Click for more...


Vanwyck Crane Service Celebrates Manitowoc Partnership at ConExpo 2020 →

Vanwyck Crane Service celebrated its partnership with Manitowoc Cranes during the first day of ConExpo 2020. Colby Bingaman, Mike Reed and JJ Grace, all of Manitowoc Cranes, hosted Doug Vanwyck (second from L) at the Manitowoc booth, presenting him with a celebratory plaque to commemorate his company's dedication to using Manitowoc cranes. For more information, visit www.manitowoc.com.   Click for more...


Cranes Inc. Takes Delivery of First US LTM 1110-5.1 Mobile Crane →

Cranes Inc. , a New York City-based crane rental company, took delivery of the first in the United States Liebherr LTM 1110-5.1 mobile crane. The handover of the new five axle crane expands the company's substantial fleet. "I'm thrilled to be the first customer in the country to receive an LTM 1110-5.1," said Cranes Inc. President Rob Weiss. "We've always been kind of a pioneer with Liebherr. We've had the first LR 1350s in the country.  Click for more...


US Crane & Rigging Orders Seven Liebherr Cranes at ConExpo →

US Crane and Rigging LLC owner Thomas Auringer placed an order for seven Liebherr cranes at the Liebherr stand at the ConExpo. The order consists of two all-terrain cranes (LTM), two rough terrain cranes (LRT) and three tele crawlers (LTR). The cranes will be delivered throughout 2020. Richard Petrosa II, chief operating officer of US Crane & Rigging LLC said, "U.S. Crane is increasing its operating area from New York's Tri-State area into the Southeast and West Coast.  Click for more...


SKV Crane and Rigging Takes Delivery of LR 1800-1.0 Crawler Crane at ConExpo 2020 →

SKV Crane & Rigging has added a Liebherr LR 1800-1.0 to its fleet of crawler cranes. The crane will soon be in the field on upcoming wind projects in Wyoming. "I feel the LR1800 was the best choice for the upcoming projects in our area," said Stephen Vinot, operations manager of SKV Crane and Rigging. "This is due to its easy mobilization and setup, its infield mobility without a derrick, lower ground bearing pressure and the flexibility to add a derrick and luffing jib for larger projects." The LR 1800-1.0 has a load capacity of 880 tons (800 t).  Click for more...


Tadano Makes Significant Strides with Integrating Demag Business →

The combination of Tadano and Demag is changing the landscape of the crane industry. A little more than six months into joining two businesses sharing 300 years of experience in the lifting industry, Tadano is making great strides in integrating the Demag business into its operations. The acquisition added roughly 1,600 team members to the Tadano family, and Tadano is working to leverage synergies and take advantage of the extended team by increasing the level of support for all Tadano customers.  Click for more...


NCCCO Announces 25th Anniversary Celebrations →

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) used the mega industry event ConExpo to kick off its celebration of the 25th anniversary of its professionally developed and nationally accredited personnel certification programs. NCCCO's success over that time is evident, in part, by its having been independently accredited since 1998 and recognized by federal OSHA for more than two decades.  Click for more...


Maxim Crane Works Takes Delivery of LTM 1650-8.1 Mobile Crane at ConExpo →

In one of Liebherr's first handovers at ConExpo 2020, Maxim Crane Works took delivery of a Liebherr LTM 1650-8.1 mobile crane during the first day of North America's construction machinery trade show. Maxim Crane Works specializes in the rental and sale of lift equipment including hydraulic truck cranes, rough terrain cranes, crawler cranes, tower cranes, conventional truck cranes and boom trucks.  Click for more...


SANY Unveils Two Crawler Cranes at ConExpo →

SANY's SCA1000A and SCA2600A lattice boom crawler cranes will loom large over the legendary Las Vegas skyline as ConExpo 2020 rolls through town. These two models are the first in the next generation of SANY cranes based on proven designs in use around the world. Larger tonnage crawler cranes will be available later in the year. "SANY has spent many years leveraging the extensive resources of its R&D team to ensure the new cranes exceed customer expectations," said Robert Schafer, vice president of cranes at SANY America.  Click for more...


Liebherr USA Co. Mobile and Crawler Cranes Announces Leadership Succession for the U.S. Market →

On April 1, 2020, Daniel Pitzer will change position and move to the Liebherr headquarters for mobile and crawler cranes in Ehingen, Germany, becoming CFO of the mobile and crawler crane division. His successor in charge of the USA market of the mobile and crawler cranes division is Pierre Bilgeri. After Pitzer was appointed as the new CFO at Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH, his successor to take on sales responsibility for the company's most important export market, the USA, was found within Liebherr.  Click for more...


Manitowoc Launches New Grove GMK6400-1 All-Terrain Crane →

Manitowoc will present two Grove all-terrain cranes at ConExpo 2020, one of which will be a "virtual launch" — a first for Manitowoc. The new 450 ton (400 t) capacity GMK6400-1 is the landmark crane launching virtually, while the 300 ton (250 t) capacity GMK5250XL-1, which launched at bauma 2019 last year, joins the company's on-stand line up. Find Grove at booth #F6144, in the Festival lot, near the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue.  Click for more...


No Injuries Reported After Crane Collapse Outside SoFi →

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) A large construction crane collapsed the morning of Feb. 28 outside SoFi Stadium, the new home of the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers and Rams, according to the fire department. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were dispatched to the stadium in suburban Inglewood shortly before 8 a.m. Fire Department spokesman Franklin Lopez said a crane that was being moved struck a stationary crane, causing the stationary crane to collapse.  Click for more...



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