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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...


OSHA Director Ketcham to Keynote at Sixth Annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications →

The qualifications of crane operators and those who work with and around lifting equipment will once again be the focus of this fall's NCCCO Foundation Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications. Now in its sixth year, the Forum is scheduled for Nov. 11, 2021, as a hybrid event to be held in person in Arlington, Va. (Washington, D.C.) as well as via Zoom. For the third year in a row, Scott Ketcham, director of OSHA's Directorate of Construction, will provide the keynote address at the event, which this year is sponsored by Industrial Training International (ITI).  Click for more...


Class in Session for Empire Techs →

Empire Crane technicians attended a Tadano class Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 to study the new Tadano GR rough terrain products. Jere Woolcock, Tadano training manager, taught the class. Empire Crane had multiple technicians attend the course from its Syracuse, N.Y., Boston, Mass., and Bridgewater, N.J., locations. Class topics covered: Crane Safety Travel & Transportation Operation Crane Control Systems AML-C & DCU2-VCU System Understanding Brake Functions Steering Functions Outrigger Functions Super Structure Controls Woolcock said, "Having attended the course, Empire's techs will be able to safely support, troubleshoot and repair the Tadano GR product lines.  Click for more...


ALL Crane Assists With Maintenance to Cleveland Company's Private Wind Turbine →

Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric, a manufacturer of welding equipment, made a big splash a decade ago when it constructed a wind turbine on its property and pledged to use the energy derived as 10 percent of its plant's total electricity requirement. When the 262 ft. (80-m), 2.5-megawatt turbine was erected back in 2011, the crane used was supplied by ALL Erection & Crane Rental, a member of the ALL Family of Companies.  Click for more...


VIDEO: Huge Neo-Panamax Container Cranes Squeeze Under Bridges to Dock in Baltimore →

From Construction Equipment Guide... Following a two-month journey that included a dramatic passage under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Francis Scott Key Bridge, four new, massive Neo-Panamax container cranes arrived Sept. 9 at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore's Seagirt Marine Terminal. Among the tallest in the world, at 450 ft. tall, approximately 25 ft. higher than current cranes, their passage stopped traffic on the bridges, the Associated Press reported.  Click for more...


Kanson Adds Three New Grove GMK4100L-1 Cranes to Hong Kong Fleet →

Hong Kong-based heavy equipment rental company Kanson Crane & Heavy Transport has added three new Grove GMK4100L-1 all-terrain cranes to its fleet. The company placed the order for the units off the back of previous experience with its GMK4100L units, the forerunner to the GMK4100L-1. Two of the cranes arrived in May with the third delivered in July. All will be used for a variety of duties in Hong Kong's bustling urban landscape including assembling tower cranes and general construction work.  Click for more...


All-New Tadano GTC-1600 Tele-Boom Crawler Crane →

The Tadano Group announced the launch of its all-new 160 ton tele-boom crawler crane: the Tadano GTC-1600. Filling a gap in the telescopic boom crawler market, the Tadano GTC-1600 brings a 160 ton capacity solution to the lifting industry with more than 200 ft. of main boom length and out-of-level operation on slopes up to 4 degrees. The GTC-1600 is equipped with the OPTI-WIDTH flexible track position system that facilitates limitless combinations symmetrical and asymmetrical track width setups with no requirement for pinning of the track frames in fixed positions.  Click for more...


Vita Inclinata Ships Its First System to HOLT Crane & Equipment →

Vita Inclinata, developer and producer of helicopter and crane load stabilization and precision hardware, has shipped its first system to HOLT Crane & Equipment (HOLT), a provider of heavy equipment, service and parts. The system — the Vita Load Pilot, part of the Vita Lifting System family — departed Vita Headquarters in Broomfield, Colo., for a 1,000 mi. journey to Houston, Texas.  Click for more...


Updates to Grove TMS9000-2 Truck Crane Add More Power, Faster Setup →

Manitowoc's 115 ton capacity Grove TMS9000-2 has been a firm favorite in the truck-mounted crane market ever since its launch in 2017. Now, boasting an extra 25 bhp and a series of design improvements that have enhanced operator comfort, reduced machine weight and improved the setup process, that dominance looks set to continue, the manufacturer said. "We updated the Cummins engine from the ISX to the new X12 engine.  Click for more...


Manitowoc Agrees to Acquire Aspen Equipment →

The Manitowoc Company Inc. , a global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Aspen Equipment, Co. , a diversified crane dealer and a final-stage, purpose-built work truck upfitter, for approximately $51 million. The transaction is expected to close in September 2021 and is subject to customary closing conditions.  Click for more...


DICA Outrigger, Crane Pads Now Used Worldwide →

DICA recently closed a historic sale in Antarctica to the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). With this purchase, DICA's outrigger pads and crane pads are now in use on all seven continents and in more than 50 countries around the world. USAP — which supports the Antarctic Treaty, a conservation effort to protect native plants, animals and their habitats — purchased a set of SafetyTech outrigger pads.  Click for more...


ALL Family of Companies New Purchase Will Be Largest Crane in Fleet →

Next spring, the ALL Family of Companies takes delivery of what will immediately become the largest crane in its fleet. The Liebherr LR 11000 lattice boom crawler boasts a 1,200-ton capacity and 551 ft. of main boom. It's expected to be in high demand across multiple markets served by ALL due to its versatility. It's suitable for all types of work including infrastructure, wind power and industrial construction, and maintains strength even in constricted working conditions, according to the manufacturer.  Click for more...


ALL Crane Goes to the Beach for Hotel Construction on Florida's Gulf Coast →

Building a hotel might sound like routine construction, but when you're in the tourist town of Panama City Beach, Florida — and you're building directly on the beach — nothing is routine. The beach is adjacent to a bustling retail area loaded with national big box stores, a shopping mall, smaller boutique stores, as well as restaurants and all the typical trappings of a vacation destination.  Click for more...


Tadano Upgrades AC 4.110-1, AC 5.120-1 All Terrain Cranes →

Mobile crane manufacturer Tadano is betting on being on the cutting edge of things, and so the company recently decided to upgrade more than just the name of its four-axle and five-axle cranes in the 110 to 130 ton class. The maneuverable AC 4.110-1 now has a larger lifting capacity despite there not being any changes to its total weight — all due to a new and stronger boom that also is part of the five-axle AC 5.120-1.  Click for more...


Manitowoc to Showcase New Product Strength at Utility Expo →

Manitowoc will display three of its strongest new offerings for the utilities market at The Utility Expo this year: the National Crane NBT60XL boom truck; the NBT45-2, a compact 45-ton model from its new NBT40-2 Series; and the Grove GHC110 telescoping crawler crane that just launched in July. It's the first time the public will have a chance to see these cranes at an in-person trade show. This year's Utility Expo will be held in Louisville, Ky., at the Kentucky Exposition Center from Sept.  Click for more...


Mike Caron Named Salesman of Empire Crane's WNY Territory →

Mike Baron is the newest addition to Empire Crane's sales team. Baron will be responsible for serving customers' crane needs in western New York. "I am most looking forward to meeting new people in the industry, helping customers find cranes that best suit their business needs, and joining a fast-paced company where everyday is different" Baron said. Baron previously worked as a shop hand at Empire for two years, where he assisted mechanics with repairs, yard maintenance and helped prep units for job sites.  Click for more...


How to Be an A+ Crane Signal Person →

From Construction Equipment Guide... The signal person is one of the most critical roles on a construction site where a crane is in operation. The qualified signaler prevents accidents, ensures solid lift and placement of the load and keeps everyone safe on the ground. The relationship between crane operator and signal person is key to a successful lift. "Signal persons are essentially the eyes and ears of crane operators and have a vital role to play in guiding operations," said Carmen Zajicek of Crane Warning Systems, Atlanta, Ga.  Click for more...


CraneCo, SANY Will Host 2021 Demo Days Event in Tulsa, Oklahoma →

SANY America and CraneCo Crane Sales Inc. are joining forces to introduce the new SANY crane line-up and the opportunity for crane prospects to be among the first in the country to demo them. The demo site is located in Tulsa, Okla., and attendees will have the chance to have hands-on time for both SANY cranes and SANY telehandlers. Demos are taking place on Aug. 3 to 5, and again on Sept. 8 to 10.  Click for more...


Manitowoc to Acquire Crane Business of H&E Equipment Services →

The Manitowoc Company Inc. , a global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the crane business of H&E Equipment Services Inc. , one of the largest rental equipment companies in the United States. The wholly owned Manitowoc subsidiary will be called "MGX Equipment Services LLC." "We believe this acquisition will allow us to better understand and respond to the market needs, and to more effectively deliver solutions that positively support the customers' business," said Ion Warner, VP, Marketing and Investor Relations, Manitowoc.  Click for more...


ALL's 'Blue Beast' Makes Its Debut →

The "Blue Beast", an all-terrain crane with one of the industry's largest lifting capacities on eight axles, made its debut recently on a project at a Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland. The newly delivered Liebherr LTM 1650-8.1, dubbed the "Blue Beast" due to its cobalt blue paint job, performed its inaugural lift for ALL Erection & Crane Rental, the flagship branch of the ALL Family of Companies.  Click for more...



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