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Meritor, Manitowoc Cranes Form Strategic Supply Agreement

December 7, 2018 - Meritor Inc., Troy, Michigan, and The Manitowoc Company Inc., Milwaukee, have formed a strategic supply agreement under which Meritor will deliver multiple drivetrain products and solutions including planetary axles to the crane manufacturer. 

Meritor products will be featured on several crane types across Manitowoc’s extensive portfolio. "As the mobile crane market continues to strengthen, this agreement positions Meritor as a key supplier to support crane production under Manitowoc’s Grove brand," said Joe Muscedere, vice president, Off Highway, Specialty & Defense, North America for Meritor. “It also reinforces our commitment to invest and expand our position in off-highway markets.”

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Dana Launches Electrified e-Hub Drive

December 7, 2018 - Dana Incorporated has introduced a fully integrated electro-mechanical drive system for heavy-duty construction and mining applications that leverages Dana’s portfolio of vehicle electrification technologies.Although Dana unveiled its new Spicer Electrified with TM4 eSH81 e-Hub Drive at the recent Bauma China trade show in Shanghai, China, the company says the product is available in North America and can be used in rubber-tired gantry cranes, also called straddle carriers.

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Ed Bell Construction Adds New Link-Belt 75RT

December 7, 2018 - Ed Bell Construction Inc., of Dallas, has been paving with concrete in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex since 1963.

In the early 2000s, Bell expanded its range of work to include bridges, using its existing fleet of 50-ton rough terrain cranes.

In the second quarter of 2018, Ed Bell Construction increased its lifting capacity by buying a 75-ton Link-Belt 75RT rough-terrain crane to handle the larger, heavier loads seen in modern road and bridge work. The purchase also was Bell’s first step in modernizing some of its aging crane fleet.


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Arborist Adds SP Load Pin to Tree Felling Toolkit

December 5, 2018 - Arborist Adaptable Aerial Solutions LLC, Suffolk, Virginia, has added a second Straightpoint (SP) force-measurement device to its inventory. Following the successful implementation of a wireless 25,000-lb. capacity Radiolink plus load cell, a 60kN capacity load pin has also proved its usefulness in felling trees.

SP’s range of load or shear pins is designed for use where an end-of-line load cell cannot be used or when an integrated solution is required in applications such as pulley or sheave axles, moorings, winches, or support blocks.

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Manitowoc Launches its Largest Potain Topless Crane

December 5, 2018 - Manitowoc has launched its largest topless tower crane, the Potain MCT 565. The new model was unveiled at the recent Bauma China 2018 trade show in Shanghai, China.  

The MCT 565 is being manufactured in nearby Zhangjiagang.  

Although the MCT 565 will not be available in North America, it will sold in Latin America. 

Francois Rotat, product manager for Potain tower cranes, said the new model gives customers lower total cost of ownership and allows them to take on new projects.

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Load King 60-Ton Lowboy Named a Top-100 New Product

December 5, 2018 - Construction Equipment Magazine (CEM) has named Load King’s 60-Ton lowboy trailer as one of the Top 100 New Products of 2018.

Each year since 1991, CEM editors have evaluated products that demonstrate innovation, productivity, efficiency, and safety. 

The Load King, LK503-605 SS SFF 60-ton lowboy features a 20” loaded deck height and a distinguished range of innovative features and options. 

Rated at 60 tons in 12’, the trailer has a 20” loaded deck height paired with the ability to add both a 24” and 36” flip extension on the gooseneck. Combined with the ability to run two additional axles in either close-coupled or as a separate axle group, these features ensure operators have the right combination of axles and spacing to haul legally.

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AEM Elects Officers for 2019, New Directors

December 5, 2018 -The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected its officers for 2019, as well as directors for the AEM Board of Directors and AG and CE Sector boards.

2019 AEM Officers are:

  • Chair John D. Lagemann, Sr. VP Sales & Marketing, Ag & Turf Div., Regions 3 & 4, Deere & Co.

  • Vice Chair Jeffrey R. Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver

  • AG Chair Gerald D. Johnson, President Farm, Ranch & Agriculture Div., Blount International Inc.

  • CE Chair Steven W. Berglund, President & CEO, Trimble Inc.

  • Treasurer Todd H. Stucke, Sr. VP Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects, Kubota Tractor Corp.

  • Secretary Dennis J. Slater, President, AEM

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Worker Hospitalized After Crane Collapse in Fort Lauderdale

May 3, 2018 - Emergency crews rushed a worker to the hospital after a crane fell on him in Fort Lauderdale Thursday morning.

Officials say the piece of equipment fell just after 9 a.m. at a building located at 1850 South Ocean Lane.

Crews were able to get the man free and take him to Broward Health Medical Center as a trauma alert, but would not release details about his injury or how the crane fell.

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2 workers die when crane topples on dock in Southeast Texas

,Authorities say two workers were killed and another hurt when a crane fell on a marine dock in Southeast Texas.

Jaree Fortin, a spokeswoman for the city of Galveston, says investigators are trying to determine the reason the crane toppled over at Pelican Island on Wednesday morning. Fortin says foul play is not suspected.

The two were already dead when emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Authorities have not released the names or other details about the victims.

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