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Why Family Owned and Operated is Near and Dear to HFA

Harry Fry & Associates knows the value, joy and stresses of a family owned and operated business, because they are one. Harry Fry & Associates was founded 26 years ago by Harry Fry but was quickly joined by Cheryl Fry, wife and wearer of all hats. HFA started out as a way that Harry could spend more time with his family, as his previous role at a large corporation proved to be travel heavy. Harry and Cheryl, confident in each other’s abilities decided to take the leap, and 26 years later are happy they did. 

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New 100-USt Terex TRT 90 Crane Features Newest Generation of Operating System

March 2, 2021 - Terex Cranes’ new TRT 90 is the latest model in the company’s Terex Rough Terrain (TRT) product range.

The TRT range features the new generation of the Terex Operating System (TEOS), which combines proven capabilities with a 10’’ full-color touchscreen display that uses an intuitive interface to maximize efficient and safe operation and maintenance.

The 100-USt capacity TRT 90 is the second model in the TRT range, which also includes the 90-USt TRT 80.

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Bigge Opens New 25-Acre Yard and Crane Maintenance Facility in Houston

Mar. 3, 20201 – Bigge Crane & Rigging has opened its new Gulf Coast facility in Houston, Texas.

The 25-acre yard at 8300 McHard Road includes a 130,000-sq.-ft. shop. Bigge says it’s the largest crane maintenance facility in the Gulf region.

Its highlights:

  • 130,000-square-foot shop

  • 12 overhead cranes, ranging from 10 to 30 tons

  • 35 high-tech workstation bays

  • 20,000 sq. ft. of sand blasting and painting space

  • 10,000 sq. ft. of newly renovated office space

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Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Top 10 Trends for 2021

Mar. 4, 2021 -The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) which represents the nearly $1 trillion equipment finance sector, has named its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2021.

U.S. businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies are expected to spend more than $1.8 trillion in capital goods or fixed business investment (including software) this year, and to finance most of them. So these trends affect a significant portion of the U.S. economy.

ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta said, “Not surprisingly, the effects of the COVID pandemic loom large in the list of trends this year. Despite upheaval throughout the economy, equipment acquisition continues to drive supply chains across all U.S. manufacturing and service sectors.”

Petta added that nearly eight in 10 U.S. businesses use equipment leasing and financing to acquire the assets they need. “We are pleased to again provide the Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends at a time when businesses need to understand the market environment more than ever to make their strategic equipment acquisition plans,” Petta said.

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Steel Erectors’ Craft Training and Assessments are Flexible, Affordable

March 3, 2021 - The Steel Erectors Association of America has continued to expand its network of member companies that deliver SEAA/NCCER ironworker craft training and related programs.

Since late 2020, three more companies now offer SEAA/NCCER training and assessments. They are Wennersten Construction, Inc., Mesa, Arizona, SCW Contracting Corp., Fallbrook, California, and Hamilton Tree Service Inc., Martinez, California.

“The SEAA/NCCER training program affords companies access to premium training and workforce development tools that otherwise might be out of reach for small and medium sized contractors,” said Tim Eldridge, president of Education Services Unlimited and SEAA’s craft training and assessment administrator.

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Dana Acquires e-Propulsion Software and Control Company Pi Innovo

March 1, 2021 - Dana Incorporated has acquired Pi Innovo LLC, a leader in embedded software solutions and electronic control units to support the off-highway, light vehicle, and commercial vehicle markets. Dana previously held a non-controlling interest.

Headquartered near Detroit, Michigan, Pi Innovo adds a strong library of turn-key electric vehicle application software, vehicle level controllers, and auxiliary controllers to Dana’s in-house electrodynamic capabilities and electrification product portfolio.

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American Structural Steel Meets Bill Gates' Sustainability Goals — 30 Years Early

March 1, 2021 - Bill Gates has been traveling the country promoting his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: the Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need.

One of his key points is that the cement and steel industries contribute more than 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. He correctly points out that our future depends on cutting emissions and calls for the production of cleaner iron ore for use as feedstock for modern, clean, electric arc furnaces to produce steel rather than using older, dirtier, integrated mills.

Fortunately, America's structural steel industry began realizing Gates' dream in 1987, said the American Institute of Steel Construction in a news release.

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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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