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Two Demag All-Terrain Cranes Shine at Boston Bridge Job

January 15 - Heavily congested construction sites like the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge spanning the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston pose a problem for planning agencies.

Conventional bridge construction projects can take years to complete and impede traffic throughout construction. An alternative, accelerated bridge construction (ABC) affects traffic more significantly, but for a much shorter time.

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Link-Belt Names Top Distributors of 2018

January 16, 2019 - Link-Belt, Lexington, Kentucky, has named its top five distributors for 2018. The leaders were announced by Mike Ogle, Link-Belt’s manager of North American Sales. They were selected for their overall performance in marketing and selling Link-Belt cranes.

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Dana Buys SME, Expands Electromobility Capability

January 15, 2019 - Dana Incorporated, Maumee, Ohio, has completed the acquisition of the SME Group, headquartered in Arzignano, Italy.

The global SME Group designs, engineers, and manufactures low-voltage AC induction and synchronous reluctance motors, inverters, and controls for a wide range of off-highway electric vehicle applications, including construction, material handling, agriculture, and automated-guided vehicles.

SME's low-voltage motors and inverters are designed primarily to meet the evolution of electrification in off-highway equipment. Adding them significantly expands Dana's range of electrified products.

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Association of Equipment Manufacturers Unveils New Logo

January 14, 2019 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, has unveiled a new brand identity to reflect how its more than 1,000 members build momentum for the industry.  

“The launch of our new logo embodies the spirit of AEM to move the off-road equipment industry forward,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “It reflects what we are doing at AEM in the thought-leadership space – with our Thinking Forward events and Annual Conference, as well as our advocacy, market information, shows, and other services we offer our members.”

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NCCCO Leader Brent to Step Down, Head New Foundation

Graham Brent

January 10, 2019 - Graham Brent will step down as CEO of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), effective July 1, in order to lead the recently formed NCCCO Foundation.

Brent has led the NCCCO, a non-profit certification body, virtually since the inception of NCCCO certification programs in 1996.

He will be succeeded as CEO by NCCCO board member and immediate past president, Thom Sicklesteel, who is currently general manager, USA, of Leavitt Cranes, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington.

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New Liebherr Crane Lifts 617-Ton Test Load

January 9, 2019 - Liebherr’s new LR 1800-1.0 lattice-boom crawler crane has lifted its first large test load, 617 U.S. tons (560 metric tons), at the company’s plant in Ehingen Germany.

Liebherr unveiled the LR 1800-1.0, which is expected to have a maximum capacity of 880 U.S. tons (800 metric tons), at its customer days in June.

Near the end of November the new crane hoisted its first large test load as part of the prototype testing procedure.

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Terex Utilities Names New Leaders for Expanded Support Services

January 9, 2019 - Terex Utilities, Watertown, South Dakota, has made two organizational changes to underscore its commitment to serving customers through the entire lives of their equipment.

Richard Gunderman has been promoted from director to vice president of parts and services. He reports to Clint Weber, vice president and general manager for Terex Utilities.

In addition, Nick Cammisa has been named to the newly created position of director, service sales, reporting to Gunderman.

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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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