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WIKA Upgrades DS350 Modular Boom Control

October 17, 2018 - WIKA Mobile Control recently released an upgrade for the DS350 modular boom control systems that are now in the field. 

The upgrade converts DS350 modular systems to the iFLEX5 graphic boom control system. It applies to the DS350 modular systems installed on Grove TM9100, AT9120, and RT9130 cranes equipped with two cable reels.

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Manitex Adds Dozier Crane to Boom Truck Distribution Network

October 17, 2018 - Manitex International Inc., Bridgeview, Illinois, has expanded its boom-truck distribution network by adding Dozier Crane & Machinery, Inc. headquartered in Pooler, Georgia.

Effective immediately, Dozier Crane & Machinery joins the network of industrial equipment dealers supporting Manitex products throughout North America and abroad. Dozier has placed initial stocking orders for retail distribution of Manitex boom trucks. 

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Dawes Promotes Ruddell to Retail Sales Manager at Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental

October 16, 2018 - Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Milwaukee, has promoted Joe Ruddell to retail sales manager. Dawes is a member of the ALL Family of Companies. 

Now in his 20th year with Dawes, Ruddell spent the past 19 years as rental sales manager for southeastern Wisconsin, where he and his staff were responsible for nine counties, including Greater Milwaukee. 

In his new role, Ruddell oversees all Dawes retail representatives while continuing to work with the rental sales team in southeast Wisconsin. His duties will include helping to promote all product lines in a region that is experiencing extensive growth.

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SIC-Lazaro Comes Out of Year-Long Turnaround Stronger, Hires New GM

October 16, 2018 - SIC-Lazaro, Milwaukee, a manufacturer of OEM counterweights and weldments for heavy-duty equipment and elevators, is coming out of a year-long turnaround orchestrated by sales and marketing firm, the Vx Group, Cedarburg, Wisconsin. 

"This is an exciting time for SIC-Lazaro," said Kenneth J. Rawson, who recently joined SIC-Lazaro as general manager. "Over the last year, the company has stabilized and started growing sales. Now, more than ever, we’re running leaner and stronger."

Rawson’s hiring capped a massive restructuring begun in 2017. 

The American arm of a Spanish company, SIC-Lazaro opened its Milwaukee plant in 2011 and over the years worked with the Northwest Side Community Development Corp. and the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. to fund its in-house growth. However, market shifts stalled the company’s efforts to appeal to domestic manufacturers of heavy-duty equipment and elevators.

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M-L Holdings Buys Crane Rental Company Inc.

October 16, 2018 - M-L Holdings Company Crane Group, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has acquired Crane Rental Company Inc., Washington, D.C., from Michael Scott. 

Crane Rental Company Inc. was started in the early 1930s by Scott’s great grandfather, Roy Daniel Kauffman. Scott was the fourth generation in the family to own and run the company. The employees’ pride and hard work have been the key to the company’s success in the commercial construction industry in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas for more than 80 years. 

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Manitex Adds DC Bates as Trolley Boom Crane Distributor

October 16, 2018 - Manitex International Inc., Bridgeview, Illinois, has added DC Bates Equipment Co., headquartered in Hopedale, Massachusetts, to its network of dealers.


DC Bates’ initial orders for Manitex trolley boom trucks are underway for Bates’ retail sales group. 

DC Bates has been providing high quality material handling

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National Crane Unveils Tractor-Mounted NBT30H-2 Boom Truck

October 16, 2018 - National Crane, Shady Grove, Pennsylvania, has developed a tractor-mounted version of its popular NBT30H-2, the NBT30H-2 TM. 

The 30-U.S.-ton crane was created in response to the company’s voice-of-the-customer feedback program, an integral part of The Manitowoc Way

It went from concept to production in just eight months and was designed by a cross-functional team of experts from Manitowoc’s Lift Solutions team and National Crane’s Truck Modification Center, as well as the company’s engineering team. 

The primary application for this machine will be oil-field work, but it will also be viable for everyday taxi crane service.

“The NBT30H-2 TM is the next evolution of the boom truck, adding a tractor mount for oil field and taxi crane work,” said Bob Ritter, product engineering manager at National Crane. “It was built thanks to a winning combination of speed of engineering and focus on the customer. We’ve designed this machine to be road legal in all 50 states, without special permitting, and provide superior ROI.”

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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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