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  • Bloomberg Reports Construction Groups Split on Extending Crane Safety Deadline

    June 21, 2017 - More than six years after OSHA’s construction crane rule was issued in late 2010, the agency is again asking if delay of the certification mandate should continue.

    This time, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is thinking of postponing enforcement for one year, making Nov. 10, 2018, the new deadline.

    The issue comes to a head June 20, when OSHA officials break their five months of public silence about crane policy and ask a panel of construction and safety experts—the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health—if the deadline should be extended.


  • H&E Beaumont, TX Grand Opening July 20, 2017

    June 19, 2017 -  H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) is pleased announce the upcoming grand opening of its new branch in Beaumont, TX to be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 11am to 3pm.

    Customers that attend have the opportunity to participate in equipment displays and demos, NASCAR and John Deere simulators, a buffet meal catered by Pure Cajun Catering, prize drawings, and Q&A with factory and H&E equipment experts.  The grand opening will be presented in tradeshow format, showcasing over 20 equipment manufacturers.  Local customers can register to attend online at HE-equipment.com/RSVP.


  • Manitowoc enhances Crane Care training programs in Central America and the Caribbean

    June 21, 2017 - Manitowoc Cranes has expanded its Spanish-language Crane Care training programs in Central America and the Caribbean, focusing on enhancing aftermarket service quality in the region. Unlike training sessions offered in the past, where trainees had to travel to the United States and attend classes in English, courses now give technicians who don’t speak English the chance to be trained in their native language and to avoid high travel expenses.


  • Upgraded Boom Booster Kit for Demag® CC 3800-1 Crawler Cranes

    June 21, 2017 - Terex Cranes announces an extension to its popular Boom Booster kit for Demag® CC 3800-1 crawler cranes. The newest version of the Boom Booster Kit extends the reach of the Demag CC 3800-1 crawler crane to a maximum system length of 183 m (600 ft).

    The Boom Booster kit for Demag CC 3800-1 crawler cranes can have up to nine structural 12 m sections including two adapters. The kit’s new configurations and lengths are the results of removing lighter boom sections close to the head section and adding 3.5 m (11.5 ft) wide Boom Booster sections right after the foot section. The Boom Booster kit now can have a total length of up to 108 m.  In order to get the long boom configurations off the ground the Superlift mast length extends to 42 m (138 ft) with an additional 2.5 m (8.2 ft) section.


  • Palmer Johnson Power Systems Expands Offerings to Include Industrial Diesel Engine Parts and Services

    June 21,2017 - Palmer Johnson Power Systems today announces today it will add an industrial diesel engine parts and servicing arm to the company. These offerings are designed to better serve Palmer Johnson’s industrial off-highway market as well as its large fleet customers.  

     

    “We’re constantly focused on ways to improve our business and provide top-notch service for our customers and partners,” says Craig Parson, President, Palmer Johnson Power Systems. “Integrating industrial diesel engine parts and servicing is just another step towards that goal.”


  • Vermet Named General Manager of DEUTZ® Power Center Midwest

    June 21. 2017 - Dominick A. “Nick” Vermet is the new general manager of the DEUTZ Power Center Midwest in North Kansas City, MO. Vermet will be tasked with managing the Midwest operation, with additional responsibility for both the DEUTZ Service Center St. Louis and the soon-to-open DEUTZ Service Center Chicago locations. 


  • Suppliers Recognized by Steel Erectors Association of America

    June 21, 2017 - The Steel Erectors Association of America announces that two individuals have received the 2017 Person of the Year award. They are Duke Perry, General Manager of Bluearc Stud Welding, Braselton, Ga., and Dave Brown, Sr., Regional Sales Manager of the Southeast Region for United Rentals.


  • New format, new focus for PLASA Rigging Conference.

    June 21, 2017 - The eighth Rigging Conference, being held again during PLASA 2017 at Olympia, London, on Monday 18th September, sees a change in its format and the focus of its content as it moves away from more traditional presentations allowing more time for discussion with delegates and panels of experts.


  • HELLA and ZF Form Strategic Partnership

    June 21, 2017 - Friedrichshafen/Lippstadt. ZF and HELLA are entering into a strategic partnership. Both automotive suppliers will benefit from this cooperation on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar systems. ZF will further strengthen its portfolio as a systems supplier which offers both modern assistance systems and autonomous driving functions, whereas HELLA will drive technological development and benefits from a broader market access with its leading technologies. The first joint development project in camera technology will start immediately, with the objective of a market launch in 2020.


  • Tadano Extends Dealership to Coast Crane, a Division of Maxim Crane Works, LP

    June 21,2017 - Tadano America and Maxim Crane Works, (which recently completed the acquisition of Coast Crane), have reached an agreement to continue the relationship with Coast/Maxim as a distributor for Tadano crane products. The company will be responsible for the sales, marketing and customer service for Tadano’s line of rough terrain and all-terrain cranes in the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii.


  • Industry Veteran Mitch Garfinkel Joins Team Durante Rentals

    June 14,2017 - Durante Rentals, a four-time INC 5000 winner, has announced the hiring of Mitch Garfinkel to a senior sales position with the company. Mitch brings almost four decades of construction equipment sales experience to the role, where he will be instrumental in expanding Durante’s new and used sales divisions, as well Durante Rentals, a four-time INC 5000 winner, has announced the hiring of Mitch Garfinkel to a senior sales position with the company. Mitch brings almost four decades of construction equipment sales experience to the role, where he will be instrumental in expanding Durante’s new and used sales divisions, as well Durante Rentals future stages of expansion.

    “Mitch brings his dynamic personality and countless years of experience to the position. We are thrilled to have him on the team as Durante Rentals continues to grow,” said Durante Rentals Co-Founder, Anthony Durante.


  • Goldhofer transport solutions tailored to the needs of the American market

    THP/DC 4

    June 14, 2017 - For the German manufacturer of heavy-duty and oversized cargo vehicles, CONEXPO 2017 in Las Vegas was like playing to a home crowd – because Goldhofer Aktiengesellschaft is one of the industry leaders on the North American continent, too. Orders were placed at the stand for a total of 70 axle lines of the company’s new THP/DC dual-lane modular trailer and for two


  • Talbert Manufacturing Releases New 50-Ton Trailer with In-Deck Winch

    June 14,2017 - Talbert Manufacturing, , a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul solutions, introduces its 50-Ton Bus Hauler (50CC-BH) trailer that gives customers enhanced versatility. Talbert designed the trailer with an in-deck winch so users can load equipment from either the front or rear of the trailer. The 50CC-BH boasts a 50-ton capacity rating for hauling a wide range of oversized equipment, including buses, excavators and class A trucks. The trailer is also ideal for hauling equipment with low clearance and long wheel bases, such as graders and aircraft refueler trucks. 


  • J.F. Kiely Construction Co. Recognized for its Safety Record

    June 14, 2017 - J.F. Kiely Construction Co., part of the Kiely Family of Companies, is a leading design build firm specializing in utility services, and has received the New Jersey Governor's Occupational Safety and Health, Citation of Merit, and Recognition Awards for their achievement in the prevention of occupational injuries during the calendar year 2016.


  • Yoder & Frey Initiates Recruitment Drive as Part of Rapid Expansion Plan

    June 14, 2017 -  Yoder & Frey (leading auctioneers of heavy construction equipment in the USA) is looking to significantly expand operations by recruiting 14 new permanent US territory managers over coming months.  “Yoder & Frey is currently on a planned growth programme,” commented Peter Clark, CEO of Yoder & Frey.  “With increased visibility in the sector, greater market knowledge and more exposure to the global market place, we’re already seeing a significant upturn at our auctions with increases in volumes and hammer totals.  Our decision to recruit new territory managers will quickly help further build our position by raising brand awareness and result in more of the right used and near new equipment being consigned into our forthcoming auctions.”


  • Lift & Move USA to attend SkillsUSA annual conference

    June 14, 2017 - The Lift & Move USA program will promote careers in the crane, rigging and specialized transport industry to thousands of students and teachers at SkillsUSA’s annual conference in Louisville, KY, on June 19-23.


  • Tampa Safety Alliance Meeting To Take Place June 16, 2017

    June 14, 2017 - The Tampa Safety Alliance meeting will take place in Tampa, Florida June 16, 2017.  There will be two presentations with several presenters.  Take this opportunity to network with others who are dedicated to safety and improving their safety culture. The meeting is FREE to attend, they are open to the public and provide valuable information and resources to share with your employees.


  • Load Shackle Serves Port, Returns for Inspection

    June 14, 2017 -Dynamic Rigging Hire (DRH) supplied a 25t Wireless Loadshackle and a 20t girder trolley, which combined with a 16t air hoist, for remediation work beneath a fuel terminal jetty at Port Bonython in South Australia.

     


  • AEM: Time for Action on Trump Infrastructure Plan

    June 14, 2017 - Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement on Monday regarding President Trump's new infrastructure plan:

    The Trump Administration gets tremendous credit from the U.S. equipment manufacturing industry for focusing our national dialogue on the need to make substantial investments in American infrastructure.


  • Essex Approves Maxim Acquisition Of Coast

    June 14, 2017 - Shareholders in heavy-lift firm Essex Crane Rental have approved the sale of subsidiary Coast Crane to heavy-cargo specialist Maxim Crane Works.

    The deal will see Maxim expand its operations with five new branches and an enlarged fleet of crawler cranes. The expansion follows the firm’s merger with AmQuip Crane Rental and affiliated companies last year.


  • Manitex International, Inc. Welcomes Crane Sales & Service to North American “Knuckleboom” Dealer Network

    June 14, 2017 - Manitex International, Inc., a leading international provider of cranes and specialized industrial equipment, has appointed Nebraska-based Crane Sales & Service as a Manitex-PM knuckleboom dealer for Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota & Iowa.


  • Call for Entries for 2017 Top Trainer Awards

    The Top Trainer Awards are returning this fall, and Crane Hot Line is now accepting nominations!  In the November issue of Crane Hot Line, the crane and rigging industry’s most influential safety trainers in construction and heavy industry will be recognized for their positive impact on students, the work environment, or the industry through the use of innovative training techniques or hands-on instruction; by encouraging peer or corporate accountability; and through quantitative or anecdotal evidence that the training was successful.

     


  • IMT Introduces New 11-Foot Dominator III Mechanics Truck, 25-Foot Telescopic Crane

    June 7, 2017- Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company (NYSE:OSK), is pleased to introduce the new Dominator® III 11-foot mechanics truck and 25-foot 12000-lb telescopic crane. “We took the same approach with the 11-foot version of the Dominator III as we did with the 14-foot — provide a reliable, durable service truck with high-performance capabilities,” said Jim Hasty, general manager of IMT. “We aimed to meet our customer’s needs while offering a lighter, maneuverable body paired with increased lifting capacity from the 25-foot 12,000-lb crane.”


  • Advanced control and safety technology improves tower crane performance

    June 7, 2017 - Efforts to maximize the performance, speed and safety of the next generation of luffing jib tower cranes has resulted in the development of specific programmable logic controller (PLC) features, along with the supply of variable speed drives with FSO safety modules from ABB


  • Giuffre Bros Cranes Celebrates Major Milestone Wtih Delivery of 5000th Unit

    June 06, 2017 – In 1963, you could rent Frank and Dominic Giuffre and their dump truck for $12.50 an hour. Today, Giuffre Bros. Cranes, Inc. is celebrating a major milestone: production of their 5000th unit. Giuffre took delivery of their 5000th unit to start 2017, a Terex BT 4792 mounted on a 2017 Freightliner 108SD.


  • IPS Crane Aquires American and Ohio Locomotive Crane Company

    June 7, 2017 - IPS CRANES, a St. Paul-based custom crane manufacturer, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire American & Ohio Locomotive Crane Co. (AOLCrane™).


  • Hirschmann provides rated capacity indicator solution for Volvo’s pipelayers

    June 7,2017 - Volvo has partnered with Hirschmann MCS to install the cSCALE rated capacity indicator on their PL4809E and PL3005E pipelayers.  Hirschmann’s cSCALE solution provides a 7” color graphic display of the pipelayer and monitors the maximum load and inclination. Sensors include angle, tilt, load pin, and anti-two block switch.  An integrated datalogger / event recorder was also a requirement for the system.


  • MLC300 enables maximum efficiency for innovative lift plan in Hawaii

    June 7, 2017 - Construction is underway on a $331 million rental car facility in Hawaii, and a Manitowoc MLC300 is driving performance on the job site to help contractors execute an innovative lift plan.  

    Honolulu-based Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company (HDCC) is tasked with building the three-story facility that will cover some 1.7 million ft2 near Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. The expansive site is divided into four 425,000 ft2 quadrants that are aligned in a row, and HDCC has developed a plan to lift the building’s formwork on each quadrant using minimal equipment. Two tower cranes are being used on the inner two quadrants, with the MLC300 doing the work of multiple cranes to cover the remaining outer quadrants.


  • OSHA to Propose One-Year Delay for Crane Certification

    June 7, 2017 - Bloomberg reports that  OSHA will propose to extend the construction crane operator certification requirements to 2018.

     

    In May, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it intended to delay the Nov. 10 deadline for third-party certification of operators (29 C.F.R. Subpart CC), but didn’t say how long the delay would be.


  • Reuters reports Vestas expects major wind investments despite U.S. climate deal exit

    Wind energy will still attract major investment in the United States and around the world despite President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the global climate accord, top wind turbine maker Vestas predicted on Friday.

    With the help of tax credits, wind energy surpassed hydropower as the biggest source of renewable electricity in the U.S. during former President Barack Obama's administration, and the cost of output has steadily declined as technology evolved.


  • AEM will host the first-ever I Make America Fly-In in Washington, D.C.

    June 6, 2017- AEM will host the first-ever I Make America Fly-In in Washington, D.C. September 11-13, 2017. 

    This year a greater emphasis is being placed on engagement with elected officials – both in Washington, D.C. and across the country – as part of the I Make America campaign. With that in mind, AEM is organizing a fly-in to bring member company representatives to Washington, D.C. for two days of advocacy and networking. This is a great opportunity to have face-to-face meetings with members of Congress or their staff about the issues that matter to both individual companies and the equipment manufacturing industry as a whole.


  • Ritchie Bros. Crane Sales Ready To Reach New Heights

    June 6, 2017- Ritchie Bros.' upcoming Houston, TX auction on June 21 – 22 will feature a crane that is sure to raise a high level of interest. A 2013 Manitowoc 16000 440-ton self-erecting crawler crane will sell unreserved to the highest bidder during the auction. It's among a surging selection of quality cranes selling at Houston and other upcoming Ritchie Bros. auctions in June, including Columbus, OH (June 15) and Polotitlan, Mexico (June 9).  


  • OSHA announces inaugural Safe + Sound Week

    June 6, 2017-The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today it has designated June 12-18, 2017, as “Safe + Sound Week,” a new nationwide effort that calls on organizations of all sizes in a wide range of  industries to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and health programs.


  • Think Safety 365, says AEM in support of National Safety Month

    June 6, 2017- Nearly 13,000 American workers are injured each day and preventable injuries overall are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

    June is National Safety Month, and AEM is proud to partner with the National Safety Council (where the above numbers came from) in this endeavor to help workers, families and communities stay safe.


  • Enerpac High-Capacity SL300 Hydraulic Gantry provides superior performance and capacity on a 2ft track gage for lifting and rigging applications

    June 6, 2017- Enerpac introduces the SL300 Hydraulic Gantry, the company’s latest innovation in the SL series of telescoping hydraulic gantries. Equipped with two stage lifting cylinders, the SL300 lifts up to 22 feet at the top of the second stage and can handle up to 337 tons in the first stage.


  • Faktor 5 – A lightweight in the super-heavyweight class

    June 6, 2017- For the transport professionals of the Allelys Group, Faktor 5 has become an indispensable module within the fleet. For ultra-heavy cargoes, which often have to be transported over challenging routes, the multi-functional high girder bridge, which offers the flexibility to be converted into a vessel bridge as required, is a real all-rounder. Just recently the UK company used their “lightweight” – it weighs only 100 tons – for two impressive operations.


  • Ritchie Bros. Completes Its Acquisition of IronPlanet, Growing Digital Presence and Offering Unprecedented Choice to Customers

    June 6, 2017- Ritchie Bros., the world's largest heavy equipment auctioneer and provider of end-to-end services (NYSE & TSX: RBA), today announced that it completed its acquisition of IronPlanet®, a leading online marketplace for heavy equipment and other durable assets. Ritchie Bros. acquired IronPlanet for approximately $758.5 million, subject to customary closing adjustments. The acquisition was financed through a combination of Ritchie Bros.' previously announced senior note offering and secured term loan facility. The transaction is expected to be earnings accretive within the first year, excluding acquisition related costs.


  • May

    • Cummins Announces Compatibility With Select Renewable Diesel Fuels For B6.7 And L9 Engines

      May 31, 2017 - Cummins Inc. announced that the B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with paraffinic renewable diesel fuels meeting the EN 15940 specification. Both On-Highway and Off-Highway versions of the B6.7 and L9 platforms and all vintages are approved to use paraffinic diesel fuels in North America.


    • Hydra-Slide Equipment Contributes to Completion of East Canada Mega-Project

      May 31, 2016- Hydraulic skidding systems and other Hydra-Slide equipment supplied and operated by fellow Canadian Total Transport & Rigging Inc. (TTR), has been integral to progression of the large-scale Maritime Link project that will enable the transmission of clean, renewable and reliable electricity from Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia and beyond.


    • KNAACK® Introduces Tool Kage™ Jobsite Cabinets that Provide Visibility and Maximum Security for Valuable Equipment

      May 31, 2017 – KNAACK®  introduces Tool Kage™, a new line of jobsite storage cabinets clad in 16-gauge diamond-punched steel. Based on KNAACK®’s well-known and trusted JOBMASTER®, the Tool Kage™ models provide clear visibility of their contents without compromising security. The see through security cabinets can stay locked while allowing viewable access to valuable tools, accessories and more.


    • Goldhofer transport solutions tailored to the needs of the American market

      May 31, 2017- For the German manufacturer of heavy-duty and oversized cargo vehicles, CONEXPO 2017 in Las Vegas was like playing to a home crowd – because Goldhofer Aktiengesellschaft is one of the industry leaders on the North American continent, too. Orders were placed at the stand for a total of 70 axle lines of the company’s new THP/DC dual-lane modular trailer and for two STZ-P9 semitrailers. “Better feedback than that is hard to imagine,” says a delighted Stefan Kohler, Regional Director of Sales North America. “For the new modules, we placed a special R&D focus on maximum flexibility for compliance with the various US traffic regulations. As a result, our customers can now handle their various transport operations much more easily than in the past.”

       


    • Steel Erectors Honor Charlie Johnson with William Davis Service Award

      May 29, 2017- In recognition for his service to the steel construction industry, the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) has named Charlie Johnson the recipient of the William Davis Service Award. The association’s highest honor, it is given in memory of William Davis, who held board and committee positions with SEAA in the 1980s and 1990s.


    • 2017 CISE Awards Applications are Available

      Don't miss the opportunity to submit your 2017 Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CISE) Award Application.

      This program was established to recognize outstanding safety management and safety improvements of owners and constructors. CURT will recognize those firms or organizations that have most effectively implemented the recommendations of the
      CURT Owners Safety Blueprint (R-807) at the 2017 Awards of Excellence Gala in Atlanta, Georgia on November 14, 2017.

      The application deadline is Friday, July 21, 2017.

      Click 
      here for more information and to download the Award instructions and application.


    • Honnen Equipment announces new Director of Sales and Sales Manager

      May 31, 2017- Honnen Equipment Co. proudly announces the promotion of Matt Murphy to Director of John Deere Sales. Matt will be responsible for contributing to the overall sales strategy for Honnen Equipment throughout our ten branches in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and southern Idaho. Matt’s 19 years of heavy equipment sales and sales management experience will aid in strengthening customer relationships as well as help drive company goals.


    • High-current controller from Danfoss sets a new industry standard

      May 31, 2017- Danfoss Power Solutions has released the MC018 high-current controller as part of the PLUS+1Ò microcontrollers family. Designed to solve many challenges customers face with controlling high-current devices — such as excessive noise, moderate pin/controller power and lack of intelligent capabilities — MC018 has set a new market standard.


    • TEREX Corporation Authorizes New Share Repurchase Program

      May 30, 2017 - Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) today announced that its Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program of up to $280 million. The Company completed its previous share repurchase program earlier in May 2017.


    • Dual Grove all-terrains provide stability in tight quarters for Detroit demolition

      May 31, 2017- Two Grove all-terrain cranes played a pivotal role in demolishing an abandoned building at a General Motors facility in Michigan. Detroit-based JJ Curran Crane used a GMK6300L and a GMK6400 to assist with one of the demolition’s most difficult tasks: the removal of a 67.5 USt steel walkway.

      Chad McComas, a crane operator with JJ Curran, said the cranes were chosen for their job site maneuverability, along with their high lifting capacities from compact footprints.


    • The 2nd International Jekko Dealer Meeting took place on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of May

      May 31, 2017- Jekko s.r.l. was established in 2016 from a spin-off of the company Ormet s.r.l. and the subsequent partnership with Fassi Gru S.p.A.
       
      Jekko held the second annual international dealer meeting in Jesolo, Italy, a town in front of the sea side, 45 minutes far from the Jekko headquarter.
       
      The aim of the meeting was to create group harmony between the different dealers, encouraging the sharing experiences and therefore greater reciprocal knowledge - this was reached considering the great participation of all the 30 distributors (60 people) from all the world.


    • AEM Moves Forward on Crane Telematics Standard Development

      May 26, 2017 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is moving forward with the development of a Crane Telematics standard for the industry, and the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association reports it has received an invitation to participate in its development.



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