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  • New Product Advisory From The Dawg Pound

    Dawg Pound Tires adds a crane tire to its construction line. Introducing the new Crane Dawg—a crane tire approved with industry leading DOT specs for maximum carrying capacity and speed rating. The Crane Dawg features an aggressive self-cleaning tread design for optimum traction in rough, demanding applications. This tire is approved for highway service and provides excellent resistance to damage and reduced wheel spin.

  • Construction Management Students Learn about Equipment at Construction Expo

    April 26, 2017 - Earlier this month, I went back to college. Although I wasn’t attending a class, taking notes in a lecture hall, or sitting in a bean bag chair in a dorm room, it was still a learning experience I won’t forget.

  • New Equipment Has Customer Appeal at ConExpo

    April 26, 2017 - Optimistic attitudes about a steadier economy fueled much of the activity at ConExpo-Con/Agg, and exhibitors reported record sales activity during the week in Las Vegas. For manufacturers, the positivity was evident just by the sheer number of cranes and support equipment that was handed over during the week.

  • CraneWorks Opens Shop in Bakersfield, Calif.

    April 25, 2017 - CraneWorks Inc. has opened a new sales and service center in Bakersfield, Calif., its second location in California and seventh in North America.

  • Pre-Cast Concrete Panels Lifted by Link-Belt

    April 25, 2017 - In Henrico, Va., a new 216,000-sq.-ft. warehouse is being built by Becknell Industrial at the Richmond Airport Distribution Complex. The developer, which specializes in industrial properties, is anticipating an influx of cargo for the state capitol in the coming years, and the 900-ft.-long facility will prepare Becknell to receive goods. Located on 17-plus acres, the pre-cast concrete building will have 20 dock doors, 25 tractor-trailer stalls, and a 60-ft. loading bay.

  • Hirschmann MCS Inclination Indicator Monitors Tilt Angle

    April 25, 2017 - Hirschmann MCS has introduced the CI55 inclination indicator, which monitors the inclination/tilt angle as measured by the gSENS WGX tilt sensor. The system was designed for use on any type of stationary, mobile, or marine application.

  • Crosby Adds Release and Retrieve Shackles to Product Line

    April 25, 2017 - Crosby has introduced the ROV release and retrieve shackles, which feature a patent-pending Captured Bolt design to prevent the bolt detaching from the shackle bow. The release and retrieve shackle eliminates the need to have one shackle for releasing a load and one shackle for retrieving a load, and reduces end-user liability by eliminating costly post-purchase modifications (i.e., capture barrels, springs, or tether cables).

  • Talbert Manufacturing Adds SE Regional Sales Manager

    April 25, 2017 – Talbert Manufacturing has named Bob Luttfring as its southeast regional sales manager. Luttfring brings more than 34 years of industry experience to the role.

  • Terex Cranes Close to Completing Three-Year Mixed-Use Complex on Lake Ontario

    April 25, 2017 – The $210 million CDN Bridgewater Residences on the Lake will offer million dollar views of Lake Ontario once the mixed-used living center opens in Burlington, Ontario. Built on less than two acres, the complex will feature three buildings consisting of luxury condos, hotel, shops and restaurants. 

  • ALL Adds Five Tower Cranes

    April 25, 2017 - The ALL Family of Companies has purchased five tower cranes for its fleet. According to Clay Thoreson, general manager of ALL's tower crane division, rental rates continue to increase for tower cranes.

  • Tadano America Names Regional Business Managers

    April 25, 2017 - Tadano America has hired Todd Elkins as the regional business manager for the south and Bob Krause as the Midwest regional business manager. Both report to Ken Butz, general manager of sales. 

  • Video: Watch Sims Crane Build the Biggest Ever WrestleMania Stage

    April 25, 2017 - Operators and riggers from Sims Crane joined the stage crew of WrestleMania 33 for its biggest stage build ever. Two 160-ton Tadano cranes and one 70-ton Tadano assisted with the hoisting.

  • Workers' Memorial Day to Take Place April 28

    April 25, 2017 - OSHA will recognize Workers' Memorial Day on April 28 by holding various events across the country.

  • Mazzella Merges with Florida Handling Systems

    April 25, 2017 - Mazzella Companies has merged with FHS Inc. (Florida Handling Systems), which will expand Mazzella's North American footprint and enhance its material-handling expertise.

  • Liebherr Introduces SX Boom System for Wind Turbine Erection

    April 25, 2017 – Liebherr has developed the SX boom system for its 750-tonne (825-ton) LR 1750/2 lattice-boom crawler crane and LG 1750 all-terrain cranes for erecting wind turbines. Using the SX system, the cranes can erect the latest generation of wind turbines with hub heights up to 165 meters (495 ft..) and component weights of up to 120 tonnes (132 tons). Previously, only cranes in the 1,000-tonne (1,100-ton) capacity class could erect these turbines. 

  • Maxim to Buy Coast Crane

    April 25, 2017 - Maxim Crane Works and Essex Rental entered into a stock purchase agreement pursuant to which Maxim will acquire Coast Crane, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Essex. 

  • Grove GMK6400 lays foundation for world’s largest Ferris wheel

    April 19, 2017 - Construction of one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels is underway in New York City, and a Grove GMK6400 has helped contractors to build its foundation. The structure—dubbed the New York Wheel—will stand 630 ft tall when it’s completed on the northern shore of Staten Island.

  • Grúas y Soluciones Logísticas GSL take delivery of new Demag AC 220-5 all terrain crane

    April 19, 2017 - Mexico City-based crane and logistics company GSL has expanded its fleet with the addition of a new Demag AC 220-5 all terrain crane — the first crane of its kind working in the Americas. As a company that prides itself on having the most innovative equipment in the industry, GSL's newest five-axle Demag crane comes equipped with innovative technology advancements, including the IC-1 Plus control system.

  • Raimondi Cranes appoints Commercial Director as part of global strategic expansion plan

    April 18, 2017 - Raimondi Cranes SpA has announced the appointment of Mauro Masetti as Commercial Director, a key step in the company’s strategic push into new markets around the world. Based in Italy, Masetti’s role will involve leading Raimondi’s commercial division, and masterminding sales growth in both current and future markets, building on a strategy that has seen the company expand rapidly into overseas locations such as North America, the Middle East and Australia in recent years.

  • DICA Outrigger Pads and Crane Pads added to 3D Lift Plan


    April 18, 2017 - DICA announces that SafetyTech Outrigger Pads and FiberMax Crane Pads are now available in the crane mats library of the popular lift planning tool, 3D Lift Plan. DICA worked in collaboration with A1A Software LLC, developer of 3D Lift Plan, to provide engineered outrigger pad and crane pad options that would help increase the accuracy of lift planning data.

  • Economic Outlook Forecasts 2.8% Growth in Equipment, Software Investments

    April 12, 2017 - According to the Q2 update to the 2017 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook, investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 2.8% in 2017. The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has lowered its 2017 equipment and software investment forecast to 2.8%, down from 3% growth forecast in its 2017 Annual Outlook released in December 2016.

  • Leavitt Cranes Acquires Pacific Tower Crane, Pacific Lift Equipment Assets

    April 12, 2017 - Leavitt Cranes announces it has purchased the assets of Pacific Tower Crane and Pacific Lift Equipment from Barnhart Crane & Rigging Co. of Memphis, Tenn. 

  • Video: Watch Maxim's Tower Crane on the New L.A. Soccer Stadium

    April 12, 2017 - The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) is greater Los Angeles' newest MLS soccer club. Its 22,000-seat, soccer-specific Banc of California stadium is currently under construction and is expected to be open for the 2018 soccer season. 

  • TransWorld Boom Dollies Add Options for West Coast Companies

    April 12, 2017 - Many of the large all-terrain cranes sold at ConExpo require a helping hand from a boom dolly. Crystal Dieleman, president of TransWorld Manufacturing Co., Las Vegas, Nev., shared with Crane Hot Line some of the features on its boom dollies displayed at the show.

  • Mammoet Opens Branch in Northwest Alberta

    April 12, 2017 - Mammoet Canada announces it has opened a branch in Grande Prairie in northwest Alberta.

  • Bigge Buys $100 Million in New Equipment at ConExpo

    April 12, 2017 Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. reports it purchased 75 cranes, construction hoists, and gantries at ConExpo-Con/Agg, adding to its fleet of more than 1,000 cranes. Weston Settlemier, president and CEO, said that the investment was in upwards of $100 million.

  • WireCo Names CEO, Chairman of the Board

    April 10, 2017 – WireCo WorldGroup announces that interim chairman and CEO James O' Leary has has assumed the role of executive chairman and CEO. 

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  • NessCampbell Crane + Rigging Celebrates 70th Anniversary

    April 3, 2017 - NessCampbell Crane + Rigging marks a major milestone in 2017, as it celebrates its 70th anniversary. The crane rental company, which provides the largest fleet of cranes and alternative lifting equipment in the Pacific Northwest, continues to adhere to the principles of its founders by focusing on hard work, innovation, integrity, and exceptional employees and service.

  • Lube-A-Boom Continues to Represent, Support Mato Grease Gun Systems

    April 4, 2017 - Lube-A-Boom, Indianapolis, Ind., announces it has extended its relationship with BekaWorld LP, and it will continue representing and supporting the Mato grease gun systems.

  • Talbert's 55SA-TELE Heavy-Haul Trailer Eliminates the Need for Permits

    April 3, 2017 - Talbert Manufacturing has introduced its 55SA-TELE heavy-haul trailer. The deck length of this unit is 54 ft. when open, which allows users to haul a wide range of large equipment, such as bridge beams, conveyors, generators, pressure vessels, and tanks. Operators can then retract the trailer to 32'6". This shortens the overall trailer length to 53 ft., eliminating the need for permits which saves time and money.

  • Scheuerle Highway Giant PB Available for North American Market

    April 3, 2017 - At ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, the TII Group presented the Scheuerle HighwayGiant PB, a new PowerBooster addition for the North American market, and the Scheuerle HighwayTrailer MES (Modular Extra Strong), which allows the transportation of standard loads and self-supporting long loads using one vehicle.

  • Rackley Co. to Offer Ironworker Training in Northern California

    April 3, 2017 - The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) announces that its Ironworker Training Units are now available from Rackley Co., a 40-year-old structural steel erector and metal building erector located in Northern California.

  • Tadano Mantis Model GTC-1200 Telecrawler Approved for Use in NYC

    April 3, 2017 - Tadano Mantis Corp.'s 130-ton GTC-1200 telescopic-boom crawler crane has received approval to operate in New York City with its full load chart. The GTC-1200 is the fifth Tadano Mantis telescopic boom crawler crane approved for operation in New York City. 

  • Modulift Upgrades Compression Test Rig's Capacity to 1,650 Tonnes

    April 3, 2017 - Modulift has upgraded its compression test rig (known as CTR1), adding 50% additional capacity to the now 1,650-tonne machine. The rig was originally manufactured in 2003 for testing 600-tonne-capacity spreader beams, and in 2012, Modulift upgraded CTR1 to test 1,000-tonne beams to 1,100 tonnes. Today, following the second upgrade, 1,500-tonne beams can be tested to the new 1,650-tonne capacity.

  • March

    • Up Equip Introduces Hoeflon Mini Crawlers to North America

      March 29, 2017 - UP Equip Inc. has introduced the Hoeflon compact crawler crane to North America. The Hoeflon Models C1, C4, C6, and C10 will lift up to 8,810 lbs. to a maximum height of 72 ft. All four models of the C Series fit through a standard single door and will be offered in combustion and electric mode. 

    • DICA Adds Interlocking Cribbing, Heavy-Duty FiberMax Pads to Product Line

      March 30, 2017 - At ConExpo, DICA introduced the ProStack cribbing product, which has been developed with an interlocking design that safely provides additional height under outrigger floats when setting up in uneven ground conditions.

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