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  • Link-Belt Unveils New 300-Ton Crawler Crane

    June 20, 2018 -Link-Belt Cranes introduces the all-new 348 Series 2 300-ton (273-mt) lattice crawler crane. Over the years, Link-Belt’s 348 class of lattice crawler has been job proven on projects from Prudoe Bay, Alaska to Miami. Crane owners and operators will have a lot to like about the new 348 Series 2 300-ton (273-mt) lattice crawler crane. First shipments of the new 348 Series 2 will begin fourth quarter 2018 following final testing in Lexington, KY. 

  • Liebherr Rolls Out Quick-Assembling 880-Ton Crawler Crane

    June 20, 2018 -
    Liebherr unveiled a new 800-tonne crawler crane to visitors from all over the world at its 2018 customer days: the LR 1800-1.0.

    Its lifting capacities and low-cost transport around the world are the main features of the new large crane. It has been designed for jobs that need a luffing jib and derrick system, such as for power plant construction and the petrochemicals industry. For the first time, the boom system features lattice sections with three-system dimensions that can be telescoped into each other for transport.

    Liebherr revealed new crane models and innovations from its mobile and crawler crane division on June 13-14.

  • CM Labs Debuts Training Simulator for Crane Signalers

    June 19, 2018 - CM Labs has launched its new Signaller Training Station, the industry’s only simulator of its kind.

    Designed to work with CM Labs’ Vortex Trainer and Advantage simulators, the Signaller Training Station lets trainers engage multiple students together in a single exercise.


  • Honoree Named to Receive SEAA's William Davis Service Award

    June 19, 2018 - The Steel Erectors Association of America has recognized John (Jack) Metcalfe with its William Davis Service Award. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a life-long commitment to service in the steel construction industry. It is the association’s highest honor, presented in memory of William Davis, who held board and committee positions for nearly 20 years through the 1980s and 1990s. Recipients of the award exemplify qualities of volunteerism and generosity. 

    “Jack Metcalfe is a long-time volunteer to the SEAA Board of Directors. During his tenure, Jack has served on multiple committees, was the driving force behind the SEAA/NISD Detailing Guide, and he has provided sensible input for the operations and future plans of SEAA,” said Dave Schulz, SEAA President.

  • Allied Promotes Landin Beer to Senior Account Manager

    June 19, 2018 - Allied Insurance Brokers is excited to announce the promotion of Landin Beer to Senior Account Manager. Ms. Beer joins the growing team of Allied’s producers as the organization experiences record organic growth. In her position, Ms. Beer will manage a territory that includes the states of IL, IN, MI, MN, and WI. She will handle a book of business focusing on insurance & risk management solutions for the scaffold, crane, and rental equipment dealer industries, as well as provide support to Allied’s existing clients. 

  • Construction Media Alliance Announces Winners of 2018 Editorial & Marketing Awards; First Ever Tudor Van Hampton Award for Editorial Excellence

    June 19, 2018 - The Construction Media Alliance – a network of construction industry journalists, public relations professionals, marketers, publishers and social media contributors – announced the winners of its second annual editorial and marketing awards via a Facebook Live webcast on June 5th, 2018. The winners were chosen by a panel of industry peers based on criteria set forth by the group’s volunteer-led awards committee. 

  • Simple Setup Allows HoistCam Cameras to be Self-Installed

    June 19, 2018 - Known for being rapidly deployable, HoistCam™ remote camera monitoring systems from Netarus LLC, now makes self-installation and troubleshooting even easier. The company recently launched a series of videos to complement its online support system and knowledge base of frequently asked questions.

  • Straightpoint Names New Inside Salesperson

    June 19, 2018 - Straightpoint (SP) has appointed Kizzie Cordwell to the role of inside sales, as the load cell manufacturer continues to grow its team at Havant headquarters in the UK.

    Cordwell brings a wealth of experience to the position, having previously worked in sales and customer service roles. Most recently, she worked in the construction sector selling heavy-duty machinery such as diggers and wheeled loaders.

  • New 348 Series 2 Announced

    June 19, 2018 - Link-Belt Cranes introduces the all-new 348 Series 2 300-ton (273-mt) lattice crawler crane. Over the years, Link-Belt’s 348 class of lattice crawler has been job proven on projects from Prudoe Bay, Alaska to Miami. Crane owners and operators will have a lot to like about the new 348 Series 2 300-ton (273-mt) lattice crawler crane. First shipments of the new 348 Series 2 will begin fourth quarter 2018 following final testing in Lexington, KY.  


    Dual swing motors provide dynamic control for the incredibly smooth free swing all Link-Belt HYLABS are famous for having. The operator can also dial swing speed up or down with volume speed controls in the cab.

  • Barnhart Buys Strate Line

    June 18, 2018 - Barnhart Crane & Rigging and Strate Line Crane & Rigging have agreed that Barnhart will buy Strate Line.

    Strate Line offers operated hydraulic cranes with capacities from 30 to 175 tons for rent in Idaho, Montana, and Washington.

    The purchase will expand Barnhart's ability to serve commercial, civil, and heavy industrial customers in the northwestern United States.

  • AEM Honors Equipment Manufacturers for Outstanding Statistical Reporting

    June 18, 2017 - Kobelco Construction Equipment USA, Liebherr, Link-Belt, and Terex are among 29 equipment manufacturers that recently received recognition from The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) for outstanding statistical reporting.


    The “Statistics Outstanding Merit Awards” recognize AEM member companies for superior participation in AEM data reporting programs. 

    AEM statistics activities encompass more than 200 unique product programs that cover information from county-level retail sales in North America to global shipments.

  • Bigge Adds Three Liebherr Teleboom Crawler Cranes

    June 18, 2018 - Starting in July, Bigge will have three more Liebherr telescopic-boom crawler cranes in its fleet. The company has bought one LTR 1100 and two LTR 1220s, which have respective maximum capacities of 110 U.S. tons and 245 U.S. tons. Both models can self-assemble.

  • Straightpoint Load Cells Integral to Safe Lift of Refinery Modules

    June 18, 2018 - A dozen wireless Straightpoint (SP) load cells were added to a custom-built lifting frame that utilized 12 pick points to raise a pair of non-identical refinery modules at a major brownfield project at Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada recently. 

    The 100-tonne capacity Radiolink plus dynamometers were provided by Stoney Creek, Ontario-based Equipment Corps Inc., which delivered the load monitoring solution to Irving Equipment, headquartered in Saint John. The latter also provided the Demag CC2800 crawler crane, equipped with a superlift. The equipment combined to complete a key phase of the oil refinery project, where a new processing unit was being installed

  • Grayhill Announces Updated CANbus Keypads and MMI Controllers for Off-Highway Vehicles

    June 18, 2018 - Grayhill, Inc. announces the release of an exciting line of updated CANbus keypads and MMI Controllers for off-highway vehicles. As the originators of CANbus Keypads and Jog Dial controls intended the Off-Highway marketplace since 2003, Grayhill has developed the new line of CANbus keypads and MMI Controllers especially for agricultural, construction, mining and other large capacity equipment.

  • OSHA Extends Public Comment on Crane Operator Certification Rule

    OSHA is extending the public comment period for its proposed rule on crane operator certification through July 5, 2018.


  • CURT Awards of Excellence Applications are Available

    June 13, 2018 - The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT ) has  announced the release of the 2018 Awards of Excellence Applications.  Use the following links to access the applications and instructions for each of the Awards of Excellence.   There are three award categories: Safety, Project Excellence, or Workforce Development.

  • 2018 EUFMC Sets Attendance Record

    June 13, 2018 - A new attendance record was set at the 65th annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference held June 3-6, 2018 in Williamsburg, Virginia. This year, 142 utility fleet representatives from 79 investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors, including 40 first time attendees and seven new utilities, attended the conference. Also in attendance were more than 330 representatives from over 100 manufacturers and service providers. 

  • Video: The Revolution is Real Crane Days 2018

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    June 13, 2018 - Manitowoc's Crane Days 2018 event took place last week from June 3 to 7 at the company's factory in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania, U.S. Proving that The Revolution is Real, Manitowoc debuted five new crane models to more than 750 dealers and customers in attendance, along with highlighting improved manufacturing processes, new technologies and lean initiatives throughout its facilities.

  • Grove’s new GMK4090 all-terrain crane makes North American debut at Crane Days 2018

    June 13, 2018 - Visitors to Manitowoc’s Crane Days 2018 event are the first in North America to see the new, best-in-class Grove GMK4090 all-terrain crane. It’s one of several cranes debuting at the Crane Days event, which highlights the innovation and velocity that comes with following The Manitowoc Way, and has resulted in several new crane models for 2018. 

    The new GMK4090 taxi crane features a modern, compact design that puts an emphasis on roadability and maneuverability. Manitowoc designed the crane using extensive Voice of Customer (VOC) research

  • Terex Announces Investments to Support Engineering and Design Solutions

    June 12, 2018 - During the 2018 Electric Utility Fleet Manager’s Conference (EUFMC), held June 3-6, 2018 in Williamsburg, Va., Terex Utilities announced significant investments to increase production capacity and develop ongoing innovation and technology solutions. 


    The company reaffirmed its April announcement of a new state of the art manufacturing facility that will be built in Watertown, S.D., bringing all operations under one roof to improve efficiency and increase production capacity. In addition, the company is expanding its service footprint and capabilities with upgrades to existing service centers, adding new locations and more service technicians.  The first of these new service centers recently announced was the Lancaster, Pa. location with a grand opening scheduled for June 21 to better serve the Pennsylvania and New York region.

  • J.T. Bates Insurance Group Names Jayme Bates Chief Executive Officer

    June 12, 2018 - J.T. Bates Insurance Group, a wholly-owned division of J. Griffin Ricker & Associates that specializes in risk management products for equipment dealers, rental companies and material handling equipment dealers, yesterday announced the promotion of Jayme Bates to chief executive officer. The announcement was made by James G. Ricker, company founder.

  • Rigging Institute, LLC and TM Engineering Team Up to Provide a Scholarship Opportunity

    June 12, 2018 - In an effort to help prepare the next generation of industry professionals, Rigging Institute, LLC and TM Engineering partnered to offer a scholarship for a promising engineering student to attend the Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals’ (ACRP) 2018 General Assembly in Houston, Texas. This year's recipient is Washington State University student Ryker Mackey.  Mackey was able to expand his knowledge of the crane and rigging industry through workshops, presentations, as well as the ability to have detailed conversations with those in the field

  • Scanreco’s Feature-Rich Rocket Flex Transmitter Offers OEMs Easy Customization for Mobile Applications

    June 12, 2018 - The Scanreco Rocket Flex Transmitter offers OEMs a wide range of digital control functions and operator feedback options. Designed for heavy usage, the Rocket Flex delivers 120 hours of continuous operation before charging. The handheld transmitter is ideal for mobile applications including: cranes, winches, tailgates, agricultural and forestry machinery, augers, conveyors, and more.

  • Warning Labels Now Available In Spanish

    June 12, 2018 - The Wire Rope Technical Board has published Warning Tags in Spanish. The product is the FLAT tag, printed in English on one side and Spanish on the other. These warning labels were designed by the Wire Rope Technical Board for use with all wire rope products. A warning label should accompany all wire ropes and wire rope slings provided to the user. The labels are available in packages of 250 at $60/ package. 

  • TCC-2500 Solves Wind Challenges in Kansas

    June 12, 2018 - A Link-Belt TCC-2500 250-ton (235-mt) telescopic crawler crane is on rent to R.J. Corman Railroad Services in Central Kansas. R.J. Corman Railroad Services is contracted by Watco Supply Chain Services to unload wind components delivered by truck and rail at two 30 acre sites in Great Bend and Larned, KS.

  • Straightpoint Load Cell in Tree Felling Application

    June 12, 2018 - A Straightpoint load cell was used during the felling of nine hulking loblolly pine trees at a residential property in Chesapeake, Virginia, recently—one of which had been struck by lightning.

    The wireless 25,000-lb. capacity Radiolink plus was utilised by arborist Adaptable Aerial Solutions LLC, beneath the hook of its Palfinger knuckle-boom crane, principally to avoid exceeding the safe working load limit of the company’s ropes and rigging hardware and compromising the structure of the tree in relation to dynamic forces and critical angles.

  • Xtreme Manufacturing & Snorkel Appoint Vice President of Engineering Operations

    June 12, 2018 - Xtreme Manufacturing and Snorkel are very pleased to announce the appointment of James “Jim” Masters to the newly created role of Vice President of Engineering Operations. 

    Reporting directly to Matthew Elvin, this new role has been created as part of an initiative to redefine the Xtreme and Snorkel engineering management duties. Jim will work alongside Jeff Eckhardt, Vice President/Chief Engineer, and together they will lead a global product development team of more than 20 design engineers based in the U.S., U.K. and New Zealand.

  • U.S. Department of Labor Data Shows That American Job Openings Exceed Job Seekers For First Time On Record

    June 12, 2018 - For the first time on record, the number of American job openings exceeds the number of job seekers – providing the latest indicator of continued job growth and economic strength under President Donald J. Trump.

  • Payroll Employment Increases by 223,000 in May; Unemployment Rate Edges Down to 3.8%

    June 12, 2018 - Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in May, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend up in several industries, including retail trade, health care, and construction.

  • New flexible Mini - Crane Expands Mammoet’s Service Offering

    June 6, 2018 - Mammoet Netherlands has expanded its fleet with the addition of two new Hoeflon C10 mini-crawler cranes in order to widen the services available to customers in the Netherlands. This compact crane can lift up to four tons and will offer additional benefits to customers in the industrial services and petrochemical markets. With a width of 80 centimeters, it is small enough to fit through doors and provides a flexible lifting option in highly confined and restricted spaces. This makes it ideal for refineries and industrial plants where plant furniture often provides an obstacle to gaining access with larger lifting equipment.

  • Top Trainers Honored at Crane and Rigging Professionals Conference

    June 6, 2018 - Winners of Crane Hot Line magazine’s 2017 and 2018 Top Trainer competitions received trophies and scholarship checks during the recent Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) annual conference in Houston, Texas.

    ACRP endorses the Top Trainer competition.

    Each year, the competition names one top trainer in the Professional category and one in the Corporate category.

    The Professional category is for trainers that work for companies whose principal business is training. The Corporate category is for trainers who work in a company whose principal business is not training, such as a crane rental company or a parts supplier.

  • LGH Opens New Training Center in Bridgeview, Ill.

    June 6, 2018 - Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) has completed a new training center in its North American Corporate Rental Center in Bridgeview, Ill.

    The training center will let LGH further develop the skills of its employees and increase their knowledge of the service, function, and proper care and maintenance of LGH rental equipment.

    This new center will be used to train LGH employees and customers in a quiet, temperature- controlled classroom. It can seat up to 11 students, and its benches can be arranged to match the class size and equipment requirements.

  • Manitex Adds Two Regional Business Managers

    June 6, 2018 - Manitex International Inc., a leading international provider of truck and knuckleboom cranes, has added two new regional business managers in its Articulating Crane Division.  

    The additions expand coverage from coast to coast across the United States and Canada.

    Effective immediately, Sam Welch is regional business manager for articulating cranes in the western United States, and Chris Ruiz is regional business manager for articulating cranes in the South-Central United States.

  • Tanney Retires from Runnion Equip.

    June 6, 2018 - After 30 years with Runnion Equipment Co., Lyons, Ill., service manager Guy Tanney is retiring. 

    Tanney joined Runnion in 1987 as a mechanic specializing in auto and truck bodywork. In 1996, he was promoted to service manager, overseeing on-site and in-shop maintenance and repairs.

    In addition, Tanney developed Runnion’s internal crane inspection guidelines, and supervised technician hiring through Runnion’s mentorship program.

  • Mammoet to Transport Turbines 270 km to Remote WA Wind Farm

    June 6, 2018 - Mammoet has been contracted by deugro to transport 37 wind turbines to Badgingarra Wind Farm, located 185 kilometers north of Perth, Western Australia. The 3.6-megawatt wind turbines will travel 270 kilometers from the Australian Marine Complex to the remote location. Following its completion in early 2019, the Badgingarra Wind Farm will generate 130 megawatts, which is enough to power more than 115,000 Western Australian homes.

  • Hy-Brid Lifts Appoints South-Central Territory Manager

    June 6, 2018 - Custom Equipment, LLC has welcomed Jesus Pedraza as its South-Central U.S. territory manager. Jesus is focusing on continuing the growth and channel development of Hy-Brid Lifts, Custom Equipment’s line of lightweight low-level scissor lifts.

    “With a growing construction industry, we needed someone who can continue to give our current customers and prospects in that region the attention and support they need to be successful,” said Dan Schneider, Custom Equipment LLC vice president of sales.

  • HTC-86110 Covers Eastern Slope for RMS Cranes

    June 6, 2018 - RMS Cranes is based in Denver, CO and in 2015 merged with TNT Crane and Rigging of Houston, TX, to form a network providing 38 branch locations. RMS Cranes’ Windsor, CO location received a new 110-ton (100-mt) HTC-86110 for their taxi crane needs, servicing a boundary east and west of I-25 and north of Boulder, CO in northern Colorado.

  • Manitowoc enhances crawler crane range at Crane Days with Manitowoc MLC100-1

    June 6, 2018 - Manitowoc has revealed the newest addition to its award-winning range of crawler cranes: the Manitowoc MLC100-1 crawler crane. The company debuted the crane at its Crane Days event in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania, showing how it’s the quickest crane to erect and decommission in its class, saving lifters valuable time on the job site. 

    “It means a lot to debut our newest crawler crane right here in Shady Grove. Visitors to Crane Days are the first in the world to see the MLC100-1 fully assembled,” said Harley Smith, global product director for crawler cranes at Manitowoc. “This crane is a huge time saver, with extremely quick set-up and tear-down times, giving our customers more time to get to work.” 

    The MLC100-1 has a 100 t (110 USt) capacity and a maximum boom length of 61 m (200 ft). The new-model crawler crane has an impressive load moment of 371 t-m (2,680 ft-kips) and is powered by a 300 hp Cummins 6.7 L Tier 4 Final engine.

  • Manitowoc and Kobelco End OEM Supply Agreement

    June 1, 2018 - The Manitowoc Company, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions, and Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan, one of Japan’s largest manufacturers of construction equipment, will not renew their OEM supply agreement, under which Kobelco supplies Manitowoc-branded lattice-boom crawler cranes with lift capacities under 150 tons to the worldwide Manitowoc distribution network, and Manitowoc supplies Kobelco-branded all-terrain crane models for marketing in Japan.  

    The global alliance began in November 2003 and will end on November 9, 2018. 

  • May

    • Tadano Invests $32.7 Million in Manitex

      May 30,  2018 - Tadano, Ltd. (Tadano) has invested approximately $32.7 million in Manitex International Inc. by buying 2,918,542 shares Manitex common stock. Manitex is a leading international provider of telescopic-boom and knuckleboom cranes.  

      The shares were purchased at $11.19 each, the volume weighted average price of Manitex’s common stock on The Nasdaq Capital Market over the last 30 trading days. Upon closing of this transaction, Tadano will own 14.9% of Manitex’s outstanding shares of common stock. The transaction is expected to close on or about May 30, 2018.

    • Scott-Macon Adds Two More Demag AC 220-5 Cranes

      May 30, 2018 - Scott-Macon Equipment, a top Gulf-Coast crane sales, rental, and service company, is adding two Demag AC 220-5 all-terrain cranes to its existing order for an AC 160-5 and AC 220-5.  

      With the resurgence of the construction sector and its customers' needs for versatile and productive cranes, Scott-Macon is committed to stocking the industry’s best performing and most reliable cranes. 

      Scott-Macon’s new 245-US-ton-capacity Demag AC 220-5 all-terrain cranes have a main boom length of 255.9 ft.—longest main boom reach of any 5-axle crane. Adding extensions to the boom top can deliver a maximum tip height of 324.8 ft. 

    • Link-Belt All-Terrain Travels 1,000 Miles and Makes 50 Lifts in 96 Hours

      May 30, 2018 - Bar-S Services, Cheyenne, Wyo., specializes in erecting and dismantling oil rigs to support the oil and gas industry in Wyoming and northeastern Colorado. The company also operates their new 275-ton ATC-3275 all-terrain crane. The ATC-3275 from Link-Belt distributor Strong’s Crane Service helps BAR-S cover a 300-mile working radius.  

      “Our primary work is moving drilling rigs, but we also work with other transportation and production facilities moving large equipment,” said co-founder of BAR-S, Patty Smith.

    • DeMase Trucking & Rigging Moves Historical Plane

      May 30, 2018 - Faymonville US customer, DeMase Trucking & Rigging moved recently this historical plane with a 3-axle double drop trailer from Faymonville. The historical plane is a 1946 Gloucester meteor. The world's first jet fighter that has been used in the end of World War 2. It was 22' wide without the wing tip.

      The plane was shipped over from England and DeMase moved it in Virginia from the port to an airport. There the plane will be reassembled and fly to Michigan where it will go in a museum.

    • Scanreco Heavy Duty Mini Transmitter Offers Maximum Customizability for OEMs

      May 30,2018 - Designed for heavy-duty use, Scanreco’s Mini Transmitter is also compact and easily customized to meet OEM and system integrator requirements. The Mini Transmitter can accommodate 1-6 linear levers or 1-3 joysticks, as well as several pushbuttons and switches. Operator feedback is available via high-performance color display, monochrome display or LEDs, and despite its compact footprint the Mini’s ergonomic design supports hours of daily usage without causing operator fatigue. The stop function conforms to performance level “d” (PL d) as specified in EN ISO 13849-1, a legally binding standard for safety-critical components of control systems.

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