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Tadano’s Strategic Initiatives Are All Positive for Customers

April 18, 2021 - On April 7, Tadano Ltd. announced a number of strategic initiatives that it believes will help transform the company into an even more prominent leader in the worldwide crane lifting industry.

They include selling German-made models in Japan and selling Japanese-produced models in Europe, consolidating all crane products under just the Tadano brand, and combining essentially all of North, South, and Central America under one Pan-American sales and support organization.

How will the changes affect customers in the United States and Canada?

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AED Leaders Embark on “Driving for Dealers 2.0” Tour

April 22, 2021 - The Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) executive team has embarked on a nine-day multi-city motorcoach tour to visit equipment dealers across the midwestern and south-central regions of the U.S. to underscore the need for a robust federal infrastructure bill.

“Driving for Dealers 2.0” will travel about 2,800 mi. through Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Ohio before returning to AED headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, on April 30.

“A new, long-term, sustainable federal infrastructure bill is critical to moving our nation forward,” said AED President & CEO Brian P. McGuire. “Infrastructure jobs will go a long way toward economic recovery as we begin to move past the pandemic. We know our members are looking to elected leaders in Washington to break the logjam and finally produce the bill America needs to ‘Build Back Better’.”

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Crosby Group Buys BlokCorp, Launches Technology Solutions Business Unit

April 19, 2021 - The Crosby Group, Richardson, Texas, a global leader in lifting, rigging, and load securement hardware, has acquired BlokCorp Ltd.

UK-based BlokCorp designs and manufactures innovative camera and alert systems for tower and mobile cranes.  These advanced systems provide crane operators with critical visual and audio capabilities that enable safer and more productive lifting operations.

The transaction marks The Crosby Group’s fifth investment since 2019.

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A1A Software Names Lift Plan of Year Winners

First Place, La Grange

April 20, 2021 – A1A Software LLC has announced the winners with the best lift plans of 2020 in its Lift Plan of the Year competition. The three winners were selected from among five finalists by popular online voting.

“Ironically, all three companies are based in Illinois and serve the Chicago metropolitan area, despite the fact that 3D Lift Plan is used by lift planners all over the world,” said Tawnia Weiss, president of A1A Software.

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Equipment and Software Investment Expected to Grow 11.2% This Year

April 20, 2021 – With U.S. vaccination rates rising quickly and the end of the pandemic in sight, equipment and software investment growth is expected to be robust this year as businesses invest to adapt to a post-pandemic normal.

Annual equipment and software investment growth of 11.2% is forecast for 2021. Annual U.S. GDP growth for 2021 is forecast at 5.7%, according to the Q2 update to the 2021 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation.

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Valla’s New Electric Pick-and-Carry Crane is 35” Wide, Can Lift 7,900 Lbs.

April 18, 2021 – Crane users who want an exhaust-free compact crane that’s easy on flooring, fits through a single doorway, and can lift nearly 4 USt, should find the new Valla V36R very interesting.

Last week, the Italian manufacturer, a subsidiary of Manitex International, which is headquartered in Bridgeview, Illinois, launched the newest battery-powered, remote-controlled compact crane in its R Series.


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Link-Belt Names Ureña as District Service Rep for Southeastern U.S.

April 19, 2021 – Link-Belt has named Raul Ureña as district service representative for the southeastern United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

In that capacity, Ureña will serve both as a factory-expert resource for the region’s Link-Belt dealers and as a hands-on service person. He is based near Miami.

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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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