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Bob Criste Named President of Stephenson Equipment, Inc.

Bob Criste 2016

Dennis Heller made the announcement official the first week of February that Bob Criste is now president of Stephenson Equipment. Heller, who was president and CEO of the company, will still remain as CEO.

“Bob’s many years experience as CFO, and more recent promotion to COO has given him the experience and passion for this promotion,” Heller said.

Criste said, “We have a great team of leaders here at SEI, I look forward to continuing our journey of growth. Dennis will remain CEO of the company and continue to work on company projects, marketing and provide oversight for the company.”

2017 was a great year of accomplishments for SEI, their employees and customers: In February, the company moved their Albany, NY branch location into a vastly improved facility better serving the Albany area. In addition, SEI built a new crane shop to better serve customer needs at their Pittsburgh, PA branch location. Just a few miles from their previous location in Wilkes-Barre, PA they built a new and much improved facility from the ground up. Then amongst all this activity SEI acquired the Walsh Equipment company and their locations, one near Butler, PA and the other near Ebensburg, PA.

“SEI will continue to focus on doing what is right for our customers and our employees; which is what has brought SEI to this point,” said Criste.

Kriger Construction finds the new Grove GRT8100 ideal for bridge work

Kriger Construction finds the new Grove GRT8100 ideal for bridge work

From a Manitowoc News Release dated 1/11/18

  • The Pennsylvania-based company is impressed with the build quality and smooth operation of the 100 USt rough-terrain crane.
  • Equipped with Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), the GRT8100 is especially well-suited to the precise work of building precast bridge components.

Kriger Construction (Kriger) has been using one of Manitowoc Cranes’ latest rough-terrain models, the Grove GRT8100, for more than six months in its bridge-building operations. The Scranton, Pennsylvania-based company has found the new, 100 USt crane to be a beneficial addition to its fleet, thanks to the competitive capacity, build quality and smooth operation that the GRT8100 offers.

“Compared to traditional rough-terrain cranes I’ve used, the GRT8100 operates a lot more smoothly,” said Joe Palickar, general superintendent for Kriger. “I was able to notice it even on a 10 percent roadway pitch with the outriggers deployed at 50 percent. From the movement of the boom to the stability of the house and tilting cab, you can feel how well-built this crane is.”

When Kriger received its GRT8100 in June of 2017, the company immediately put the crane to work on a new bridge project, setting 3.5 USt barriers in a river to build a cofferdam. After completing that task, the crane installed 32 ft-long beams that weighed 6 USt each, all within a tight, 18 ft-wide work space. Operators then used the GRT8100 to lift 18.5 USt precast segments to build the bridge itself. It was the first of five projects on which the company would use the GRT8100 in 2017, and according to Kriger, all five of them went well.

In 2018, the company is scheduled to build more than 30 bridges, and the GRT8100 will be used on all of them. According to Jason Wilson, crane operator for Kriger, the GRT8100 is especially well-suited to bridge-building applications.

“The GRT8100 is great for precise work that requires lifting accuracy, such as building precast bridge components,” he said. “When I have to hit a 1/8-inch gap with an 18 USt deck slab, this crane makes it easy.”

Kriger Construction finds the new Grove GRT8100 ideal for bridge work

That precision is made possible by Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), which comes standard on the GRT8100. The intuitive user interface has an operator-adjustable controller setting and full proportionality to assist with the precise setting of loads in any critical application, as well as many other customer-focused improvements.

“I’ve been spoiled by the new CCS,” Palickar explained. “Everything I need to scroll through the menu is conveniently located on the arm rest, right at my fingertips. Not only do I have the option to deploy outriggers to 50 percent, but the deployment process is easy with CCS. I also like being able to see the percentage of the boom that’s extended.”

In addition to CCS, the GRT8100 has several other features that were designed with today’s construction market in mind, including a 154 ft, five-section main boom that provides better reach and greater versatility. The rough-terrain crane also has a tilting cab, impressive load charts and the benefit of extensive component testing at Manitowoc’s Product Verification Center (PVC) to ensure quality and reliability.

Kriger’s GRT8100 was provided by Stephenson Equipment, which has been offering sales and rentals of construction equipment, paving machinery and cranes since 1957. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based company serves customers from six locations across its home state and New York. Stephenson is an official dealer of Manitowoc, Grove, National Crane and Potain cranes.

Kriger Construction was founded in 1978 by Alfred Kriger and has served northeastern Pennsylvania as a family-owned company ever since. Based in Scranton, the construction firm specializes in heavy highway and utility work, and is currently run by president Linda Malinowski and vice president Jim Marzolino.

Grove GRT8100 streamlines operations on Pennsylvania energy projects

Grove GRT8100 streamlines operations on Pennsylvania energy projects

From a Manitowoc News Release dated 12/19/17.

Sam Hess, crane manager for B&K Equipment and Crane Service, uses the new Grove GRT8100 rough-terrain crane on a variety of energy projects in Pennsylvania.

  • Pennsylvania-based B&K Equipment & Crane Service used two new Grove GRT8100 rough-terrain cranes to help build a gas-fired power plant and to work on a hydraulic frack well.
  • The GRT8100s’ reliability, competitive load chart from a small footprint and user-friendly Crane Control System (CCS) gave them the versatility to handle a wide array of tasks on both job sites.

B&K Equipment and Crane Service (B&K) is one of the latest North American companies to discover the benefits of Grove’s new lineup of rough-terrain cranes, which have been designed and tested at Manitowoc’s Product Verification Center (PVC) to ensure dependability in a wide range of working environments. Wyalusing, Pennsylvania-based B&K has been renting two Grove GRT8100 rough-terrain cranes for over a year. The 100 USt cranes have helped to streamline operations on several of the company’s projects, including the construction of a gas-fired power plant.

Sam Hess, crane manager for B&K, said that the GRT8100’s reliability and competitive load chart gave it the versatility to handle a wide array of tasks while building the plant.

“My crew and I are all 100 percent impressed with the GRT8100,” he said. “It’s reliable enough to handle any task we throw at it. Our operators have used it for everything from setting 0.5 USt steel beams to lifting 12.5 USt boilers. It has a very strong chart for a crane of this size. You don’t normally see a crane of this capacity with this small of a footprint.”

Shortly before construction of the power plant began in September of 2016, Hess got the chance to operate the crane himself at a hydraulic frack well, also located in Pennsylvania, and the crane’s reliability made an impact on that job, as well.

“I used the GRT8100 to hoist an 11.5 USt coiled tubing injector above the well-head,” he explained. “We needed a crane that could hold the injector in place for 30 hours on a very congested job site, and this crane was ideal for getting the job done.”

The GRT8100 has been designed and built for today’s construction market with a 154 ft, five-section main boom, which provides better reach and greater versatility. The rough-terrain also has a tilting cab, impressive load charts and the benefit of extensive component testing at Manitowoc’s Product Verification Center (PVC) to ensure quality and reliability. In addition, the crane comes standard with Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), which offers operators the most intuitive interface on the market.

“The CCS has been very user-friendly,” Hess said. “You can adjust your controls and deploy your outriggers using the same convenient dial. You don’t have to reach up and use a touch screen each time. Accessing all of the crane’s boom length configurations is very intuitive, too.”

B&K rented its GRT8100s from Stephenson Equipment, which has been providing sales and rentals of construction equipment, paving machinery and cranes since 1957. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based company serves customers from six locations across its home state and New York. Stephenson is an official dealer of Manitowoc, Grove, National Crane and Potain cranes.

B&K Equipment and Crane Service was founded in 1989 in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. The company is family owned and operated, and has grown to comprise more than 50 employees, three locations, a fleet of trucks, trailers, cranes, oil field equipment and hundreds of construction equipment assets.


Contractors use Grove GHC75 to assemble Manitowoc crawler on tough terrain

From a Manitowoc News Release dated December 4, 2017

  • Mosites Construction & Development Company is using a Manitowoc MLC165-1 crawler crane to help construct seven bridges along the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh.
  • The maneuverability and 100 percent pick-and-carry function of the Grove GHC75 telescoping crawler crane made it possible to erect the MLC165-1 on a creek bed, where access proved difficult.

Mosites Construction & Development Company (Mosites) is working on a $93 million infrastructure project that will add seven new bridges along four miles of highway on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh. The pier caps of the first bridge have already been completed, and two Manitowoc cranes – a Manitowoc MLC165-1 and a Grove GHC75 – were crucial to the success of the project.

The Pittsburgh-based company chose the MLC165-1 to build the pier caps, but conditions on the job site made erecting the 182 USt crawler crane difficult. The site was located at the bottom of a creek bed, where trucks could not easily traverse the wet, uneven soil to deposit the crane’s parts for assembly. The ideal solution to this challenge was a Grove GHC75 telescoping crawler crane.

“The MLC165-1 had the size and capacity we needed to build the pier caps, so choosing it was easy,” said John Dove, superintendent for Mosites. “But since we were working on such uneven terrain, erecting it on the job site was a challenge. Our trucks couldn’t travel down the 17 percent grade to the bottom of the creek bed, so we needed a maneuverable lifting solution that could get the MLC165-1’s components to a level area where we could assemble them.”

The 75 USt GHC75’s combination of crawler maneuverability, telescoping boom versatility and 100 percent pick-and-carry function enabled contractors to move the crawler crane’s parts into position.

“The GHC75 was the perfect crane for the situation we were in,” Dove said. “The crane can be 4 percent off level and still make picks, which is ideal in a swamp. We were able to extend the GHC75’s tracks and tackle the terrain without spending time and money on additional matting.”

Once the MLC165-1 was erected with 197 ft of boom, operators used it to install 20 USt sections of formwork, which were lifted to heights of 80 ft. After the formwork, the crane lifted 17.5 USt rebar cages, which were placed at 150 ft. The pier cap installation was completed in August of 2017, and the bridge is on schedule for completion in early 2018.

“We found the MLC165-1 to be very effective for bridge work,” Dove explained. “And given the restraints of the job site, we were glad to have the GHC75 on hand, too.”

Mosites rented both cranes from Stephenson Equipment, which has been providing sales and rentals of construction equipment, paving machinery and cranes since 1957. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based company serves customers from six locations across its home state and New York. Stephenson is an official dealer of Manitowoc, Grove, National Crane and Potain cranes.

Since its founding in 1959, Mosites Construction & Development Company has grown into one of the leading construction firms in the Greater Pittsburgh area. The company offers numerous services, including civil estimating, CPM scheduling, value engineering analysis, bidding and procurement, purchasing, pre-construction and construction management, and concrete construction.


Grove launches new best-in-class GMK4090 all-terrain taxi crane

Grove launches new best-in-class GMK4090 all-terrain taxi crane

From a Manitowoc News Release date November 1, 2017

  • The 90 t (100 USt) capacity taxi crane has the strongest taxi load chart in its class and can easily maneuver on narrow job sites due to its compact design.
  • The new crane will replace the GMK4080-1/GMK4100B, bringing more modern and efficient features that ensure better return on investment for crane owners.
  • The GMK4090 crane features the new MAXbase outrigger system that expands options for crane set up on the job site.

Manitowoc has introduced a new all-terrain crane, the best-in-class Grove GMK4090. The new taxi crane features a modern, compact design that puts emphasis on roadability and maneuverability.

The new crane comes in response to customer demand for lightweight, flexible taxi cranes in the 90 t (100 USt) capacity class. It represents a generational upgrade over the previous GMK4080-1/GMK4100B, a popular all-terrain crane in Europe due to its versatility in applications, especially with rental companies.

Manitowoc has also introduced the GMK4080-2, a similar crane with 80 t (90 USt) capacity. The GMK4090 will be released globally, whereas the GMK4080-2 won’t be available in North America.

Andreas Cremer, global product director of Grove all-terrain cranes, said the GMK4090 and the GMK4080-2 models are essentially the same crane, but the GMK4080-2 carries less counterweight, to match the load chart of its predecessor, the GMK4080-1/GMK4100B.

“The GMK4090 has been designed with flexibility and maneuverability as main focuses,” he said. “With its best-in-class taxi load chart and compact footprints, this crane will be ideal for a variety of jobs, such as general construction and plant maintenance work. Various counterweight options also give it versatility in roading, which can increase efficiency and return on investment for many owners.”

The GMK4090 offers a 51 m (167 ft), six-section MEGAFORM boom that utilizes Grove’s TWIN-LOCK pinning system. Boosting its overall reach is a 9/15 m (49 ft) bi-fold swing-away jib that can be extended with a 6 m (20 ft) boom extension for a total jib length of 21 m (69 ft).

The new taxi model also offers excellent roadability and travel features. The GMK4090 can travel with a maximum 18.3 t (20.2 USt) counterweight, and within 12 t (13 USt)/axle it can transport up to 9.1 t (10 USt) to the job site without the need for an additional transport truck. The result is a taxi crane with a strong capacity that can keep transport costs low.

The crane features compact dimensions, with a narrow 2.55 m (8.37 ft) width, so it can easily access and maneuver within the tightest of job sites. It has a minimum tailswing of only 3.53 m (11.58 ft), so it stays within the maximum outrigger width. The GMK4090 also offers the new MAXbase feature as an option — this variable outrigger setting gives the crane more setup flexibility on the job site, especially when erecting it on irregular job site grounds, and also more capacity when compared with the 360° standard load chart.

The new crane also features Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), an easy-to-use operating interface that has now been standardized across the company’s crane offerings and is featured on every new model.

“We spoke to many customers when designing this new crane to fully understand their needs and desires for cranes in this class,” Cremer explained. “When seeking to replace the very popular GMK4080-1/GMK4100B, we had to ensure that the GMK4090 would be extremely versatile in travel, set up and lifting options. This is The Manitowoc Way in action, and the result is a new crane that should help crane owners increase efficiency and utilization in their fleets.”

40 Years of the JCB Loadall

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From an Access International post by Euan Youdale dated October 20, 2017

JCB is today celebrating a major milestone in its long record of innovative machine design – the 40th anniversary of the Loadall telehandler.

First launched on October 20, 1977 the machine mechanised lifting and loading tasks on building sites more usually carried out by a small team of men. The potential for the Loadall in agriculture was also quickly harnessed and it went on to revolutionise materials handling tasks on farms, stacking bales, loading muck and shovelling grain, replacing rudimentary tractor mounted hydraulic loaders.

JCB has sold more than 220,000 Loadalls to date, generating more than £7 billion ($9.2 billion) in sales – £4.5 billion ($5.9 billion) of which has been from exports.

Today daily output of JCB telehandlers at the World HQ in Staffordshire, UK, is currently at its highest level since the launch, with the number of machines built expected to increase by 25% by the end of the year compared to 2016. One Loadall rolls off JCB’s Rocester production line every six minutes. The business making the machines today employs more than 1,200 people.

Today JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said, “When we launched the Loadall in 1977, we sold just 64 machines that year but we were very confident that the telescopic handler would grow in popularity simply because it made jobs so much easier on construction sites and on farms.

“The concept soon took off and the faith we put in the telescopic handler four decades ago has been repaid. It’s wonderful to celebrate 40 years of success of the Loadall with production hitting historic levels.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone around the world who has contributed to this success over the past 40 years. We must now look forward to the next 40 years and build on what has been achieved so far.”

Experienced hands

Eddie Finney, 59, is a Team Leader in Loadall. He said, “I started my JCB career in 1976 in the machine shop but the following year I transferred and started working on the Loadall assembly line. At the time there were only four Loadalls coming off the line every day. I can’t believe the volume we have now achieved 40 years later.”

Kevin Holley, 60, works in the Loadall Fabrication Shop on a laser machine. He said, “I joined JCB in 1978, working on a gas cutter for several types of machine. I then became a gas profile cutter for the Loadall division. At that time, with only four a day coming off the line, Loadall was thought to be the poor relation because it wasn’t as busy as backhoe. But I could see the potential straight away. It did amazing things and nobody else had anything like it.”

Keith Weston, 61, has worked in Maintenance at JCB since 1973. He said, “I have been on general manufacturing maintenance for most of my career but I was responsible for shot blasting and painting on the Loadall assembly line in the 1980s. In the early days I never realised Loadall would reach the volume of sales that it has. I have been proud to work on it.”

It took almost 30 years for JCB to sell the first 100,000 Loadalls but it took less than 10 years for the next 100,000 to be sold. JCB says it is world number one for telescopic handlers with more than one in every three sold being a JCB.

The public launch of the JCB Loadall on October 20 1977 was promoted under the banner of ‘Obsolescence Day is Coming’ as an indication that the new machine, with its ability to reach forwards and upwards, would render the masted forklift obsolete.

JCB Loadall production facts:

  • There are 34 base models and over 1,000 individual configurations.
  • Welding during Loadall manufacture consumes more than 14.5 million metres of wire per year.
  • Each Loadall takes around 35 stages to produce and 8 hours to assemble.
  • Loadall manufacture consumes more than 35,000 tonnes of steel a year.
  • A recent £1 million investment brought new precision laser and plasma cutting equipment.
  • A 650-tonne steel press forms the telescopic boom box sections.
  • On average, it takes 45 minutes to make two sides of the heavy-duty chassis.
  • Robots handle 70% of chassis welds – but skilled operators tackle hard to access welds.
  • Preparing and painting booms, chassis and stabilisers (on construction models) takes two hours.
  • The painting facility uses 73,000 litres of primer and 50,000 litres of gloss paint per year
  • Every Loadall spends 13 minutes at full speed in a roller test booth to calibrate the driveline.
  • Every Loadall must hold a test weight with the boom fully raised and extended for 10 minutes.


3CX15 Backhoe Loader: Roadability + Stability = Efficiency

Derry Township Public Works Finds Efficiency in Their JCB 3CX15’s Roadability and Stability



In 2016, Derry Township Public Works (Hershey, PA) purchased their first JCB, a brand new JCB 3CX15 backhoe. The JCB 3CX15 offers 15’ dig depth plus extend-a-hoe, a 109 H.P. turbocharged diesel engine, and a 6 speed transmission. They hadn’t bought a new backhoe in about 20 years. Tom Clark, Director of Public Works, compared the advancements in backhoes over the last 20 years to the advancements in automobiles, mentioning that driving a JCB is like driving a Cadillac compared to their previous backhoe.

The Swatara Creek, which eventually dumps into the Susquehanna River, runs right through Derry Township. Derry Township Public Works uses their backhoe for excavating storm pipes and storm drain repair. Their Crew Leader, Max Hauck, noted, “The JCB is so stable, we don’t need to put the outriggers down to lift the storm drains.” They are able to save a lot of time because of this. They also use a clam shell bucket on occasion to pick up trees. “It has plenty of power for anything we need to do”, Max said.


The biggest selling factor for them was roadability and visibility. Dillon Kessler, one of Derry Township Public Work’s Operators, said, “We can go fast down the road and safely see all around us. It is definitely the best road machine.”  Their backhoe has never been on a trailer. With the 109 HP turbocharged diesel engine and the 6 speed transmission, they can go 30 mph down the road. Their 3CX15 is equipped with a floating bucket option, so the ride is smooth, too. “We were sold within 5 minutes of demoing it”, Max added, “Without a doubt, it really is nice to ride down the road”.

Derry Township Public Works also noted that they are able to do their own service work on the backhoe because they are so low maintenance. The combination of roadability, stability, vision, and power makes this the perfect machine for them.  Max concluded, “Overall, we really like this backhoe.”


JCB Announces the NEW 510-42 TeleHandler


The NEW JCB 510-42 telehandler is designed for maximum productivity. With a maximum capacity of 10,000 lb and no requirement for outriggers, operators are able to efficiently move from one project to the next, to complete more tasks.

The 510-42 is built with the benefit of JCB’s 40 years of telehandler manufacturing experience. With a one-piece, fully welded chasis and JCB’s U-profile boom that has been proven on more than 200,000 machines, the 510-42 delivers the strength and reliability necessary to complete any work site application.


  • 74 or 109 hp Options
  • 10,000 lb Max Lift Capacities
  • 42′ Maximum Lift Height


  • No outriggers/stabilizers with 10,000 lb capacity
  • Single, proportional joystick
  • 10 degrees of frame sway
  • Dry lubricant for three-section boom
  • Large, comfortable operator station
  • Four-speed powershift transmission

An Investment with a High Return

The 510-42 features the responsive JCB EcoMax engine for fuel-efficient matching of transmission and hydraulics.

JCB Loadall telehandlers meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards with a sealed-for-life SCR system that requires no separate diesel particulate filter (DPF) or productivity-sapping DPF regeneration. The 510-42 is available with a 109 hp engine or a 74 hp engine that requires no DEF and no aftertreatment.

These telehandlers are equipped with a precise, high-speed double-boom-chain extension system for maximum efficiency and reliability.

JCB telescopic handlers are always a smart financial investment. Not only are JCB telehandlers efficient to own and operate, but JCB’s incomparable build quality and legendary productivity means that your JCB telehandler will command a premium resale price when it comes time to upgrade your fleet.

Visibility and Safety

JCB Loadall telehandlers are renowned for excellent visibility. The high boom profile and pivot allow the operator good visibility to the sides of the machine and a cut-out over the hydraulic tank provides clear line-of-sight to the rear.

A reverse alarm is a standard feature on all JCB telehandlers.

Hose burst check valves are standard to prevent collapse in the event of a hose failure.

Working Environment

Choose an operator environment to suit your climate: fully glazed or canopy. The exterior top door slam latch allows the upper door to be closed from outside.

For fast, precise and intuitive control, JCB telescopic handlers feature a fully-proportional, single-lever joystick.

New instruments and a 3.5-inch color TFT screen form an intuitive, automotive-style cab layout. An adjustable, tilting telescopic steering column is also available.

The 7-speed fan heater creates a comfortable, productive operator environment. Optional air conditioning is ideal for work in hotter climates.

JCB’s standard-fit tinted cab glass reflects 30 percent of the sun’s energy, for enhanced operator comfort.

Serviceability and Durability

JCB telescopic handlers designed to maximize uptime and productivity and built tough with top-quality components. All hydraulic cylinders, cabs, axles, transmissions and engines are built by JCB, and designed to work in perfect harmony for optimum reliability.

The range of JCB lift-and-place telehandlers, including the 510-42, boast 500-hour extended service intervals and simplified maintenance procedures, with easy access to service points.

All daily checks can be done from ground level, and the battery is accessible via a lockable cover. A battery isolator switch is also standard.

A dry lubricant system means wear pads are extremely durable, with service intervals of 500 hours – compared to approximately 250 hours for competitor machine sin this class.

Grove and National Crane to show utility prowess at ICUEE 2017


From a Manitowoc News Release Dated August 17, 2017

  • At ICUEE 2017, Manitowoc Cranes will display three of its strongest offerings to the utilities market: the Grove GHC30, National Crane NBT45-1 and National Crane 890D.
  • The GHC30 and NBT45-1 will be making their ICUEE debut, and all three machines will be outfitted with special attachments that utility contractors will find useful.

Manitowoc Cranes will showcase a trio of cranes that thrive in utilities applications at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition 2017 (ICUEE). At outdoor booth N2021, the company will highlight the Grove GHC30 telescoping crawler crane and a pair of National Crane boom trucks: the NBT45-1 and 890D. All three machines will be outfitted with special attachments to better show their effectiveness in the utilities market, and two of them — the GHC30 and NBT45-1 — will be shown at ICUEE for the first time.

This year’s ICUEE will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Kentucky Exposition Center from October 3 – 5, and more than 950 leading manufacturers will participate. The event will cover more than 25 acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits, and will host several product demonstrations and educational seminars throughout the grounds.

ICUEE gives manufacturers the opportunity to meet with utility contractors and learn about their needs firsthand. The three cranes on display at Manitowoc’s booth show that the company has listened to its customers in the utility sector and put these needs into manufacturing practice.

Grove GHC30 with pole claw and auger

The GHC30 is Manitowoc’s newest addition to its line of Grove telescoping crawler cranes. The 30 USt crane is the smallest member of the GHC range and offers the same 100 percent pick-and-carry function as the rest of the line. With its full-power, three-section 83 ft telescoping boom, operators can easily handle a variety of lifts at various radii without setting up on outriggers like traditional hydraulic boom cranes. This saves time on the job and provides a better return on investment for the customer.

John Bair, Manitowoc’s product manager for GHC cranes, commented on some of the features that make the GHC30 ideal for the utilities market.

“The GHC30 boasts excellent gradeability, low ground-bearing pressure and multiple attachment options, such as the pole claw, auger and personnel basket,” he said. “All of these features — paired with class-leading boom length and capacities — make this a powerful and versatile crane that will improve efficiency on utility jobs and provide our customers with a great return on investment.”

The GHC30 on display at ICUEE will be outfitted with pole claw and auger attachments, which are especially useful for the utility industry. These attachments are particularly effective when working at electrical substations and surrounding distribution lines, for example. When equipped with the auger and pole claw, the crane is adept at off-loading, lifting and installing the poles needed for these projects.

Grove and National Crane to show utility prowess at ICUEE 2017

National Crane NBT45-1 with aerial platform

The National Crane NBT45-1 will also be at Manitowoc’s booth. The 45 USt boom truck sports a 142 ft boom and is well-suited to the utility sector, where energy work on de-energized power lines and new transmission infrastructure construction often requires the use of both a crane and an aerial lift. The model on show at ICUEE will be equipped with a two-person, 1,200 lb maximum-capacity, quick-attach yoke platform with wireless radio remote control.

Justin Pilgrim, global product director for boom trucks and carrydeck cranes at Manitowoc, said the NBT45-1 will immediately improve fleet utilization for companies and provide greater versatility.

“With this crane, customers will gain the benefits of having both a boom truck and an aerial lift in just one package, potentially cutting their need for two or more machines down to one,” he explained. “The NBT45-1 offers the best of both worlds with straightforward setup, clear steps to reconfigure it as an aerial lift, and simpler, smarter operation when in use. Utility-focused customers will find a host of useful functions, including a wireless wind-speed sensor and a hydraulic tool circuit with a pressure intensifier in the aerial work platform.”

Grove and National Crane to show utility prowess at ICUEE 2017

National Crane 890D with auger

Also representing the National Crane line at ICUEE is the 890D boom truck, which will be equipped with an optional auger attachment on its 90 ft boom. With its two-speed auger, the 23 USt 890D boasts 14,000 lb-ft of torque and a 39-ft maximum digging radius. The boom truck can also be supplied with various flighting options that range up to 48 inches. The 890D’s capability for both lifting and high-torque digging makes it suitable for a wide range of utility work. For example, the crane can drill holes for pilings, utility poles and light poles, and then install the components once drilling is complete.

“The National Crane 890D auger unit has been specifically engineered for the demanding utilities and construction sectors,” said Robert Ritter, Manitowoc’s product engineering manager for boom trucks. “It’s been built from the ground up to handle many different lifting and digging applications. We trust that visitors to our ICUEE booth will be impressed with the versatility this boom truck can add to their fleets.”

Manitowoc fleet raises the roof at new Milwaukee Bucks arena

Manitowoc fleet raises the roof at new Bucks arena

From a Manitowoc News Release Dated August 14, 2017

Construction of a new $524 million, multi-purpose arena is underway in downtown Milwaukee, and a fleet of Manitowoc crawler cranes is handling its most crucial lifting work. Dubbed the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, the arena will replace the aging Bradley Center and serve as the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Mortenson Construction is managing the lifting plans on the job site, and the company has employed a number of Manitowoc crawler cranes since construction started in November of 2016. Two Manitowoc 999s were used in March to lift all of the arena’s structural steel segments, with the heaviest being a 6 USt cantilever beam that was lifted to a height of 125 ft.

In May, Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, a member of the ALL Family of Companies, provided two Manitowoc 16000 crawler cranes to the job site. Both 440 USt crawlers were configured with 244 ft of boom to lift 60 USt roof trusses to a height of 125 ft.

Brennan Seeliger, product manager for crawler cranes at Manitowoc, said that the 16000s used for this job were set up with an extended upper boom point, a configuration typically reserved for building wind turbines.

“Generally, crane operators will use this configuration to achieve added clearance between the boom system and the lifted load when lifting at a high boom angle,” he explained. “It’s not common outside of wind applications, but contractors in certain pockets, such as stadium construction, have found a use for it. It often results in fewer necessary components and quicker assembly times.”

Operators also used a Manitowoc 14000 — again provided by Dawes — to lift 20.5 USt precast segments. All three cranes worked in close proximity at the center of the arena’s “bowl” and had to work in shifts as a result — the dual 16000s lifted trusses daily until 4 p.m. when the 14000 took over.

Ryan Olsen, safety manager for Mortenson, said the Manitowoc cranes brought ideal capacities from compact footprints, enabling the contracting team to seamlessly coordinate lifts.

“The main challenges on this job were the tight project site and, more specifically, the confined space in the arena’s center, so identifying the right cranes for the project was critical,” he said. “A significant amount of coordination was involved since we couldn’t run all of the cranes at the same time. Plus, we had to assemble all roof truss components on the ground before lifting. We needed cranes that could deliver the necessary capacity and mobility to execute our lift plans, and these Manitowoc crawlers did not disappoint.”

Dawes Crane & Rigging rented the cranes to Schofield, Wisconsin-based Merrill Iron & Steel and Janesville, Wisconsin-based JP Cullen, the contractors working on the roof truss installation, which finished in June. Dawes suggested the cranes for their versatility, and the Milwaukee-based company also helped design the project’s lift plans. Construction of the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center is due to be completed in 2018.