BCI Construction, Inc out of Albany, NY is building a waste water treatment plant in Schenectady, NY. They’re renting our GHC75 Grove Hydraulic Crawler; the perfect crane for tight spaces like they are encountering on this job site. The GHC75 fully expanded tracks sit at less than 17.5’.
Fermanagh Township, Juniata County recently purchased two Walsh Truck Equipment built packages on International trucks using Super City dump bodies. Built out of Stephenson¹s (SEI) Ebensburg, PA location. The picture shows township officials with SEI employees when they picked up their trucks in Ebensburg. The truck packages we built for them also featured Gledhill plows.
When you need your next municipal truck, let SEI quote one of our quality built packages for you!
Taken from a Construction Equipment Guide article, dated August 22, 2018
In late May 2018, the historic mill town of Old Ellicott City, Md., experienced its second devastating 1,000-year flood in just two years. More than eight inches of rain fell in just a few hours, creating massive amounts of run-off that uprooted trees and swept other debris into the town’s storm sewer. As the sewer became more clogged, water was not able to flow through it and empty into the Potomac River.
The resulting floodwaters transformed the town’s bucolic Main Street into whitewater rapids that destroyed nearly everything caught in their path. Roads were washed away and travel was extremely hazardous. A JCB Hydradig was donated to help after this devastating natural disaster.
The Hydradig features an all-wheel drive, four-wheel-steer chassis based on JCB’s Loadall telescopic handler concept. It provides operators with total, all-round visibility and the ability to see all four wheels and ground level beyond a three-foot perimeter, making it ideal for use in tight, crowded worksites.
The Howard County Department of Public Works immediately took possession of the Hydradig and began using it to remove fallen trees and other rubble from area roadways. Operators quickly learned how to use the Hydradig’s many features, noting its excellent mobility and ease-of-use.
A Steelwrist tiltrotator attachment with an internal grapple allowed the Hydradig’s dig end to tilt and rotate 360 degrees, making it even faster and easier to pick up and remove debris. A hydraulic quick coupler allowed the operators to switch from the Hydradig’s digging bucket to a grading bucket to pallet forks without ever having to exit its cab.
While the JCB Hydradig may have made its mark in Howard County, it’s also garnered attention at an even higher level, in the form of an order from the Maryland State Highway Administration for four new Hydradigs. The machine’s impressive stability, versatility, maneuverability and visibility continue to win people over as it enters its second year of availability in North America.
Need your skid steer to lift higher? Reach further? Dig deeper? Now You Can!
JCB USA had their film crew in Emmaus, PA on a job site with Troianiello Masonry today to interview owner Michael Troianiello about his JCB Teleskid and how he uses it in his business. Troianiello Masonry is out of Scranton, PA but provides their services to the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Stacie Prest Stephenson’s area rep worked with Michael to find out what his needs were, then recommended the Teleskid as a machine that will effectively get the many different jobs done for him in his business. This was his first machine in the business and he could not be happier!
Look for the video in the near future as part of the Teleskid promotion.
And don’t miss your chance to Win a Teleskid for a Year!
The National NTC55128 is starting to make a name for itself across the country. Stephenson Equipment helped National develop this model in 2016.
From a Manitowoc News Release Dated June 26, 2018
- National Crane’s new NTC55 truck-mounted crane enables Crainco Crane Service to finish almost twice the amount of work done per day.
- Crainco has increased its productivity with the NTC55 because the crane perfectly handles the tight working quarters of Greater Los Angeles and offers superior reach without needing to swing a jib.
- The NTC55 features a revolutionary outrigger system that can be operated in one of four positions, all with the same level of stability that has made National Crane a leader in the industry.
Crainco Crane Service (Crainco) is getting more work done than ever with one of National Crane’s latest offerings: the NTC55 truck-mounted crane. Launched in March of 2017, the 55 USt NTC55 is an evolved truck crane “replacement” that can maneuver into the tight working quarters typically reserved for a truck crane, but with the added features of a boom truck to increase versatility on the job site.
Crainco is seeing that versatility in action as it uses the NTC55 for HVAC and steel work across Greater Los Angeles, one of the most congested urban areas in the U.S. To compete in such a crowded environment, the Santa Fe Springs, California-based company needed a crane that could increase its efficiency in getting to and from job sites. The NTC55 turned out to be the ideal solution, enabling Crainco to complete more jobs each day and boost its revenue.
Eric Smith, general manager for Crainco, said his company has almost doubled its productivity since acquiring the crane earlier this year.
“We used to hit two or three jobs in a day with our taxi fleet,” he said. “Now with the NTC55, we can finish four or five jobs in one day. This crane enables us to set up quickly in tight spaces and reach out as far as 128 ft without taking the time to swing a jib. The NTC55 has the perfect combination of capacity and reach for the kind of work we do, and it helps us to maximize our day.”
The NTC55’s ability to maneuver in tight working quarters comes from its modern outrigger system, which can be operated in one of four positions: 100 percent, 75 percent, 50 percent or fully retracted. This enables the NTC55 to take up less space while maintaining greater capacity than competing truck cranes with similar footprints. Crainco uses its NTC55 for HVAC installation, steel erection and hoisting electrical equipment. The crane’s heaviest lift so far was a 15 USt transformer, picked at a 30 ft radius.
Another advantage that the NTC55 has over its more traditional truck crane competition is the comfort and maneuverability of a commercial chassis, which makes it ideal for taxi work. And according to Smith, the NTC55 delivers the secure feel that customers have come to expect from National Crane.
“National Crane units generally feel more secure than competing truck cranes, especially when you’ve got a load that’s hung out all the way, putting the load chart to the test,” he explained. “That tradition of stability clearly hasn’t changed with the NTC55.”
From a Manitowoc News Release Dated May 7, 2018
Manitowoc Cranes has announced a new, extended warranty program for the Grove GRT series of rough-terrain cranes. The program consists of a two-year standard warranty on newly ordered cranes, complemented by three additional tiers of total extended coverage for three, four and five years.
The new standard warranty term and extended warranty program were introduced to support the improved reliability of Grove’s GRT rough-terrain cranes, which have benefited from extensive design improvements and rigorous reliability testing at Manitowoc’s Product Verification Center (PVC) to ensure quality.
Customers could previously extend their GRT series warranty from one to two years for an additional cost, but the two-year term is now standard across the entire GRT series product line.
“Our new warranty program demonstrates to the market that we stand behind the reliability of our cranes,” said Barry Pennypacker, president and CEO of Manitowoc. “With the new GRT series, we’ve taken the necessary steps to increase customer uptime, reduce maintenance and provide a better user experience for operators. And now, we can exceed that level of quality with a best-in-class warranty for customer peace of mind.”
Mike Becker, CCO Trainer at our Harrisburg branch, was appointed to the PA Board of Crane Operators in March 2018. The primary purpose of the Board is to assure all crane operators in PA are certified and subsequently PA licensed. Requiring crane operators to be certified and licensed requires crane operators to be better trained which leads to safer operation. Mike was appointed to the Board as a professional member in 2018 by Governor Wolf under the advice and consent of the Senate for a four year term, after which he will seek reappointment for his second term. The PA Crane Board regulates the licensing of crane operators of mobile cranes of 15 ton maximum rated capacity and higher and tower cranes of 10 meter tons and higher. The Board is made up of four professional members, two public members, Board administrator and Board Attorney. Board members are limited to two consecutive terms.
Mike is not the first SEI employee to serve on the Board. Ray Feidt, CCO Trainer/OSHA Inspection Manager, also previously served on the Board. He was appointed to the original Board as a professional member by Governor Rendell under the advice and consent of the Senate in 2008. The original Board spent two years writing the regulation which was enacted in December of 2010. He was reappointed to the Board for a 2nd term in 2012 by Governor Corbett. His second term ended in May of 2017.
Superb team members like this are what make our NCCCO/CCO Training Courses so successful. Stephenson Equipment, Inc (SEI) fully endorses the national crane operator certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). We offer several classroom CCO training facilities and practical CCO training facilities in Pennsylvania for the advancement and skills training required to become a certified crane operator certified within the OSHA recognized NCCCO standards. If you would like to view our upcoming course schedule, please visit http://stephensonequipment.com/cco-current-course-schedule/. If you have any other questions, please contact Chris Traino at 717-558-7248.
(From a Manitowoc News Release dated April 4, 2018)
- The new smartphone app is available for iOS and Android devices, and will help crane operators to interpret diagnostic codes that are generated by on-board control systems.
- The app aims to increase crane uptime by enabling customers to diagnose technical issues without third-party assistance, leading to faster repairs and maintenance.
Manitowoc Cranes has announced a new smartphone app that will help customers to diagnose technical issues on their cranes much faster. The free app will be available on iOS and Android devices, and will enable users to understand the numeric diagnostic codes that are generated by their on-board control systems. Manitowoc is the first manufacturer in the crane industry to release an app of this kind.
In the past, when cranes had technical issues, Manitowoc customers had no way to interpret the diagnostic codes that would appear on the main display of the crane’s cab. Specialized technicians would have to be called to the job site with proprietary equipment, and any time spent waiting affected the project schedule. Now, with this freely available smartphone app that instantly tells users what codes mean, crane owners can begin working on solutions immediately, boosting their uptime.
“We’re entering into a new era of crane operation where we can harness the power of mobile devices and Manitowoc wants to lead the way,” said John Alexander, director of all-terrain crane service, mobile training and telematics at Manitowoc. “By accessing a cloud database right from their smartphones, companies can quickly get valuable diagnostic information to keep their cranes up and running.”
The first version of the app will address diagnostic codes on all Grove- and Manitowoc-branded cranes that run on Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), as well as all-terrain (GMK) models that have ECOS 1 or ECOS 2 installed. National Crane boom truck functionality will follow in a future update.
The smartphone app is available now for free in both the App Store (Apple) and Google Play (Android) by searching for “Manitowoc Diagnostic Code App.”
Anthony Perrotta from our Syracuse branch recently passed his Domestic Grove Certification. The certification concludes with two days of tests to prove a technician’s ability to troubleshoot, diagnose, and resolve issues with Grove domestic cranes of both current and post production. The testing consists of a written general knowledge test of items incurred across all Grove RT and TMS product lines. Hands-on testing includes troubleshooting and diagnostics of any or all of the following: electrical, hydraulics, programming, systems calibration and mechanical operations.
This certification gives us another Grove certified mechanic to better serve our New York market.
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.