MJR Contractors Adds Crawler to Canadian Aquatic Project

crawler crane

When Toronto, Ontario-based MJR Contractors needed a new crane to work at the Tullamore Pumping Station and Reservoir project in Caledon, Ontario, the company looked to buy from a manufacturer it was familiar with.


“The job at Tullamore is fairly large, and we needed a crane that could crawl between the pumping station and reservoir to make big lifts,” said Romeo Duarte, vice president of MJR. “We are already using a Manitowoc 8500 crawler and are very happy with its performance, so we were confident in the choice to buy another Manitowoc.”


MJR bought the Manitowoc 12000-1 crawler crane to complement the work being performed at the Tullamore jobsite by the Manitowoc 8500. There, the cranes are setting forms and pouring concrete, placing large pipes in the ground and assembling concrete forms, among other duties. MJR also plans to rent the cranes to a structural steel contractor that will be working at the reservoir and pumping station.


The 110-ton capacity Manitowoc 12000-1 features heavy-lifting power but in a smaller, easier to set up configuration. The crane can be rigged with up to 230 ft. (70.1 m) of main boom, while its jib extension can be rigged up to 270 ft. (82.2 m). At the Tullamore jobsite, the crane is configured with 160 ft. (48.8 m) of main boom and 60 ft. (18.3 m) of jib.


Both Manitowoc crawlers were sold to MJR by Strongco, an Ontario-based seller and renter of industrial equipment for industries including construction, road building, mining, and forestry. Strongco is one of Canada’s largest construction equipment distributors with an extensive network of branches across the country and in the northeastern United States.


Chris Gray, territory manager at Strongco, said MJR came to Manitowoc with a list of needs, all of which are fulfilled by the Manitowoc 12000-1. “MJR Contractors decision process was made easy due to Manitowoc cranes’ proven lifting strength and reliability,” he said. “The speedy erection time and ease of transport of the crane were also determining factors in the purchase.”


On site to assist with erecting the new Manitowoc 12000-1 is a National Crane NBT55 boom truck. The NBT55, which will also help load and unload trucks at the jobsite, was provided by Ontario, Canada-based Ward Crane Rentals.


The NBT55 is the largest National Crane boom truck, available in 49.9-ton and 45.4-ton capacities, and comes with either a 102-ft. (31.1 m) or 128-ft. (39.0 m) four-section, full-power boom. It boasts fully-integrated machine controls and a LMI, a first for the boom truck market.


The $42.63 million Tullamore Pumping Station and Reservoir project began in the fall of 2011 and is expected to finish December 2012.