Bigge adds 58 Manitowoc and Grove Cranes to Its Fleet | Construction News

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To meet an accelerating slate of lifting work, Bigge Crane and Rigging has purchased 58 Manitowoc and Grove cranes in the past 12 months.

Bigge’s marketing manager, Ryan Parker, said the company’s Manitowoc and Grove fleet is expanding to meet market demands – especially for the booming oil and natural gas industries.

“The U.S. market is growing faster than expected and global contractors are making up for lost time,” he said. “We’re experiencing substantial growth and we’re purchasing more Manitowoc and Grove cranes to capitalize on the expanding oil and natural gas markets.”

Bigge has bought dozens of Manitowoc crawlers and Grove truck-mounted, rough- and all-terrain cranes over the last year including:

  • 36 Grove RT890Es
  • 3 Grove RT880Es
  • 2 Grove RT9150Es
  • 1 Grove RT9130E
  • 8 Grove TMS9000Es
  • 2 Grove GMK6350s
  • 6 Manitowoc 11000-1s

19 of the new cranes were purchased at bauma 2013.

“The Manitowoc and Grove brands are well sought after for their quality, reliability and versatility, as well as their state-of-the-art technology,” said Joe Nelms, vice president of sales and marketing at Bigge. “By growing our fleet and expanding our relationship with Manitowoc, we’ve established Bigge as a rental market leader. And we plan to keep adding more cranes and growing the company to keep up with the fast-paced marketplace.”

David Hull, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Manitowoc in North America, said Bigge had the opportunity to tour Manitowoc’s factories in Shady Grove, Pa. and Manitowoc, Wis.

“Bigge was able to tour our factories to understand our focus on product quality,” said Hull. “They were able to see the improvements we’ve made in manufacturing and our brand new Product Verification Center, which further validated the value proposition of Manitowoc products – in terms of resale value, and ultimately, return on investment throughout the life of our products.”

Bigge purchased its cranes through Manitowoc, National Crane and Grove dealer Western Pacific Crane and Equipment, headquartered in Fontana, Calif.

“We began selling cranes to Bigge just after we launched Western Pacific and haven’t stopped since,” said Bob Johnson, president of Western Pacific. “We’re very fortunate to have the business of this prestigious, fourth-generation company. We have a good understanding of each other’s businesses and work well together, which we hope will continue for years to come.”