Irish-Built Mantis Cranes Expands to North America

Celtic Self Erecting Cranes Inc., New York, N.Y., a newly formed self-erecting crane sales and rental company, has secured an agreement with Mantis Cranes, a crane manufacturer based in Donegal, Ireland.

Celtic Cranes is owned by Smith Bros Concrete Inc., a family-owned concrete contractor company operating out of New York. Smith Bros successfully introduced concrete pumps to the Hudson Valley. Under Celtic Cranes, the company is now importing the first self-erecting crane models to enter the North American construction and building market from Ireland.

Celtic Cranes will be the distributor of Celtic self-erecting crane models (renamed from its Irish machine name of Mantis self-erecting crane) in North America.

“Having conducted some research into various crane manufacturers throughout Europe, we made the decision to do business with Mantis,” said Van Smith, CEO of Smith Bros. “We visited the company's manufacturing facilities and liked what we saw. We felt it was an innovative organization, focusing on the customer with an outstanding product lineup. We are looking forward to a long and prosperous working relationship with Mantis.”

Since its inception in 1999, Mantis Cranes (Ireland) is the only manufacturer of self-erecting cranes outside continental Europe. The latest crane to be launched by the company, the TC-25, was designed and built at the company's manufacturing facilities in Killygordon. Several other Mantis crane models have also been picked up by Celtic Cranes that have been made available in the United States since summer 2007.

In expectation of significant growth projections for the North American market, Seamus McMenamin, CEO of Mantis Cranes said, “This is positive progress for or company, and we are pleased to be doing business with Celtic Cranes in the United States.”

Celtic Cranes offers a range of self-erecting cranes for sale and rental throughout the United States. Purchase price for these self erecting cranes from Ireland begins at $150,000, and weekly rentals start at $1,400. Customers will be able to take advantage of a complete operated maintained self erecting crane service or a bare rental service from the company.

For more information on Celtic Self Erecting Cranes, visit www.CelticCranes.com.