Manitowoc Reports Several ConExpo Sales

Manitowoc, Manitowoc, Wis., sold a variety of cranes to several different companies during ConExpo in Las Vegas. Coast Crane Co., Seattle, Wash., a subsidiary of Essex Rental Corp., Buffalo Grove, Ill., placed a major order for a total of 12 Grove rough-terrain cranes, including two new RT9150Es, launched last year. The RT9150E is currently the largest RT crane in production globally both for its 150-ton capacity and 197-foot main boom length.

“Coast Crane made a major investment in its rental fleet and in its continuing relationship with Manitowoc Cranes,” said Dave Hull, senior vice president of sales for Manitowoc, North America. Hull said the RT9150Es specifically would be a major benefit to Coast Crane’s business. Coast Crane bought the cranes as a Manitowoc direct customer.

“We’re confident that these state-of-the-art cranes will help us significantly grow our rental business and provide a strong return on investment because of the cranes’ class leading reach and capacity,” said Terry Howard, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Coast Crane.

ALL Erection and Crane Rental Corp., Cleveland, Ohio, also showcased its two latest purchases, a Manitowoc 16000 crawler crane with wind attachment and a Grove GMK6300L all-terrain crane, in the Manitowoc booth at ConExpo 2011. “We are very proud to display these latest Manitowoc purchases from ALL Erection,” said Hull. “Their sale reflects the long-standing and continuing partnership between our two companies.”

The 440-ton Manitowoc 16000 is the 17th in ALL’s fleet, and the newly developed wind attachment is its second. The wind attachment will allow the crane to place 2.5 MW turbines on 262-foot (80-meter) towers. This crane will go from ConExpo to a wind farm development.

The 350-ton Grove GMK6300L purchased by ALL Family member Central Crane Rental Service, is the first in the U.S. It has a main boom of 262 feet, the longest in its class. The crane was introduced last year, and the first units are with customers such as Central Crane, undergoing Manitowoc’s Pre-Production Partnership (PPP) program. PPP companies provide valuable feedback on new cranes in the field, which the manufacturer uses to develop final production models.

Groves Equipment Rental Co., Groves, Texas, announced the sale of the RT9150, Grove’s newest RT, in a ceremony at ConExpo. The crane rental company purchased the crane from Manitowoc dealer H&E Equipment in Houston, Texas.

Steven McReynolds, president of Groves Equipment, said the RT9150 was purchased for a long-term rental to a chemical company, and will give the customer new lifting opportunities because of its reach.

“The thing that’s spectacular about the crane is its ability to reach so high,” said McReynolds.

The RT9150E was designed to offer customers flexibility in terms of bigger and longer lifts, reducing the need to bring in other types of cranes. This capability will minimize the customer’s need to rent other types of cranes, as well as reduce the number of operators needed on the job site. This advantage is magnified because Grove RTs are easy to set up and operate.

AmQuip, Philadelphia, Pa., also celebrated the sale of a new Grove GMK6400 all-terrain crane at ConExpo. The GMK6400 boasts a 450-ton maximum capacity, the largest capacity six-axle all-terrain crane in the world.

Hull called the crane a class leader with the newest technology, and said AmQuip will profit from its capabilities. “The GMK6400 will be a game-changer in urban areas because of its capacity and features,” he said.

Those new features include a hydrostatic drive system called Mega Drive, a single engine for reduced fuel consumption, and an operator-rigged Mega Wing Lift capacity-enhancing system.