Montgomery Cranes to Host Open House, Show Merlo Telehandlers| Construction News


They say everything is bigger in Texas, including the size of the Texas AGC’s heart. This year, the Texas Association of General Contractors is raising money at an open house held at Montgomery Cranes to benefit the medical treatment for a family member of one its own members.

“Jess Coonrod, an estimator with Austin Bridge & Road, has a daughter who has been battling cancer for four months,” says Michael Marchant of Montgomery Cranes. “We’re raising money to help with the reconstructive surgery and recovery therapy in later months.” For every AGC member that attends, $10 will go to the charity. “It will be a feel good industry event,” he adds.

The open house, which takes place Thurs., Nov. 17, will also introduce many of the contractors in the area to a new product line that Montgomery Cranes has added. Seven Merlo telescopic handlers will be delivered to the event, and guests can watch equipment demonstrations and learn about the telehandlers.

Montgomery Cranes is the southwest U.S. headquarters for the Merlo product line, which is manufactured in Italy. “It has 360° rotation, which will really change the market,” Marchant says. With the quantity of attachments available, he expects the machine to provide users with one machine to do a number of jobs. “They get companies on the job earlier and they stay later,” he adds.

In addition to Montgomery Cranes, Texas AGC, Crane Network, and Applied Machinery Sales are supporting the open house. To attend tomorrow’s event, which will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., email