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Riding the storm: The crane industry in 2008 and beyond
Although the well-documented credit squeeze began in 2007, crane manufacturers were seeing little sign of a slowdown in business with record sales across the board during most of 2008. By the beginning of the fourth quarter, however, there were real signs that 2009 could be a tough year. Euan Youdale reports
AEM releases 2009 outlook
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers expects continued business declines in the US through year-end 2008 of 8.6% followed by flat growth in 2009
National knuckle boom production ends in December
Manitowoc will stop production of its National brand articulating boom cranes at the end of 2008
Gosan opens US plant
Spain-based Gosan has opened a US facility, co-located with J.C. Renfroe & Sons
Link-Belt expansion
Link-Belt has opened its expanded production facilities in Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Manitowoc opens in Slovakia
Manitowoc has officially opened its newest manufacturing plant in Velky Saris, Slovakia with an open day for customers, dealers and senior company management
Imperial logs big Link-Belt order
Bridgeview, IL-based Imperial Crane Services and Link-Belt Cranes distributor McAllister Equipment have worked closely for the last two years to meet the lift requirements of one of Imperial's largest industrial customers.
WHECO expands in Southern California
WHECO Corp., a structural crane repair and restoration services company, has moved its Southern California operation to a larger crane service center in Santa Fe Springs, CA. The move was made in an effort to meet the growing demand for the company's services in the Western US, according to the company.
Surviving a slowing economy
Staying solvent during an economic decline can be an important part of keeping your company's assets safe. Terry Young reports
2nd annual ACT50 lists North America's largest crane owning companies
American Cranes & Transport presents its second annual listing of North America's largest crane owning companies
Terex, IHI celebrate production of 500th unit
Back in December representatives from Terex Cranes and IHI Construction Machinery Limited gathered in Tokyo to celebrate the production of the 500th crane delivered to Terex Cranes by the Japanese construction equipment producer.
Spanish tower crane manufacturer expanding to North America
Sàez Cranes is expanding into the North American market with a sales office and spare parts facility. The Spanish tower crane manufacturer is looking for locations in Houston, TX, where it will establish a spare parts supply, aiming to provide parts to US and Canadian customers within 24 hours.
UK Ministry of Defence orders Terex Demag ATs
Terex Demag will supply 65 all terrain cranes to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the UK. The deal includes 59 units of the model AC 35 and six AC 55-1s and will be handled by Amey Lex Consortium (ALC), a joint venture between support services provider Amey and defence fleet management and logistics specialist Lex Defence.
West is not all wet, yet
As part of its second installment in a year-long overview, ACT calls on industry professionals to assess the business climate out west. John Wyatt reports
Staying proactive
The annual State of American Business report, released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in January, draws attention to economic threats to US competitiveness and unveils a comprehensive plan for long-term economic growth. Clearly, many of SC&RA's priorities parallel those of the US Chamber.
Kobelco Cranes donates $25,000 to SC&R Foundation
Houston, TX-based Kobelco Cranes North America has donated $25,000 to the SC&R Foundation, a foundation of the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association.
Giuffre Bros. makes big boom truck deal with Terex
Milwaukee, WI-based Giuffre Bros. Cranes Inc., has committed to purchasing 90 end-of-run Terex 3470 and 3670 boom trucks that will be available as Terex's Iowa facility tools up for new models.
Continental Crane pursues RT market in Los Angeles area
Continental Crane Co. is a new crane rental company established in the Los Angeles, CA area. The company plans to market rough terrain cranes to contractors in Southern California and the Southwestern region of the US.
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