Posing at ConExpo, from left: Chuck Martz, president and CEO, Link-Belt; Brax Snyder, manager, world

Posing at ConExpo, from left: Chuck Martz, president and CEO, Link-Belt; Brax Snyder, manager, worldwide sales, Link-Belt; B.J. Bohne, president, Imperial Cranes; Lance Bohne, executive vice president

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. A deal recently culminated With the purchase of 35 Link-Belt cranes including 32 rough terrains and three crawlers. The RTs in the deal range in capacity from 30 to 90 tons and the crawlers are in the 230-ton range. All machines in the package are already committed to long-term contracts for the next three to four years.

“Link-Belt has a great name in the industry,” said Lance Bohne, executive vice president, Imperial Crane Service. “This is the largest single crane purchase in Imperial's history and was based largely on the superior capacities and bulletproof reliability we've experienced with Link-Belts over many years.”

Imperial Crane Service was established in 1969 with a single 25-ton truck crane. Owners said this purchase is a testament to the company's growth and success. Even with the death of the company's founder, John Bohne, the second-generation leadership has doubled revenues over the last five years and looks to top $50 million in 2008, according to the company.

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