Florian “Flo” Rothbrust (Sr. Vice President, Blue Hat Crane), Yo Kakinuma (President and COO, Tadano

Florian “Flo” Rothbrust (Sr. Vice President, Blue Hat Crane), Yo Kakinuma (President and COO, Tadano America), and Bob Jacquinot (Director of Construction Operations, Blue Hat Crane).

Blue Hat Crane of Kansas City, MO, USA, was made a representative for all Tadano products and has acquired an ATF 180G-5, a GR-1000XL, and a GR-750XL for their fleet.

"Blue Hat will be a key player in growing Tadano’s market share in Missouri and Kansas," said Jay Shiffler, executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service for Tadano America. "We’re glad to have a committed partner that will serve our customers and products well."

Changing needs also led the company to build a new 22-acre (9 hectare) facility with a 60,000-square foot (6,000 square metre) maintenance shop and warehouse. At their June open house event, Blue Hat displayed a number of cranes available for rent or sale including the newest Tadano additions to their fleet.

"Our new equipment acquisitions have enabled Blue Hat to expand both our bare rental and operated and maintained fleets," said David Lapin, sales representative, Blue Hat Crane. "The new crane shop is part of our commitment to supplying the latest equipment, parts and service available in the industry."

At the open house event, Tadano America gave Blue Hat a traditional warrior’s kabuto helmet. "We‘ve had to fight battles daily to bring our company to this point," said Florian Rothbrust, senior vice president for Blue Hat Crane. "The helmet will bring us luck and victory!"

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