Contractor Gets Advice From ALL, Saves Company Money

Thu November 21, 2013 - Midwest Edition
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Due to ALL Erection & Crane Rental’s advice, the iCON Building and Maintenance Company LLC was able to shave weeks off a job, saving money and thrilling the client.

iCON, which was tasked with the building of a new 234,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Ashland, Ohio, had initially inquired about renting a less expensive 40 ton (36 t) rough terrain crane. As a repeat customer who’d always been happy with ALL, iCON was amenable to the possibility of pairing a larger, 50 ton (45 t) capacity RT crane with an MEC Titan Boom 40-S self-propelled boom lift.

The Titan offers a 4,000-lb. (1,814 kg) capacity (four riders plus a 3,000-lb. [1,361 kg] load), 40-ft. (12 m) extension capability, 8 by 22-ft. (2.4 by 6.7 m) platform, and three steering modes: 2-wheel, 4-wheel, and crab steer. The MEC Titan Boom 40-S outperforms even the largest rough terrain scissor lift, according to the company.

Because the job involved a large amount of material transport, Eric Wegner, an outside sales representative of ALL Erection and Crane Rental Corp. in Cleveland, felt the company would benefit from the Titan Boom, far larger than a scissor lift.

ALL currently has two MEC Titans in its fleet, rotating between West Virginia, Canada, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

“On jobs like this, builders generally use a smaller crane and two man-lifts,” Wegner said. “Because the iCON team was bridging the roofing joists, I felt that the reaching capacity of a bigger crane, plus the strength of the Titan, would enable the bridging guys to keep pace with the joist setters.”

Wegner was right. Typically, a regular man-lift requires multiple trips up and down throughout the day, loading and reloading. With the Titan, however, loading was reduced to two trips per day instead of the previously predicted four.

“I figure we saved two men’s salaries for two weeks,” Jason Chio, co-owner of iCON Building and Maintenance LLC in Ashland, Ohio. said. “The Titan completely paid for itself, and the guys loved it. The first day it arrived on the job, I walked in and found them already in the air. ’We love it,’ they were telling me. It freed them up to do other work.”

The job, which was initially planned for five weeks, instead took a mere 10 days, a remarkable savings in time and labor.

For more information on ALL, call 800/232-4100 or visit www.allcrane.com.

For more information on iCon, call 419/908-3955 or visit www.iconbuild.us.