Crane & Machinery Event Highlights Terex Products

Fri December 27, 2002 - Midwest Edition

More than 100 customers and guests headed out to Crane & Machinery’s Open House on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9.

The event was held to introduce the new Terex/Demag line of cranes and three new crane sizes in the Terex lifting lines. Crane & Machinery has been representing Terex and its acquired lines for 25 years.

The new products, according to Linda Hamman, area manager, “enhance what we can provide our customers in the construction equipment industry.

“We have changed our offerings to focus on Terex and all of their lines,” Hamman added.

The equipment dealer, based out of Bridgeview, IL, had a variety of features highlighting the open house including equipment displays, give-aways, seminars and a pig roast on Saturday.

Some of the machinery on display included an American HC 275, a 275-ton (249 t) crawler crane; a Terex RT 665, a 65-ton (59 t) rough-terrain crane that weighs under the 90,000-lb. (40,823 kg) range; the new Terex 790 90-ton (82 t) truck crane and two new Demag units.

According to Hamman, the RT 665 was a draw for crowds because it is the largest crane that can be operated in the Chicago area without an oiler. “Everybody was intrigued by the Demag line. We can see all kinds of possibilities for the new Terex 90-ton truck crane. It is nicely priced and has a great chart. It was a lot of fun to have all the new equipment here.”

Seminars throughout the event included a hydraulic seminar by Parker Hanefin; a crane certification seminar presented by Local 150; Bridon and John Sakash spoke to attendees about new ropes and slings for cranes; and Inland came out to the event to speak about Detroit Diesel and Allison transmissions.

Customer giveaways were presented on both days with Curt Slidke, of Central Contractors Services Inc., winning a $50 gift certificate from American Express on Friday, and Warren Myers, of Bridon, winning a $100 gift certificate on Saturday.

This is the company’s first open house since its former owner, Mike Pregont, sold the company to a group of investors in April 2002, according to Maria Novak, human resources manager.

Hamman noted that Crane & Machinery’s philosophy and purpose has not changed although the company recently added a new president, Bob Litchev, to its ranks.

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