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C.R.C. Works to Transform Airport Into Wetlands Using Liebherr Excavators

An international partnership enables a Rhode Island company to get the job done.

Sun August 11, 2013 - Northeast Edition
Jay Adams

Matt O’Neill of C.R.C. operates a Liebherr A924C excavator at the site of the former Canton, Mass., 
Matt O’Neill of C.R.C. operates a Liebherr A924C excavator at the site of the former Canton, Mass., airport.
Matt O’Neill of C.R.C. operates a Liebherr A924C excavator at the site of the former Canton, Mass., 
airport. A C.R.C. operator uses a Liebherr A924C excavator at the closed MBTA job site in Pawtucket, R.I. Crews rebuild a closed rail station in Pawtucket, R.I. A Liebherr A924C excavator loads a dump truck for C.R.C.

A driver on Interstate Route 95 corridor south, from Boston through Canton, Mass., into Pawtucket, R.I., may notice German-made excavators run by a local company. This partnership is a sign of international trade, commerce and satisfaction.

C.R.C. Company Inc. in Quincy, Mass., has 34 years of road and deep marine construction experience. The company has been using four Liebherr excavators for various projects along Route 95 — has been using four Liebherr excavators for various projects along Rte. 95 - turning a former Canton airport /contaminated site into a wetland habitat and park, rebuilding a MBTA layover rail station in Pawtucket and much more.

“We own four Liebherr excavators, two A924Cs, a 904 and a 954. We use them for a variety of things on a variety of job sites. Most of them have interchangeable attachments,” said Mark Hendrickson, sales manager of C.R.C. Co. Inc. “We perform general and marine construction, and have been doing so for over 34 years.

“We use the A924C to excavate and set seawall stone, excavate for utilities, install utilities, deep excavations, etc.”

C.R.C. purchased its most recent Liebherr machine from Lorusso Heavy Equipment, a Liebherr equipment dealer for Massachusetts and Rhode Island located in Walpole, Mass. The first machine was purchased in 2006.

“We feel that Lorusso Heavy Equipment understands the customers’ needs, and recognizes the importance of having the right piece of equipment, for the right job, in a timely fashion,” said Hendrickson.

C.R.C. has been using Liebherr equipment for seven years. C.R.C. specializes in work that requires a machine able to withstand harsh marine conditions while maintaining low operating costs. Precision is very important and Liebherr excavators provide a tremendous amount of control over the hydraulic systems. Crews have been able to lift heavier loads and maneuver them with a high degree of precision, according to Hendrickson.

C.R.C.’s most recent purchase was an A924C wheeled excavator.

“What separates this most recent purchase machine from the others out there is that it is a stronger and more stable machine than the other common wheeled excavators out there on the market,” said Gerry Carney, sales manager of Lorusso Heavy Equipment. “The wheeled excavators by Liebherr are definitely in a class of their own. With advanced features, operators and owners are able to get more out of the machine.”

Some of the notable features include:

• Performance — Heavy Lifting mode increases hydraulic pressure for extended periods of time, such as an entire work shift, when heavy lifting will be the primary objective.

• Control — “SF” or “Super Finish” Mode, which allows the operator to slow the hydraulics down for precise and fine grading.

• Speed — Proximity sensors in the joysticks, which allow for the fastest hydraulic response time from idling to performing a maneuver.

• Safety — Load Holding Valves on the cylinders to ensure that the job site is as safe as possible in the event of a hydraulic system loss.

• Maintenance — Semi-automatic central lubrication system ensures the machine is properly being greased.

“Liebherr is unlike the other manufacturers in many ways, but probably the most important is that they are a private, family-owned, company who does not answer to shareholders,” said Carney. “The machines are built with a high emphasis of quality and efficiency, because, after all, their family name is on the side of the machine for everyone to see. They pay attention to the details. Consequently, the operating costs are relatively low for the end user.”

Hendrickson recently traveled as a guest of Lorusso Heavy Equipment to visit factories in Germany and Austria where the Liebherr machines are manufactured, in addition to attending the Bauma Equipment Show in Munich, Germany. The show brought 530,000 visitors and 3,400 exhibitors, according to Carney.

“The factory tours are extremely informative and give the end user an idea as to how innovative a company Liebherr is, with their engineering of the machines, as well as showing the high degree of quality control that is placed on the production line,” said Carney. “The majority of contractors in the United States do not understand how immense the Liebherr company is and how popular a machine they are in Europe. They are a global player in the construction equipment business that is just starting to gain ground here in the U.S.”

C.R.C. is a woman-owned, disadvantaged business enterprise established in 1979, specializing in concrete and marine construction. In the midst of four decades of business, C.R.C. has earned a reputation for safe practices, professionalism and quality, according to the company’s Web site

C.R.C. specializes in difficult and complex marine and heavy civil projects.

From piledriving to earthmoving, C.R.C. has used the four Liebherr excavators to complete projects on time and on budget. C.R.C. has driven miles of sheeting, H-piles pipe piles concrete piles, and wood piles, while designing and constructing complex support of excavation.

C.R.C. uses ground improvement technologies, such as soil mixing and jet grouting. Whether it is moving tens of thousands of cubic yards of earth, or selectively extracting contaminated soils from ecologically sensitive areas like the Canton airport, the company will take on the challenge.

Lorusso Heavy Equipment has partnered with the Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. to supply southern New England’s aggregate and construction industries with its equipment and service needs. Liebherr produces an extensive range of earthmoving equipment: hydraulic excavators (both crawler and wheeled), crawler tractors and loaders, wheel loaders and material handlers.

Additionally, all Liebherr machines are backed by the strong network of parts at both Lorusso Heavy Equipment and Liebherr’s distribution center in Newport News, Va., to ensure that the uptime of the machinery is always maximized.

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