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Empire Crane Hosts Northeast Regional Qualifier Rodeo

Mon September 10, 2012 - Northeast Edition
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Empire Crane’s Syracuse, N.Y., facility played host to the Northeast Regional Crane Operator Rodeo.
Empire Crane’s Syracuse, N.Y., facility played host to the Northeast Regional Crane Operator Rodeo.
Empire Crane’s Syracuse, N.Y., facility played host to the Northeast Regional Crane Operator Rodeo. Participants competing in the crane rodeo. Empire Crane provided a barbecue lunch as a way of thanking all of those who participated. Empire Crane’s Amber Young welcomes rodeo participants. The Crane Rodeo/Empire Crane Open House enjoyed larger than anticipated attendance. Participants patiently wait their turn for their chance to be rodeo stars. With a Terex T340 (L-R) are Empire Crane’s Luke Lonergan, Ron Krupke of Falls Crane Service in Springfield, Mass., Ernie Krupke of Falls Crane Service and Paul Lonergan of Empire Crane. Posing with a 2012 Terex Demag 120 ton (109 t) crane with a 197-ft. (60 m) full power boom, and 36,200 pounds of counterweight (L-R) are the NYS Thruway Authority’s Mark Austin, Jim Kostalid and Chuck Harriger and Empire Crane’s Ron Lado, Paul This group traveled all the way from Vermont to participate in the rodeo. (L-R) are Dick Houle of Valley Crane Service in Vernon, Vt., Milt Severance of Valley Crane Service, Harry Hotaling of Empire Crane, Chet Zerrillo of Empire Crane and Alan Giard of Bill Cox poses with a Tadano Mantis crane model 9010 45-ton telescopic boom hydraulic crawler crane. Henry Brozyna (L) of Columbus McKinnon briefs Chuck Pardee of Commercial Steel in Central Square, N.Y., on the rodeo ground rules. Chuck Pardee of Commercial Steel in Central Square, N.Y., familiarizes himself with the Terex T340-1 crane as he prepares for the competition.

On Aug. 23 Empire Crane hosted the Northeast Regional Qualifier Event for the 2012 Crane Operator Rodeo. The event was sponsored by The Crane Institute of America, Liebherr Crane, The Crosby Group and Manitowoc. Hundreds of spectators looked on as twenty-two operators competed in the rodeo to win one of two all expense paid trips to the rodeo finals, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., in October.

Gregg Eldridge of Payne’s Crane in Binghamton finished first and Sean Noonan of Advanced Crane Services, Ringwood, N.J., finished second. The participants had to operate either a Terex T340-1 or BT70100 and complete several obstacles.

In conjunction with the event Empire Crane held an open house and barbecue lunch, which allowed its customers the opportunity to view the various cranes and crane support equipment that is available from Empire Crane.