Gatwood Adds Link-Belt HTC-8690s to Its Fleet With Help of McAllister

Sat August 13, 2005 - Midwest Edition

Gatwood Crane Rental Service Inc. in Arlington Heights, IL, not only purchased its very first Link-Belt crane ever, it tripled it and purchased three HTC-8690 telescopic truck cranes for delivery in the first quarter of 2005. The first crane shipped in late February 2005.

Bill Stramer, vice-president of marketing, sales and customer support of Link-Belt Construction Equipment Co. said, “We are honored that an industry leading crane rental company like Gatwood would select our 90 ton crane after such a thorough market evaluation.”

Gatwood Crane Rental Service Inc. was founded in 1947 as a crane rental service company for Chicago area contractors. Under the previous guidance and direction of Chuck Gatwood, and now with third generation Ed Gatwood, it has grown and expanded to become one of the largest crane rental companies in the Chicagoland area with a fleet of more than 40 cranes ranging from 10 to 360 ton lifting capacity.

McAllister Equipment Co., with headquarters in Alsip, IL, has been a Link-Belt distributor for 50 years and in addition to the headquarters has full crane service at its three other Illinois branch locations in E. Peoria, Ingleside and Rockford.

Mike McNamara, McAllister area manager, said he is very enthusiastic about the Gatwood/Link-Belt/McAllister relationship.

“With this expanded product offering, Gatwood will be able to meet their customers’ needs with a high quality product backed by the area’s dealer of choice. The HTC-8690 telescopic truck cranes fills a unique niche: transportability. With its dimensions, it is the only truck crane in its size class that is able to be transported at any time, day or night, within the strict Illinois permit regulations,” he said.

The new HTC-8690 is Link-Belt’s most recent truck crane design in a long line of job proven telescopic truck crane designs.

Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company, with headquarters in Lexington, KY, is a leader in the design and manufacture of telescopic boom and lattice boom cranes for the construction industry worldwide.