Link-Belt Hosts CraneFest 2015 at Manufacturing Facility in Lexington

Over the course of the week, approximately 1,000 crane dealers, rental houses and end users attended the events.

📅   Mon November 09, 2015 - National Edition
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Chuck Martz, Link-Belt’s CEO and president, welcomes attendees to CraneFest 2015.
Chuck Martz, Link-Belt’s CEO and president, welcomes attendees to CraneFest 2015.
Chuck Martz, Link-Belt’s CEO and president, welcomes attendees to CraneFest 2015. Link-Belt’s CraneFest 2015 opens at Keeneland, Lexington, Ky.’s famous thoroughbred racecourse and sales complex. Link-Belt’s product manager of telescopic truck and all-terrain cranes discusses specifics with several CraneFest attendees, following a live demonstration on Link-Belt’s new HTC-86110 hydraulic truck crane. Link-Belt rough-terrain cranes are positioned into place during the live demonstration at CraneFest 2015. The newest member in Link-Belt’s rough-terrain crane lineup, the 100RT debuted at this year’s show. A row of Link-Belt rough-terrain cranes are staged prior to the live demonstration during CraneFest 2015 at Link-Belt’s headquarters in Lexington, Ky. Link-Belt’s telescopic crawler crane lineup was on full display during CraneFest 2015, which includes the addition of Link-Belt’s new 140-ton (127 t) TCC-1400. Link-Belt’s new 100RT crane is on display. Attendees have a close-up look at Link-Belt’s product line. Company representatives were on hand to give details on each crane. Link-Belt presented its entire product line, including several new models. Link-Belt personnel provide walking tours for attendees during CraneFest 2015, explaining Link-Belt’s production processes. A vintage Link-Belt YC-9 crane, built from 1943 to 1949 was on display during the plant tour. The company still stocks replacement parts for the machine. Todd Shephard (L) of Rudd Equipment Company, Louisville, Ky., joined Derek Merida of Milestine Contractors, Indianapolis, Ind., to see the latest cranes. Merida was a fan of the TCC 750 telescopic crawler crane’s mobility. Link-Belt’s Derek Parmley, talks with Michael Boyd of Crane Sales & Service, Omaha, Neb., along with Matt Prokupek and Dan Kunce of Hawkins Construction, also of Omaha. Skeeter Collins, Link-Belt major account manager, serves as announcer as the latest Link-Belt cranes are rolled out for an appreciative audience. Link-Belt’s Brian Kerscher (L) gives Johnny Heck of Young Heavy Haul, Victoria, Texas, information about this Link-Belt ATC 3275. Owners of several Link-Belt cranes, Paul Goldhagen (L) and Neil Feerick of NAVFAC Crane & Rigging came in from San Diego, Calif., to see the latest cranes from Link-Belt. Owners of several Link-Belt cranes, Paul Goldhagen (L) and Neil Feerick of NAVFAC Crane & Rigging came in from San Diego, Calif., to see the latest cranes from Link-Belt. Dan Minnis (R) of Columbus Equipment Company speaks with customer Jeff Baker of Bakers Welding & Crane Service about this Link-Belt ATC 3210 during the event.

Link-Belt Cranes hosted CraneFest 2015, at the company headquarters in Lexington, Ky., from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. Over the course of the week, approximately 1,000 crane dealers, rental houses and end users attended the events.

Held approximately every three years, this year’s CraneFest marked the 20th year for the popular event. On the evening of arrival, guests were bussed to Keeneland, the famous thoroughbred racecourse and sales complex, for an opportunity to mix and mingle during a cocktail reception followed by a dinner and charity auction.

The following morning, CraneFest attendees were bussed to the Link-Belt Company headquarters and 500,000 sq. ft. (46,451 sq m) manufacturing facility. Events began with greetings and opening remarks from Bill Stramer, Link-Belt vice president, marketing, sales and customer support. Comments from Chuck Martz, Link-Belt Company CEO and president followed.

Martz discussed the need for a concerted industry-wide voice communicating to Washington the urgent need for passage of the highway bill and encouraged participation in AEM’s “I Make America” campaign. Martz also discussed Link-Belt’s commitment to improving efficiency and productivity for both the company’s manufacturing process and lineup of cranes. Martz cited the company’s investment in a new facility dedicated to quality testing and training, as evidence of that commitment.

A short video outlining Link-Belt’s history, development and accomplishments was followed by a tour of the company’s manufacturing facility. Throughout the tour, attendees were provided with insights into all aspects of the design and build process. A common theme echoing Mr. Martz’s comments during the tour was a team-wide approach toward developing greater efficiency and productivity throughout the manufacturing process. While monitoring, tracking and testing each stage of the operation, employees are encouraged to submit their suggestions to improve both the process and the product.

After the plant tour, attendees were led outside to a staging area for a live presentation of Link-Belt’s product line, including several new models to the company’s lineup. Company representatives were stationed at each of the cranes on display to give details on each of the models.