Manitex International Corp. Acquires Assets of Crane, Schaeff Companies

Sun November 02, 2008 - Midwest Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Manitex has acquired the assets of Crane and Machinery Inc. (Crane), and Schaeff Inc, (Schaeff) for $3.7 million, consisting of $1.0 million in stock and assumption of $2.7 million in debt. Crane and Schaeff, formerly private companies owned by GT Distribution, had combined 2007 revenues of $21 million.

Crane and Machinery is an authorized dealer for Terex rough terrain and truck cranes, Fuchs material handlers as well as Manitex boom trucks and sign cranes and also is a supplier of second hand equipment, replacement crane and equipment parts and repair and maintenance services. Schaeff designs, manufactures and sells a line of indoor electric sit-down and standup forklifts.

Andrew Rooke, president and chief operating officer of Manitex International commented, “The acquisition of Crane, which has approximately 25 percent of its revenue derived from international markets, supports our diversification strategy and adds scale to our existing replacement parts business. We expect Crane’s distribution network to accelerate our penetration into international markets, which is a key part of our growth strategy. Its substantial after-market service and parts business, accounting for 30 percent of its annual revenues, is recurring and derived from its well established reputation for customer service. The Schaeff electric forklift is a niche product that will complement our material handling offering. We expect the acquisition to be accretive to our net income beginning in the current quarter.”

Paul Zaremba, general manager, Crane and Machinery, commented, “Manitex’s leadership position, financial strength and proven commitment to outstanding products and service will enable us to expand our offering to our customers. We are excited with the opportunity this provides for the expansion of the Crane business, becoming part of the Manitex International group and contributing to the establishment of an integrated world-class capital equipment company.”

Manitex International Corp. is a provider of engineered lifting solutions including boom truck cranes, rough terrain forklifts and special mission oriented vehicles. Manitex subsidiary manufactures and markets a comprehensive line of boom trucks and sign cranes. Its boom trucks and crane products are primarily used in industrial projects, energy exploration and infrastructure development, including roads, bridges, and commercial construction. The Manitex Liftking subsidiary, which includes the Noble forklift product line, manufactures and sells a complete line of rough terrain forklifts and special mission oriented vehicles, as well as other specialized carriers, heavy material handling transporters and steel mill equipment. Manitex Liftking’s rough terrain forklifts are used in both commercial and military applications.