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Mayville Ventures Out, Adds Boom Lifts to Aerial Work Platform Line

Wed November 22, 2000 - Northeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Mayville Engineering Company (MEC) has announced an expansion of its line of aerial work platforms with the addition of three boom lift models for construction, maintenance and other overhead projects.

The introduction marks the company’s entry into the boom market after a quarter-century of specializing in scissor lifts. Like its 30 models of scissors, the new booms and others currently in development offer enhanced engineering for outstanding service and reliability.

The new MEC units are manufactured in France by the Manitou Group, a producer of rough-terrain forklift trucks, which entered the aerial work platform industry in the mid-1990s with a line of booms for European markets. As part of a new mutual cooperation agreement between MEC and Manitou, the French company has been given distribution rights to all MEC products in continental European countries and the United Kingdom.

“For many years, our dealers throughout North America have asked that we develop a line of boom lifts for sale and rental to their customers,” said Richard D. Torn, Mayville vice president and AWP division general manager. “We delayed our entry into the booms market until we could offer products that would deliver the same performance and be as competitively superior as our scissor lifts — which our dealers also requested.

“In our new relationship with the Manitou Group, which has sought a high-quality scissors line like ours to become an AWP leader in Europe, we have answered the needs of our company, our dealers and North American users of such equipment,” Torn added. “Manitou, with its strong reputation for quality and performance, is the perfect partner for us in our product line expansion.”

The three models that were shown at Mayville’s ARA show exhibit, Torn emphasized, were only a preview of production models to be introduced later this year — all backed by the same, complete product support that MEC gives its scissor lift line. Suggestions from MEC dealers attending the show, and from their customers, are being considered in the development of options and basic changes that will adapt the units to North American market requirements.

The competitively priced models include an industrial boom — the MEC 28EVM — with a vertical, telescoping mast that takes one or two workers to a working height of up to 34 ft. (10.4 m). Key features are a narrow 39-in. (99 cm) width, a 10-ft. 6-in. (3.2 m) reach over obstructions, full 360-degree rotation, and a 550- lbs. (249 kg) lift capacity.

The two other models are articulating booms with a 49-ft. (15 m) working height — the MEC 43E and MEC 43C — for slab and rough-terrain applications, respectively. Each is exceptionally compact for ease of operation and has a working outreach of approximately 30 ft. (9.1 m). According to Mayville staff, the “E” model has an improved working envelope; the “C” model offers the same exceptional “terrainability” of the company’s rough-terrain scissor lifts.

Yet to be introduced in the MEC booms line are two other units currently under development. One is a 50-ft. (15.2 m) articulating boom similar to the 43C, for outdoor construction and other applications. The other is a 20-ft. (6.1 m) unit with a rotating rectangular platform that would allow easier access than a standard scissor lift for two or three workers, their tools and materials.

In Europe, according to Torn, scissor lifts from the Wisconsin manufacturer — unchanged except for Manitou colors and model designations — are going into local dealer inventories and markets where MEC has had limited representation.

“This means we benefit from the agreement on two counts — our product line expansion in North America and the potential for expanded sales in the international arena,” he said.

For more information,

call 800/387-4575 or e-mail [email protected].

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