Mill City TEC Helps Upgrade Sprint Network as Part of Net Vision Project

Fri August 30, 2013 - Midwest Edition
Mary Reed


A 2012 Manitex 50155S 50 ton (45 t) crane on a 2012 Freightliner 114 M2-112 Victor truck platform played its part in a tower upgrade for Sprint at Our Lady of Victory Church in Minneapolis, Minn.
A 2012 Manitex 50155S 50 ton (45 t) crane on a 2012 Freightliner 114 M2-112 Victor truck platform played its part in a tower upgrade for Sprint at Our Lady of Victory Church in Minneapolis, Minn.
A 2012 Manitex 50155S 50 ton (45 t) crane on a 2012 Freightliner 114 M2-112 Victor truck platform played its part in a tower upgrade for Sprint at Our Lady of Victory Church in Minneapolis, Minn. Kathryn Wiley, media director at Mill City TEC, said “This particular crane was chosen for the Minneapolis job because the 200 feet reach and versatility of this crane meets our needs as a growing company. The crane helped us perform the job on time Mill City TEC is leasing the crane with an option to buy. The two day job, which began on June 13, was handled by wireless construction contractor Mill City TEC Inc. The Minneapolis, Minn., based company has undertaken work for Sprint before, as well as completing multiple similar contracts across the midwest for other communications companies such as Verizon, ATT and T-mobile.

Telecommunications company Sprint Communications is currently at work upgrading its network in the midwest as part of its Net Vision project.

A 2012 Manitex 50155S 50 ton (45 t) crane on a 2012 Freightliner 114 M2-112 Victor truck platform played its part in a tower upgrade for Sprint at Our Lady of Victory Church in Minneapolis, Minn.

The two day job, which began on June 13, was handled by wireless construction contractor Mill City TEC Inc. The Minneapolis, Minn., based company has undertaken work for Sprint before, as well as completing multiple similar contracts across the midwest for other communications companies such as Verizon, ATT and T-mobile.

Kathryn Wiley, media director at Mill City TEC, said “This particular crane was chosen for the Minneapolis job because the 200 feet reach and versatility of this crane meets our needs as a growing company. The crane helped us perform the job on time, and within budget.”

Mill City TEC’s crew used the crane with a basket to change out antennas and lift personell and supplies as needed.

With three locations — St Paul, Minn., Fargo, N.D., and Kansas City, Kansas — the supplier, Truck Utilities Inc., headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., has been serving the midwest since 1963. Mill City TEC is leasing the crane from them with an option to buy.

“We use the crane on a daily basis in our trade and with the ever growing, ever changing technology advances having a crane at our disposal greatly sets us apart from the competition,” Wiley said. “Whether for changing out antennas, boom gates, remote radio heads and microwave dish work, stacking monopoles, or lifting equipment to a rooftop, the crane lets us finish the job more efficiently, which in turn means better production. We have many resources at our disposal, as well as our own crews to meet the needs of our customers efficiently and on schedule.”

The versatility and popularity of this Manitex crane was confirmed by Terry Hoops, regional sales representative of Truck Utilities.

“The three main reasons the Manitex 50155 is so popular with contractors are, one, it has a main boom that has a tip height of 165 feet and can reach over 200 feet with the jib, two, it can make a seven ton road, giving it the best road ability in the industry, and, three, it has a two man rotating basket that has a 1,200 pound capacity all the way to 209 feet. This is another industry best,” he said.