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January 30, 2014

Crane Smashes Cars in Mentor Construction crane falls on cars in Mentor A construction crane smashed multiple cars in the parking lot of Points East Plaza in Mentor on Jan. 30, 2014 A construction crane smashed multiple cars in the parking lot of Points East Plaza in Mentor. Reporter Matt Skrajner is on the scene. Skrajner said it looks like eight vehicles were directly hit, and one other might have minor damage from debris. A sergeant with the Mentor Police Department said there were no injuries. The sergeant said the crane fell while trying to replace an air conditioning unit at the strip mall.

January 16, 2014

Cranes and lifting in Las Vegas By Cranes Today This year's ConExpo will feature exhibits from 2,400 companies, over 2.1m sq ft of floor space. Manitowoc's president and CEO Glen Tellock chaired the ConExpo 2014 show management committee. He says, "ConExpo is the destination where the global construction industry meets every three years. At ConExpo, attendees will find the leading manufacturers and service providers plus the latest technologies for cranes, as well as all types of construction equipment. The show's global scope underscores our strategic planning and makes ConExpo a true international marketplace in North America." Show organiser the AEM has worked to develop the show as a marketplace for construction companies around the region, not just in the USA. Al Cervero, vice president and construction sector lead, says, "AEM works to promote trade opportunities worldwide, and this includes the platform of ConExpo. Bringing together buyers and sellers, connecting qualified businesses with the right customers, is a vital activity of AEM and ConExpo. For example, AEM has conducted numerous member trade missions to Latin America. We have hosted groups from the region to the U.S. to meet member companies at their company facilities and we gather multiple members in a central location for quick learning sessions with Latin American customers. "ConExpo has been recognized as the most global of all trade expositions in North America. At the last show, held in 2011, a record 24 percent of registrants was international, from more than 150 countries, with Latin American visitors well represented. The show has increased outreach to South and Central America In recognition of the valuable trade opportunities in the region for its exhibitors. We have international specialists who work with in-country industry representatives to help promote the show and its benefits. We work with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce to recruit official trade delegations to attend and we provide exhibitors with services such as export counseling, market analysis and matchmaking. At the show, Latin American and all international visitors will have access to the show's onsite International Trade Center to further connect and do business. "AEM and its members feel the Latin American market is so important that we are launching ConExpo Latin America to better facilitate business connections for contractors who are unable to attend ConExpo but value the direct interaction with the industry leaders and engineers, as it too will be a manufacturer-driven show, with the newest products available. The show is set for October 2015 in Santiago, Chile." ConExpo 2014: Preview Liebherr Liebherr will display more than 20 machines at ConExpo. The German manufacturer says its stand will include two tower cranes, as well as six all terrain and crawler cranes. The company will also present various mechanical, hydraulic and electronic drive systems components. Kobelco Kobelco will be presenting its recent G-series crawlers, as well as a remote monitoring system and a training simulator. Linden Comansa Linden Comansa will be represented by its North American sales and service sister company, Pineville, NC, based Linden Comansa America. At the show, LCA will explain all the new developments and cranes launched by Linden Comansa since the last edition of ConExpo back in 2011. Terex Embracing the theme of Conexpo - the future of construction - the show will see Terex featuring new products from across its entire product range, including AWP, construction, materials processing, utilities and, of course, cranes. In total, some 40 Terex machines will be on display on the 50,000 square feet Gold Lot 1045. Many of these will remain under wraps until the show itself, and cranes are no exception. Manitowoc For US manufacturers ConExpo in Las Vegas can be considered somewhat of a 'home' show. Determined to shine in their homeland Manitowoc has a range of new products at the event and has promised attendees some surprises too. Tadano Tadano America will show seven cranes from its rough terrain and all terrain ranges at ConExpo 2014. The company said it plans to significantly increase its presence at the construction equipment tradeshow. The Japanese manufacturer will also use the show to official unveil its new 160t GR 1600XL-2, 3-axle rough terrain. Crane Institute Certification Crane Institute Certification (CIC) will co-host the Crane Operator Skills Championship, or Crane Rodeo, at next year's ConExpo in Las Vegas. The Championship in Las Vegas is the culmination of eight regional competitions that took place in 2013 across the US and in Canada, and a Las Vegas qualifier open to registered ConExpo attendees. Read Full Article Here

January 27, 2014

Fassi Gru’s Elephant Rescue By Laura Hatton An articulated loader crane from Italian manufacturer Fassi Gru was instrumental in a project to help transport a group of endangered forest elephants from Ivory Coast, Africa. The forest elephants inhabit central and western Africa and are hunted and killed by farmers and poachers. To help save them, the elephants were moved to a national park 250 miles away from the area. The rescue project was organised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). A team from IFAW went into the jungle near the city of Daloa where they found an elephant and quickly anaesthetised it. The elephant was then lifted using a 60 tonne-metre Fassi crane onto an articulated trailer. Andre Uys, IFAW team member, said, “In these circumstances, there is no other way to capture these enormous animals. We usually use helicopters to identify and anaesthetise elephants, but it’s impossible when these animals are hiding in the forest.” Neil Greenwood, IFAW team member added, “The risk involved by capturing the elephants in the forest is extremely high because they are very quiet and might take us by surprise.” Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, IFAW mission director, said, “Forest elephants are the national emblem of the Ivory Coast. This is why local residents have collaborated at the request of the Ivorian authorities. If we are to save these elephants from extinction, we need to act now, during the dry season. This rescue mission will resolve a huge animal conservation problem and will contribute to the peaceful coexistence between man and the animal habitat.”
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