Crane Service, Inc. of Sweetwater recently introduced the GMK 7550, a 550-ton crane. The local business welcomed the huge addition in its continued efforts to offer a wide range of services. The crane was on location for the community to view in Sweetwater during an open house event on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.
For the past 51 years, Crane Service has specialized in rigging along with heavy hoisting and hauling to the greater Southwest region of the United States.
Crane Service, Inc. offers lifting solutions starting at 8.5 tons and with the addition of the new crane, spans all the way up to 550 tons. The Marketing Coordinator of Crane Service, Inc., Chris Martin, stated that the branch addition in Sweetwater "was prompted by the demand that West Texas currently has for crane rentals."
The entire company employs 130 in four branches: New Mexico towns Bloomfield and Albuquerque; El Paso, TX; and the office in Sweetwater, which has 45 employees.
The purchase for the GMK 7550 transpired in the effort to continuously expand and in order to meet the demands of clientele. The GMK 7550 was manufactured in Germany by Grove, a company which is part of the Manitowoc group. Currently, the local company uses a product from Manitowoc, the 2250 series crane, in which the setup with the GMK 7550 is performed in a fraction of the time.
Also, the GMK 7550 also outperforms its competitor, the Liebherr LTM 1400-7.1, by offering a better heavy lift capacity and defeating the competition's load chart in long distance lifts.
The all-terrain crane, which is "self-propelled" came to Sweetwater through the assistance of semi-trucks to provide the counterweight needed for various jobs.
While the crane will remain on-site in Sweetwater as a permanent addition to the company, the GMK 7550 will travel around the Southwest region and go where it is needed.
"We serve Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas," Martin explained. "So it could be one day be in West Texas, and the next be in New Mexico."
Martin believes the addition of the crane will "impact the community in a positive manner. He also shared the impact the GMK 7550 will make for the company.
"From lifting a cooling tower high above the ground to a hard-to-reach rooftop, to lifting up to 550 tons (approximately a million pounds) only a few feet away...a crane of this size will no doubt help the community at large and allow us to enter different markets that we weren't able to be in before."
As of right now, the short term plan for the local company is to further diversify their crane rental line to meet the ever-growing demand for crane rentals as the economy continues to recover.
But in the long run for Crane Service, Martin states, "We are always striving to be the best in the business."