Solid Equipment Planning Saves Contractor MoneyTuesday, November 12, 2013
Thanks to ALL Erection & Crane Rental’s good advice, the iCON Building and Maintenance Company, LLC was able to shave weeks off a job, saving money and thrilling the client.
iCON, which was tasked with the building of a new 234,000-square-foot warehouse in Ashland, Ohio, had initially inquired about renting a less expensive 40-USt rough terrain crane. As a repeat customer who’d always been happy with ALL, iCON was amenable to the possibility of pairing a larger, 50-USt capacity RT crane with an MEC Titan Boom™ 40-S self-propelled boom lift. The Titan offers a 4,000-pound capacity (four riders plus a 3,000-pound load), 40-foot extension capability, 8 x 22-foot platform, and three steering modes: 2-wheel, 4-wheel, and crab steer. The MEC Titan Boom™ 40-S easily outperforms even the largest rough terrain scissor lift.
Because the job involved a large amount of material transport, Eric Wegner, an outside sales representative for ALL Erection and Crane Rental Corp. in Cleveland, felt the company would benefit from the Titan Boom, far larger than a scissor lift.
ALL currently has two MEC Titans in its fleet, rotating between West Virginia, Canada, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
“On jobs like this, builders generally use a smaller crane and two man-lifts,” Wegner says. “Because the iCON team was bridging the roofing joists, I felt that the reaching capacity of a bigger crane, plus the strength of the Titan, would enable the bridging guys to keep pace with the joist setters.”
Wegner was right. Typically, a regular man-lift requires multiple trips up and down throughout the day, loading and reloading. With the Titan, however, loading was reduced to two trips per day instead of the previously predicted four.
Jason Chio is co-owner of iCON Building and Maintenance, LLC in Ashland, Ohio. “I figure we saved two men’s salaries for two weeks,” he says. “The Titan completely paid for itself, and the guys loved it. The first day it arrived on the job, I walked in and found them already in the air. ‘We love it!’ they were telling me. It freed them up to do other work.”
Thanks to ALL and the innovative employees at iCON, the job, which was initially planned for five weeks, instead took a mere 10 days, a remarkable savings in time and labor—a perfect example of how true partnership between experienced planners and knowledgeable equipment leaders gets a job done with measurable benefits, including increased productivity and money saved.
Since 1964, the ALL Family of Companies has offered an unparalleled fleet of cranes, aerial work platforms, boom trucks, material handlers, and other lift equipment, providing rental, sales, service, and jobsite analysis to help customers get the right equipment for the job. An important measure of their commitment is meeting or exceeding all pertinent regulatory and safety standards. For more information, contact ALL Erection & Crane Rental at 4700 Acorn Drive, Cleveland, OH 44131. Phone: 216-524-6550. Toll free: 800-232-4100. Fax: 216-642-7633. On the Web: www.allcrane.com.
iCON Building & Maintenance, LLC offers building, steel erection, masonry, concrete or carpentry expertise. All work is performed with the utmost safety and precision. For more information, please contact iCON Building and Maintenance LLC at 1130 E. Main St. #316, Ashland, OH 44805. Phone: 419-908-3955. On the Web: www.iconbuild.us.