NITRO, W. Va.--()--Having the right crane rental provider for your project can be of critical importance. The crane company’s project team, fleet of equipment, experience, safety record, and overall resources must fulfill the requirements of the job. When Dominion Power and their electrical utility construction contractor, the L.E. Myers Co., needed to rebuild Dominion’s aging Mt. Storm-to-Doubs 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission line—a critical component of the electric grid that serves West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland—they called on ALL Crane & Equipment Rental of Nitro, West Virginia, to supply the crane power.
“Getting the cranes and counterweights up the mountains involved a crew from the contractor cutting roads and paths and sometimes even pulling our equipment up and down with dozers. The uncertainty of the terrain and the weather up there, especially with winter coming, contributes to the difficulty”
Not many crane companies would have the expertise or the equipment for such a demanding project, but ALL Crane & Equipment Rental, as a member of the ALL Family of Companies, has access to the resources of North America’s largest privately held crane and lift equipment rental and sales company. ALL’s world-class fleet consists of technologically advanced lift equipment from the world’s best manufacturers. And with a nearly 50-year legacy of knowledge and experience, the ALL Family of Companies also brings professionalism, productivity, and a longstanding record of safety excellence—reinforced by a program of continual skills and safety training.
Rebuilding the transmission line is being done in three phases, to be completed in early 2013. By then, ALL will have helped construct 458 new high-voltage transmission line towers carrying the 500kV line for 96 miles through the Allegheny Mountains—from the Mt. Storm Power station to the Doubs substation near Fredrick, Md.
ALL Crane & Equipment Rental has been on the job site for approximately 12 weeks since phase one, providing two Grove GMK5165 all terrain cranes (165 tons) and one Demag AC140 (170 tons). So far, 281 towers have been set, and the third phase is underway. As of mid October, there were 177 towers left to go.
ALL Crane & Equipment Rental is a member of the ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. Family of Companies, with 34 branches in the U.S. and Canada. Their expert West Virginia crew has plenty of experience traveling the rugged region where the towers are being erected.
“Setting high line towers in the mountains is a huge challenge,” said Gary Dodd of ALL Crane’s West Virginia branch. “Getting the cranes and counterweights up the mountains involved a crew from the contractor cutting roads and paths and sometimes even pulling our equipment up and down with dozers. The uncertainty of the terrain and the weather up there, especially with winter coming, contributes to the difficulty,” he added. “But our guys have worked together in these mountains for years, and we make a great team. It’s all about the right people and the right cranes. We are moving Dominion’s project along right on schedule.”
Since 1964, the ALL Family of Companies has grown to become one of the largest crane and equipment rental companies in North America. The company offers its fleet of cranes, aerial work platforms, boom trucks, material handlers, and other lift equipment from strategic locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, 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.