05/04/2006 - 05:00 am

MCG Produces 500th GMK5100

Manitowoc Crane Group (MCG) recently produced its 500th Grove GMK5100 (GMK5120B in the United States) all-terrain mobile crane. The crane was purchased by Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental, part of All Erection & Crane Rental Corp based in Cleveland, Ohio, and delivered at the end of 2005.

Jack Swan, vice president of operations for All Erection, explains why the GMK5100 fit his company's needs. “The GMK5100 has one of the best lifting charts in its class,” he said. “It is a reliable, hard-working machine used for a variety of jobs. We've got a number of these machines at depots across the country and they're consistently popular with our customers.”

According to Philippe Cohet, executive vice-president for MCG in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, this machine is an extremely popular model in both the new and used markets. “It is the cornerstone of many rental fleets around the world,” he said. “Production continues at our manufacturing facility in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, in order to supply demand worldwide. The GMK5100 is the most popular five-axle all-terrain of modern times and a testament to the engineering excellence at Grove.”

The 100-ton GMK5100 first appeared in 2000. It features a 167.3-foot main boom, maximum jib of 111.5 feet, taxi configuration and a 12-ton counterweight. Due to its success, many of the GMK5100's features are incorporated into Grove's latest five-axle unit, the GMK5130-1 (GMK5165-1 in the United States).

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