Lexington, KY - Greiner Industries, Inc. of Mount Joy, Pa. specializes in rolling and forming heavy steel, modular coating, hydro cutting, heavy machining, blasting and powder coating. As the specialty needs of their company increases in size, their crane capacity needs get larger as well.
The fourteen cranes in the firm’s inventory are part of their crane rental division, yet, the cranes started out only as a supplement to the industrial fabrication and millwrighting operation of founder Frank Greiner. Established in a one-car garage in 1976, the company has grown to over 300 employees, with a 400,000 sq. ft. building sitting on 200 acres, 70 miles north of Baltimore in southeastern Pennsylvania.
According to Ben Daugherty, Greiner’s Crane Division Manager, Link-Belt machines came into their inventory when the company grew and saw a need to get a dependable product that had a good reputation. “Once we bought a few, we saw Link-Belt cranes to be reliable, and they worked well for us, so we kept adding different models. Their product line is versatile, reliable and durable,” says Daughterty.
“We cover the central part of Pennsylvania, all of Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The 210-ton ATC-3210 all-terrain crane is located out of our Hanover, PA office, about five miles from the Maryland line. This machine is very convenient for us to use in Maryland in the 150-ton configuration. It’s the lightest GVW weight in its category or class and has the best chart capacity. It’s a big deal for us, especially in Maryland where we can get permits for it in just several hours in that lighter configuration,” emphasized Daugherty.
“The advantage of this crane is that it is ultra-light. When you take the jib, the block and the hoist off of it, you get to 120,000 pounds. That weight is the specific requirement in Maryland, otherwise it’s a superload. The permits are difficult to get for a superload. Under that poundage, I can get online, get a permit quickly, and get on the road to a job. Not only is it the lightest crane in this class, but its road speed is also the fastest. It will go 62 mph and that’s quite fast for an all-terrain crane!”
Case in point was a project in Middle River, MD, just outside of Baltimore. The ATC-3210 was configured as a 150-ton class rig, with no fly-jib attached, and accompanied with just one other truckload with the required counterweights (36,000 pounds), including the base slab and rigging. In this project, two spreader bars, rated at 20-ton at 12 ft. long with ¾ inch to 5/8 inch cables, were brought along to hold fourteen modular sections (boxes) to form a Mediterranean style, seven bedroom, seven bath, two-story home.
The trucked boxes were brought alongside the positioned crane. They were lifted off the trailers and swung 180 degrees over the precast panel foundation. Exact placement was necessary as the homes fitted tightly like a puzzle. Four of the largest boxes formed the first floor, along with multiple smaller sections added to them during the first day. The second day would involve the same number of sections forming the second floor. Rain was anticipated the third day, and so the attached roof sections on the second floor boxes were not raised until after the rain and implemented by a smaller capacity crane.
Greiner’s crane division has become more efficient and well-organized in its crane dispatch with the use and application of A1A Fleet Management Software – iCraneTrax – for the past several years. The Link-Belt telematics on their ATC-3210 and HTC-8675 have also helped in the firm’s scheduling. A quick look on their smart phone, iPad or central office computer enables them to see if there is any scheduled downtime for oil change or typical servicing, where the machine is in real time on a map with engine hours, fuel consumption or engine oil life readouts all available.
The following Monday had the same crane equipped with its full counterweight package, rated at the 210-ton capacity and located by a large excavated section across Tom’s Creek at the junction of Mt. Hope Road and Gum Springs in Fairfield, PA. Six, 66,000 lb. precast sections were placed to form a culvert with concrete wing walls on each end. All precast concrete sections were trucked in to the crane where it used a four-point pick with a six-part line.
“In one seven day period, the ATC-3210 shows you the different aspects of what we do and what can be done with it. This is consistently done with that crane. When you run a business and you’re looking at the profit – you go with what works, Link-Belt does that,” concluded Daugherty.