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Brewer Crane & Rigging Installs New Bridge Structures For Union Pacific Railroad In Imperial County

Bragg Crane Service Assists UC Berkeley In 30-Ton Generator Lift and Placement For Earthquake Simulator Laboratory

Specialty Crane & Rigging’s 360-ton Crane Gets The Job Done For The Kern County Water Agency Aqueduct Turnout Expansion

General Production Service, Inc. Central California’s Oil Well Service Company

LAX Central Utility Plant Project Tops Out Construction Workers Placed The Final Structural Steel Beam Atop The Plant Which Was Designed With Strict Seismic Criteria To Help Protect The Facility And Airport Utilities During An Earthquake

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Above: One of the eight new Union Pacific railroad bridge sections erected parallel to the old bridge structures. Inset: Union Pacific Railroad old steel bridge structure near Salton Sea in Imperial County.


he Union Pacific Corporation is one of America’s leading transportation companies, operating in 23 states across the western two-thirds of the nation. One of their many track renewal projects includes their line from Colton, California to Yuma, Arizona. These particular tracks run through the desolate area of the Salton Sea and it is here that Brewer Crane & Rigging has been called upon to assist in constructing eight new railroad bridges. The area of work lies specifically from Ferrum, CA to

Wister, California. The project began in August of 2011 and should be completed by the end of 2012. Brent and Rolynda Brewer are the owners of Brewer Crane & Rigging and Brent explains, “Each new bridge structure will require us to first drive H-piles and shore up any compromised areas located adjacent to the existing railroad bridges. The sheet-piling is driven into the ground with a vibro-hammer and helps to protect the integrity of the older tracks and structures that were built sometime back in the 1920’s. Working only ten-feet or so from a live track definitely presents

a challenge, especially with the 34 or so locomotives speeding by each day at 60 to 65 miles per hour. The railroad provides a flagman and there is constant radio communication to let us know when the trains are approaching.” The H-Piling weighs in at 7,200 lbs. each and are driven at an average depth of 60-feet. After driving and plumbing the H-Pile, the excess portion is cut-off and the prefabricated end-caps are welded into place. The H-piles are located approximately 29 feet apart and precast box beams are placed on top of each section for the entire

Top Left: One of hundreds of 30-ton bridge sections to be hoisted in-place. Top Right: New bridge cross beam sections. Above: Bridge decking and railing in place and ready for tracks to be layed down. Right: Rolynda Brewer co-owner of Brewer Crane & Rigging.

span of the bridge. In addition, the Brewer Crane crews also installed the cross bracing for each bridge structure. Brewer Crane & Rigging utilized a Link-Belt 218 HSL lattice boom crawler crane to perform most of the heavy lifting on this project. Brewer Crane recently procured the Link-Belt 218 HSL crane from Nixon-Egli Equipment Company as a long-term lease. This new 110-ton Link-Belt is a 3-drum crane and offers a roomier operator’s cab, a Tier III-compliant engine, a new SML-10 load moment system, remote oil coolers and a maximum boom & jib combination of 200 feet + 75 feet. By jobs end, the Link-Belt 218 HSL will lift hundreds of 30-ton

bridge sections, while enduring conditions that are definitely less than desirable. Brent Brewer comments, “We are working in extreme conditions, and have had to shut down temporarily for flash floods, high winds and temperatures as high 125 degrees. In addition, our crews are located only about 300 to 400 yards from the Salton Sea shoreline where the flies can be almost unbearable. The railroad sections are also located in what is designated as a wetland area. Permits were not pulled from the Corp of Engineers, so it is necessary to work under what are known as ‘permit avoidance techniques’ to minimize the impact to the wetlands as much as possible. This requires

our crews to comply with certain procedures that are understandably necessary, but of course require more time, manpower and equipment. In addition to our Link-Belt 218 HSL, we are also utilizing a 170-ton Terex/Demag crane and a Link-Belt 30-ton truck crane.” Brewer Crane & Rigging has also recently completed several other high profile projects, including a 300-foot long, 30-foot high sound attenuation sound wall for CP Kelco. Due to county code violations the wall was mandated and after installation it has now reduced decibels by 95%. In addition, Brewer Crane just finished up on a design-build project for the City of San Diego. This project called for

Above: Bob Abele (Sr. Estimator) and Mike Easter (Project Manager), Brewer Crane & Rigging Above Right: Brewer Crane & Rigging crew members placing a pile into the pocket of the template. Right: Welders installing cross bracing on the Salt Creek Bridge.

the lift and placement of a 300-foot long all aluminum stair case down the side of a steep bluff on a treatment plant in Point Loma. No matter what the job, Brewer Crane & Rigging is ready to answer the call. Established in 1997 by Brent and Rolynda Brewer, they

know what it takes to get the job done safely and on time. From 23 to 400 ton cranes to tower cranes and man or material hoists, they have the machine and crew you are looking for. In addition, Brewer Crane & Rigging offers hauling and rigging services, specialized

shoring, sheet-piling and operator certification services. For more information, please call them at their Lakeside, California office at 1-88-THECRANE or visit them at

Brewer Crane & Rigging lifting steel bridge beams with a Link-Belt 218 HSL lattice boom crawler crane from Nixon-Egli Company.

Assists UC Berkeley In 30?Ton Generator L and Placement for Earthquake Simulator Written by: Brian Hoover / Photos by: Perry Churchill

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) is a multi-institutional research and education center with headquarters at the University of California, Berkeley. The PEER mission is to develop, validate, and disseminate performance-based seismic design technologies for buildings and infrastructure to meet the diverse economic and safety needs of owners and society. The research center houses a earthquake shaking table that is 20’ x 20’ in size, as well as a large and small damper test machine, an expansion joint test unit and all of the various other equipment and electronics required to operate the machinery. The PEER Earthquake Shaking Table was dedicated in 1972, was the first of its kind and is still the largest multidirectional shaking table in the United States. The shaking table can subject structures, weighing 100,000 lbs, to horizontal accelerations of 1.5 G. The specially designed laboratory building is 40’ high, 60’ wide, and 120’ long and is serviced by a 10-ton 10

bridge crane. The bridge crane is used to lift all sorts of materials and devices, but at times is not capable of lifting the extra heavier items. Case in point, when a new 61,000-pound generator was recently purchased for use in the laboratory, UC Berkeley found themselves calling on the services of Bragg Crane Companies. Bragg, often services the needs of UC Berkeley through VMC Group, a contracted company that serves many of the University’s contracting needs. Bragg Crane Service utilized one of their two new Link-Belt HTC 3140 telescopic truck cranes purchased from Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. to off load the generator at the laboratory. This 140-ton Link-Belt crane can travel on the highway at speeds of up to 65 mph and offers all manually offsettable fly options that feature offset positions from 2-feet, up to 45-feet. In addition, the Link-Belt HTC 3140 was also used to offload a new 10,000 lb. pre-manufactured table that sits on-top of the shaker table. A Link-Belt 90-ton crane was then utilized to bring the generator and custom

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table into the building and into their appropriate location. David Davidson is the Rigging Superintendent for Bragg Crane Company’s Northern California locations and he explains, “Offloading the generator and table was a fairly simple operation, but things got a lot trickier when we prepared to enter the building. Although it was a bit complicated, it was also a riggers dream. We look forward to these challenges and we have a crane to handle any situation. In this case, we had to enter the building and then jack-up the generator and table and then slide and roll them into place. This took time and the precision operator control that Bragg is so well-known for. After everything was in place, we lined up the isolator holes and then fastened the generator into place.” Bragg Crane Service’s Northern California operations are also being kept busy with windmill offloads from the shipyards in Oakland and Sacramento. From these ports, the windmills are transported by Bragg to laydown yards in Stockton, Woodland and Sacramento,

California. Transformer work has also been brisk, including an 80,000 lb. transformer pick a few weeks ago in Woodside, California. Bragg Crane Service has 13 locations throughout the Western United States and their Richmond, California location serves as the Northern California Headquarters. For over 65-years, Bragg Crane Companies have been one of the most respected industry leaders and revered for their innovation and 24/7 availability on a complete range of services. For more information on Bragg Crane Companies and their crane, rigging and transport services, please call 800-4CRANE1 or visit them at Bragg Crane Service utilized one of their two new Link-Belt HTC 3140 telescopic truck cranes purchased from Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. to off load the 61,000-pound generator at the UC Berkeley laboratory.

Background & Right: Specialty Crane’s crew used their Liebherr LTM 1300-1 360-ton All Terrain Mobile Crane to lift and set 12 lengths of precast concrete pipe, each weighing 120,000 pounds and measuring 15 feet in diameter and 20 feet long on the Kern County Water Agency project.


Over the years, Specialty Crane & Rigging has developed a reputation for meeting the craning needs of customers with large and out-of-theordinary projects. The company’s most recent work for W.M. Lyles Company on the Kern County Water Agency aqueduct turnout expansion in Tupman is an example of this. Over a period of 15 days in December, Specialty’s crew of two operators, brothers Ryan and Donny Tremper, lifted and set 12 lengths of precast concrete pipe, each weighing 120,000 pounds and measuring 15 feet in diameter and 20 feet long. The crew used the company’s Liebherr LTM 1300-1 360-ton All Terrain

Mobile Crane, a six-axle mobile crane that has a telescopic boom, double folding jib, and fixed or luffing lattice fly jib. According to Brett Parrish, Crane Superintendent for Specialty, the crew set one or two pipes each day they were operating the crane, but full days in the schedule were needed to move the crane onsite to prepare for the next lift. “We used 245,000 pounds of counterweight and a superlift attachment, so every time we moved the crane, all the counterweight had to be removed and then put back on once the crane was moved.”

W.M. Lyles Company constructed each 30-foot by 60-foot compacted dirt pad for the crane for each lift, reconfiguring the dirt onsite as the project progressed. Lift and set days consisted of rigging each pipe with a hairpin pipe-lifting device or a triflex wire rope sling made especially for this project, setting the pipe in place, and then placing a slip-joint and gasket to fit the pipe together with the previously-set pipe. The hairpin lifting device was used initially on the flatter sections of the job site, but as the grade at the site increased about 10 percent, the triflex wire rope slings had to be used to set the pipe at an angle. The crane had a reach of up to 55 feet while setting the pipe, and in some sections of the jobsite was located 30 feet above the trench.

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Above: Overview of the Kern County Water Agency aqueduct turnout expansion in Tupman, CA

Brett says that the project went quite well, with the only difficulty being getting the pipe sections to fit together. In some cases, the Tremper brothers had to use hydraulic rams to push the pipe sections together. Brett says that W.M. Lyles believes that because the precast concrete pipes were fabricated up to 10 years ago when the project was initiated, there may have been some subtle changes in the shape as they sat in the precast yard. The Kern County Water Agency is part of the State Water Project, a water storage and delivery system of reservoirs, aqueducts, power plants and pumping. It provides supplemental water supply for the urban Bakersfield area and was slated for expansion in 2001. Ryan and Donny drove the crane 105 miles to the jobsite, accompanied by seven truckloads bearing the counterweight and superlift attachment. Once onsite, 14

the crane stayed in place until the job was completed. Brett knew that when he assigned the brothers to the new crane, he could expect great team work from them. All of Specialty’s crane operators are nationally certified. Specialty Crane & Rigging got the call for the project from a competitor with whom the company has a good relationship. The competitor didn’t have a large enough crane to handle the job, and since, according to Brett, Specialty has the only crane this size between Los Angeles and San Francisco, they got the call. The company initially purchased the crane in 2009 to increase their capacity and because of their ongoing relationship with Vandenberg Air Force Base, which is located on California’s Central Coast and headquarters for the 30th Space Wing, which manages Department of Defense space and missile testing. The company’s work with the Minotaur 5 rocket program requires

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the bigger crane, Brett explains. The company uses the Liebherr LTM 1300-1 to lift and stack 140,000pound Minotaur rocket segments for Space Port Systems International. The rocket segments are similar in size to the precast concrete pipes used on the aqueduct project. Owning the Liebherr LTM 1300 allows the company to expand its business into other areas, Brett says, especially into the valley, away from the coast. Specialty Crane & Rigging, which was founded in 1984, provides crane, rigging, specialized transportation and consulting services to the construction and maintenance industries in Central California. The company’s main office is in Santa Barbara, with additional locations in Santa Maria and Paso Robles. For more information look online at or call (877) 562-7263.

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Written by: Brian Hoover

There’s gold in them there hills. Black gold that is and millions of barrels are located in the hills near McKittrick, California. Located in the southwest corner of California’s Central Valley, McKittrick is the host of California’s largest natural oil seep areas and is indeed the largest oil and gas field in western Kern County. These fields are ranked 19th in California for ultimate oil recovery and has had a cumulative production of over 300 million barrels of oil. The California Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) estimates approximately 20 million recoverable barrels of oil remain in the ground and as of 2008, there were 1,135 producing oil wells on the field. Today California ranks fourth in the nation in petroleum production, behind Alaska, Texas and Louisiana. General Production Service, Inc. (GPS) is one of the leading professional companies helping oil companies in these areas bring oil and gas to consumers throughout California. GPS began serving the California oil industry back in 1967, when owner and CEO, Charlie Beard first began diligently serving his customers throughout the Central Valley. For 45 years, GPS has offered their customers a variety of services from well site prep, new construction, maintenance 16

Above: The GPS crew off loading 3” expansion loops for new low lines.

and tank cleaning, to well servicing. Today, GPS has approximately 270 employees and provides professional staff to maintain efficiency and quality. George Harmer is the Safety Director for GPS and he comments, “We are truly committed to our customers satisfaction. As a matter of fact, the quality of our work is second only to the safety and welfare of our employees. To assure their safety, we use only the highest quality equipment out on our job sites. From numerous single

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and double production rigs to excavators, wheel loaders, forklifts, A-frames, trucks and cranes; the brands we count on rank as the highest in the industry. Our fleet includes three Manitex 1770C boom truck cranes that we purchased from Coastline Equipment. We have relied on Coastline Equipment for backhoes, skid steers and other construction equipment items for many years and when our operators were given an opportunity to tryout their Manitex

General Production Service of Taft, California has three Manitex 1770C truck cranes in their fleet. These 17-ton capacity cranes offer a 70’ hydraulic reach, as well as 80’ hydraulic sheave height. Additionally, they have a two stage 23’ to 40’ jibs with a maximum sheave height of 120’. The dual operator stations, two-speed winch and the radio remote load cell are some of the features that GPS operators like most. Right: George Harmer, Safety Director, General Production Service, Inc.

truck cranes, we were sold on those as well. We use our Manitex cranes in the oilfields for everything from setting vessels to general pipeline and flow line installation. Our checkout crews also use the cranes to service some down-hole issues. They connect to the polish rod and rod string and also to unseat pumps.� General Production Service, Inc. has survived in the oil industry because of their diligence and commitment to changing their practices depending on the wants and needs of their customers. This strong commitment to change has allowed their business to continue to be successful in this highly competitive market. George Harmer continues, “We are probably one of the last diversified oil field construction companies out there these days. We do everything from well site prep and facility infrastructure to new drill site installation. So basically we offer every service up to and then after drilling the wells themselves. I think


Above: GPS check out crew rigging up to unseat down hole pump.

this along with our commitment to provide our customers with the best possible comprehensive service and our employees with the safest work place is what sets up apart from the other companies.�

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For more information on General Production Service, Inc please call (661) 765-5330 or visit their website at

LAX Central Utility Plant Project Tops Out Construction workers placed the final structural steel beam atop the Plant which was designed with strict seismic criteria to help protect the facility and airport utilities during an earthquake. Rendering of the $438 million (development cost) design-build replacement Central Utility Plant project at Los Angeles International Airport which is being built by Clark/McCarthy, A Joint Venture. Photo Rendering: Courtesy of Gruen Associates.

LOS ANGELES, January 30, 2012 – The new Central Utility Plant (CUP) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) reached a major construction milestone when construction workers placed the final structural steel beam atop the building’s frame on January 24, 2012. Currently on schedule for construction completion in summer 2014, the $438 million (development cost) design-build project is being built by Clark/McCarthy, A Joint Venture t-team. In just four weeks, construction workers from Schuff Steel used a Manitowoc 999 Lattice-boom crawler crane with a reach of 140 feet to erect 1,400 tons of structural steel, creating the frame for the new CUP. An audience of approximately 300 project stakeholders and construction workers celebrated the ‘topping out’ during a ceremony held near the construction site. As a part of the event, attendees signed the final I-beam adorned with an American flag and an 20

evergreen tree. The beam was then lifted 75 feet high and attached to the top of the structure. The tradition of attaching a tree and flag to the final structural beam has been practiced by construction workers for over 1,000 years. The tree represents growth, life and good luck for the construction workers and the building’s future occupants. The flag is displayed as a patriotic symbol that signifies the united effort by the project team to achieve a common goal. “An interesting aspect pertaining to the CUP structure is that it was designed as an essential facility with stringent seismic drift criteria to protect the facility during a major earthquake,” said Kevin Carpenter, design manager for Clark/McCarthy. “Furthermore, some of the cogeneration equipment that will be installed on upper floors, including the two Combustion Turbine Generators that weigh in excess of 60 tons each, requires the steel frame to be extremely stout.” The 70,000square-foot facility has a steel frame

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that weighs in excess of 1,400 tons, or 40 pounds per square foot—about 30% higher than an OSHPD hospital in California. The new CUP is being built to replace the existing 50-year old facility with a modern; state-of-the-art, computer managed utility plant providing enhanced passenger comfort and reliability of utility service and safety within the newly renovated modernized terminals at LAX. The existing CUP will service the airport throughout construction. Upon project completion, the replacement will be brought on-line and the old CUP will be decommissioned and demolished. Serving as general contractor for the project, Clark/McCarthy’s contract includes demolition of the existing 50year-old CUP as well as construction of a new 64,000-square-foot, steel-framed replacement CUP with a 20,000-ton cooling capacity. The project also entails the installation of associated equipment, such as a stand-by boiler,

(Above Left) Construction workers from Schuff Steel prepare to lift the ceremonial steel beam atop the frame of the new Central Utility Plant at Los Angeles International Airport during a topping out ceremony held adjacent to the site. (Above Right) Clark/McCarthy, A Joint Venture, top out structural steel on the new 64,000-square-foot, replacement Central Utility Plant at Los Angeles International Airport on January 24, 2012. An audience of approximately 300 project stakeholders and construction workers celebrated the ‘topping out’ during a ceremony held near the construction site. Photography Courtesy of McCarthy Building Companies.

primary and secondary chilled water pumps, cooling towers, electrical systems and switchgear. A new maintenance shop and offices and an above-grade thermal energy storage (TES) tank with capacity for 1.6 million gallons of water and 15,500 ton-hours of cooling is also being built. Other work includes: replacement of approximately 18 miles of pipe and duct bank that service the entire Central Terminal Area (CTA) with utility distribution, electrical and communications systems as well as reclaimed water, fire water and potable water systems; installation of several miles of new distribution piping throughout the CTA and beneath existing main entrance roadways throughout the airport; and an upgrade of pump rooms and air handling equipment in 21 different locations within all terminals, administrative buildings and the LAX Theme Building. Systems and their components for the new CUP were designed and constructed to achieve LEEDN Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Clark/McCarthy, A Joint Venture is a joint venture between Clark Construction Group and McCarthy Building Companies. Additional project partners include: Gruen Associates, Los Angeles, architect; Arup, Los Angeles, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and commissioning engineer; Capital Engineering Consultants, Rancho

Cordova, Calif., mechanical consultant; Greenform, Los Angeles, sustainability consultant; and PID Engineering, San Diego, cogeneration consultant. For more information about the project and project team, visit: About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third in the United States, offering more than 565 daily flights to 81 domestic cities and over 1,000 weekly nonstop flights to 66 international destinations on over 75 air carriers. In 2010 (the latest full-year statistics available), LAX served over 59 million passengers, processed over 1.9 million tons of air cargo valued at nearly $80 billion, and handled 575,835 aircraft operations (landings and takeoffs). LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports – along with LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund. For more information about LAX’s Capital Improvement Program, please visit About Clark Construction Group, LLC Clark Construction Group, LLC, is one of the nation’s most experienced and respected general contractors. With annual revenue in excess of $4 billion, Clark is consistently ranked

among the country’s largest construction companies. The company has California offices in Costa Mesa, San Diego, and Oakland. For more information, visit About McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the nation’s 10th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2011) and the second largest commercial contractor in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Business Journal, August 2011). With more than145 years of experience, McCarthy is one of the nation’s oldest, privately held construction firms and the largest general building contractor in California (ENR California, August 2011). Committed to the construction of high performance buildings, the company provides general contracting, construction management, program management and design/build services for airport/transportation, healthcare, education, parking structure, entertainment, retail, laboratory, biotechnical, microelectronic, and industrial facilities; office buildings; tenant interiors; mixed-use; multifamily residential and bridges and highways. In addition to Newport Beach, McCarthy has offices in San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas; Houston; St. Louis and Atlanta. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. For more information, visit

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Above: An artist's rendering of the city of Long Beach's up-and-coming new courthouse. Photo courtesy of Meridiam Infrastructure. Right and Below: Mr. Crane's two LR 1300s erect iron for Herrick at the George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach.


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Written by: Tammy Boone

The structural steel is being placed for the new George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, and Mr. Crane is using two Liebherr LR 1300 cranes to complete the infrastructure placement. Mr. Crane crews began work in mid-December 2011, expecting to complete their work mid-April. The courthouse is scheduled to be completed in late 2013.

When done with their portion of the project, Mr. Crane crews will have lifted and set 6,000 tons of structural steel of all sizes. The company is using two cranes due to the compressed schedule and the tight jobsite space, which doesn’t allow for a crane to move from one side of the project to the other, says Tim Pfutzenreuter, Project Manager with Mr. Crane. The new courthouse

is located between W. Third Street and W. Broadway to the north and south, and Main and Magnolia Avenues to the west and east. Because of its location, Tim says, “this high profile project is being watched by all.” According to the Long Beach Court Building Project website, the “new 545,000 square-foot courthouse in Long Beach….is being delivered

Below: Tim Pfutzenreuter, Project Manager, Mr. Crane Below Right: Leon Janota, Herrick ironworker (left), Doug Cundle, Mr. Crane operator (right)

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under a unique public/private partnership agreement, which has a total development cost of approximately $490 million and a design-build cost of $343 million….A five-level great room atrium enclosed on two ends by a cable-supported glass wall system will serve as the single entry point for the public and provide access to a secured central courtyard. Clad in deeply-articulated curtain wall and elements of stone, the project will span two city blocks in downtown Long Beach and replaces

the functionallyobsolete court-house building one block away.” The first Liebherr LR 1300 crawler crane being used by Mr. Crane on this project has a 115-foot main boom and 174-foot luffing jib. The second crane has a 134-foot main boom and 203-foot luffing jib. The maximum lifting capacity for these machines,

according to Lieherr’s website, is 660,000 pounds at 14.7 feet. Mr. Crane is working with Herrick, a Stockton-based structural steel fabricator and erector. Mr. Crane was founded in 1969 and has been located in Orange County since its inception, completing work throughout California, Nevada, Texas, Oregon, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. For more information, look online at or call (714) 633-2100.

Background: Making safety the number one priority, Mr. Crane and Herrick work together to erect a total of 6,000 tons of steel.


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KOBELCO INTRODUCES SK210 MARK 9 EXCAVATOR Smallest Mark 9 excavator delivers plenty of power and versatility Kobelco Construction Machinery America today introduced the SK210 full-size, high-performance excavator to the Kobelco Mark 9 excavator series. These new Tier 4 models include the SK260, SK295, SK350 and SK485 excavators. The versatile SK210 Mark 9 delivers a 10-percent improvement in both fuel efficiency and productivity, with more power and faster engine response. Featuring an upgrade to Kobelco’s legendary intelligent hydraulics and a new Economy power mode, the SK210 Mark 9 is equipped with the industry’s first selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emission solution for excavators. A new ROPS/FOPS certified cab provides a larger, more comfortable work environment, and a low engine cover and standard rear-view camera improve operator visibility and productivity. For improved system efficiency and reduced component wear, the Kobelco SK210 Mark 9 also features a fully automatic engine and hydraulic warm-up system. This warms the hydraulic circuit to an optimum 126° F. The Kobelco SK210 Mark 9 features an operating weight of 47,840 lbs and a dig depth of 21 ft 3 in. The new model delivers 160 horsepower. The upgraded Intelligent Total Control System™ (ITCS) incorporates the culmination of three generations of continuous improvement in hydraulic controls, based on extensive customer input and product testing. Integrated swing priority, a Kobelco first, provides seamless and smooth transition of additional pump power to the swing function. Automatic

hydraulic regeneration feeds the cylinder demanding oil first, with oil that is being pushed out of another cylinder. This requires much less energy than having to re-pump the oil again, and also allows the next action to happen with faster response. The independent travel feature, activated with a switch, dedicates a pump to travel motors for better movement while performing other functions, such as when handling pipe while moving to the trench. Kobelco Mark 9 upgrades to the main valve and intelligent hydraulics, as well as new joysticks with proportional controls for the auxiliary hydraulics, contribute to the controllability upgrades of this new excavator. The Power Boost™ feature on the SK210 Mark 9 delivers 10-percent more bucket breakout force on command, without time limit, while the Heavy Lift delivers 10-percent more lifting and swing capability on command, without time limit. SCR engine technology By choosing SCR technology for meeting Tier 4 Interim emissions regulations, Kobelco provides leadership in engine performance, productivity and fuel efficiency. SCR is an after-treatment only solution that allows the excavator’s engine to

do what it does best – generate power. The high efficiency in the combustion process significantly reduces fuel consumption while improving power. SCR with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is also the preferred choice for working in extreme temperatures. Three working modes, two attachment modes To match work operations, the work mode system provides three modes – H Mode, for heavy-duty excavation and loading work, gives priority to the workload at high speed; S Mode, for standard digging and loading work, provides versatility; and E Mode, for economy, leverages more of the intelligent hydraulics features to deliver exceptional fuel efficiency with productivity for normal digging conditions – and two attachment modes – B Mode, breaker/hammer optimized (1-way hydraulic flow); and A Mode, for auxiliary attachment work such as demolition with a crusher/nibbler breaker or shear (2-way/2-pump flow).

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PAUL KING APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOR MCCARTHY SAN DIEGO DIVISION SAN DIEGO – (February 6, 2012) –McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (, one of the nation's leading general contractors, has appointed Paul King as director of business development for its San Diego operations, announced Robert Betz, executive vice president – southern California division. King brings to McCarthy eight years of experience in the construction-marketing arena. In his new role with McCarthy, he is responsible for identifying and pursuing new business opportunities within all San Diego vertical market sectors, specifically healthcare, science and technology, education, commercial and parking structures. He will participate in industry organizations and events, as well as oversee the division’s marketing, public relations, and community outreach efforts. Most recently, King served three-and-a-half years as director of business development and marketing for Suffolk-Roel in Irvine and San Diego, where he was responsible for business development within the education market and oversaw all the company’s business development managers and its director of marketing. While there he helped the company break into southern California’s education market, generating more than $300 million in sales. Prior to that, King was business development manager for HBI Construction in Newport Beach. He also served three years as business development manager for Messer Construction in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was instrumental in landing the $200 million Greenfield

Hospital project in West Chester and the $70 million Care Source office tower project in downtown Dayton. King holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Cincinnati, where he majored in marketing and minored in international business. For four years he was a board member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Orange County and, for two years, he served as a committee member for Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Western Region. His charitable involvement includes having been a two-year board member for Canstruction Orange County, a charity committed to ending world hunger, as well as a two-year team captain for the March of Dimes Orange County. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, King now lives in the UTC area of San Diego. His personal interests include football, skiing and traveling.

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ADVERTISERS INDEX Art’s Trench Plate & K-Rail................15 Specialty Crane & Rigging ................15 Be Carb Compliant ..........................18 Trench Shoring Co. ............................5 CAT Group ..........................................2 UB Equipment Corp. ........................25 Clairemont Equipment ................28, 29 RDO Equipmnet Co.............................5 Coastline Equipment ....................3, 19 Volvo Construction Equipment & Coastline Equipment Crane Division 31 Services ............................................7 Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. ..Back Cover


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Jim Chavalas Joins Coastline Team Coastline Equipment Crane Division is pleased to announce the appointment of James C. Chavalas as their crane sales specialist. Mr. Chavalas will be responsible for full-line sales for California and Northern Nevada. He brings over 30 years experience in the equipment industry to his new position. As a former crane company owner Mr. Chavalas has the knowledge, experience and contacts in the industry to enhance the Coastline sales force. Chavalas comments, “I am really excited to be back to selling cranes, its what I really enjoyed doing. I’m also excited to be working for such a great company like Coastline Equipment Crane Division and the whole Coastline Team.”

James (Jim) Chavalas Crane Sales Coastline Equipment, Crane Division

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Above: One of the new Link-Belt HTC-3140 purchased by Bragg Companies. Right: Link-Belt HTC- 3140 crane lifting a generator at UC Berkeley.

Founded in 1946 with just one crane, Bragg Companies has grown into one of the largest integrated service organizations in the construction industry. Now in their 65th year of operation (and the fourth generation of family ownership), they have locations throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. Bragg Crane Service, Bragg Crane & Rigging, and Heavy Transport are available 24/7 to provide a complete range of services, including structural steel erection, large-scale moving, and crane rental. As an industry leader in construction services, they’re ready to assist with any project, large or small, and pledge to exceed expectations in every aspect of safety, service and performance. In order to keep their commitment Bragg relies on Link-Belt cranes and Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. Their most recent purchases are two brand new Link-Belt HTC- 3140 truck cranes. Scott Bragg, Vice President, Bragg Companies, comments “The Link-Belt HTC-3140 truck cranes are exceptionally useful for the work we perform in the petrochemical and air conditioning industry. They offer superior on-highway and street versatility versus an all terrain crane of the same capacity. Another advantage that the 3140 has over the all terrain crane is the cost and availability of tires. Additional features that we prefer are the 197-foot boom and the Link-Belt HTC-3140’s maneuverability.” Scott adds. “We deal with Nixon-Egli because they have been in the equipment business for a long time and have always been very reliable. They are very responsive with our parts and service orders. Our salesman, Mark Lomas is very customer oriented and is the consummate salesman. Bragg Companies’ Core Values are ‘Integrity, Safety, Quality and Superior Service,’ we believe Nixon-Egli and Link Belt share the same values.”

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