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Features 06 BRAGG CRANE & RIGGING Erects 2,100 Tons of Steel at Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)


12 PACIFIC PETROLEUM CALIFORNIA Strong, Diversified Company Poised for Continued Success During Downturn in California’s Oilfield Industry 16 PATTERSON TRUCK & CRANE Leadership & Innovation are the Driving Force of Patterson Truck & Crane’s Success in the Oil & Gas and Geothermal Industries 20 NATIONAL DEMOLITION CONTRACTORS Disaster Relief & Emergency Services Responds to Da Vinci Inferno in Downtown Los Angeles

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Bragg Crane & Rigging Erects 2,100 Tons of Steel at Anaheim Regional Transportation Written By: Brian Hoover Intermodal Center (ARTIC)


he Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) is a worldclass transportation center designed to allow commuters to move seamlessly between transit services to reach Southern California’s activity centers and business districts. This new intermodal facility will serve AMTRAK and Metrolink rail, bus and taxi passengers, as well as Orange County Transportation


Authority (OCTA) and Anaheim Resort Transit (ART). The project was a partnership between the City of Anaheim and the Orange County Transportation Authority and was funded with a combination of Measure M funds, a local half-cent sales tax, as well as state and federal funds. ARTIC will benefit more than 3 million Orange County residents and 40 million plus annual visitors with more than

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10,000 daily boardings among 10 different transportation modes. In addition, ARTIC will provide easy connectivity to several world-famous attractions, sports, dining and entertainment venues, including the Anaheim Convention Center, The Pond in the Honda Center and Anaheim Stadium. ARTIC was completed in late 2014 and train service officially began Dec. 6, 2014.

Left: Bragg Crane & Rigging ironworkers with the final arch piece to be placed. Right: (2) American 8470 180-ton lattice boom conventional truck cranes with 184 feet of boom working together with 150-foot Zoom Booms to hang and weld the diagrid steel and aluminum pieces. Above: Bragg Crane & Rigging lifting and positioning train bridge section at Douglas Road.

Clark Construction Group, one of the most experienced and respected building and civil construction firms in the United States, was awarded the contract to build this 16-acre station that is located near State Route 57 and Interstate 5 in Anaheim. The overall construction costs were right at $120 million, but environmental studies and other aspects of the project brought the cost closer to $185 million. The construction of the main terminal cost approximately $68 million and included the construction of parking areas, a railroad bridge, baggage and pedestrian tunnels, a two-sided rail station platform, and a pedestrian concourse bridge from the terminal to the rail platforms. The terminal has three levels with ticketing counters, shops and vendor kiosks on the ground floor. The second floor has two restaurants and office

space and on the third level there is a mezzanine with a small lobby and the concourse bridge to access stairs and elevators that lead to the railroad tracks below. At night, the structure can be illuminated in any color with 1,354 energyefficient lights glowing through the air-filled glass like pillows that make up the arched roof. ARTIC is one of the most sustainable, LEED Platinum certified facilities of its kind in the world. Construction waste was reduced by 80% due to recycling efforts during construction. In addition, ARTIC uses a combination of radiant floor heating and jet diffusers along soffit areas to cool the first 12 to 15 feet of the building’s floor line. At higher elevations, glass louvers allow air flow which help to maintain a cool temperature. Additionally, Clark performed infrastructure improvements

to local utilities and roadways. Construction highlights included the replacement of the bridge that traverses Douglass Road. This work included the removal of the existing girder bridge structure to make room for a new steel plate girder bridge designed to accommodate the new station platforms. Perhaps the most impressive visual aspect of this project is ARTIC’s compound curved terminal shell feature. This 200,000 square foot ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof system and glass cladding stretches across a diamond-shaped metal grid that is supported by a structural steel frame. All of the structural steel work on this project was awarded to Beck Steel, a world-class fabricator out of Lubbock, Texas. Beck Steel hired Bragg Crane & Rigging based in Long Beach, CA to perform all of the crane and rigging work on-site.

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Billy Beck (no relation to Beck Steel), Ironworker Superintendent has been with Bragg Crane for more than 18 years, starting out as field foreman. Beck runs most of the larger projects for Bragg Crane & Rigging and he oversaw all aspects of Bragg’s work on the ARTIC project. “Along with Ironworkers Local 433 and Local 12 Operators, Bragg Crane & Rigging was asked to hang or place approximately 2,100 tons of structural steel on the new transportation center in Anaheim,” says Beck. “This included 500 tons of 14 inch pipe trucked in from Beck Steel out of Texas.” According to Beck, this steel pipe was assembled on the ground in two separate halves that were then hoisted into place to form the curved terminal shell roof. Bragg Crane & Rigging utilized two American 8470 180-ton lattice boom

conventional truck cranes with 184 feet of boom each. “We utilized both American Cranes simultaneously with 20-ton chain fall hoists at three work points so that we could properly adjust the arch, pitch and roll in the air,” says Beck. “The logistics and precision necessary to mate the two sections was a challenge, especially when you are looking at two 130 foot sections on each side.” Beck continues by explaining that after building these sections on the ground it was necessary to perform and survey them before hoisting them up. Once in the air they were surveyed again before welding the diagrid steel and aluminum pieces into place at the apex of the arch. With tolerances as tight as five millimeters, everything had to be perfect in order for the translucent ETFE polymer

pillows to fit properly into each roof section. “We actually tripled our survey budget in the process of making certain that everything was perfect,” says Beck. “Clark Construction also worked closely with engineering partners that utilized building information modeling (BIM) to make the precise fabrication of the curved steel possible.” According to Beck, the lowest arch tubes began at approximately 86 feet, with the highest reaching upward of 110 feet. It is the arch tubing that essentially holds the roof system in place, as well as the glass panel walls at each end. There is aluminum framework on top of this structural piping that supports the translucent pillows. Beck also points out that most of the material is ATEC architectural steel and Beck Steel invented a

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Above: Installation of Ethylene Tetraflouroethylene roof system. Right: Night time crane pick for train bridge on Douglas Road.


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Above: Zoom Booms placing 200,000 square feet of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof system.

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sliding back up bar system for each 14-inch pipe section so that when they mated and welded the pipe together, the back up bar could slide together and connect all of the 14 foot pieces into one seamless looking section. “We performed 560 penetration welds with a 100 percent ultrasonic examination pass rate. Afterward you could look both north and south and the steel pipe appeared to be one continuous flowing piece of steel,” says Beck. “We used 150 foot Zoom Booms to erect and weld the steel in all of the high access areas. Most of the other trades used the Zoom Booms as well, with the exception of the glass crews who used swing stages to install the panels.” Bragg Crane & Rigging began work in April 2013 and completed the $4 million steel erection contract in February 2014. “We installed every bit of structural steel from the railroad tracks to the front door, even replacing the train bridge at Douglas Road in two long weekends,” explains Beck. “We also had to work closely with Metro’s schedule while erecting the pedestrian 10

Above: Artist rendering of Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.

bridge over the railroad tracks. We were given three weeks to erect all of the steel and due to our excellent crew and meticulous planning, we were able to have it all done in just five days, including all of the girder beams from one structure to another and the seismic bracing that went underneath.” Bragg Crane Service Local 12 operators and as many as 35 Bragg Crane & Rigging ironworkers from Local 433 worked together to engineer the proper rigging technique. “Once they got their system going, they were truly amazing in what they were able to accomplish,” says Beck. “Half of the welds were done on the ground with the remainder being done in the air and sometimes in less than perfect conditions. They put up 67,000 square feet of steel framing and even finished a 12-stage erection sequence that put 600 tons of steel into place in just three months time. I am very proud of what our team was able to accomplish on this project.” The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center is helping to revolutionize how Southern Californians travel. It is an example of what can happen

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when citizens, agencies and contractors work together to build something different, something better. Here’s to the City of Anaheim, Clark Construction Group and the magnificent design team of HOK and Parsons Brinkerhoff. The success of this project was also due, in no small part, to its cutting edge subcontractors like Beck Steel and Bragg Crane & Rigging. The Bragg Companies, founded in 1946 with just one crane, has grown into one of the largest integrated service organizations in the construction industry. Now in their fourth generation of operation, the company has locations throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Texas. Bragg Crane Service, Bragg Crane & Rigging, and Heavy Transport are available 24/7 to provide their clients with a complete range of services, including structural steel erection, large-scale moving, and crane rental. For more information please visit them online at or call their Long Beach headquarters at (562) 984-2400. Cc

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Strong, Diversified Company Poised for Continued Success During Downturn in California’s Oilfield Industry ohn Hochleutner has more than 40 years’ experience in the petroleum industry. He is yet another example of what hard work and determination can bring and a reminder that the American dream does indeed still exist. John is a life long Santa Maria resident and after graduating from high school in 1973, he went to work in the trucking and oilfield industry. Then in 1983, he was offered an opportunity to buy into Pacific Petroleum California, Inc. John jumped at the chance and worked hard managing the day-to-day field operations. The company was at this time primarily performing on-site oilfield services with vacuum trucks. John progressed and expanded the company by adding dirt trucks, end dumps and transfers, bottom dumps and roll-off trucks. Then in 2005, John bought out his partner and focused all of his time, knowledge and experience on designing, initiating and developing a fully diversified company that was equipped to not only meet the needs of the oilfield customer, but also general construction companies. 12

This required an investment in trucks and equipment and a willingness to embrace new business ideas in order to better serve current and prospective customers. “We have experienced dramatic growth over the past 10 years by adding assets like cranes, house trailers, casing jacks and even portable toilets,” says Hochleutner. “Many of the ideas have honestly come from our customers. They tell us what they need and use on a daily basis and then we determine if it is a viable growth area for our company. We will consider anything if it makes sense and touches what we are already doing in our core business.” Pacific Petroleum California is a full service company serving the Central Valley and coastal oil field companies. However their business is not limited to just these areas, as they regularly provide services to customers throughout California. They support oil field production companies with their cranes, trucks and heavy construction equipment. In addition, they offer labor crews and vacuum trucks to clean out mud pits or water trucks to haul in fresh water

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and dump trucks to haul away contaminated soil. Pacific Petroleum California is a licensed waste transporter and they have an entire fleet of trucks and trailers to safely and affordably transport any type of heavy equipment, wide loads, building materials, debris and soil. In addition to hauling and transportation, they also offer hydro excavator and conventional trenching and casing jack services. They also perform pipeline construction and operated equipment services for oilfield companies and general engineering contractors. John Hochleutner added a crane services division around six years ago in order to better serve his oilfield customers. Today, Pacific Petroleum California offers their crane services to all sorts of industries with seven cranes in their fleet. Their most recent additions have been a new 2014 Manitex 40124SHL 40-Ton swing cab boom truck with a 124-foot 5-section telescopic boom and two Manitex 2281T 22-ton boom trucks with 81-foot full power boom and a 92-foot maximum onboard tip height. “The service

Left: Pacific Petroleum California using their new Manitex 2281T 22-ton boom truck to lift K-Rail. Below: Pacific Petroleum California’s new Manitex 40124SHL 40-Ton swing cab boom truck lifting roll-off bins.

that we have received from Coastline Crane and their representative, Jim Chavalas, is second to none,” says Hochleutner. “They offer tremendous industry and crane product knowledge and the production and reliability we have witnessed so far from these Manitex cranes has been incredible.” As an added service, Jim Chavalas worked with Pacific Petroleum California and had his preferred paint company customize the cranes to the company’s colors. “The cranes look wonderful and I truly

appreciate Jim Chavalas and Coastline Crane's efforts and support before and after our purchase.” It is perhaps Pacific Petroleum California’s diversification that will serve them best, now and in the future. As everyone knows by now, the oil and gas industry in California and throughout the United States is not doing very well. Gas prices are at a five-year low, and oil production in California has all but come to a stand still. Pacific Petroleum stands ready to wait out this period due to its diversified

service offerings. They do a little bit of everything and this is by design and was put into place several years ago in part to be in a position to remain viable during down periods in the oilfield industry. In addition to their fleet of cranes, Pacific Petroleum also owns and maintains 42 transport trucks, 11 roll-off trucks, 4 water trucks, 4 hydro excavators, liquid storage containers, roll-off and vacuum bins and a long list of miscellaneous equipment, including a large fleet of earthmoving machines. This includes bull-dozers, excavators, skid steers and 7 John Deere 310 and 410 backhoe loaders. Pacific Petroleum utilizes their earthmoving machines to support construction in the oilfields, for pipeline construction and repairs, as well as on general engineering construction jobs. “We recently purchased two new John Deere 410K

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Above: Pacific Petroleum California‘s Manitex 2281T 22-ton boom truck with 81-foot full power boom and a 92-foot maximum onboard tip height. Right: Pacific Petroleum California has recently purchased two new John Deere 410K backhoe loaders.

backhoe loaders from Coastline Equipment. We began adding dirt equipment seven or eight years ago,” says Hochleutner. “Our operators prefer the John Deere machines for a long list of reasons, including the visibility, the controls, as well as the overall production and dependability. We deal with Steve Lougee out of the Santa Maria office and he does a great job keeping us up and running at all times. Coastline is one of our major vendors for cranes and earthmoving equipment and we truly appreciate their service and support.” Pacific Petroleum California has grown quite a bit since their inception more than 35 years ago. When John Hochleutner first bought into the company in 1983, there were 8 employees. 14

Today, there are 245 employees and the company has diversified into several profit centers and divisions. “Every single day is filled with different and unique challenges. We are an on-call company that works 24/7 and although the majority of our work remains in the oil and gas industry, we now find ourselves taking on more utility construction work with our hydro excavation and general trenching services,” says Hochleutner. “One thing that will always remain the same no matter how much our company grows is our commitment to safety. I mean it when I say that our number one goal is to assure that all of our employees go home each day, the same way they came into work and that is healthy and safe.”

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Pacific Petroleum California is currently supporting general engineering construction projects with transfer trucks, end dumps and bottom dumps to import and export soil. This includes a few highway paving jobs where they are hauling dirt and bringing in asphalt, as well as work for the State of California hauling road base and asphalt. In addition, they are working on several public works jobs, including one very large sewer plant project. For more information on Pacific Petroleum California, Inc., please visit them online at or call their Santa Maria headquarters at (805) 925-1947. Cc


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Leadership & Innovation Are The Driving Force of Patterson Truck & Crane’s Success in the Written By: Brian Hoover Oil & Gas and Geothermal Industries


he logistics of getting an oilrig to and from a drilling site can be daunting. First imagine a 130’ by 20’ derrick and sub structure, followed by 500 plus horsepower diesel engines, a top drive, power pumps, an entire mud pump system, well control equipment, rig houses, generators, compressors, fuel and water tanks and a long list of handling tools and other auxiliary equipment. Patterson Truck & Crane has focused on big rig moves just like this since 2002 in the Oil & Gas and Geothermal industries in California and Texas. They specialize in both local and long distance Interstate rig moves, with a proven safety record and a very 16

high efficiency rating. What sets Patterson Truck & Crane apart even further is that they also rig up these massive drilling rigs after getting them safely to the destination, and then later dismantle them and truck them to their next job site, wherever that may be. Patterson Truck & Crane is headquartered in Bakersfield and regularly moves, oilrigs in Bakersfield and the rest of Kern County, where the majority of California’s crude oil is harvested. Patterson’s long distance rig moves have taken them primarily to Texas, but their over the road rig hauling services have also been called upon in states like New Mexico, North Dakota, Wyoming, Oklahoma,

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Nevada, Utah, Louisiana and Coloradao. Patterson Truck & Crane is part of EZE Truck Holdings, Inc. (an Atlantic Street Portfolio Company), which is also the parent company of EZE Trucking, Patterson Motor Freight and Rig Runners, Inc. whose corporate office is in Houston, Texas. EZE Trucking has offered heavy, over-dimensional hauling and cargo transport within the United States and points in Mexico and Canada for more than 25 years. With a fleet of more than 100 tractors and 600 trailers, EZE Trucking has built a reputation for tackling large-scale projects under challenging conditions. They currently have locations in

Right: Patterson Truck & Crane using Link-Belt and Grove truck cranes on a two crane industrial pick.

Rialto, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Houston, Texas and Medford, Oregon. Rig Runners, Inc. was established in 2002 and acquired by EZE Truck Holdings in 2013 as a specialized carrier operating with 170 tractors, through five U.S.terminals. With headquarters in Houston, Texas, Rig Runners operates flatbeds, single drops, double drops, extendable trailers, multi-axle lowboys and multi-axle dollies. Their freight loads include legal flatbed loads and over-size, over-weight loads up to 150,000 lbs. They also provide logistic services to cover moves throughout their vast network of contract carriers. Edward G. Patterson III established Patterson Motor Freight, Inc. and Patterson Truck & Crane in 2002. With 8 terminals servicing 13 states, Patterson is one of the leading flatbed transportation companies in the oil and gas industry. Their terminals in CA, TX, OK, LA and WY allow this niche transportation and rigging provider to be strategically located to service most of the nations oil and gas infrastructure. They specialize in LTL, TL, hotshot, heavy haul and

local/long distance rig moves. Patterson’s fleet of specialized trailers includes 9-axles, RGN’s, double drops, stretch trailers, 2 and 3 axle step decks, flatbeds, as well as 2, 3, 4 and 5 axle trailers. They also have a very impressive crane fleet that includes 140-ton lattice boom cranes, 35-ton to 120-ton hydraulic cranes, 110-ton crawler cranes and 22-ton stinger boom trucks. Kirk Carlisle is the Vice President of Sales for Patterson Motor Freight and Patterson Truck & Crane. He has more than 30 years experience in the transportation business, working as Terminal Manager for Consolidated Freightways for 18 years in Bakersfield and Santa Maria, CA and two years with Central Transport. He has been with Patterson since 2009 and oversees sales and marketing for all eight terminals located in Houston, Texas; Lafayette, Louisiana; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Odessa, Texas; Casper, Wyoming and Bakersfield and Williams, California. “Our core business is less than truckload (LTL) over the road flatbed freight,” says Carlisle.

“We operate a terminal to terminal 3-day service route and over night lanes from Houston to Oklahoma City; Houston to Odessa; Lafayette to Houston and Lafayette to Oklahoma City.” Carlisle goes on to explain that Patterson performs intra and inter state drilling rig moves, as well as refinery work and most anything else that may require the use of a crane. “We have cranes in Bakersfield and Odessa to help support the bulk of our oil rig activity,” says Carlisle. “Moving a drilling oil rig, more than 1,200 miles, can be quite the challenge, but this is what we do and we do it well.” The most recent addition to Patterson’s crane fleet would be the two Link-Belt LS 218HSL110-ton lattice boom crawler cranes that they recently purchased from Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. Patterson purchased these cranes, in order to give the company an added advantage when constructing and dismantling oilrigs. “Our new Link-Belt crawler cranes provide us with the flexibility of not having to pull the out riggers up, travel the crane and get the out riggers back down” says Carlisle.

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Left: Patterson Truck & Crane moving an oil rig in Nevada.

Below: Patterson Truck & Crane provides oversize heavy hauling.

“This is much more efficient and saves everyone time on the rigging and tear out operations.” Ed Patterson personally worked with Nixon-Egli on this purchase and he comments, “I like the idea of the Link-Belt being an American made crane and we have experienced tremendous production and dependability thus far,” says Patterson. “We have worked with Nixon-Egli for many years and they have always been there for us when we needed them. We look forward to growing our crane business here in California and Texas with Nixon-Egli as a trusted partner and supplier.” Patterson Truck & Crane also provides crane services to commercial businesses, agencies in both California and Texas, as well as the agriculture industry. From rigging a silo at a green waste facility to picking a HVAC system 7 stories, they have the crane to get the job done right. Patterson proudly serves the oil & gas industry and infrastructure industry through their large transportation fleet and cranes and through their other sister companies. This includes service to bridge and highway contractors; contingency


operations and emergency response; industrial, commercial and institutional construction; manufacturing; mining and metals; U.S. military and U.S. Department of Defense; utilities; water transmission; renewable energy and of course oil and gas industry. Their hauling capabilities include, but are not limited to buses and rail cars; construction equipment; concrete girders; cranes and rigging equipment; earth moving equipment; lumber; manufacturing equipment; military and commercial aircraft; mining equipment; refining equipment; steel tubing and pipe; turbines; water transmission pipe and so much more. California produced 17.3 million barrels of crude oil last year, making it the third largest producer in the nation, according

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to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Oil companies have cut more than 20,000 jobs nationwide since this summer, when oil prices began to plummet. This has of course also affected the California oil production business and the companies they do business with. Patterson is well equipped to weather this down cycle with diversified offerings and services. They take great pride in their staff of more than 90 employees in California alone and their more than 384 drivers nationwide. For more information on Patterson Truck & Crane or Patterson Motor Freight and their allied companies and services, please visit them online at or call (832) 844-3300. Cc

(Above) Jeff Perry, Owner, National Demolition Contractors, orchestrating the removal of scaffolding for ATF access .

Disaster Relief & Emergency Services Responds to Da Vinci Inferno in Downtown Los Angeles Written By: Brian Hoover he Da Vinci Apartment complex, located on the 900 block of West Temple Street in downtown Los Angeles, erupted in flames at around 1:20 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. The 1.3-million-square-foot apartment complex had been under construction for several months and is one of several residential developments produced by G.H. Palmer Associates, a Beverly Hills real estate company founded by Geoffrey Palmer. The Da Vinci complex was only partially constructed at the time of the fire. 20

The construction site is located directly adjacent to the 110 Freeway and at the peak of fighting the inferno, more than 250 firefighters were on-site to put out the blaze that consumed at least half of the 526-unit complex. Damage has been estimated at between $20-to-$30-million, not counting the surrounding buildings. Investigators sifted through more than 75,000 cubic feet of debris in order to obtain evidence for analysis by the ATF’s national laboratory. According to a joint press release from The Los Angeles Fire Department Arson/Counter

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Terrorism Section and members of he Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), sufficient evidence was collected to determine that the fire was an act of arson. The fire caused scorching flames to spread across the adjacent 110 Freeway, damaging highway signs and even melting the asphalt pavement. Large amounts of scaffolding and wood debris from the construction site also fell onto the freeway below, resulting in the shutdown of the 110 and 101 freeways. This is where National Demolition Contractors

did what they do best, respond to emergency situations where a good demolition contractor is desperately needed right away. National Demolition Contractors disaster relief management staff can react and mobilize at a moment’s notice, and that is precisely what they did once again on the Da Vinci fire. Jorge Rodriguez is the Health & Safety Director for National Demolition Contractors and was among the first from his company to respond to the scene of the fire. “We first became aware of the fire while watching a live news broadcast, and our owner, Jeff Perry, immediately dispatched myself and others from our disaster relief division to the scene,” says Rodriguez. “Even before we reached the site, we received a phone call from a representative at G.H. Palmer Associates, the general contractor. Evidently, one of their subcontractors had told them about our emergency response capabilities.” National Demolition Contractors arrived on-site and immediately began communicating with a superintendent from G.H. Palmer. The decision was made that National would mobilize as soon as possible and begin removing debris from the 101 Freeway for Caltrans. “We had our equipment, operators and ground crew on-site ready to work within two hours,” says Rodriguez. “The fire was mostly contained by the time we began using our excavators and crew to clear the freeway.” National Demolition transported their Cat 330B high reach demolition excavator, a Cat 336 and Cat 321 excavators, along with five ground crew members to work as flaggers and operator spotters and assistants. According to Rodriguez, Caltrans was asking for the debris to be removed as soon as safely possible so that

they could open the 110 and 101 freeways in time for the morning traffic. “We knew that if we could get everyone out of our way and take control of the freeway area for just a few hours, we would be able to meet their quick cleanup request,” says Rodriguez. “We utilized all three excavators, equipped with buckets with thumb attachments, to grab hold of the fallen scaffolding, freeway signs, trees and other debris and crane it over and back onto the construction site. Once we had all of the large pieces off the roadway, operators from G.H. Palmer utilized wheel loaders, skid steers and street sweepers to complete the fine debris removal process.”

National Demolition’s job was far from over, even though the freeway area was now clear. They were now called on to utilize their Cat 330B high reach excavator to remove five stories of remaining scaffolding from what remained of the seven story apartment complex. “The scaffolding was of course deemed a safety risk and it had to come down,” says Rodriguez. “We used our high reach excavator with a sheer to cut the scaffolding into smaller pieces from the top down, placing the sections into a demo pile below.” Rodriguez points out that it was necessary to remove this scaffolding so that ATF agents could safely perform their investigation. “We worked

(Below) Guadalupe “Frias” Moreno making way for the fire department access. Regarded as one of the best high reach operators on the west coast.

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(Above) Caltrans District managers and Jorge Rodriguez strategically coming up with a plan to bring down overhead freeway sign . (Left) Jeff Perry, Owner, National Demolition Contractors, communicating with Guadalupe “Frias” Moreno, High Reach Operator.

hand-in-hand with the ATF and representatives from G.H. Palmer to assure that the scaffolding and other surrounding debris would no longer pose a danger to them or the public. Our owner, Jeff Perry, was also on-site with boots on the ground and radio in hand to assist the operators. This is something he does on a regular basis, which is special. You would be hard pressed to find many large demolition construction company owners doing this on a daily basis. Just another reason why we are called upon by so many private and public entities to get the job done quickly and safely.” National Demolition Contractors remained on-site until 2 a.m. the following day. After safely removing the scaffolding, they then trucked out the demoed sections to a local transfer station for sorting. All lanes of the northbound 110 Freeway reopened in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday morning. According to Rodriguez, National Demolition Contractors was the only demolition crew to arrive 22

on-site as a proactive gesture to see if they could be of assistance. “This is what sets us apart from other demolition contractors. We were also on-site when a tanker truck exploded in an underpass situated below the 60 Freeway in Montebello, back in December 2011,” says Rodriguez. “Again, we responded quickly and were part of the solution. This gives us great pride and also sends the message that we are willing to go way above and beyond, especially when folks need it most.” When all of the dust settled out at the Da Vinci construction site, National Demolition Contractors was rewarded with another contract to demo the remaining burned out structure. “The insurance company and general contractor complimented our efforts back on December 8th and asked us along with two other companies to bid on the remaining demolition,” says Rodriguez. “In the end we were awarded the contract and we are extremely grateful to have been able to help make this disaster

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just a little bit easier to live with.” Disaster relief and emergency services is just one of the many specialties that National Demolition Contractors has to offer. In addition to being a complete general demolition contractor with $250 million in bonding capacity, they also offer abatement; environmental soil remediation, recycling and green waste demolition and operated equipment rental services for any size project. When it does come down to disaster relief and emergency services, National Demolition can perform everything from roadway rollovers to hazardous material spills and other unforeseen natural disasters like earthquakes. Many local and state agencies have added National Demolition Contractors to their emergency response list in no small part due to their huge inventory of Caterpillar machines. For more information on National Demolition Contractors, please visit them online at or call (310) 732-1991. Cc

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Hugh Michael Roberts July 11, 1956 – December 11, 2014


ugh Roberts passed away on December 11, 2014 at the age of 58. If you knew Hugh, then you know just how much he loved his wife and daughters. The pictures shown here are just a small sample of how much time he spent with his family, cherishing every moment. Hugh was born on July 11, 1956 in Landstuhl, Germany on an American Air Force Base to parents, Hoke James Jefferson Roberts and Sarah O’Hara. He was the oldest of three brothers and one sister and lived in Huntington (Long Island), NY until the age of 13, before moving to Huntington Beach, CA. Hugh attended Huntington Beach High School, where he met his wife, Kathy, his high school sweetheart and love of his life for 30 years. He graduated high school with a football scholarship to the University of Boulder, Colorado, where he graduated with a business degree. After college, Hugh returned to California and married Kathy in 1984. He and his wife bought a house in Huntington Beach with the intention of converting it to apartments. This is where Hugh’s love of construction began. He finished the job just in time for the birth of his first daughter, Shawna in 1987. Shortly after Shawna’s birth, they moved to Fountain Valley and began renting out the apartments to provide a better life for his growing family. Within that next year, Hugh found out he was going to have another daughter. Sarah was born in March of 1989. Hugh lived for his wife and two daughters; everything he built and accomplished was for his family. In 2000, Hugh started his own general engineering construction company, H. Roberts Construction, Inc., specializing in all areas of asphalt, concrete, trenching and grading, as well as hard and soft demo and general construction of all types. He started from scratch and slowly built it into the successful company it is today. Hugh absolutely loved what he did, the people he worked with, and if you asked him, he never had to work a day in his life. He was truly happy to be there, and so proud of all of the company’s success. He loved 24

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and cared for each of his employees, and always wanted to make sure everyone was happy and taken care of. Hugh not only worked hard, but played hard as well. He could always be found fishing out on the open ocean, golfing with close friends, camping with his family, or barbecuing. He was a caring, loving, and truly generous individual. The memories and love he left us with will always be in our hearts. Hugh is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughters, Shawna and Sarah; mother, Sarah; brothers, Jim, Paul and Tony; and sister, Dolores. Hugh loved his family, his friends, his business colleagues, football, cooking, and life in general. He will be dearly missed by all who had the distinct pleasure of knowing him. The following is an excerpt of the eulogy given at Hugh’s funeral by his loving daughters, Sarah and Shawna. “Our dad was the most loving, caring, giving, and sincerely generous person we have ever known. His favorite thing was when we were all together, we would look at his face and he would be beaming with pride and joy. How lucky we were to have such a man as a dad, to show us this love, and these wonderful memories we cherish now. He set the bar on how a man should treat his family. We know our dad lived for us girls. We will always remember the vacations, the care and time he put into the holidays, and his wonderful cooking. We love our dad so much, and have been so blessed by having him in our lives. We will miss him greatly each and every day. We can feel him watching over us with a smile and a wink and know that we are still greatly loved. Together, we hope we can make him as proud of us as we are of him. We love you daddy and we will always be your girls.” Cc

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BRAGG COMPANIES TO ACQUIRE SPECIALTY CRANE & RIGGING Bragg Companies and Specialty Crane & Rigging have successfully come to terms concerning the acquisition of Specialty Crane effective March 1. After 30 years of service, Seth Hammond has decided the time is right to sell Specialty Crane & Rigging. But hold on, Seth and the folks at Specialty Crane & Rigging aren’t going anywhere. You can expect the same local, hometown type service that you have been accustomed to for so many years. You can also expect more crane and truck offerings than ever before. Specialty Crane & Rigging owner, Seth Hammond, unexpectedly fell into the crane rental business back in 1984. He was working on a contract for his welding and fabrication business that involved modifying a miniature submarine. He purchased a brand new 35-ton Grove crane to rig and move the sub for sea trials. Halfway through the job, his client had the contract canceled by the Navy and that left Seth holding the bag on his recent crane purchase. Determined to make something out of an otherwise bad situation, Seth began calling on customers, friends and others that he thought might need a crane from time to time, and he put that crane to work. Soon one small job led to a bigger job and before he knew it, his company was unable to take on some good-sized projects without getting a bigger crane. His business grew incrementally, one crane at a time, to today’s impressive fleet of both hydraulic and conventional cranes from 26

Above L-R: Scott Bragg, Bragg Companies with Seth Hammond, Specialty Crane & Rigging.

5 to 360-ton capacities and boom lengths up to 381 feet. Seth Hammond has always been extremely involved in the California crane industry, and was even a past president of the Mobile Crane Operators Group. He was a good friend of George Bragg’s, when the two first conjured up the idea of Bragg purchasing Specialty Crane when the time was right. Time went on and the thought was shelved, until Scott Bragg again mentioned the idea at a crane owners meeting back in May. “We both agreed that the time might be right and we set an appointment to talk about it more,” says Hammond. “I felt honored and fortunate that the Bragg family was interested in our company and valued my efforts over the past 30 plus years.” Seth was very pleased with the offer and excited about the prospect of expanding

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Specialty’s test weight business, among other things. “We have built a great reputation as the number one source for testing cranes with test weights and with Bragg’s help and ownership, I am confident that we can take this to a whole new level.” According to Seth Hammond, the name change should take effect March 1 and will include all of Specialty Crane & Rigging’s assets, with the exception of the real estate and one crane that Seth will keep personally for an already contracted job set for later this year in the Marshall Islands on Kwajalein Island, near Japan. This new acquisition will allow Bragg Companies to expand on their current presence in the Santa Barbara and Santa Maria area. Bragg has maintained a presence in this area with ironworkers for many years and will now benefit from these new crane rental and equipment

locations in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Ventura and Paso Robles. Seth will remain in the Santa Barbara office and take a slightly less active roll in the day-to-day operations, but take a more active role in expanding Bragg Companies interests in the area. “When you have been at it for 30 years, like I have, it is nice to go out slowly, rather than just hand over the keys and get off the bus,” says Hammond. “The Bragg family has been extremely gracious and I have always respected their business practices, perhaps because it is directly in line with the way we have done business for so many years. They are a family operation that cares about their employees and I know that our people are in very kind and capable hands. It is nice to have an exit strategy in place and I look forward to working with Bragg Companies over the next few years.”

Seth also points out that he is excited and looks forward to spending more time with his wife and family. He and his wife love to fly their helicopter to destinations as far away as their recent trip to the Arctic, and his wife also continues to set world land speed records in their custom built racecar. She recently set a record at 323 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. In addition to a large fleet of cranes ranging from 5 to 360-tons and self-erecting tower cranes from 55 ft. to 145 ft., Specialty Crane & Rigging (Now Bragg Crane & Rigging) also has a variety of trucks and special transport trailers available, as well as a fleet of forklifts ranging in size from 6,000 to 40,000 lb. They also have special attachments for lifting and relocating wine tanks inside buildings, among other items. Armed with an array of

specialized equipment, their skilled professionals can tackle any project, from expensive electronic equipment, to oversize boilers and manufacturing equipment, with an emphasis on safety first. For more information please log on to or call (877) 562-7263. Bragg Companies was founded in 1946 with just one crane and has grown into one of the largest integrated service organizations in the construction industry. Next year, in 2016, Bragg Companies will be celebrating their 70th anniversary and fourth generation of family ownership. They currently have locations throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Texas. For more information on all of their offerings, please log on to or call their Long Beach headquarters at 800-4CRANE1. Cc

WESTRAX MACHINERY ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF TIM CARTER AS NEW STRATEGIC ACCOUNTS DIRECTOR FOR THE INLAND EMPIRE Tim Carter is a long time veteran of the Southern California construction industry. Tim comes to Westrax Machinery after seven years working for IronPlanet, a leading marketplace for buying and selling used equipment. Before this, Tim worked as a sales representative for Red Mountain Machinery for eight years. Westrax Machinery is very excited about having Tim come on board as the new Strategic Accounts Director handling primarily Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. Tim proudly served his country in the

Marine Corp and currently resides in South Orange County. He is married to his wife Susan, of 26 years, and together they have two grown sons. Westrax Machinery would like to welcome Tim Carter to the team! Westrax Machinery provides New and Used Equipment Sales, Parts, Service and Rentals on LiuGong products throughout Southern California. They are dedicated to the success of their customers and were founded on the principles of partnering with their customers to offer quality machinery at affordable prices,

with out of this world customer service. For more information on Westrax Machinery, please call (310) 605-2900. Cc

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GARY YOUNG JOINS SONSRAY MACHINERY TEAM Gary Young has been serving the general engineering construction and heavy equipment industry for more than 35 years. His strong work ethic and history of success have allowed Gary to develop long-lasting relationships based on trust and integrity. Gary Young officially began his career in heavy equipment sales back in 1979, spending his first seven years honing his sales craft with Atlas Copco. Then in 1986, he accepted a territory manager job with Western Traction Company in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1989, Gary moved on to work for J.I. Case Company in San Jose, where he worked as a territory manager. Then in 1991, after increasing sales by 70 percent at J.I. Case in his first year alone and earning numerous awards, Young was offered the Vice President position at Construction Machinery, Inc. He took the position and managed daily operations for a staff of 45 employees and three locations from the Bay Area to Bakersfield. Then after 10 years of service, Young moved on to work for Nortrax, the then John Deere dealer in Sacramento. Gary served as their rental and used equipment manager from 2001 to 2005. Young was again very successful at growing the rental and used equipment divisions to record numbers, before leaving to work for another John Deere dealer, RDO Equipment Co. in San Diego, setting market share records during his time there. In 2012, Gary Young and his family moved to Colorado Springs, where he accepted a job with Titan Machinery as their General Manager. Gary was able to develop this Case dealer into one of the best sales, product support and rental teams in the industry. Sonsray Machinery is proud to announce that Gary Young will be their new El Cajon store manager. After so many successful years in the industry, Gary is sure to bring his special brand of talent to El Cajon operations. Everyone at Sonray Machinery would like to sincerely welcome Gary Young to the team. Cc 2015 Crane & High reacH ISSUE CALCONTRACTOR



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The Link-Belt HC-278H II offers an increased strength chart with two-staged boom and 300-ton capacity at a 10 ft. radius. “We were in the market for a truck crane with heavy lifting capacities, especially for structural steel erecting and concrete panel tilt-ups. There weren’t any available in our market area so we wanted to be the first to fill that need. We went straight to Nixon-Egli Equipment Company, the Link-Belt distributor, because we have purchased several other cranes from them and we knew from experience that they provide the best service around,” added Paul. “We really appreciate our business relationship with Nixon-Egli and their crane specialist Dennis Schulgen. They have been great to work with and are always on top of their game. If we have any questions, Dennis is always there for us right away with the answer. Whether its sales, parts or service the whole team at Nixon-Egli is always ready to provide us with top-notch service. We are very pleased with our new Link-Belt (HC-278H II lattice truck) crane. It’s a huge addition and tremendous asset to our fleet and has expanded our capabilities. We want to thank Nixon-Egli for providing us with the best equipment, so we, in turn, can provide the best crane rental service to the industry.

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