Manitowoc Crane Group

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The Manitowoc Crane Group is a subsidiary of the Manitowoc Company, Inc. The company is based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and was founded in 1925 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company heads Charles West and Elias Gunnell. The men started the Crane building business in order to diversify the operations of the shipbuilding business.

The end of World War I brought the realization that the golden age of ocean travel would not last forever, thus prompting West and Gunnell to look for a new business model. Based on their observations of the Moore Speedcrane Company out of Indiana, the two men decided they could manufacture cranes in their current facilities without altering much. From that decision the Manitowoc Crane Group was born.

Manitowoc Crane Categories

The Manitowoc Crane Group manufactures models in four basic categories:

  • Truck Mounted Cranes - Truck mounted cranes are the smallest of the industrial cranes typically built on the frame of a standard commercial-grade truck. Their portability makes them ideal for short term use in congested urban environments and residential construction products. They are built to be able to move quickly from one location to the next with little set-up required before getting to work.
  • All-Terrain Cranes - The all-terrain crane is similar to the truck mounted crane except that it has its own specially designed body and carrier system. These cranes are designed to be used on job sites where access may be limited. Though they can be used in urban environments it's usually not practical to do so.
  • Crawler Cranes - Crawler cranes are built on tread-based transportation systems. It's like mounting a crane on the chassis of a bulldozer or bucket loader. Crawler cranes provide all the safety and stability of an all-terrain Crane yet with a higher load capacity.
  • Tower Cranes - The tower crane is the granddaddy of them all; it's the crane you see towering over the city skyline while perched on top of a building. Tower cranes are designed for heavy-duty use on long-term projects that don't require manoeuvrability or quick set-up/tear down.

Most Popular Manitowoc Cranes

Through the years Manitowoc has acquired a number of other Crane manufacturers including National, Grove, Igo, MDT, HTD, and Potain. By doing so the company was able to establish itself in all of the main categories of crane manufacturing.

Manitowoc Boom Truck National NBT30H Crane

Manitowoc Boom Truck National NBT30H Crane

In the truck mounted category, one of the company's more popular models is the National NBT30H. This 30-ton monster is pretty hefty for a truck mounted model offering a four-section boom extending 110 feet. Its H-style outriggers give it stability without taking up a lot of space. The NBT30H is a great option for industrial projects like lifting rooftop air conditioners or placing trusses.

Manitowoc All Terrain Book Truck GMK5225 Crane

Manitowoc All Terrain Book Truck GMK5225 Crane

The GMK5225 is the middle-of-the-road product for Manitowoc's Grove all-terrain line. It is a 170-ton crane built on a specially designed carrier system featuring five independent axles. It is the longest boom crane in his class with a capacity of 331 feet (all jibs installed). The GMK5225 has been designed to meet American standards though the crane is equally popular in Europe.

The Manitowoc Crane Group is easily the most reputable name in tower cranes. They have a number of different sub-categories of tower cranes including the MDT 218A city crane. The crane comes in to load capacity options: 8 tons and 11 tons. It also has variable boom length options ranging from 70 feet to 203 feet.

Recent Projects Featuring Manitowoc Cranes

This past October Indonesia's state-owned gas and oil company purchased a Grove GMK 6300L all-terrain Crane to aid in the expansion of its Cilicap oil refinery. The all-terrain capacity and manoeuvrability of the GMK 6300L were important factors in the decision to purchase.  But what sealed the deal was the crane's telescopic boom which will provide the height and load capacity needed to place the refinery's chimney stacks.

In Russia, more than 50 Potain tower cranes from Manitowoc are hard at work preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Project managers said they chose Manitowoc's Potain line because of their reputation for strength and reliability. The cranes dot the Sochi skyline, giving locals something to look forward to in just about a year and a half.

Find out more about their cranes at Manitowoc Crane Group