H&E’s new Louisiana crane service facility has a separate Crane Reman Center (right) and a Structural Repair Center.
H&E Equipment Services has relocated its Belle Chasse, La., crane remanufacturing and structural repair operations to a newly constructed building. The new facility is directly across the street from H&E’s main Belle Chasse office and parts warehouse. The new crane service facility is larger than the original, expanding from four to 10 acres of prime marine-access property.
The complex has two primary facilities, one devoted to crane remanufacturing (Crane Reman Center) and the other tostructural repair (Structural Repair Center). The Crane Reman Center is 40,000 square feet with six large service bays, each equipped with a 10-ton capacity overhead crane. The entire service floor can be accessed by a 75-ton industrial gantry crane. The shop accommodates up to six crane remanufacturing projects at the same time, along with numerous component rebuilds. H&E remanufactures all makes and models of cranes.
The Structural Repair Center is 15,000 square feet with two 10-ton capacity overhead cranes. The structure is fully equipped with five structural alignment welding tables, jigs and special tooling for crane boom and component repair.
The complex includes a separate sand-blasting facility and a large paint booth. The remaining nine acres of yard feature secured storage and a marine bulkhead dock with access to the Mississippi River and waterway transportation.
“We are in the business of giving cranes a second life,” said Frank Arthur, H&E Belle Chasse branch manager. “Now, thanks to our many loyal customers, we can do it even better with our new facility and enhanced capabilities. The efficiencies we gain will allow us to better serve customers with expanded product support and remanufacturing capabilities. We feel lucky to have secured this nearby tract of land that is much larger and complete with a bulkhead dock for water access to the Gulf Coast area and beyond. Having access to water transportation allows us to serve customers locally, regionally and worldwide, via the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway System. This will help ensure our success in the future.”
H&E Equipment Services is the world’s largest Manitowoc and Grove crane dealer and one of a few certified Manitowoc Encore service dealers. As an Encore dealer, H&E can remanufacture and perform authorized structural repairs on all Manitowoc products. H&E also remanufactures Grove, GMK, Link-Belt, American,and Lima cranes. H&E has five other Manitowoc Encore certified facilities: Birmingham, Ala.; Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. H&E is the authorized dealer for Manitowoc, Marine Travelift, Grove, Komatsu, Manitex, , , Wirtgen, Takeuchi, Gomaco and others.
Headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., H&E Equipment Services has 69 locations in the Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Intermountain, Southwest, Northwest and West Coast regions. H&E is No. 8 on the RER 100.