The first Grove rough-terrain cranes assembled in Manitowoc’s newest factory in Passo Fundo, Brazil, have been delivered to the first two customers: Servi-Sá Auto Crane Rental & Services, and Machinery and Engineering Lauer. The companies both received Grove RT765E-2 rough-terrain cranes.
Both companies are using the cranes to help build a factory for Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), a steel company in Volta Redonda, Brazil. The $1.2-million factory expansion is expected to produce 100,000 metric tons of rebar wire rods each year.
“For a project as big as the CSN factory, we needed proven tools to complete the job,” said Joel Sá, the owner of Servi-Sá. “As we’ve been using Groves for several years now, we knew they would be the best cranes for the construction. And the fact that the crane was made right here in Brazil makes it an even better choice.”
The 60-metric-ton capacity Grove RT765E-2 rough-terrain crane is designed to be mobile, making it well suited for a variety of general infrastructure applications. It features four-wheel, multi-mode steering and a full-vision cab that helps operators maneuver through rugged jobsites. Its 33.5-meter Megaform boom design offers improved rigidity for lifting heavier loads.
Before the cranes were delivered a team of Manitowoc engineers traveled to the plant in Brazil and performed 50 hours of rigorous testing on the cranes to ensure that the cranes from the new Passo Fundo facility were consistent with the high standards of all Manitowoc products.
“The fact that these first two rough-terrain cranes from Passo Fundo are heading straight from the factory to a major jobsite reflects both the boom of Brazil’s economy and Manitowoc’s smart decision to build new cranes here,” said Mauro Nunes da Silva, general manager of operations for Manitowoc in Brazil.
The Manitowoc Co. manufactures crawler cranes, tower cranes, and mobile cranes for the heavy construction industry.