US crane rental and sales company Hoffman Equipment has celebrated its 100th anniversary and to mark the occasion has ordered three Grove Rough Terrain cranes - a 108 tonne GRT8120, an 80 tonne GRT880 and 65 tonne RT770 - along with two Manitowoc crawler cranes, a 100 tonne MLC100-1 and a 150 tonne MLC150-1.
Two of the cranes ordered, the Grove GRT81020 and the Manitowoc MLC150-1, were launched at Conexpo last month. The GRT81020, is the latest model in Grove’s GRT range and features a seven section 60 metre main boom, the longest available on an RT of this size. A choice of manual or hydraulic offset extensions take the maximum tip height to almost 81 metres.
The MLC150-1 offers a maximum boom length of 78 metres and can topped with a 24 metre fixed jib and offers a maximum capacity of 27 tonnes. Alternatively a 52 metre luffing jib can be specified with a maximum capacity of 46 tonnes.
Established in 1920, Hoffman started out as a transport company when brothers Bill and Harry Hoffman purchased their first truck. The company expanded steadily over the next 30 years, and became a heavy hauling and rigging specialist, however this business was later eclipsed by Hoffman Rigging & Crane Service after the company purchased its first crane in the early 1940s. Its fleet has expanded steadily since then and now comprises 75 mobile cranes with capacities up to 270 tonnes.
Towards the end of 1970s Hoffman purchased an equipment distributor in Piscataway, New Jersey, where it relocated its headquarters. The company is now owned by Tim Watters – a third generation of the Hoffman family to run the business – and runs a fleet of cranes, demolition and material handling equipment. It also represents Manitowoc, Grove, National, Case, NPK, Atlas Copco and JCB from six locations throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.