Wisconsin based Reynolds Rigging and Crane Service has taken delivery of the first Potain MDT 489 tower crane in North America. It has erected the new crane on a residential construction site near the state capitol in its home town of Madison.
Launched last year the 20/25 tonne MDT 489 flat top is helping build the Wilson Apartments development with views of nearby Lake Monona. The main contractor is locally based Stevens Construction.
The new crane is configured with an under hook height of 54 metres and a jib 55 metre jib with a jib tip capacity of 9.3 tonnes, which is proving ideal for the concrete work required on the build.
Manitowoc chief executive Aaron Ravenscroft visited the site to meet with the crane’s owners, Mark Reynolds and sons Nicholas and Nathanael to watch the crane at work.
Mark Reynolds said: “We have recently purchased two MDT 489 cranes to complement our rental fleet. Our expectations have been surpassed with these cranes. They are easy and efficient to haul, fast to erect, and smooth to operate - features that have helped us complete work more efficiently. The flat top design has been very advantageous on a two crane site. We look forward to continuing to employ these cranes to help us lead the competition and provide the best cranes available for our customers.”
Reynolds was established as a livery stable and dray line in 1888 by Mark Reynold's great-great Grandmother. His grandfather, Henry Reynolds, purchased the company’s first crane in 1946, which has been recently refurbished. Today it runs a fleet of mobile cranes, telehandlers, aerial lifts and several Potain tower cranes. It is also a Tadano, Magni, Xtreme and Snorkel dealer.