R&D Crane, a division of the Cherubini Group of Companies operating in Atlantic Canada, recently expanded their extensive fleet with the purchase of a new Grove GMK5250L. R&D Crane has been providing crane services to a broad range of industries, including construction, commercial, marine, wind and residential for over 30 years. The addition of the new 300 ton Grove all terrain crane was fueled by increased demand in the market, especially in R&D’s primary fields of focus, including bridge and structural erection, tilt-up building panel erection and industrial mechanical machinery (ac units) installs.
The years of experience erecting buildings and bridges helped R&D form its current team of certified equipment operators, engineers and managers, including General Manager, Aaron Harvey. This skilled team treats every lift like it’s their own and has developed a strong reputation of having the knowledge and experience to complete any job safely and efficiently.
R&D’s equipment fleet ranges from a 27 ton boom truck to a 450 ton all terrain crane, allowing for versatility in the type and number of jobs they perform. The erection of structural steel and steel bridge girders for Cherubini Metal Works drove the demand for mobile cranes. Using the market as an opportunity, in 2016 R&D Crane started to increase the number of mobile cranes in their fleet. Since then, they have purchased various Grove cranes including a Grove GMK6400, a Grove TMS9000E, a Grove TMS9000-2 and a Grove GRT880. The most recent addition, the brand new GMK5250L, all terrain crane offers groundbreaking technologies and was designed with advancements focusing on enhancing jobsite versatility, lowering operating costs and increasing return on investment.
The GMK5250L was received in May of this year and its inaugural job was just one week later erecting the William Trail Bridge in Waverly, Nova Scotia. The 300 ton crane is equipped with a 230 foot MEGAFORM main boom manufactured with the Twin-Lock boom pinning system, ensuring that the boom is among the most stable on the market. The machine’s dimensions allow for excellent roadability while providing a stronger reach and load chart than many fixe-axle cranes in its class. Other new advancements include Manitowoc’s user-friendly “CCS” Crane Control System and the VIAB Turbo clutch module, which was designed to improve fuel economy and increase maneuverability.
“Due to increased demand in the market, coupled with many upcoming bridge erection jobs, the new GMK5250L was an essential purchase to continue with the work that we do. The decision to purchase the Grove GMK5250L comes down to our comfort with the Grove/Manitowoc product lines, our 25 year relationship with Shawmut Equipment and their professional team of technicians that provide the customer service and support we need,” said R&D Crane General Manager Aaron Harvey.
R&D Crane is backed by a strong suite of support companies and has earned an excellent reputation making them a one-stop-shop for any customer’s crane needs. In addition to specializing in bridge and structural erection, R&D Crane is very focused on expanding their work in the advancing energy sector. For more on R&D Crane, visit their website: https://www.rndcrane.com/