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June 24, 2021
Wind, industrial, and construction markets driving rough terrain crane demand
May 6, 2021
Boom and Scissor Lifts support one-stop-shop mission. Include New Skyjack SJ16, JLG 600AJ, 660SJ, 860SJ, 1200SJP, and 1500SJ; and booms from Genie, Z-62, S-65, and Z-80.
April 15, 2021
Jib and attachment package part of the latest purchase
February 26, 2021
Most powerful crawler crane in its class offers 880 USt, 663 feet of hoist height
February 16, 2021
New Liebherr Crane Delivery has begun and continues through 2021. The new All-Terrain cranes include: LTM 1120-4.1, LTM 1130-5.1, and LTM 1230-5.1; three each of LTM 1160-5.2 and LTM 1450-8.1; and one each of LTM 1110-5.1, LTM 1150-5.3, and LTM 1650-8.1.
January 31, 2021
With brothers and sister-in-law, he created the crane rental category in 1964
November 20, 2020
The latest Link-Belt Crane purchase makes it 25 units on the year
October 28, 2020
Grove GRT8120 Cranes Offer Small footprint, long reach, and bolstered capacity perfect for tight spaces
September 30, 2020
Not even a global pandemic can stop commitment to continuous improvement at the All Family of Companies
August 20, 2020
Liebherr LTM 1650 the “Ultimate machine on eight axles” offers Improvements to LTM 1500, the best-selling large crane.
August 5, 2020
Tower Cranes from Liebherr and Manitowoc includes industry-leading jib length, hook height, and capacity
July 8, 2020
ALL Family of Companies Named a Load King Cranes Authorized Service Center
July 1, 2020
Jeffers Crane Service General Manager Butch Bucher is hanging up his hard hat after 32 years. Jeffers’ GM Butch Bucher’s last day on the job will be Thursday, July 2, 2020.
June 9, 2020
ALL Crane adds 16 New Link-Belt Telecrawler Cranes. New TCC-800 Telecrawlers and revamped RT 100 part of the package
May 12, 2020
Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) Recognizes the Dawes GM for 15 years of service.
April 29, 2020
Save time and money by using the Shared Equipment Program (SEP). Allows General Contactor to act as the primary renter of cranes and other equipment. Subs coordinate usage.
April 7, 2020
Spring edition of ALL Crane customer communication available online
March 25, 2020
The ALL Family of companies continues to support essential operations. Following health and safety crane operation best practices.
March 5, 2020
The versatile unit is headed south to add depth to the fleet covering that region.
February 19, 2020
Grove GRT9165 Cranes added to the All Crane Fleet. The Grove Rough Terrain Crane offers the highest capacity and the longest reach of any Grove RTs. Get a Quote Now

Thousand-Foot View: Tallest Tower Crane in Chicago Hits New High for ALL

January 9, 2019

In the past few years, very few cities in America have seen more tower crane construction than Chicago. On any given day, dozens of towers dot the horizon—evidence of a building boom totaling in the billions of dollars, with no signs of slowing.

The current king of the landscape, a Potain MD 485 tower crane, was provided and erected by Central Contractors Service, Inc., a member of the ALL Family of Companies. Standing tall above all others in Chicago, it rises to approximately 1,000 feet—nearly a fifth of a mile.

It is helping to build one of the most highly anticipated high-rise residences in the city, the NEMA Chicago apartment tower. The 76-story skyscraper, with panoramic views of downtown and Lake Michigan, will have 800 units when complete, as well as 12,000 square feet of retail and 600 parking spaces.

“Having the highest crane in the city, in such a visible location at the south end of Grant Park, is a fitting symbol of Central’s presence in the booming Chicago market,” said John Martello, general manager of Central Contractors Service. “Our tower crane technicians are seasoned veterans of the Chicago construction climate. They possess the knowledge and experience to deal with all challenges that the city can deliver. Whether it’s logistical challenges or brutal weather, the team always pulls through to get the job done.”

Central Contractors Service placed the Potain MD 485 in spring 2017, with the current 1,000 feet representing its final hook height. Scaling such heights did come with a challenge or two, particularly related to the wire rope hoist needed for the job. “We had to find one that could withstand the heavy work load that was expected, as well as perform well at the final height,” said Martello. “With some research and the experience that our team brought to the job, we used three separate wire ropes to accommodate the stature of this crane as it climbed to greater and greater heights.”

The job began with the standard 1,500-foot wire rope, then switched to 1,850-foot rope with 4-part reeving, and for the final phase is finishing with 2,850 feet of wire rope with 2-part reeving. With quality wire rope and highly experienced operators, each phase has been performed with no issues. The crane itself has performed very little downtime over the life of the project, which Martello attributes to the service provided by his team.

James McHugh Construction, which has a two-decade relationship with Central Contractors Service, is the general contractor on the job. The NEMA apartment tower is expected to open to tenants next year. Like the tower crane that’s raising it, the finished building will be one of the tallest in the city.

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Celebrating 20 years with company, ready to capitalize on regional building boom
September 28, 2018
Branch honored at Safety and Health Conference in Nashville
August 31, 2018
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July 24, 2018
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May 11, 2018
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May 1, 2018
Outgoing GM Clay Thoreson retires after five decades in crane business
January 30, 2018
Associated General Contractors of Tennessee - Knoxville (AGC) Bestows Honor
January 24, 2018
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