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MLC300 lifts where other cranes can’t at North America’s largest convention center


A Manitowoc MLC300 crawler crane owned by Central Contractors Service, a division of the ALL Family of companies, is constructing a new hotel at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Paul Urbanski, sales manager at Central, said that the 330 USt MLC300 was the best choice for the job thanks to the low ground bearing pressure made possible by its Variable Positioning Counterweight (VPC).

Contractors originally planned to use another 300 USt crawler crane, but the job site’s close proximity to a foundation wall made that choice impractical – the crane needed to be situated directly over a 30 ft-deep basement cavity, so a lifting solution with similar capacity but lower ground bearing pressure was necessary. The MLC300 is lifting 50 USt trusses and 5 USt steel bundles to heights of more than 70 ft as it helps construct the new hotel that will host guests of McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. The project began in January of 2016 and is scheduled to finish this summer.

About The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (“Manitowoc”) was founded in 1902 and has over a 116-year tradition of providing high-quality, customer-focused products and support services to its markets and its 2018 net sales were approximately $1.8 billion. Manitowoc is one of the world's leading providers of engineered lifting solutions. Manitowoc, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, markets, and supports comprehensive product lines of mobile telescopic cranes, tower cranes, lattice-boom crawler cranes, and boom trucks under the Grove, Manitowoc, National Crane, Potain, Shuttlelift and Manitowoc Crane Care brand names.
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