Sennebogen Delivers the Largest Mobile Coal-Handler in North America
Erich Sennebogen Jr., managing director of Sennebogen GmbH, recently joined Brenda Brock, plant director at Midwest Generation’s Crawford Station in Chicago, Illinois, and her project team to formally present the key to the station’s new 880 EQ counterbalance coal-handling machine. Also taking part in the presentation were Constantino Lannes, president of Sennebogen LLC, and Tom Ellis, general manager of Howell Tractor, the regional distributor of Sennebogen equipment.
Weighing in at more than 200 t, the crawler-mounted 880 EQ is said to be the largest material handler now operating in North America. The machine is one of Sennebogen’s recently developed equilibrium models, which features a fixed counterbalance design to increase its reach and lifting capacity with minimal stress on the boom system.
With the inauguration of the 880 EQ, the barge unloading facility at Crawford Station on Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal finally returns to normal operation after its 50-year-old trailing tower crane was toppled in a wind storm in August, 2008. During his presentation, Mr. Sennebogen acknowledged the excellent support Howell Tractor provided to Midwest Generation through a 15-month period since the incident. “We are a global company; but we work closely with local partners like Howell. They are the arm of Sennebogen reaching into the local region. Our customers rely on close local support and service, and our partners rely on close support from Sennebogen.”
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