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Customer Success Story: SSLC

26.09.2016

Lifting Canadian Infrastructure to New Heights

Customer André Mylocopos, Approaches Manager
Company Signature on the Saint Lawrence Construction (SSLC)
Location Montreal, QC
Core Business Engineering Consortium Comprising Montreal, Quebec-based SNC-Lavalin and EBC; Ontario-based Dragados Canada; Richmond, BC-based Flatiron Constructors Canada: PPP agreement with the Government of Canada
Strongco Customer <5 years
Equipment 2 Manitowoc MLC650 Crawler Cranes with VPC-MAX Attachment
Program

Reconstruction of the Champlain Bridge, Montreal

Canada now has its first-ever MLC650 cranes, thanks to Strongco. As sole distributor of Manitowoc in the province of Quebec, our Cranes and Material Handling division recently negotiated the sale of two MLC650s to Signature on the Saint Lawrence Construction (SSLC), the engineering consortium assigned to build the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal.

The MLC650s are also the first cranes in the country to include the revolutionary new Variable Position Counterweight (VPC), game-changing technology that allows for increased productivity gains, efficient operations, risk mitigation and flexible lifting applications.

André Mylocopos, Approaches Manager for SSLC, said the Company wanted the 716 USt MLC650 for very clear reasons. “The MLC650 has better chart than other cranes in its class for the work envelope defined on this project. We are able to perform most lifts at less than 90% capacity, so this gives us a comfortable safety margin. The performance-enhancing VPC-MAX attachment is instrumental in giving us that headroom without having to drag a wagon behind the crane. We eliminated a number of cranes from consideration because they couldn’t meet our needs without a wagon, which is a major constraint, due to the limited work area. The MLC650s were ready to go upon erection.”

The units are ideally suited for the task given their performance in challenging weather conditions, making them ideal for the Canadian climate. This, combined with the ease of use of Manitowoc’s proprietary Crane Control System (CCS) is helping SSLC stay on-track with the demanding schedule.

“The VPC changes the way companies think about projects,” said Alex Boudreau, Strongco’s Crane Territory Manager. “The enhanced crane capacity and reduced ground preparation on the job site result in more time saved and less money spent, delivering better return on investment to the end customer.”

In addition to the two MLC650s, the bridge-building fleet also includes a 300 USt Manitowoc 2250, four 440 USt Manitowoc 16000s, two 1,433 USt ringer-enabled Manitowoc M250s, seven 150 USt Grove RT9150Es and two 130 USt Grove RT9130E-2s.

The Champlain Bridge is one of the busiest single-span highway bridges in Canada, which sees approximately 50 million vehicular crossings annually. Scheduled for completion in December of 2018, the project is currently one of the largest infrastructure public-private partnerships in North America.

“The MLC650 has better chart than other cranes in its class for the work envelope defined on this project… We eliminated a number of cranes from consideration because they couldn’t meet our needs without a wagon, which is a major constraint, due to the limited work area. The MLC650s were ready to go upon erection.”

~ André Mylocopos, Approaches Manager, SSLC

Customer Success Story: Eurovia

18.08.2016

Eco Operator Training a Win-Win for Eurovia and the Environment

Customer Christian Fortin, Equipment Manager
Company Construction DJL, a division of Eurovia
Location Boucherville, QC
Core Business A Québec leader in the production of high-quality road-buildingmaterials, including aggregates, asphalt coatings, binders, and emulsions
Strongco Customer >25 years
Equipment 1 VOLVO L220G and 2 VOLVO L250G Wheel Loaders
Program

VOLVO Eco Operator Training, St-Bruno, QC

Strongco is proud to promote a culture of leadership, accountability and participation in matters pertaining to preserving the environment. This core value extends to our customers and OEM partners, as we action ways to minimize our carbon footprint, while increasing productivity and efficiency, reducing machine wear-and-tear, and enhancing employee well-being.

Realizing that the machine operator can make a significant contribution to positive change, Yannick Montagano, Strongco’s Regional Vice President in Quebec approached Construction DJL, a division of Eurovia, a VOLVO national account, to participate in an advanced, three day eco driver training program sponsored by VOLVO CE. The session took place at one of Construction DJL’s own quarries in St-Bruno, under conditions set up to replicate the actual working operations of 3 customer-owned wheel loaders. Instructors Pascal Benoit Mouton and David Forget, pictured above, travelled from Lyon, France to observe all eight Construction DJL operators in action before and after the theoretical and practical training components.

The results were clear. By adopting only a few simple techniques, such as proper machine settings, lower engine speeds, and optimal tire pressure, all three loaders recorded a 6-7% reduction in fuel consumption. In fact, the outcome was so successful that Strongco and Eurovia plan to roll-out the program at other sites in the future.

“It’s about changing behaviours,” said Yannick Montagano. “The course is fundamental in Strongco’s strategy to help customers save costs, maintain operational effectiveness and gain a competitive advantage using eco-friendly solutions.”

Christian Fortin, Equipment Manager at Eurovia, has seen the value in the training first-hand: “We all have a responsibility to protect the environment – and Eurovia is a company that places importance on and invests heavily in sustainable operations worldwide. It’s also important to protect our machinery from major repair costs. The support of Strongco and the VOLVO Eco Operator Program makes it possible for us to fulfil both of these mandates.”

For more information and to schedule your own Eco Operator course today, contact Melissa Côté at mcote@strongco.com or (450) 686-8911.

"We all have a responsibility to protect the environment... It’s also important to protect our machinery from major repair costs. The support of Strongco and the VOLVO Eco Operator Program makes it possible for us to fulfil both of these mandates."

~ Christian Fortin, Equipment Manager, Eurovia Québec

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