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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

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