Crane used in Carroll County sent to N.Y. for recovery efforts

September 20, 2001

One of the tallest cranes in the United States has made its way from Union Bridge in Carroll County to Manhattan, where rescue workers will use it to help sift through the heaviest rubble from the demolished World Trade Center.

Last week, New York rescue officials asked the Ohio-based All Erection and Crane Rental Corp. for help obtaining a large crane. The company was leasing the $5 million monster to Lehigh Portland Cement Co. in Union Bridge. Lehigh officials quickly agreed to send the 500-foot-tall crane to New York. Workers disassembled it during the weekend, and a fleet of trucks hauled it off Monday.

The red apparatus has towered over Union Bridge's rural landscape for much of the past year, lifting immense pieces of metal tubing into place on the Lehigh factory's new state-of-the-art kiln -- part of the company's $260 million expansion.

The crane can lift as much as 750 tons. It is not the biggest crane manufactured, said Lehigh plant manager Dave Roush, but there is only one other of its kind in the country.

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