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25 April 2008

Howell Crane & Rigging used a Link- Belt ATC-3130 II all terrain crane to set support brackets and 5,000 pound (2.3 tonne) air handling units on the roof of a school in Texas, US. The units had to be positioned about 100 feet (30.5 m) in from the edge of the roof, “which required a heavy duty crane with lots of reach,” said Steve Icke, superintendent for project general contractor Bartlett-Cook. Initial estimates were that it would take about six hours to make all the lifts but Howell moved in, made the lifts, and left in about half that time. Crane operator Dale Kotara said the picks were “all in a day's work.” Kotara used the ATC-3130's full 170.6 foot (52 m) main boom set at a 134 feet (41 m) radius and a boom angle of 36 degrees.

Frank Howell founded Howell Crane and Rigging 27 years ago. Today, his son, Audie Howell is vice president and operations manager. They have 27 cranes including 10 Link-Belts. Although officially retired, Frank Howell is still the firm's president.

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