Irish Mantis sells in US

20 March 2008

Tower crane company Mantis Cranes in Ireland has secured a deal with Celtic Self Erecting Cranes in the US, worth just over Euro2million ($US2.7 million). The Donegal-based supplier and manufacturer's latest product, the TC25 self erecting tower crane has already set sail for the US and will be followed by two 32.10 models during June and July.

A further 15 self-erecting cranes will cross the Atlantic during the last quarter of this year and 2008.

Celtic Cranes, owned by New York State-based concrete contractor Smith Bros, will distribute them in the US. Seamus McMenamin, Chief Executive of Mantis Cranes, said: “This is positive progress for our company and we are pleased to be doing business with Smith Bros Mantis has been expanding into new markets and to secure the American market is a real breakthrough. Adapting our cranes to US market specification took a lot of work but the end result is great motivation for myself and the Mantis Cranes team.”

Mantis Cranes was set up in 1999 and claims to be the only manufacturer of self-erecting cranes outside mainland Europe.

Manufacturing takes place in Killygordon where it employs 42 workers.

Van Smith, CEO of Smith Bros, said the decision to work with Mantis came following research into self-erecting crane manufacturers throughout Europe.

“We visited the company's manufacturing facilities and head office and liked what we saw. We felt it was a tightly run organisation, which focused on the customer and all-round quality. We are looking forward to a long and prosperous working relationship with Mantis,” he added.

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