STROS first-timer at ConExpo in Las Vegas

07 May 2008

Zdenek Coubal of Stros says, “Our motto is, 'Your safety is our priority.' This is the only way to go when dealing with machines that transport people on construction sites. All our machines are certified according to European standards by the internationally recognized German authority TUV. We have supplied our products to North America since 2000. At first, it was our 5000 lb load capacity construction hoists. However, the North American market called for bigger load capacities and higher speeds. To reach load capacities of 6000 lb and 7000 lb and a speed of up to 300 fpm took more than just increasing the size of the motors: it took a great amount of effort to develop all the components so that they would withstand the hard operation parameters.”

Les Csaszar of URBAN CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT, Toronto, which is the STROS distributor in Canada and the states of New York and New Jersey, comments, “I can testify to this. My father Frank and I have spent a lot of time advising and consulting STROS over structural modifications to their hoists to make them comply with the ANSI and OSHA standards and eligible to enter the North American market. Specifically the KZ5 safety device will persuade customers of the safety of using STROS machines. These were developed, tested and certified to match the big hoists designated for America, and are the 'safety heart' of each hoist,.”

Bill Kratochvil of TEC HOISTS in Florida, distributor of STROS for the USA, maintains, “STROS has supplied dozens of machines to the east coast of the US, chiefly to Florida. The exhibit shown at Conexpo is part of our order for 10 new hoists. We expect further orders to follow from the exhibition.”

Juan Costa of Costa Group, Atlanta, Georgia, our distributor for the Caribbean, says:

I have worked with STROS since 2000. Customers in Puerto Rico prefer smaller hoists with load capacities ranging between 4,500 and 5,000lbs. With regard to the size of the market, the approximately 30 hoists supplied here show that we have become well established with STROS in Puerto Rico. Costa Group is presently beginning to offer the Stros Hoists in markets such as Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Panama. These markets are very promising markets for Costa Group and STROS.

STROS is looking to expand its activities in North America by supplying permanently installed special purpose industrial elevators.

An example of one of STROS's unique projects is that of supplying a special mobile hoist for the Canadian Navy, which travels along a submarine during maintenance and repair.

Zdenek Coubal concludes, “We intend to continue to manufacture everything in our factory. It is the only way to keep the quality under control. We are satisfied with the way we presented our company at Conexpo and would like to thank everybody who visited our booth. We are only sorry that we were not able to treat the visitors to Czech Pilsner Urquell beer as we did at Bauma.”

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