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Stimulus Grant Allows Scarano Boat Building, Inc to upgrade Overhead Bridge Crane

November 2009

WOBURN, Massachusetts - North American Industries (NAI) recently designed and manufactured an overhead crane for Scarano Boat Building, Inc. in Albany, NY. Located in the Port of Albany, Scarano designs and builds custom yachts that range from sailing to power vessels. Scarano is also responsible for restoring great historical vessels to be put on display at museums.

Scarano was recently awarded $376 thousand in federal stimulus money under the Maritime Administration’s Small Shipyards Grant Program. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ('ARRA"), the federal government has allocated $98 million for the capital improvement of small shipyards and for worker training in maritime industries.

NAI will install a 10 ton, Class D, single-girder overhead bridge crane with a 63 foot span and a fully fabricated 140 foot runway system in Scarano’s main construction facility. This crane will have a single trolley with a 10 ton hoist and a three ton auxiliary hoist working in simultaneous operation. NAI has also agreed to retrofit an existing three ton single-girder overhead crane. With an original span of 58 feet, NAI has been tasked to relocate the crane and reduce its span by six feet.

NAI is a leading manufacturer of industrial overhead cranes including bridge cranes, gantry cranes, monorails, jib cranes, and custom-engineered systems. With its large, experienced engineering group, technical sales force and over 40 years of manufacturing expertise, the Company is well-positioned to handle the needs of a diverse range of end users. NAI designs, manufactures and installs crane components and crane systems for the military and municipalities as well as large and small operating businesses on a global basis. The Company is a member of the CMAA (Crane Manufacturers Association of America), and its crane systems are frequently featured in HOIST magazine.

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