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NAI Cranes Are Essential Equipment at Army Aviation Facility

September 2009

WOBURN, Massachusetts – North American Industries (NAI) is designing and building five overhead bridge cranes for an Army Aviation Support Facility in Cheyenne, WY. The cranes range from 0.5 ton to 10 tons in capacity and will be essential pieces of equipment for operations at the military installation. NAI is working with the general contractor, owner, and other parties on the Cheyenne aviation facility to ensure the cranes meet minimum clearance requirements so as to avoid conflicts with sectional doors. NAI is also planning the production schedule in its manufacturing facility to help the general contractor meet project deadlines. An NAI crane technician has recently visited the site for a pre-installation walk-through, and crane installation will occur in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The 103,000 square-foot, $42 million aviation support facility, one of three buildings currently under construction on the northwest side of the F.E. Warren Air Force Base, will be set up to provide maintenance to Black Hawk helicopters. The plan calls for a specially designed and equipped ‘deconstruction’ bay which will allow technicians to completely deconstruct and rebuild the Black Hawks. The military will also be able to store some of the $19 million worth of on-Base aircraft and other valuable equipment inside the facility to minimize wear or damage from severe weather. The general contractor plans to have the major portion of facility construction complete in 2010.

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 full 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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