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NAI Provides Cranes for Largest Cement Plant in the World

September 2007

North American Industries (NAI) has been awarded a contract to provide four complete bridge cranes for what will be the largest cement plant in the world. F.L. Smidth, Inc., a leading supplier of cement process equipment and cement plant engineering, is procuring the equipment necessary for the plant which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2009.

The cranes will be installed by NAI in the new cement plant where construction has already begun in Missouri on 3,900 acres. The four underhung double girder cranes will remove barge hold covers to facilitate high speed loading of dry cement. After an area is filled, the cover will be replaced and another will be removed. The new cement plant will be able to produce 12,000 metric tons of powdered cement (clinker) per day and 4 million metric tons of finished cement each year. The overhead cranes have capacities of 5 metric tons achieved by eight 2.5 metric ton wire rope hoists with 82 feet of lift. The cranes meet NEMA 4 specifications to endure outdoor weather conditions. Motors and panels are equipped with heaters to eliminate any chance of condensation buildup. The projected ship date for the four cranes is December 1, 2007.

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