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Lift trucks lift miles of product 10 feet at a time

Casebook 2012: Heavy-duty lift truck delivers reliability during a project of historic proportions.
By Josh Bond, Senior Editor
October 13, 2011

Located in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Langley Concrete Group has been an industry leader in the Canadian precast concrete market for more than four decades. Langley was selected to work on a two-stage, 1,000-piece sewage pipe-laying project, spanning 1.8 miles. It’s one of the largest sanitary sewer pipe projects in the area for nearly 50 years, and it requires a massive and durable lift truck.

Each section of the project’s 120-inch diameter PVC-lined concrete pipe is 10 feet long and weighs 54,000 pounds. Mark Omelaniec, president of Langley, even considered a mobile gantry crane before ultimately purchasing a lift truck with a lifting capacity of 105,000 pounds.

Since the purchase of the truck, Langley has completed the first section, consisting of 425 pipe sections. The next 575 pipe sections were scheduled to be shipped during the summer of 2011 and completed in the early fall. A second phase, anticipated to be tendered in 2012 or 2013, will consist of an additional 1,100 pieces of pipe and cover a further 2.5 miles. The truck has so far enabled Langley to ship, handle and load the pipe product onto trucks while maintaining excellent uptime and dependability.

In addition to the largest lift truck in his fleet, Langley has 35 lift trucks of the same brand at its Chilliwack plant, distribution yard and a remote operation.

“Langley is proud to say that we have a strong and long-lasting partnership with our equipment provider,” says Omelaniec. “They have always provided us with great customer service and the information and parts that we need for our two on-site technicians to service our trucks. Our lift trucks have allowed us to be on time and on budget—very important factors to our bottom line.”


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About the Author

Josh Bond
Senior Editor

Josh Bond is Senior Editor for Modern, and was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and associate editor. He has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce University.

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