Crane Takes KUA to New Heights

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 2, 2007 – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) on Friday accepted delivery of the tallest aerial device in its 140-vehicle fleet. The hydraulic telescopic crane will be used by utility crews for construction and repair of utility poles and lines.

The crane has a working height of 168 feet – equivalent to a 17-story building – and a lifting capacity of 38 tons. On a clear day at full height, a passenger is able to see up to a distance of 22 miles.

The $273,300 truck was manufactured by Birmingham, Ala.-based Altec Industries, Inc. The investment is expected to pay for itself within five years in reduced crane rental costs.

When working on a job site, retractable outriggers are extended horizontally from the truck chassis then down vertically to level and stabilize the crane while stationary and hoisting. The outriggers must lift all the weight of the truck up off the tires to provide maximum stability.

KUA crews have been trained on the operation of the crane over the past several months using a loaner vehicle supplied by Altec.

At a ceremony held Friday, the device was extended to full height and christened with bottled water by KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh and Kissimmee City Commissioner Cheryl Grieb.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com