New Grove cranes lift steel firm

Derek Pierce and Jeremy Welford, UK sales manager, Grove Product, Manitowoc Cranes.

STRUCTURAL steelwork and steel erection contractor, J & D Pierce (Contracts) Ltd, has welcomed an additional two new Grove all-terrain cranes to its fleet.

Used every day, the company’s six Grove cranes are central to its growing business, performing up to 50 lifts a day at a wide variety of large-scale projects.
Four of J & D Pierce’s Grove cranes are currently working on one of the largest fabrication and erection projects undertaken by the company in Scotland. The cranes are charged with installing more than 6,000 t of steel and 20,000 t of precast concrete slabs at City Campus, a £220 million development in Glasgow.
J & D Pierce bought its first two Grove cranes in 1997 and has made regular purchases since then. Last year the company added a 100 t capacity GMK4100L and a 55 t capacity GMK3055. Following the success of both cranes at various challenging job sites, J & D Pierce added another unit of each crane in August this year.
With further growth on the horizon, J & D Pierce is keen to expand its project list and its fleet of cranes will be central to that ambition, as managing director Derek Pierce explained. “These four new Grove cranes have helped us to deliver some of the biggest steel structure projects in Scotland,” he said. “They work hard and are very reliable. As our business grows in this market, we are sure to expand our fleet and I am confident that Grove cranes will be part of our expansion for many years to come.”
J & D Pierce’s Grove cranes predominantly lift pre-fabricated structural steel, but they also install precast concrete slabs, stairs and metal decking.
At the City Campus job site, the Grove cranes have a variety of materials and a huge variation in sizes to lift. Versatility and quick set-up are therefore chief among J & D Pierce’s needs. Added to that is the careful placement of each item, with some members measuring more than 20 m, each load must be lifted with precision.