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Maintenance, cranes, Nicosia, Greece
29 December, 2008

Konecranes and SteelTeam sign service deal
29 December, 2008

Inspection, hoists and cranes, Germany
24 December, 2008

Calls for recognition of manufacturers' 'key role'
24 December, 2008

MHIA to stage industry press conference
22 December, 2008

Hoist blog reaches century milestone
22 December, 2008
As the 100th blog goes live on this website, Hoist editor Richard Howes calls for greater input from industry, invites a sponsor, looks forward to the first trade show of the New Year, and finds out what happened when a fellow professional turned his hand to rigging, just for a day.

HMI and MMA launch certified programs
19 December, 2008

Hoist chains, Missouri, US
19 December, 2008

Former crane operator joins raging debate
18 December, 2008

Chain hoist/travelling crane, Iowa, US
17 December, 2008

Hear, hear!
17 December, 2008
A former overhead crane operator has launched a stinging response to claims that assembly-line workers should not out-earn teachers, published recently in the letters pages of

Fine cut after overhead crane death
17 December, 2008

Vacuum lifter for heavy porous blocks
16 December, 2008
A new, below-the-hook, self-contained vacuum lifter with an electric power station for handling heavy porous blocks and construction materials has been introduced by Anver Corporation of Hudson, Massachusetts.

Alteration, cranes and hoists, France
15 December, 2008

DavyMarkham picks up double award
15 December, 2008

Gantry cranes and hoists, Texas, US
14 December, 2008

German Stagemaker distributor named
13 December, 2008

US firm snaps up stage rigger Summit Steel??
12 December, 2008
UK event rigging company Summit Steel has been bought by Production Resource Group LLC (PRG).OCH understands that founder Jon Bray and his team will remain in their roles, while the brand, logo and identity will exist as before.PRG CEO Jere Harris said: "We are delighted to add Summit Steel to PRG's portfolio of brands in the UK and Europe.  A specialist rigging supplier of this strength and reputation will complement and enhance our existing brands in the region and our business globally."Bray responded: "The team at Summit Steel are looking forward to becoming a member of PRG's group of companies.  Our relationship with our new UK sister companies within the group, PRG Lighting and Essential Lighting, will provide exciting new collaborative opportunities for our businesses."He added that the resources available to the firm from a global organization will "help us develop the Summit Steel brand further and diversify the range of equipment."Summit is the exclusive supplier of rigging services to London's O2 Arena.?PRG, which was formed in 1996, provides lighting, rigging, sound and projection services from 14 locations in the US, alongside bases in Canada, Mexico, the UK and Japan.

Gantry cranes with 3 US ton hoists, Texas, US
11 December, 2008

Sign of the times
11 December, 2008
I'm getting an increasing amount of calls from city firms researching the global overhead lifting market. There are a number of reasons for this.