March 5, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nev. The MCM & CIC Crane Operator Skills Challenge has started at CONEXPO Gold Lot Booth G-2975. The Qualifier Event began March 4 and continues today in search of another finalist to compete in the Championship. The Championship will kick off at 9 am on March 6 with Tyler Mayo of BGM, Inc. Mayo placed second at the North Oxford, Mass. Qualifier hosted by Cranes 101 and Wood’s CRW. The finalists from the Orlando Qualifier, hosted by Crane Institute, Florida Crane Owner’s Council and M&P Specialty Insurance, will be in attendance. Thomas Cunningham of Sims Crane & Equipment will show his skills March 6 and Kenneth Bowyer of All Crane Rental of Florida on March 7.
The Qualifier Events consisted of the barrel dunk, slalom and pipe. The Championship Events will consist of a modification of the qualifier event plus simulator and rigging challenges.
We would like to wish all of the crane operators competing ‘Good Luck.’ Winners will be announced at 4:30 pm March 7.
2012 was a big year for Crane Institute of America.
This year we celebrated our 25th Anniversary.
Our first event was in July when we offered special discounted prices on products for the whole month. We also raffled off a free Mobile Crane Operator and Rigger/Signalperson Training Program to 2 lucky winners! Congratulations to Terry Thibodeaux for winning the Rigger/Signalperson Training and Brent Pinkerton for winning the Mobile Crane Operator Training!
In the fall, we hosted the Southeast Regional Crane Operator Rodeo Event where James Anderson took home first place. If you missed it, you can watch the fun here! Also, look out for the 2013 Crane Supplemental Guide in the January Issue of the Crane & Rigging Hotline Magazine!
In December, we awarded one free Mobile Crane Operator Training program scholarship to an employee of a Florida Crane Owner’s Council (FCOC) Member. Johnathan Camp was the lucky winner! Also in December, we held our second and final anniversary promotion; since you only turn 25 once! Crane Institute gave away 3 Cranky and Flynn Fisher Price Toys to winners of our online contest: James Cox, Jessie Smith and Don Thompson! These toys were just in time for Christmas!
We hope everyone had as much fun this year as we did! Here’s to a wonderful 2012 and an even better 2013!
The moment everyone has been waiting for. . .The winner of the National Crane Operator Rodeo is announced!
On October 27 in Davenport, Fla. the 10 winners of the Regional Rodeos from all over the U.S. competed for the title of the 2012 Crane Rodeo Champion! The events they competed in where a hybrid of what they had originally experienced at Regionals! Boom lengths were longer, Pipe Event was modified to include a dunk and let’s not forget about the constant wind from Hurricane Sandy just offshore the east coast of Florida! At the end of the day only one competitor was allowed to be called the 2012 Crane Rodeo Champion!
Congratulations to Jesse Pettit of Maxim Crane in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Phoenix Regional Rodeo resulted in 2 new qualifiers to compete in the National Championship Rodeo. Jesse Pettit of Maxim Crane was awarded second place and with a time of nearly three minutes faster, was John Seach of Marco Crane in first place! Congratulations to the Phoenix Regional Qualifier Winners!
Remember. . . 4 Down and only 1 To Go.
Sign up today for the last Regional Qualifier Event held at Crane Institute of America Headquarters in Sanford, FL October 13! See you there!