600-ton crane at work in Blowing Rock
By Jeff Eason
Superior Cranes, Inc. of Rockingham, NC, brought the crane to Blowing Rock last week, in pieces on five tractor trailers. The crane is Superior Cranes' 600-ton Demag AC500-2, an all-terrain crane that features a main boom that is 183-feet tall, and an extension jib that is 295-feet tall, for a total capable height of 478 feet. A crew of three men operate the crane.
According to Superior Cranes official Joe Parsons, the crane will be in operation in Blowing Rock through Wednesday, July 2.
The sinkhole appeared in the Tanger parking lot on June 17, 2013 after several days of heavy rain.
For more information on the giant crane, pick up a copy of this week's edition of The Blowing Rocket.