Burkhalter Engineers Biggest Freight Transfer at Kentucky Port

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Successful barge offload and heavy haul delivery of JIER mechanical presses to DANA Corporation by Burkhalter Rigging adds significant economic potential to the Eddyville River and Industrial Port Authority.

Burkhalter Rigging, Inc. (http://www.burkhalter.net), the award-winning specialized lift, rigging, and transport professionals who engineer solutions with a major emphasis on safety for heavy industry announce the successful barge offload and heavy haul delivery of JIER mechanical presses to the Hopkinsville auto parts plant of DANA Corporation. An impressive heavy haul, lift, and transport achievement that adds significant economic potential to Eddyville River and Industrial Port Authority.

“This is first time that anything of this magnitude (heavy and large) has come through here,” says Jay Hunt, operations manager for the Eddyville River and Industrial Port Authority. “By being new to us, we really didn’t know what to expect. We were somewhat concerned about how something so big would be brought off the water onto the bank. I was pleasantly surprised by how efficient and smooth Burkhalter made the transfer. We now have high expectations for more heavy-equipment to be offloaded at the Eddyville port.”

Burkhalter Rigging will deliver four presses in all — two that weigh 2,500 tons each, and two that weigh 1,000 tons each. Burkhalter Rigging was chosen by Toledo Press Company to transport and millwright the four metal-stamping presses manufactured by the JIER Mechanical Press Company. The stamping-press components were offloaded from a barge by a self-propelled Goldhofer trailer. Transportation overland was by a Goldhofer, 16-line, 1 1/2 wide, multi-axle hydraulic platform/trailer.

“Our specialized heavy lift, rigging, and haul services often create business and economic advantages that are long-lasting and considerable,” says Delynn Burkhalter, CEO and president of Burkhalter Rigging, Inc. “I am confident that bringing such a heavy cargo through the Eddyville port facility was once thought impossible. Fortunately, we knew that our specialized equipment and engineering would make the port a strategic alternative to a lengthy and expensive overland route. Plain and simple, Burkhalter Rigging lowers costs and speeds deliveries by doing the seemingly impossible—safely.”

About DANA Corporation

Dana Corporation designs and manufactures products for every major vehicle producer in the world. Dana is focused on being an essential partner to automotive, commercial, and off-highway vehicle customers who collectively produce more than 60 million vehicles every year.

About Toledo Press Company and JIER Machine-Tool Group Company, LTD

Toledo Press Company of Toledo, Ohio is the exclusive distributor of JIER mechanical presses.

Founded in 1937, JIER Machine-Tool Group Company employs 4,900 employees at its 1.01 million sq. meters manufacturing plant in Jinan, Shandong Province, P.R. China. JIER is one of the largest & leading heavy-duty press and CNC milling machine-tool makers. Its products are exported to 50 countries and regions worldwide.

About Burkhalter Rigging, Inc.

For more than 30 years, Burkhalter Rigging has provided heavy industry with a full range of multimodal capabilities including barge, rail and heavy-haul highway transport. Burkhalter’s extensive capabilities and specialized gantry systems, strand jacks, and lift frames make it a significant leader in the industry. Difficult, heavy, and large lifts are made possible because Burkhalter engineers use time-proven methods and the latest computer modelling to support expert craftsmen who regularly exceed the company’s exacting standards of precision and safety.

For the fifth-year running, Burkhalter has won a Step Platinum Award, the highest national honor for safety by the Associated Builders and Contractors. Burkhalter safely engineers every aspect of lifts, rigging, and specialized transport. Every maneuver is procedurally designed, planned, and executed by a team of engineers, superintendents, and project managers in accordance with Burkhalter’s ISO 9001:2000 Quality System. Telephone: (662) 327-7711.

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