Transportes Montejo20 September 2011
Transportes Montejo, a logistics firm managing special cargo transportation and lifting with cranes, has been ranked the 55th largest transport company in the world, with five facilities in Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and the USA.
Hernán Montejo Leal and his wife Melba Riaño de Montejo opened the first location in Duitama, Boyacá, Colombia, in 1953. They are the parents of the current general manager Fernando Montejo. Fernando joined the business as soon as he finished high school.
When the company grew larger, big yards for the vehicles and machinery were required, and telephone communication with clients was complicated, so the company decided to buy a much bigger place located close to Bogotá, at Tocancipá. Their daughter, architect Melba Lucía Montejo, designed the facilities. In the 1990s, they built new facilities for working with companies located on the Caribbean coast, expanding the capabilities with special cargo transportation and lifting cranes.
In the 1990s, we built new facilities for work with companies located on the Caribbean coast, expanding our capabilities with special cargo transportation and lifting cranes. Big yards for the vehicles and machinery were required, and telephone communication with clients was complicated, so the company decided to buy a much bigger place located close to Bogotá.
The business in Colombia has been growing during the whole time that we have been in it. Since the year 2007, the hydrocarbon industry has pushed this expansion considering all the infrastructure projects that come with it, and of course, we have worked on many of these. The year 2008 brought constant growth despite the recession. It was a good one for the company and the growth hasn’t stopped until now.
Currently, we have around 550 people working for the company, including all the administrative and operational staff.
We’re expanding our office in Panamá as it has become a location with a lot of investment. It’s a geographical key point for having contact with all the South and Central American countries where we’re always ready to work.
We perform jobs internationally in Panamá, Venezuela, República Dominicana, Costa Rica, Surinam, Ecuador, Trinidad y Tobago, Grenada, Peru and, most recently, in Lithuania.
Our fleet of 60 cranes contains 22 Link Belts. We just bought a fleet of rough terrain Link Belt cranes because of their versatility and convenience, but we use all kinds of cranes depending the requirements of the job. We have cranes by Manitowoc Grove, Liebherr, Demag, Kobelco, Terex, Lorain, Marchetti, Tadano and Krupp, most of which were bought abroad. Our 14-strong boom truck fleet includes Terex and Palfinger.
Although we work in all fields to meet our clients’ needs, some of our cranes were purchased to meet the demand for lifting for industrial developments in the Colombian oil and gas sector.
We always want new cranes and, actually, we are always buying them; a couple of months ago we bought eight rough terrain link belt cranes between 44 and 71t capacity. Also, we bought 214 and 100t capacity Grove cranes, and 63 and 60t capacity Link Belt cranes, in addition to a couple of boom trucks. We are always growing to offer the best service.