Fast growing AmQuip Corporation opened its newest full-service facility on 25 and 26 June with a weekend of celebrations with family members and special guests. More than 60 industry, union and political dignitaries attended the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first day and more than 400 customers, operating engineers, employees and relations attended the open house on the second day.

The new 1.8ha facility is in Carteret, New Jersey and includes 1,380m2 of shopfloor, with seven bays.

Construction has also started on a 76m radio tower that will expand the company’s two-way radio communication network.

“We needed this kind of new facility to support the growing demand we are experiencing in the area,” said AmQuip president Joseph Wesley.

Those attending, as well as local union and political leaders, included Frank Hanley, general president of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Grove Crane president Jeff Bust, Terex Cranes sales director Linda Pruin, and Hans Schiller, the president of Liebherr distributor Schiller International. Eberhard Kuhn, managing director of Mannesmann Dematic, also visited from Germany.

Wesley said that Carteret would provide an important stepping stone for further expansion north and south. In the next three years, the company plans to expand to provide local service from Boston to Washington, DC. AmQuip currently operates facilities in Bethlehem and Marcus Hook in Pennsylvania, and in Carteret.