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Prillaman’s Crane & Rigging Adds Liebherr LTM 1090-4.2 Mobile Crane to Fleet

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — One day after taking delivery of a Liebherr LTM 1090-4.2 mobile crane, Prillaman’s Crane & Rigging put it on a job, supporting inspection work on rides at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

“What the crane does well is reaching the highest in confined spaces,” said Owner Paul Prillaman. “We’re always working tightly around the park rides. We chose the LTM 1090-4.2 for that really tall reach — it’s really good for that niche market.”

The LTM 1090-4.2 is a four axle, 110 U.S. ton-class crane with a 197-foot telescopic boom and a maximum hoist height of 249 feet. With nearly 200 feet of boom as standard equipment, when the company performed the theme park job, Prillaman said, “We did not have to put a jib in the crane,” which made the work more efficient.

Established in 2007, Prillaman’s is a crane rental and rigging business based in Hampton, Virginia. Prillaman’s employs nearly 30 people and has 16 cranes total, including two others made by Liebherr: an LTM 1130-5.1 and an LTM 1250-5.1.

In addition to work at the theme park, the company also supports cell phone tower construction and maintenance. Jobs in that sector are about 20 percent of the company’s market, according to Prillaman. After his first experience with Liebherr a few years ago, Prillaman was hooked.

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“When I bought my first Liebherr, I price shopped it against a few other cranes, and I was told Liebherr is worth it. I’ve owned that crane for six years now and it’s never had any problems — just routine maintenance,” he said. When Prillaman bought his next Liebherr, the 1250-5.1, a 300 U.S. ton-class crane, he said he only looked at Liebherr.

“What’s made me such a believer in Liebherr is you’re not buying a piece of equipment. What you sell is an invitation to the family,” he said. “I remember Daniel Pitzer, a Managing Director of Liebherr USA, Co., telling me when I bought my last crane ‘Welcome to the family.’”

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