CRS receives new contract with AltaSteel
By Krysta Martell, Sherwood Park News
Strathcona County’s AltaSteel has a new overhead gantry crane courtesy of CRS CraneSystems.
On March 21, AltaSteel held a function where they awarded a contract to CRS Crane Systems of Strathcona County for the $1.5-million crane.
The new crane is being installed to allow AltaSteel to increase reinforcing bar production capability at their steel manufacturing facility on 34 Street in Edmonton.
“Our mindset of supporting local businesses and the community led to our discovery of CRS Crane Systems as a suitable supplier of the new rebar crane for our mill, and led to an invitation to quote,” said Mark Seidel, director of engineering for AltaSteel.
“One of CRS’ value propositions when reviewing alternate offers was their regional presence — local support, an openness in sharing their manufacturing process with us, and their ability to service the crane post installation.”
Mark Lodge of CRS Crane Systems said the decision by AltaSteel not only supports local business during difficult economic times, but also provides longer-term opportunities for CRS Crane Systems to support AltaSteel.
Geoff Clinton, vice-president of sales and marketing for AltaSteel noted he was pleased when Seidel advised him of his decision to buy the crane locally.
“We are actively promoting to the Canadian construction industry the significance of buying Canadian Steel, and it is important that we show a similar behaviour towards our suppliers,” he said.
County Mayor Roxanne Carr said it was pleasing to see an investment in manufacturing capability during these times of economic uncertainty.
Sherwood Park MLA Annie McKitrick also expressed her support for the project and the hope that, in turn, it leads to further domestic support for AltaSteel’s products.
AltaSteel has been operating in Strathcona County since 1955, and has the ability to supply 100,000 tons per year of reinforcing bar for western Canadian markets.
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