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D D-Crane Rental LLC is involved in the biggest project the company has every tackled and its one of biblical proportions literally. The company is providing crane services for the Ark Encounter in Williamstown Kentucky where a full-scale reproduction of Noahs Ark is being built. When completed the ark will be the largest timber- frame structure in the United States measuring 510 feet long and 80 feet tall. D-Crane has three cranes on site including a Link-Belt HTC-86100 the company recently purchased from Columbus Equipment Company and a Link-Belt RTC-8065 rented for the job. Three D-Crane operators and a rigger will be working on the ark at least through the end of the year said Rob Domaschko Sr. owner of D-Crane. The RTC is being used to assist masons building towers and elevators shafts by lifting up blocks and mortar to heights forklifts cant reach. The 86100 and a Manitowoc crane are being used to lift up the timber bents that form the frame of the ark. The bents weigh about 25000 pounds each and the Link-Belt lifts them up about 90 feet and out 90 to 100 feet. The Troyer Groupcontractor for the projectis using Amish woodworkers alongside modern equipment such as that supplied by D-Crane. Domaschko had never worked with Troyer before and he thinks his companys location in Walton Kentucky not far from Williamstown might have led the contractor to first contact him. Attending two years of meetings and keeping quiet about the project until construction was ready to start also helped he reckoned. Landing the ark project provided an excellent reason to acquire the 100-ton Link-Belt Domaschko said. He had purchased a used Link-Belt HTC-8690 from Columbus Equipment Company about two years ago and we liked it so much it motivated us to get another one. Wed gotten dependent on having a big crane and couldnt do without one while it was tied up on a project for six months. The 86100 is an extremely operator-friendly crane he said. It also has a very strong chartthe strongest in its class of 100-ton truck cranes I think. We can set it up fast break it down fast and move on to the next project. It also goes down the road good and rides nice which makes the operator more comfortable and allows him to do more. D-Crane owns eight cranes ranging in size from a 23-ton boom truck to the 100-ton truck crane. Before he bought the Link-Belt truck cranes the biggest crane in the fleet was a 70-tonner. Naturally we can do a lot more with a 90- and 100-ton crane than with a 70-ton crane. Weve gone from being able to work 200 feet up to 230 feet up and from a 150-foot working radius to a 200-foot working radius. In our business higher is better LIFTING DIVISION D-Crane Rental LLC EXPANDS ARK OF INFLUENCE WITH NEW LINK-BELT HTC-86100 Ark Encounter materials are measured in standardized 20 cubitstraditionally a variable measurement from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow. The crew is 60-70 Amish and the 1.6-million board feet of timber is spruce and Douglas fir from Oregon and Washington states. The ark will be the largest timber-frame structure in the United States. 11