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10CContractorswantingthepulseoftheindustryinOhioshouldlooknofurtherthantheboomingmarketforcranesinthestate.GrantedthereisnoofficialcranesaleseconomicindicatorhoweverColumbusEquipmentCompanyhasbeentakingordersforcranesataratethatsurprisesevensomelong-timemarketobservers.AmongthecranesColumbusEquipmentsoldin2014wereitsfirstLink-Belt238HSLa150-tonlatticecrawleralongwiththefirsttwoLink-Belt100-tontruckcranesColumbusEquipmenthassold.NationwidetheyearstartedoutpositivelywithplentyofexcitementaboutcranesatConExponotedD.AnnSlaytonShifflereditorofAmericanCranesTransportamonthlytrademagazine.ConExpowasverypositiveandpeoplehadagoodoutlookfortheyear.Craneusageisupnationwideshesaidwithrentalratessolidandcraneutilizationratesrising.ButaftertheenthusiasmofConExposaleshavevariedbyloca-tion.PocketssuchasOhioPennsylvaniaandtheGulfCoastareseeingstrongercranesalesbecauseoilandgasisreallydrivingbusinessforcranesShifflersaid.InotherregionsoftheU.S.cranesaleshavecooledofftostable.GaryRicedistrictsalesmanagerforLink-BeltagreesthatthehugeupswingincranesalesrightnowinOhiohastodowithoilandgas.Oncedrillingbeginsandrefiningplantsopeninanareahesaidtheactivityfeedsotherbuildingactivityhotelstohouseworkersarebuiltfollowedbyrestaurantsandothercommercialventures.AsthatpatternripplesthroughoutOhiocontrac-torsregainconfidencethattheywillcontinuetohaveprojectstoworkon.TheyneedthatconfidencetoConExpowasverypositiveandpeoplehadagoodoutlookfortheyear.D.AnnSlaytonShifflerEditorAmericanCranesTransportMagazineOilandGasIndustryTrickleDownFUELSHISTORICBOOMINOHIINDUSTRYNEWS