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11makeamajorpurchasesuchasacranesaidBobWeberColumbusEquipmentsvicepresidentforproductsupportwhoisalsoinchargeofthecompanysLiftingDivision.DeanNicolozakessecretarytreasurerofNicolozakesTruckingConstructionInc.inCambridgeOhiosaidconfidencewasbehindhiscompanysdecisiontobuyaLink-BeltHTC-3140thisyear.Demandforourbusinessisstrong.Confidenceisupandvisibilityintofuturebusinesshasimprovedtoohecommented.Pent-updemandhasplayedaparttooRicesaid.SomecustomersarerunningcranestheyhavehadfordecadesNicolozakesforexampleisreplacinga1987crane.TherosterofOhiocompaniesthathavepurchasedLink-Beltcranesin2014coversavarietyofsectors.WarrenDrillinginDexterCitypurchasedthe238.MeldrumMechanicalanindustrialservicescompanyandSchaedlerEnterprisesaconstructionandindustrialservicescompanyeachpurchaseda100-tontruckcrane.BakerCraneandWeldingofZanesvilleorderedLink-Beltsnewall-terrain210-toncranetheATC-3210.Anothersignofconfidenceintheeconomyseveralbuyerspurchasedalargercranesotheycantakeonbiggerprojects.Nicolozakesforinstancechosethe140-tonhydraulictruckcranethelargesttelescopictruckcraneavailablefromLink-Beltsoitcanprovideawiderrangeofservices.MeldrumMechanicalreplaceda50-tonrough-terraincranewitha100-tontruckcrane.AllofthesecranesincorporatenewertechnologyincludingtheLink-Beltoperatingsystemcamerasandease-of-mobilityfeaturesWebernoted.ShiffleratAmericanCranesTransportiscautiousabouttheoutlookforcranessalesin2015.Oilpricesremainabigquestionmarkiftheyfalltoolowoilactivitycouldslowdramatically.ForcontractorsinlocationsthathaventhadaboostfromoilWehavetohopeforaninfrastructurebillinthenewcongress.Rightnowitswaitandseewhatwillhappenwiththenewcongressshesaid.ThatsaidLink-Beltisoptimisticaboutsalesin2015.Oncedrillingbeginstheactivityfeedsotherbuildingactivityhotelstohouseworkersarebuiltfollowedbyrestaurantsandothercommercialventures.CRANESALESAfterthepurchaseasolidsupportnetworkisanycontractorsbestfriend.NicolozakesHTC-3140isintheexperiencedandcapablehandsoffromlefttorightBobWeberCECvicepresidentofproductsupportandheadofthecompanysLiftingDivisionGaryRiceLink-BeltdistrictsalesmanagerRonDunlapCECcraneservicetechnicianCadizDustinPriceCECcraneservicetechnicianColumbusDavePetersLink-BeltdistrictservicemanagerJoshStivisonCECpresidentChuckAmnahCECcraneproductsupportspecialistandJoeMooreCECmachinesalesrepresentativeCadiz.