PASCO, WA - You may have noticed the bright orange and white crane towering above the railroad yard in Pasco. NBC Right Now discovered it's actually the world's largest twin crawler mobile crane and it was built in the Tri-Cities.
The Transi-Lift LTL-3000 is 400 feet tall and a little more than 200 feet wide; it can lift around 3000 tons of material. Lampson International in Pasco is responsible for the 7 million pound machine.
It was originally built for Hitachi, a Japanese engineering and electronics company in Japan, to help build power plants. However, the country's nuclear program is currently under suspension.
Lampson representatives say building the mammoth machine was challenging and rewarding, at the same time.
"We took a big step from our smaller machines and did an all-new hydraulic hoisting system...all-new electronics and computer controls," said Randy Stemp, the engineering projects manager at Lampson International.
"Even though we are a small company right here in the Tri-Cities in Eastern Washington, we are helping other countries around the world. I think that says a lot about manufacturing in Washington state," added Kate Lampson, the director of public relations at the company.
It took about two years to build the Transi-Lift LTL-3000. Lampson says the machine will stay in the Tri-Cities until Hitachi finalizes its plans.