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JUST ASK SHANE: Update on Giant Orange Crane in Pasco

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PASCO, WA - You've probably seen it standing out along the Pasco skyline and may have wondered exactly what it is, and why it's here?  Scott sent us a Facebook post recently asking, "What is the status of the big orange crane at Lampson?  Did Japan cancel the order after it was completed?"

I talked with Bill Lampson, President of Lampson International to get an update on the crane that was built for Hitachi to help them build nuclear power plants in Japan.  Workers at Lampson completed construction and testing of the 400-foot tall crane earlier this year. 

Unfortunately, Hitachi doesn't have a purpose for the crane right now because Japan halted the country's nuclear program after the 2011 tsunami.  So for now, Lampson is holding the crane for Hitachi.

"The good news is our customer does other construction work principally on nuclear power plants in parts of the world, and it may very well go to another country instead of Japan which is where it was originally intended," Lampson said.

Lampson says his company is helping Hitachi look for opportunities for the crane, and they hope to find a purpose for it soon.  The giant crane is the world's largest mobile land-based crane, and can lift 3,000 tons.

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