Tennessee-based Gilley Crane Rigging and Lifting recently acquired a Terex Explorer 5800, the fi rst of its type to be used in the US. Project manager Scott Peterson outlines the company’s plans for further expansion The first main commission for the crane was at the world-renowned Jack Daniel’s distillery at Lynchburg, lifting two 100,000lb boilers with the 220t crane. They’re running at maximum capacity, so are now expanding and doubling capacity. The economy and the world are depressed at the moment, so maybe that’s why they’re selling more liqueur! It’s something to see-the sheer volume and size is unbelievable, and it’s sold all over the world. It’s been operating for more than 100 years and they’re still keeping the old way of doing things. It was a good way to promote Gilley Crane, and to get our name out. We really clicked with the others involved in the project, and made a good connection with everyone. We’re a family-run company-we don’t have lots of money, but we do have a lot of heart and a lot of graft. The company has been established for 34 years, and in 1985 we bought our first crane-a P&H T280 truc...