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April 20, 2017
Increased demand for tower crane rental drives fleet expansion
January 20, 2017
Jeremy Hunter returns as GM
January 12, 2017
The first 2017 event in the ground-breaking career series will be held February 14.
January 10, 2017
Packed with safety features, LRT 1090-2.1 debuts at spring CONEXPO Show
December 10, 2014
October 22, 2014
Majority of units meet demand for popular 60- to 86-foot height range
October 20, 2014
October 14, 2014
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October 1, 2014
Position Created for 20-Year Sales Veteran
September 24, 2014
ALL Family Creates New Position for Business Development
September 4, 2014
Corrosion-resistant Steel Will Extend Life of Fleet
August 20, 2014
August 5, 2014
July 16, 2014
June 25, 2014
June 10, 2014
June 3, 2014
ATC-3275 and All-New ATC-3210 Ease Transportation Issues on North American Roads
April 16, 2014
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March 25, 2014
March 19, 2014
Bowyer Earns Best Score; Becomes "Man to Beat"
March 18, 2014
ALL Family of Companies Introduces Equipment at CONEXPO
March 4, 2014
January 16, 2014
November 19, 2013
Will advance to National Competition at ConExpo 2014
November 7, 2013
October 2, 2013
Duck and crane don't flounder
September 10, 2013
Atlanta Branch Wins 8th Consecutive Award of Excellence from the Georgia Department of Labor
September 3, 2013
Fleet gains 10 Manitowoc 2250 crawlers, one Model 16000 crawler, 31 Grove rough terrain cranes from 40t to 150t, two mammoth GMK7550 all-terrain cranes, plus two GMK5165 all-terrain cranes.
August 14, 2013
Part of the Enterprise-Wide Dedication to Ongoing Technical Education
August 6, 2013
July 17, 2013
June 20, 2013
June 12, 2013
June 5, 2013
Will meet growing commercial construction demand for Ohio branches
May 8, 2013
Part of enterprise-wide commitment to ongoing technical education
May 6, 2013
March 28, 2013
High-Capacity Telehandlers Offer More Strength and Versatility to industry-Leading Fleet
March 6, 2013
February 26, 2013
Major Acquisition Includes Rough Terrain, Crawler, and Truck Cranes
January 10, 2013

Zero the Polar Bear Gets a Lift from Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental After 18 Days in Moat at Milwaukee County Zoo

November 28, 2008

November 28, 2008—It turns out that Zero the polar bear is not smarter than the average bear. After he fell from his habitat at the Milwaukee County Zoo and ended up in a moat on October 13, it took a crane from Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Inc. to lift the 1,500-lb. male polar bear out of his predicament. He could have climbed out of the moat on his own by using the steps back up to the exhibit, but instead he decided to ”cool it” in the moat until zoo officials finally had to call in the heavy equipment.

Bear Resists Treats; Dawes Crane on Standby

Zero had been chasing a toy and fell, but was caught by a net suspended over the 17-ft.-deep moat. He was not injured, so a zoo crew cut the net so he could be lowered to the moat floor—and the wait began for him to climb out. Two weeks later, one of Dawes’ Link-Belt 50-ton cranes lowered a ”bear transport cage” filled with Zero’s favorite food, hoping to lure him into it so the crane could lift him back to his habitat. He showed some interest, but wouldn’t enter the cage. Dawes remained on standby to come and hoist the cage out of the moat once Zero was secured inside. Never happened.

A Crane Delivers a Polar Bear

Three days later, on October 31, the crane from Dawes returned. Zoo veterinarians shot Zero with darts containing a combination of anesthesia and muscle relaxants. The head veterinarian took a closer look from the crane’s man-basket to ensure that Zero was really out cold. Then a crew of 10 zoo personnel pushed the sleeping bear onto a rigging net system that would move him into the crate. Then the crate was wrapped in a cargo net and lifted by the crane from the moat to a holding area, where Zero rested until he was able to return to his habitat.

Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental is an industry leader in crane rental and sales and provides superior service throughout the Midwest from its four Wisconsin locations. The company offers manned and bare crane rental, C.C.O. certified operators, new and used equipment sales, lift planning, aerial and forklift rental, transport and heavy hauling, and 24/7 service and that includes rescuing polar bears in trouble.

Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Inc. is a member of the ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. family of companies. Dawes is a certified dealer of new equipment for Broderson, Elliott, Genie, Gradall, JLG, Link-Belt, Lull, National Boom Trucks, Peiner, Potain, Skyjack, Sky Trak, Snorkel, Shuttlelift, and Terex for Wisconsin. For further information, please contact Dawes’ Milwaukee headquarters at (800) 236-5335 or (414) 453-5335; the office is located at 805 S. 72nd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53214.


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