|Ben Bachle's answer to what the second number means in the following posting|
|Ben Bachle posted|
|Comment on above posting.|
|Ben Bachle posted|
Shepard Niles was sold to KroneCranes in 2002. But they bought the "drawings, dies and tooling required to manufacture parts for the thousands of Shepard Niles cranes and hoists still in daily use." They did not care about the factory. Ben indicated that KroneCrane is in Europe.
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Before we describe the demolition of the factory buildings, let's start from the beginning.
The Shepard Foundry was started in 1880 and grew to specialize in hoists and overhead cranes.
|John Abbott posted|
|George Lane "Montour Falls Shepard Niles Jan 54" CC BY-NC-SA|
In addition to travelling cranes, they made "hot metal hoists."
Ben took pictures of the Bridge Building before it was demolished. This initial posting of the demolition has most of the questions and answers in the comments. Of note:
Jeff Grimins They made overhead cranes.there bread & butter was hot metal carriers for steel mill's they also made smaller overheads but the profit margin was not as great..they tried getting in the airline industry by making telescoping platforms but could never get a foothold in that area..I left there in 87 the were still making replacement parts up to about 5 yrs ago ..they tore down the machine shop , bridge shop , electrical /parts dept & pattern shop a couple yrs ago. The office building was bought by a contacting firm for there headquarters.
Dennis DeBruler Jeff Grimins So when I see videos and pictures in steel mills of a big ladle being moved and then poured, a S-N could (probably?) be overhead manipulating the cables holding the ladle? I'm learning S-N built the hot-metal hoist that others used to build the overhead cranes.
Jeff Grimins Probably so..back in the heyday of steel in this country they we're the go to company for that equipment.
I've seen references to Shepard Niles cranes that could lift 100 tons.