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Russel Metals, Heavy Steel Warehouse Cranes

Russel approached WF in early 2014 to assist with preliminary design and budgets for a project involving heavy steel warehouse cranes. The cranes were tendered in spring and WF was awarded the contract the following summer. Cranes were delivered installed in 2015.

Why WF was chosen

As an informed buyer, Russel’s crane requirements were very specific and required proper delivery, without mistake. WF provided superior value and excellent service.

Project Challenges countered with WF Solutions

  1. Budget Constraints: Russel’s requirement was for CMAA Class E Continuous duty cranes, but their budget only allotted for Class D. WF, drawing upon its experience and expertise, worked with the client to use oversized standard components to improve the duty cycle while staying on budget.
  2. Design Issues: The crane design requirements changed after construction of the building structure began. The owner required more height under the crane that originally estimated. Altering the building design wasn’t feasible, so they came to WF in need of a solution. WF designed custom space saver trolleys, saving two feet of height without impacting performance or schedule. Upgrade costs were insignificant compared to altering the original building design.
  3. From old to new: Russel’s new Nisku facility was constructed to relocate their plate process operation. The cranes at the previous facility had different manufacturers and motor control systems, but Russel’s operators were familiar and comfortable with these systems. WF provided the latest crane technology – premium Magnetek Impulse VFD motor control systems – but like most new equipment, there is a learning curve. At no additional cost, WF sent its lead technician to work with Russel’s operators, familiarizing them with the new technology and safety features. Magnetek’s customization allowed for fine-tuning of functions to satisfy the technicians’ needs, ensuring satisfaction with the product.

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Custom Cranes
Standard Overhead Cranes
Steel Handling
Steel Warehousing


WF Steel & Crane has exceeded our expectations on partnering with Russel Metals on the development of our greenfield site by supplying us with seven Class D overhead bridge cranes and two smaller floor mounted gantry cranes and a crane way system.

WF has been the most price competitive crane company. Our previous WF cranes built with GH components have performed well over the last 10 years, which left us with the confidence to continue with the partnership.  WF’s in house engineering team has proven to be very flexible and understanding throughout the process, which added to our confidence.  It is also a nice addition when the crane manufacturer has an in house service department.  WF Steel & Cranes has a team of service technicians who are very knowledgeable and professional when it comes to their work and their safety.  When the technicians leave the site there is no mess, which can’t always be said for other overhead crane service companies.

I would highly recommend WF Steel & Crane to anyone has a need for their services.

Robert (R.J) Weisner, Branch Manager
Russel Metals Edmonton

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