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Article from Colorado Politics
Jeff Cummings
March 19, 2019

Jeff Cummings
In the world of business one of the greatest enemies is uncertainty. Insecurity makes it difficult for businesses to formulate plans for the future and make investments or add jobs.

Making an investment of millions of dollars whether that is replacing equipment or expanding operations is a difficult decision for any business. It involves a number of considerations. A major factor though in any decision of this nature is the perceived future conditions not only as to the overall national economy but the current and future business environment within the state and communities where such an investment would be made. To a large extent this view is shaped by the laws and regulations of state and local governments today as well as where they may be headed in the future. It’s not only the companies, themselves, that must feel comfortable about the future but also the financiers responsible for providing the loans and capital for the business.

Colorado’s economic success over the years has been in many ways shaped by a somewhat stable environment for business. While control of the legislature and Governor’s Office may have changed with shifts to the left or to the right, those changes were for the most part muted by people in both parties who recognized the importance of preserving a stable environment for business and jobs to prosper in the state.

This situation has led to Colorado’s economy being ranked by US News and World Report as the #1 economy in the country last year after having several years of 3 percent or greater GDP growth. Such an achievement is a testimony to legislators and administrations over the past 20 years who have steered the ship of state in a direction in a manner which made businesses comfortable to make long term investments here and create one of the best economic success stories in the country.

Recent actions by the General Assembly and governor have given a jolt to the business community and uncertainty about the business environment is growing. Each week it appears that a new measure with some fiscal or regulatory impact emerges from the General Assembly. This has led many business people within the state as well as those from the outside, who may be considering Colorado for a future site, to take pause. Those businesses, like mine, must assess how the changes already enacted or being considered, may affect them and their operations and whether they can obtain a future return on investment. Many are asking whether they should invest in new equipment, add jobs, or consider business expansion in this uncertain and continually changing environment. Can they obtain a return on those investments or be able to support adding new employees? The fear is that in light of this uncertainty and a rapidly changing environment with no idea of the end game, many businesses begin to apply the brakes or even contract their business operations. When this occurs, the economic miracle that Colorado has experienced, may go in reverse, and in a hurry. Instead of a growing economy with budget surpluses and low unemployment, we may witness the Colorado economy retrench. Rather than being a state fielding offers for businesses to relocate here from other states, we may find ourselves engaged in retaining our existing ones from being drawn to more business friendly environments.

As we have seen in some other states, where measures were viewed to have gone too far, it’s difficult to “unring the bell” when businesses begin to view a state as being unfriendly.

The governor and the legislature are at a critical juncture. There is a need to slow down the legislative blizzard and engage the business community more on the possible impacts or implications. Taking a little more time and speaking with business people, affected by many of these changes, may help in better shaping the measures so as to avoid inadvertent or unforeseen problems that may severely damage our state and its economy today and into the future.

Jeff Cummings is the president and CEO of Duffy Crane and Hauling, one of Colorado’s oldest companies. He is a past chairman and current board director of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, which represents over 650 companies involved in trucking in Colorado.


HENDERSON, Colorado (January 30, 2019) -- Duffy Crane & Hauling, Inc. grew its range of hydraulic all-terrain cranes with the acquisition of a 600 ton Liebherr LTM1500-8.1 this month. The addition is another milestone in Duffy’s run of consecutive profitable growth spanning the last 15 years.

Citing the continued trend toward modular construction, the LTM1500-8.1 is a logical next step that keeps Duffy at the forefront of the Rocky Mountain Region’s diverse energy and construction economies. “This is a practical response to the increased demand for heaver, longer crane lifts,’’ said Jeffrey L. Cummings, president and CEO. “In moving to the 600-ton class, we selected the LTM1500 based on its established performance record in the field, versatility and overall value to our customers."

The Liebherr hydraulic all-terrain will be arriving at Duffy’s facility in March and will be immediately dispatched to customer locations in the region.

Duffy Crane & Hauling is a diversified provider of crane & rigging services, millwright, industrial storage and specialized transport services. The company operates a diverse fleet of hydraulic and crawler cranes from four Colorado terminals in Henderson, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Eaton. The company is a cost-to-coast multimodal solutions provider for cargo up to 500,000 lbs.

Founded in 1886 in Denver, Colorado as a family owned and operated business, Duffy Crane and Hauling is one of Colorado’s oldest and most trusted companies. Duffy’s long history of continued success is due to our on-going commitment to our customers in providing innovative solutions to complex lifting and transportation. For more information, please visit www.duffycrane.com.

Duffy Crane & Hauling was contracted by Zak Dirt, Inc. for the erection of the southbound 5-span bridge of Weld County Road 53 over the North Platte River. Our 450 ton GMK6400 and 400 ton AC350-6 worked in tandem to set 150,000-pound girders, working from the river bed.

Below is drone footage of this and the Castle Rock bridge.

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by Scott Harrison

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Large blocks of concrete culverts were being placed into the washed-out section of Old Pueblo Road, south of Fountain, on Tuesday.

The previous smaller, metal culvert failed during flooding after a July 23 storm. The section of road has been closed since.

A large crane lifted 10 blocks into place, each weighing 13 tons and previously acquired by El Paso County from Denver International Airport.

Workers will next backfill the area around the culverts and pave the top of it.

Officials plan to reopen the road as early as this weekend. The repair cost is $1.2 million.

Jim Reid, executive director of public works for the county, isn't bemoaning that the county doesn't qualify for federal funds to help pay for repairs.

"There's a plus and a negative to working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency," he said. "If you had FEMA here, they'd have to do all of the review, and look at and approve the plans, etc. Sometimes that can delay things up to six to eight weeks -- or six months, in some cases."

Many drivers considered the repair job too lengthy or that it went beyond what was needed, and others complained about the inconvenience of a long detour around the washout.

Yet many drivers said they approve of the repairs and were willing to wait as long as needed for them to be completed.

"I was worried about the safety," said Rex Miller, who lives near the washout. "If there had been a wreck on the Interstate, they'd like to turn (traffic) onto Old Pueblo Road. That would have been a disaster."

Two of Tatum's firefighters were injured the night of the washout when they drove into it while responding to a report of another vehicle that had done the same.

"One's in rehab and will probably be in there for another month," he said. "The other has six broken vertebrae, facial fractures and has had two surgeries so far. He'll be in a back brace for a few months."

Neighbors said they look forward to having mail delivery resume after the road reopens.

Workers overcame a high level of groundwater site, found active and abandoned utility lines and even discovered an old wooden bridge buried there.

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John Krane has been appointed Director of Crane Operations at Duffy Crane & Hauling in Henderson, Colorado. Jeffrey L. Cummings, owner & president, announced the appointment. In his new role, Krane heads a team of premier crane operators, lift planners estimators and operations staff, serving the Rocky Mountain Region. He will report to Dan Urmann, Chief Operating Officer.

Duffy Crane & Hauling, which celebrates 132 years in business in 2018, is a diversified provider of crane & rigging services, millwright, industrial storage and specialized transport services. The company operates thirty cranes (up to 450 tons) from two Colorado terminals in Henderson and Pueblo.

Krane has more than 20 years experience in the crane industry. A native of the Kansas City area, he began his career in crane manufacturing with RO Corporation (now a division of Terex Cranes).

Krane’s broad base of experience includes both operations management and business development management at both local and national levels. He has provided cranes and project leadership on both coasts, including several projects in the Rocky Mountains, Intermountain Region, Gulf Coast, Midwest, west Texas, North Dakota and in the southeastern United States. In 2015 he became the first in the industry to lease the 716-ton Manitowoc MLC650 conventional crawler crane.

Krane earned his masters of business administration from Baker University. A certified crane inspector, he has earned additional certifications in a wide range of topics in crane operations, safety and business management.

Founded in 1886 in Denver, Colorado as a family owned and operated business, Duffy Crane and Hauling is one of Colorado’s oldest and most trusted companies. Duffy’s long history of continued success is due to our on-going commitment to our customers in providing innovative solutions to complex lifting and transportation. For more information, please visit www.duffycrane.com.


The two white booms featured here are our National NB127 boom truck and our Terex T-560 truck crane. They are working near Denver International Airport where the US Department of Energy “Solar Decathalon” is taking place.

The Solar Decathalon is a competition featuring universities in the US, Canada and Europe. Contestants are judged on the functionality, aesthetics and efficiency of the buildings. We worked one week assembling the buildings for Hogeschool Utrecht (Netherlands) and Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (Switzerland).

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Solar Decathalon | Duffy Crane & Hauling






Solar Decathlon 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency. Simply put, there's nothing else like it.

Duffy Crane & Hauling is providing crane service to the Swiss Team & The Team from the Netherlands.

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Summit Daily
Eli Pace
September 27, 2017

The largest crane ever used for a construction project in Summit County hoisted out the old 100-foot Nike Bridge at the Silverthorne Outlets on Wednesday to replace it with a new "Bridge to Savings."

Altogether, the town spent about $500,000 on the bridge-replacement project after determining it would be cheaper in the long run to swap out the old deteriorating bridge rather than keep up regular painting and maintenance on it, said Mark Leidal, assistant town manager.

The new bridge is made of corten steel, an alloy that forms a rust-like appearance after being exposed to the elements for several years and eliminates any need for paint.

Also, the new bridge can easily handle a 10,000-pound load, said Tom Daugherty, Silverthorne's director of public works, adding that it's strong enough "you could drive a pickup across it."

Moving the 25-year-old, 100-foot span, however, was easier said than done. The problem wasn't so much the weight of the bridges — 45,000 pounds for the old one and 52,000 pounds on the new one — a relatively light lift by modern-day standards.

Instead, it was how far the crane had to extend to safely pick the bridge up, swing it over a cluster of lodge pole pine trees and clear a handful of shops in the Outlets.

The nine-axle crane is rated to lift 450 tons, according to Frank Just of Duffy Crane and Hauling, the company that was contracted to do the work.

"Big crane," he said matter-of-factly.

All decked out with the necessary weights to counter-balance the lift, the crane weighed almost 500,000 pounds by itself.

"This machine cost $3.2 million," Just said. "It's one of the largest cranes in this area. There are a few bigger, but this is the biggest crane that's ever been in Summit County."

As the old bridge was coming up, Daugherty said the new bridge comes with at least a 50-year lifespan, and he and Leidal both took satisfaction in the fact that the bridge should outlive them.

Daugherty said the new bridge is expected to open to the public sometime at the end of next week, once the decking and concrete work is complete. After that, they'll add lighting and decorative flags.

Spanning more than 100 feet over the Blue River, the town is calling the new path a "Bridge to Savings," and it comes as a small piece of the town's downtown-redevelopment strategy. In a news release, town officials said the new bridge will provide "a beautiful new entryway" for shoppers looking to save money on their favorite brands at the Outlets.

All stores will remain open during construction, which is expected to continue through Oct. 15, and the center plans to host a "Bridge to Savings" sale in the near future to commemorate the event.

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