Tony Gee International - Bridge Construction Equipment Designer Reviews Financial Woes for the Past Year

Tallahassee, FL, December 31, 2009 --( Tony Gee International reviews the effects of the recession on the its business for the past year. The bridge construction equipment manufacturer has not escaped the effects of the world-wide recession on the construction industry. Inquiries have been well down on previous years.

The United States market has been particularly disappointing but inquiries were received and proposals submitted for a conventional self-launching precast beam erection gantry for the Santa Lucia Bridges I and II on the Durango – Mazatalan highway project in Mexico and for a self-launching span-by-span formwork gantry for the Jubsog D Bridge on the Yeosu – Gwangyang highway in South Korea. Both of these were unfortunately unsuccessful but more recently an inquiry has been received and a proposal submitted for a comprehensive package including casting yard equipment, self-powered beam transporters and a decidedly unconventional precast beam erection gantry for the 9,053 ft long Shi-Hwa Grand Bridge, also in South Korea.

The precast segmental balanced cantilever erection gantry designed for the Israeli firm of Solel Boneh successfully completed the three bridges on the East-West Highway near Jerusalem for which it was initially intended and has now been operating on a series of similar bridges in a complex interchange near Haifa. The fact that it was able to be used without any modification on bridges which had not even been designed when the gantry was manufactured provides ample justification for the client’s original brief to design a “generic” gantry with parameters significantly exceeding the demands of the initial contract.

Moving forward and aided by the large stimulus payments aimed at infrastructure projects in this country, next year should see a significant improvement in business activity.

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