August 3, 2021, the Wall Street Journal published this story mentioning Versalift. The WSJ.com article mentions that the $65 Billion in approved spending for High Speed Internet was approved. “The legislation’s $65 billion investment – which builds on the billions of dollars provided for broadband deployment in the American Rescue Plan – will help ensure every American has access to reliable high-speed internet with an historic investment in broadband infrastructure deployment, just as the federal government made a historic effort to provide electricity to every American nearly one hundred years ago.” (whitehouse.gov).
This is a windfall for cable and fiber optic internet companies, who are Versalift customers. Versalift has been boosting aerial lift production and strengthening its supply chain, while building out much more robust North American service and distribution networks. A press release announcing this was issued this morning.
VERSALIFT 5G PRODUCTION
Time Manufacturing Company’s Versalift brand has been working hard over the last two years to develop a unique solution to help speed the rollout of 5G. This fifth generation wireless network requires advanced high speed relay towers to be in line of sight of the customer to function optimally. This means more equipment in more places. To help customers reduce costs, Versalift’s engineering team worked hand in hand with telecommunication providers to develop a unique solution – a 5G bucket truck which features multiple access points to allow for a climate controlled cable splicing workstation inside the unit itself. This reduces the need to have a separate spicing truck as well as a vehicle-mounted aerial lift (VMAL) when towering. The Versalift manufacturing facility in Waco TX has dedicated lines for 5G bucket trucks. Contact your Versalift distributor for more information on this new design.
Versalift 5G units will be on display at the 2021 Utility Expo in Louisville, KY, along with dozens of other new Versalift products.
COMMITMENT TO AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE
Versalift’s commitment to innovation is shared among the company’s brands. In support of American infrastructure, Aspen Aerials is focused on bridge inspection and maintenance, BrandFX is focused on fleet lightweighting, a primary concern for utility companies, and Ruthmann, a recent acquisition, which manufactures the tallest vehicle mounted aerial lifts (VMALs) in the wind turbine and blade maintenance industry.
ASPEN AERIALS TO BENEFIT FROM ADDITIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING
Time Manufacturing Company’s Aspen Aerials Underbridge Inspection Division is the market leader in equipment to help maintain safe bridges across America. The company has been boosting production and assembly capability in its Duluth, Minnesota facility to help meet the growing demand for equipment that can inspect bridges without impeding traffic. All Aspen Aerial units benefit from having a built-in counter-balance system that does not require outriggers. This allows the units to quickly deploy on bridges without the need to shut down all lanes.
“One in five miles, or 173,000 total miles, of our highways and major roads and 45,000 bridges are in poor condition. Bridges in poor condition pose heightened challenges in rural communities, which often may rely on a single bridge for the passage of emergency service vehicles. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will invest $110 billion of new funds for roads, bridges, and major projects, and reauthorize the surface transportation program for the next five years building on bipartisan surface transportation reauthorization bills passed out of committee earlier this year. This investment will repair and rebuild our roads and bridges with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, equity, and safety for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians. The bill includes a total of $40 billion of new funding for bridge repair, replacement, and rehabilitation, which is the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system. The bill also includes around $16 billion for major projects that are too large or complex for traditional funding programs but will deliver significant economic benefits to communities.”(whitehouse.gov).
More information on available Aspen Aerials units can be found at Aspenaerials.com