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Sixty Snorkel Booms For U.S. Government

Alden Equipment inspecting the first Snorkel A46JRTAlden Equipment inspecting the first Snorkel A46JRT in the order with members of the Snorkel team in Henderson, Nevada

Henderson, Nevada, USA (15th September 2021) Snorkel is delighted to announce that it has received an order from equipment sales and service specialist, Alden Equipment, Inc., for sixty Snorkel A46JRT articulated boom lifts.

The order, received in April 2021, will be delivered by Alden Equipment to an undisclosed U.S. Government customer and will be shipped to a number of locations in the U.S. and internationally. The booms are being assembled by Snorkel at their manufacturing facility in Elwood, Kansas.

Founded in 1979, Alden Equipment started out as an equipment repair company before branching out into equipment sales. In 2008, they entered into a long-term GSA contract with the U.S. Government for the international supply of material handling equipment, and in 2015 obtained three long-term DLA HEPP contracts. Located in Amsterdam, New York, they are a trusted provider of forklifts, aerial lifts, batteries and chargers, warehouse equipment and parts and service for customers in all time zones, and are a Government and special projects dealer for Snorkel lifts.

The Snorkel A46JRT is a proven and globally popular articulated boom lift, known for its long working life and exceptional working envelope. Capable of reaching a maximum working height of 52 ft. 11 in (16.3m), the A46JRT has a working outreach of 24 ft. 11 in (7.35m) and benefits from a zero tailswing and 5 ft. (1.5m) jib boom for excellent maneuverability in confined spaces.

Adapted for this order for the U.S. Government, the A46JRT features a new dual-envelope design which provides an unrestricted lifting capacity of 650 lbs. (295kg) which increases to 750 lbs. (340kg) when working within a restricted envelope area. The machines also have updated upper and lower control panels, as well as a new 72 in. x 30 in. (1.82m x 0.76m) aluminum platform with saloon-door style entry gates and high-grip flooring.

Equipped for a range of environments and applications, the lifts have been fitted with multiple options including an aircraft package, tow kit, light package, extreme environment package, cold weather package, battery warmer, and power and air lines to the platform. The A46JRT’s are painted in custom colors and feature reflective tape.

Charles Barber, Sales Manager at Alden Equipment secured the Government order, and said, “We are incredibly pleased to secure this initial order for sixty Snorkel A46JRT’s for our U.S. Government customer, which involved a significant year-long bid process. The Snorkel A46JRT is the ideal product for their project, and I would like to express our thanks to Mike Coleman and the Snorkel team for working with us to adapt the lift to meet their exact requirements.”

“We are always proud to deliver quality U.S. manufactured products to the U.S. Government and it has been great to have the opportunity to visit the Elwood facility and see these products at various stages of build on the assembly line.”

David Smith, President, Snorkel’s Elwood facility, “This is a significant volume order for Snorkel A46JRT’s and I speak on behalf of our team in Elwood, Kansas when I say that it gives us tremendous pride to build products that are destined for use for by U.S. Government agencies, on home soil and abroad. I would also like to thank Alden Equipment for their dedication to securing this order which we know takes a lot of time and effort from their side.”

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