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Asian marine crane-building project produces jobs at Tulsa factory

Gunnebo Johnson Corp. is seeking more employees as it produces parts for a huge marine crane.
BY KYLE ARNOLD Published: July 31, 2012

Gunnebo Johnson Corp. is doing some heavy lifting at its Tulsa factory, and the builder of crane components will be looking for more than 50 people to help do it.

The company is in the midst of a $10.6 million project producing parts for a massive marine crane called the Asian Hercules III.

As its name suggests, the mammoth rig will have a 500-foot reach and capacity to lift more than 11 million tons. It will be used in the construction of offshore oil platforms, bridges and similar projects.

Gunnebo Johnson Corp., which manufacturers equipment for cranes in the construction and energy industries, is contracted to build the lifting tackle — the hooks and pulleys that raise and lower loads — for the Asian Hercules.

The total project, split between dozens of manufacturers worldwide, is expected to cost about $450 million.

The crane contract and a growing number of other orders are boosting revenue at Gunnebo Johnson, officials said, so the company plans to hire 57 people during the next three years.

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