NuCrane Manufacturing, LLC, a joint venture company between Westinghouse and Hutchinson Manufacturing, Inc., provides fabrication, assembly and testing services for cranes delivered to new nuclear power plants worldwide, including the AP1000 PWR.
The NuCrane facility manufactures large overhead cranes used primarily in the nuclear industry. The facility’s main building has approximately 51,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space with two large bays that are 70 feet by 300 feet. The bays each have two 75-ton overhead cranes to lift the large fabricated components of the nuclear cranes. Some of the nuclear cranes to be manufactured weigh in excess of one million pounds each.
A typical nuclear power plant uses 40 cranes in various roles. The NuCrane plant focuses on the 16 specialty cranes for the U.S. AP1000 nuclear plant market as well as provision of fuel-handling equipment and outage-critical cranes and other specialty cranes for other U.S and global customers.