In the Champions League with Miss Audrey
Six projects, Six challenges – and one answer: The »Faktor 5« high girder bridge from the House of Goldhofer (Memmingen). This King of the Load from the German quality vehicle manufacturer with its unique 5:1 payload to deadweight ratio is an investment in the future for the US heavy-haul specialist Edwards Moving & Rigging of Shelbyville, Kentucky. With a deadweight of 100 tons, the »Faktor 5« can be used to handle payloads of up to 500 tons.
“For some time now, we have consistently gone for Goldhofer’s quality products and haven’t regretted it for a moment. On the contrary, Goldhofer is the reliable partner we need for the next big step forward: With our new high girder bridge we shall be able to play a leading role in the Champions League of the heavy-haul industry,” said the company’s owner Mark Edwards, when he took delivery of his huge »Faktor 5« in Memmingen accompanied by his wife Rhonda, his sons Jason and Joshua, and his niece Sarah Doss.
The Edwards high girder bridge is the sixth to be built by Goldhofer since the product launch in 2012. With a span of 47.9 meters and a total length of 86 meters (with 2x20 axle lines), it is also the longest Goldhofer Faktor 5 in North and South America. “That gives us a real USP, which will help us to further consolidate our strong market position. It is a real milestone for us,” said Edwards when he and his wife Rhonda christened the high girder bridge Miss Audrey. “That is the name of our first granddaughter. And for us a new era is dawning both in private life and in business.”
Stefan Fuchs, CEO of Goldhofer Aktiengesellschaft, is also convinced that Miss Audrey is the long-term key to a dominant position for Edwards Moving & Rigging among the big players on the heavy-haul market. “For the markets of tomorrow, like the power industry, it is important to react to developments in market demand. Transformers and generators are becoming increasingly powerful and therefore bigger and bigger and heavier and heavier. If you want to land the contracts for the transport operations involved, you have to have the very best technology available.”
Mark Edwards sees things the same way: “We already have plans for five jobs we can handle with Miss Audrey. For us it’s all about being able to transport outsize loads in one piece. That’s something we can do faster and more efficiently with Miss Audrey instead of having to make several journeys with part loads. So she has huge potential for the company and will open up great opportunities. We’re already one of the top three in North America and we are keen to consolidate and improve on that position,” says the company’s proprietor, who has been a big Goldhofer fan for many years now.
In 1999 Edwards Moving & Rigging acquired its first twelve axle lines from Goldhofer. In the meantime they are working with more than 180, and the company has become a key partner for Goldhofer in North America. “We are honored by the confidence that Mark Edwards and his team place in our products. You can have no better reference than a partner who wants to use your technology to achieve further growth. Success for our customers equals growth for us. That is real partnership,” said a delighted Stefan Fuchs on presenting the Edwards family a model of the Miss Audrey girder bridge trailer for the company’s showcase.
Miss Audrey is already about to make her debut. In the next few weeks, the Goldhofer »Faktor 5« will be used to transport a 700 MW transformer over a distance of more than 30 miles. “We’ll handle that by placing the load on up to 72 axle lines to be sure of getting the permit for the job,” Mark Edwards explains.
Edwards Moving & Rigging
Edwards Moving & Rigging is one of the three biggest heavy haul and rigging companies in the USA. Mark Edwards, the company’s founder, has been active in the transport and heavy haul industry since 1961 and has a corresponding wealth of experience. Edwards has been a Goldhofer customer since 1999 and continues to employ high-performance axle lines from Memmingen for demanding operations.