On August 3, 2021, the Wall Street Journal featured a picture of a Versalift bucket truck being used to install new telecommunications cable. The article, which covers details of the Infrastructure Bill reports that, billions are earmarked for cable TV and internet providers, Versalift’s customers. This funding was characterized by the Journal as a windfall for infrastructure service providers in the cable industry. Further, the article describes that the bill also includes significant funding to support improvements to roads and bridges across the country. A press release on August 4th, 2021 describes further how the company is impacted and how Aspen Aerials, which has been boosting production and assembly capacity at its manufacturing facility in Duluth, MN.
Aspen Aerial Innovations – Industry-leading Bridge Inspection Equipment
Aspen Aerials is the North American industry leader in bridge inspection equipment. Engineered for efficient bridge inspection operation without outriggers, our bridge inspection trucks preserve bridge decking from damage and are able to be moved while the boom is deployed. Through these innovations, Aspen Aerials bridge inspection trucks help to make maintenance and inspection operations more efficient. Additional innovations allow for a more compact footprint, which limits obstruction for pedestrians and passing vehicles.
A Commitment to American Infrastructure – American Bridges are Getting Needed Attention
Aspen Aerials parent Time Manufacturing Company has announced that it has an enterprise-wide focus on supporting American infrastructure. Time Manufacturing Company goes to market in North America under the Versalift, BrandFX, Aspen Aerials and Ruthmann brands. According to the announcement, “All of the brands of the enterprise are focused on supporting the companies that are improving American Infrastructure including vehicle-mounted aerial lifts (VMALs) for electric utility, telecommunications, bridge inspection, and forestry, and service trucks for public utilities, private utilities and other large dispatched fleets.” Aspen Aerials has deployed units in almost every American State and the infrastructure bill should speed orders of more units to help improve the safety of bridges nationwide.
According to an August 2, 2021 fact sheet provided by the White House, “one in five miles of our highways and major roads, and 45,000 bridges are in poor condition.” Highlighting the importance of bridges to people across the country, the statement continued, noting that “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.” According to the statement, the bill includes “$40 billion in new funding for bridge repair, replacement and rehabilitation.”
Aspen Aerials is taking orders now for new units and also has refurbishment programs in place.
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