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Big Mike, a Union Pacific #2295 Mikado steam engine, was donated by Union Pacific to the City of Boise on Nov. 14, 1959 and moved to Julia Davis Park. It has been in Julia Davis Park for over 28 years. These were called the Mikado class locomotives because they were made for the Japanese in the 20's.

Before the big move. Photo Credit: www.waymarking.com

IRH crew 'building' the trailer around Big Mike. Photo Credit: Shawn Raecke / Idaho Statesman

Almost ready! Photo Credit: Shawn Raecke / Idaho Statesman

All set up, and ready to go to a new home. Photo Credit: Shawn Raecke / Idaho Statesman
Kraftmaid Cabinet Factory


The Egyptians have the pyramids, the Chinese have the Great Wall, and KraftMaid Cabinetry has an enormous 890,000 square foot facility in South Jordan, Utah. The largest cabinet maker in the world needed over 300 loads of custom-made machinery transported and installed before the plant could open its doors, and it was Intermountain Rigging and HeavyHaul that provided a simple, cost-effective solution. Since IRH began its partnership with Kraftmaid Cabinetry in 2005, IRH’s riggers have transported and subsequently installed over 300 loads of custom-made machinery to suit the needs of the world’s largest cabinet maker. As the only rigging firm under contract with Kraftmaid, IRH has been responsible for transporting everything from enormous Holzma saws to the fully-automated, GPS-equipped forklifts that roam the 890,000 square foot facility. With the Kraftmaid factory located in nearby South Jordan, IRH has been able to maintain a constant on-site presence. Depending on the day, anywhere from 2 to 10 riggers are suited up and ready to switch-out and re-install equipment as needed. Possible future projects include the construction of a permanent, on-site gantry system to further streamline IRH’s operation.
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NMT Autoclave Job

Have you ever heard of Zambia? How about Turquoise Ridge? In summer 2005, Intermountain Rigging and HeavyHaul helped connect the former, a landlocked Central African country, with the latter, located in northern Nevada, using nothing but a 350-ton trailer and a little help from the Nevada Highway patrol. Because of its slightly out-of-the-way location in northern Nevada, getting anything to or from Turquoise Ridge can be a headache. It’s understandable, then, that the prospect of transporting three 750,000-pound autoclaves from a nearby mine by rail for delivery in faraway Zambia would present a logistical conundrum guaranteed to give the average person fits. Such was the situation facing NMT International in May of 2005. The European shipping firm’s fleet was prepared to take the autoclaves from Houston, Texas to their destination on the other side of the planet, but had no means of getting the said autoclaves from Turquoise Ridge to the coast, literally a problem of gigantic proportions. Enter Intermountain Rigging and HeavyHaul. In just under three weeks, IRH transported all three autoclaves from the mine in Turquoise Ridge to nearby Winnemucca, where they were subsequently shipped to the coast. From start to finish, the project took over 360 man-hours and required that I-80 be shut down three different times. The Nevada Highway Patrol escorted IRH’s 350-ton trailer from Turquoise Ridge to Winnemucca—at a breakneck pace of 25 miles per hour. As difficult as the actual transport of the three autoclaves was, however, the hardest part of the job was getting them out of the building in which they were housed at the Turquoise Ridge Facility. Obviously, 750,000 pound piece of mining equipment doesn’t exactly fit through the front door. Because of the autoclaves’ size, IRH workers were forced to cut an enormous hole in the side of the building before using a gantry crane and a platform to facilitate their removal. In spite of the numerous logistical issues associated with this particular job, all three autoclaves arrived in Winnemucca without incident. Unfortunately for NMT International, however, one of the autoclaves never made it to Zambia. Thanks to an accident en route to its final destination, it ended up at the bottom of a mountain somewhere in Africa, never to be used again. The moral of the story? IRH can transport virtually any cargo quickly and safely, and always delivers it in working order. Trust anyone else, however, and you’re liable to end up with a 750,000-pound paperweight.

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