SouthBendTribune.com: Dearborn cranes serving Army http://www.southbendtribune.com/stories/2003/03/19/business.2003 ... 1 of 4 3/19/2003 9:55 AM John Kwasny works on a huge crane under construction at Dearborn Crane & Engineering in Mishawaka. Tribune Photo/PAUL RAKESTRAW March 19, 2003 Dearborn cranes serving Army By ASHLEY McCALL Tribune Staff Writer A Mishawaka company is giving the U.S.
Army's famed 82nd Airborne Division a lift -- quite literally -- in its preparations for combat. Dearborn Crane & Engineering Co., which boasts high-profile clients like Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and AM General Corp., was chosen to construct a crane system at Fort Bragg, the massive military base near Fayetteville, N.C.
Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division is the world's largest parachute force, trained to deploy anywhere in 24 hours or less. It sent soldiers to Afghanistan in the months after Sept. 11, and paratroopers from the division are currently in Kuwait, among thousands of troops amassed for a likely war with Iraq.
Every soldier in the division -- from cook to computer operator -- is airborne qualified. Once on the ground, the soldiers need supplies and equipment. That means Humvees and tanks need to be dropped from planes into battle sites.
That's where Dearborn Crane comes in. SouthBendTribune.com: Dearborn cranes ... more. less.