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Demolition Expert Takes SENNEBOGEN’s Lead For Equipment Safety


SENNEBOGEN’s standard design with guarded catwalks, railings and safety cameras inspired MCM to retrofit its entire equipment fleet to an equal standard.

Bloomfield Hills, MI – MCM Management Corp, listed as one of the Top Ten demolition contractors in America, had not expected to make a change in its choice of hydraulic material handlers.

But when the firm’s preferred model was discontinued by its OEM, MCM’s Fleet Manager, Dan Perry, found that his search for a suitable replacement also took his operations a step forward in safety.

MCM specializes in large scale demolition projects: auto manufacturing plants, stamping plants and steel mills. Dan Perry and the owners of this company, Rob and Dave Mardigian, agreed to put their first SENNEBOGEN 825 M to the test at the former GM Stamping plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The men were pleased with its ability to move in and out of the press plant to perform various clean up tasks.

They discovered, however, that several of its other features were equally impressive:

  • the stability of the cab, raised or lowered
  • great visibility to the work zone
  • rear and side camera systems to see blind spots
  • a railing system on the top of the machine’s engine housing
  • sliding door for ease of access to the cab
  • permanent catwalk besides the cab

Safety features set the pace

As Dan reports, “The 825 gives us an unparalleled level of safety to protect the operator and maintenance crews. The operators’ input to us was that they really liked having these cameras and they feel that it provides them with an extra level of safety. SENNEBOGEN does a great job with their catwalks and cameras, so we took that and adapted it and where possible customized our other machinery as well.”

Along with the guarding that SENNEBOGEN includes as standard equipment, he notes that the machines’ auto-lube feature also makes them safer, as operators and technicians now spend less time walking on and around them for servicing. MCM’s large fleet of heavy equipment has been getting retrofitted with similar hand-railings, including demolition excavators up to 250,000 lbs., large dozers and water trucks.

“There are so many hazards in this field of work; SENNEBOGEN recognizes it and we’re looking at our equipment the same way.”

MCM-Sennebogen-4Equipped for major projects

Since MCM acquired its first 825 M wheeled material handler, its SENNEBOGEN fleet has expanded a lot. Today, most of the green machines are at work on one of the nation’s largest-ever demolition projects: decommissioning the 3,500 acre site of the former Sparrows Point steel mill in Maryland. Half way into an estimated 3-year undertaking, the operation will dismantle 20,000,000 sq. ft. of roofed mill facilities in 75 structures. MCM will recycle 98% of the recovered material, with only the asbestos and other regulated wastes going for secure disposal.

While the 64,000 lb., 825 M models take on a wide variety of clean-up and pick & carry duties, MCM has also added a few larger SENNEBOGEN machines, including the 123,000 lb., 840 M and the 135,000 lb., 850 M. “The 850 is our superstar,” says Dan Perry. “We use it to load ships and barges, and load quarry trucks as well, while the 840 is pretty much dedicated to rail.” All of the material handlers are equipped with magnets, mostly in 69” to 72”diameters.

Responsive service support

Dan works closely with his SENNEBOGEN dealer in Michigan, Alta Equipment, to build and maintain his material handling fleet. “We have a technician from Alta come through once a month to go over every machine, front to back. If I have a situation, Alta just brings in another machine and I virtually lose no downtime. They take the unit in and since they have the repair parts in stock. I get the unit back quickly.”

“M” models for mobility, transportability

Mobility is a recurring theme when Dan talks about his material handlers. On large sites where a crawler-based machine could take all morning to move from one job to the next, the wheeled machines make the trip in just 5 or 10 minutes. Simply getting the machines to the project site was also a major factor in MCM’s decision to go with SENNEBOGEN equipment.

“The fold-up transport mode of the 825 M was a big, big thing for us – it was a key factor in Michigan. You just drive it onto the heavy hauler and drive it off. With our previous machine, you had to remove the stick and reassemble it at the job. I estimated any transport as at least a day. Now, if we have an emergency clean-up to do, we can get an 825 on the road in less than an hour.”

“Our material handlers do a lot of moving around,” Dan continues. “We have been speaking with SENNEBOGEN about taking them to the next level. They are pretty far advanced in moving on wheels and we can see applications other than a grapple or a magnet for our next SENNEBOGEN.”


SENNEBOGEN has been a leading name in the global material handling industry for over 65 years. Based in Stanley, North Carolina, within the greater Charlotte region, SENNEBOGEN LLC offers a complete range of purpose-built machines to suit virtually any material handling application. Established in America in the year 2000, SENNEBOGEN LLC has quickly become a leading provider of specialized equipment solutions for recycling and scrap metal yards, demolition, barge and port operations, log-handling, transfer stations, waste facilities and the tree care industry from coast to coast. A growing network of distributors supports SENNEBOGEN LLC sales and service across the Americas, ensuring the highest standard of professional machine support and parts availability.

For more information on the full line of SENNEBOGEN green line material handlers, contact:

1957 Sennebogen Trail
Stanley, NC 28164
Tel: (704) 347-4910 or fax (704) 347-8894