Equipment Investment Improves Efficiency

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Media Release: Morterm Limited

$500,000 investment adds capacity to equipment fleet at Morterm Limited

Windsor, ON, May 12, 2015– Morterm Limited recently invested $500,000 into a new Konecranes 70,000 LB lift truck as an addition to their already impressive fleet of material handling equipment.  Purchased from Strongco Corporation, one of Canada’s largest multiline mobile equipment dealers, the new machine will help Morterm to improve efficiencies and time required for maintenance and is the first Konecranes Lift Truck delivered in the Province of Ontario; first delivered to a stevedoring application and the first at a Canadian port location.

The machine is extremely user friendly, intuitive and flexible allowing a single operator to change the attachments from forks to a ram in under 5 minutes. Typically, a change like this would need 3 men for an hour.  The size of the machine is also deceiving – it carries the same payload as a machine twice its size. The fuel efficient design of the load sensing hydraulic system reduces engine and drive train wear as well as fuel consumption by 10 – 20%, reducing the overall lifetime cost of ownership.

“Not only are there 25 different functions that allow us to tune the truck’s performance to our requirements, but it’s easy to drive and operate. I wish we had this technology 20 years ago!” – Greg Steel, Terminal Manager, Morterm Limited

The new Konecrane is unique and multi-purpose in that it is perfect for a great deal of Morterm’s usual cargo including steel in many forms including coil, general cargo and lift 20’ containers.  If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Teresa Boutet at 519-973-8200 or email at

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The Essex Terminal Railway (ETR) is a short-line (or switching) railway strategically located at the Windsor-Detroit gateway providing service from the east side of Windsor to Amherstburg, ON and offering direct connections with CN, CP and CSX with reach through the entire North American rail network. The rail line serves Morterm with 3,500 feet of track, as well as many other properties in the Windsor-Essex region. Morterm can spot 15 rail cars per day, with the flexibility to request additional switches as necessary, and access to ample rail car storage yards close to the terminal alleviating any concerns about space. Morterm is located in the Port of Windsor, featuring 160,000 square feet of indoor storage and over 90 acres of well compacted, outdoor, fenced and gated storage yards with 24 hour security. The strategic location of our facility, at the busiest border crossing between the US and Canada and in excellent proximity to the new billion dollar Parkway project leading to the planned new international crossing, provides easy access to highways, rail and vessels.