July 10 - Crane Rental Corporation has lifted the 37.6-tonne hub of the new Orlando Eye observation wheel into place.

The hub was installed approximately 61 m above the ground; the centre of what will be a 122 m tall attraction on Orlando's International Drive, which is being constructed by Adena Corporation.

The hub was transported on Crane Rental's 13-axle trailer and lifted using the company's 600-tonne capacity Terex AC500-2 hydraulic truck crane with a sideways superlift (SSL) attachment.

Other work for the observation wheel is being completed by Crane Rental's 130-tonne capacity Grove RT9130E rough-terrain crane, which will remain onsite for the duration of the job. During the hub lift the rough-terrain crane lifted a work platform up 61 m, bringing a crew to attach the hub to the base structure.

The wheel itself will be constructed in sections and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.

Crane Rental Corporation is a member of the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE) network in the USA.