Porta King Modular Office Systems for H&K Equipment Inc. of Pittsburgh PA.

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The Client
H&K Equipment, Inc. (H&K) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been providing a broad range of material handling and heavy equipment solutions to businesses and manufacturers since 1935.

With generations of experience behind their sales, rentals, remanufacturing, training and parts services, H&K is a single source for large capacity trucks and specialized equipment to fit industrial applications.

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The Challenge
The problem they were experiencing involved a fit issue of their own, as their corporate office – which shares facilities with their operations center for forklift sales, service, and rental – was over capacity. Personnel were crammed into small office areas making it increasingly difficult to carry out responsibilities while at the same time, staff growth meant the already crowded conditions were getting worse.

Some years ago, H&K had worked with Cranston Material Handling Equipment Corp. (Cranston) to install their current office space. With this good experience in their history, H&K called Cranston back for help.

The primary challenge was how to add new office space within their facility’s existing footprint.

“We were desperately out of space for expansion of our operations. We needed to create a whole new sales center to allow our sales team to continue to grow our business,” said Patrick Koch, Operations Manager for H&K.

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The Solution
In a previous project, H&K worked with Cranston to construct offices on a mezzanine. Space was found for the current office project underneath this mezzanine.

In this space, which was being used as forklift and supply storage, an irregular seven-sided modular office was designed around the existing mezzanine and an employee walkway.

The Porta King modular system was proposed by Cranston Senior Account Manager, Greg Engelmeyer, “A modular building would provide the quickest, least disruptive and most cost-effective solution for H&K while providing a spacious, sound insulated, clean-looking professional space for their sales force.”

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The Result
The new H&K sales office space was completed on time and on budget after just a week and a half of construction.

“The project went great! We now have a top-of-the-line, modern and spacious office environment for our sales staff,” said Koch. “We’re now positioned, more than ever, to grow our company to the next level.”

“We would definitely contact Cranston again, as we have in the past, to help us with our material handling and space solutions.”
Find Out More
Cranston Material Handling Equipment Corp. looks at your material handling or storage application through the lens of decades of experience. Whatever you’re specific needs we can help you sort through options to maximize your workspace. Contact us for more information today at or call us 412-424-0360.