Linde Series 396

Linde at Work: Ernest Maier

Ernest Maier in Bladensburg, Maryland relies on Linde Series 396 forklifts to manufacture concrete blocks and distribute masonry, hardscaping and concrete supplies to contractors, architects, designers and homeowners.

One of the most trusted masonry block manufacturers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Ernest Maier has been family-owned and operated since 1926.

In the video below, President and CEO Brendan Quinn discusses why forklifts are such a vital component of the company’s production process.  Each day, Ernest Maier produces approximately 40,000 concrete blocks over the course of a 20-hour shift—the equivalent of three 8-inch blocks every six seconds.

While similar companies have chosen to automate using rail systems, Ernest Maier prefers having people operate forklifts citing that they break down less than machines on rails. The trust that they put into using Linde equipment in their operation speaks to the quality, performance and reliability of these forklifts.

The Linde Series 396 features a premium hydrostatic drive system and a load capacity ranging from 13,000 to 17,500 pounds. Built to perform in harsh environments, the quality components used in the 396 result in longer maintenance intervals, lower maintenance costs and less downtime.

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