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The massive crane at Flint Hills Resources is one of the world’s largest free-standing land-based cranes. It can lift up to 4 million pounds.

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The equipment at Flint Hills Resources is hard to miss. Located at the junction of highways 55 and 52, the site is big enough — and the equipment stands tall enough — to be seen from miles away, even from some sites near Hastings.


But all that looks almost small compared to the newest piece of equipment at the refinery. It’s one of the largest free-swinging, land-based cranes in the world.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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