About the Granite Industries and Block and Roll Partnership
Granite Industries is thrilled to announce their new partnership with B&R Innovations! B&R Innovations is the creator of the patented Block and Roll Ballast System. Granite Industries is now an approved manufacturer and reseller of Block and Roll carts. This partnership combines two of the premier names in the special event industry.
Granite Industries is a manufacturing company located in Archbold, OH. The company started in 1997 with a focus on scaffolding. As time went on, it became clear that there was a massive need in the rental industry for heavy duty carts that could withstand the daily wear and tear applied by rental companies. The line of heavy duty hand trucks continued to grow as each year the rental industry would demand bigger frames, bigger tires, and new carts for specific applications. The interest in material handling continued to grow and in 2008 Granite Industries introduced electric powered carts under the Overland name. Overland Carts has developed over time to become an industry leader in electric powered carts.
B&R Innovations is a company out of New York that developed a unique way of ballasting tents. The company of designers and engineers noticed how inefficient it was to ballast tents with water. Their solution was to create cement ballasts that could be easily moved and put in place where needed. B&R Innovations put all the cement ballast products under the name Block and Roll. Block and Roll products feature a patented “dual fork” design that allows for the tent ballasts to be safely picked up and safely moved. The most common cement ballasts are 350 pounds, 500 pounds and 700 pounds. Of course to pick up and move a 700 pound block it takes a heavy duty cart. B&R Innovations began manufacturing the Block and Roll carts to get the concept off the ground. The carts and ballast solutions were a huge success but B&R Innovations wanted a better design and better construction on its carts.
This led to Granite Industries and B&R Innovations coming together to create a new line of manual and powered Block and Roll Carts. Granite Industries took its twenty years of heavy duty cart manufacturing and applied it to the original concept developed by B&R Innovations. The result can be found in the new Block and Roll Hand Truck. This hand truck features a revised “infinite loop” handle that can be grabbed from any angle along with a revised heavy duty aluminum frame. The wheels all feature steel hubs and 10″ flat free closed cell foam tires. The rear wheels swivel which improves mobility. The standard Block and Roll Cart can handle up to 700 pounds of cement ballast. The electric powered Block and Roll Cart is called the E-Mover 2.0. Each E-Mover 2.0 is powered by a rechargeable and removable battery pack. Dual Ag wheels provide excellent traction in all conditions and the rear swivel wheels allow for a zero turn radius. The E-Mover 2.0 can move 500 pound blocks up inclines and 700 pound blocks on flat surfaces. All Block and Roll Carts are made in the USA.
Block and Roll Carts can be purchased direct from B&R Innovations and Granite Industries.