ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A surprising sight in Albertville Tuesday morning as residents witnessed air conditioners flying through the air. Turns out they were using a helicopter to put them on top of a local industry.
A large helicopter certainly got the attention of many residents in Albertville, so WAFF 48 News stopped in to see what was going on.
Arthur Curry was napping inside his truck's cab waiting to d rop off his load at the Huhtamaki plant Tuesday morning.
"I was in my bunk sleeping. I heard a rumble. I thought it was thunder so I got out to see what was going on. I saw the helicopter hovering over me and it kind of gave me a fright," said Carter.
Company officials said they were installing air conditioning equipment on the roof. Company officials cleared the building for the unique event.
"The reason everybody's out here is we cleared the plant for safety reasons while all of the lifts are going on," said plant manager Bill Carter.
It was certainly a unique sight and something people don't see everyday when looking to the skies.
"You would think they would use a crane. But to have a helicopter? It's amazing," said Curry.
"Just because the location on the roof, it requires such a big crane. It's actually more cost-effective to do it with a helicopter," said Carter.
But after raising the four large units, the truckers were allowed into the plant and life went on as usual in what started as an unusual start to the day.
"I'm usually in and out, but this is one of the first times I've had this happen to me."
Company officials say the anticipate the new air conditioning units will be up and running by the end of the day.
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