CICB’s Crane Inspectors Achieve National Certification and Customer Seal of Approval

gI_61801_Qatar InspectorCrane Owners know that a third-party crane inspection performed by an experienced and certified inspector can decrease the crane’s maintenance cost and downtime along with detecting emerging problems with the equipment before it becomes an issue and affects job performance. Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB) is one of the few in the industry that require their mobile, overhead or tower crane inspectors to be certified by the NCCCO (National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators). An NCCCO certification is a nationally recognized means of ensuring crane inspectors are qualified to do the jobs they are assigned. Continue reading

Harrington Hoists, Inc. is pleased to announce Approved Training for ETCP Renewal Credits

ETCP-logo_rec-bevel-tag1Harrington’s most recent addition to their training courses is an ETCP (Entertainment Technician Certification Program) recognized training program on their TNER Theatrical Electric Chain Hoists. The program consists of an eight hour inspection and repair training course intended for ETCP certified riggers and electricians. This course covers inspection, repair, maintenance, and troubleshooting our TNER hoists. Continue reading

Tips To Ensure Safety While Using Rigging Equipment

Rigging is a very important process in most of the businesses today, especially construction and shipyard industries. Rigging can be referred to any hardware and/or equipment that the businesses use to attach heavy objects to the device that will lift it. It is also defined as the process or an art to hook the load or the heavy object to the lifting device by using the most durable slings and other required hardware/equipment.

Read more of Holloway Houston’s article on the rigging requirements that should be followed to ensure workers’ safety.

TANDEMLOC Announces Personnel Changes

Randall Hoeft, Design Engineer

Randall Hoeft, Design Engineer

As part of their current corporate emphasis on the development and introduction of new lines of below-the-hook lifting devices, TANDEMLOC, Inc. of Havelock, NC is pleased to announce the appointment of Randall Hoeft as a Design Engineer. Mr. Hoeft brings more than 26 years of “below-the-hook” design and problem solving experience. He will be the principal staffer and office manager of the new TANDEMLOC product design office opening soon in Janesville, Wisconsin. Continue reading

Acuity Dedicates Tallest Flagpole in North America

Arup ACUITY FlagpoleArup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, served as the technical advisor for a 400-ft-tall, free-standing flagpole owned by ACUITY Insurance Company in Sheboygan, Wis. The pole, which is currently the largest in the United States, was dedicated in June amid comments from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and appearances by skydivers and military dignitaries. 25 ACUITY employees who are military veterans carried the 350lb, 60ft x 120ft American flag that was lifted onto the pole during the ceremony.

ACUITY erected its first flagpole after 9/11 as a tribute to our Nation’s soldiers, and from there its meaning, intent and symbolism have grown to mean many different things to many different people. During this latest installation we knew this was much bigger than a construction project and we were committed to doing it right in order to provide our community with a beacon of hope and patriotism well into the future,” said Sheri MurphyACUITY‘s vice president, services & administration and flagpole project lead. Continue reading

TEUFELBERGER Becomes Global Market Leader for Slope Winch Ropes

Well groomed slopes thanks to TEUFELBEGER winch ropes.  Faster, steeper, riskier … this trend has not stopped short of ski slopes. As expectations concerning the difficulty and quality of ski slopes continue to rise, so do the demands required of piste grooming equipment. Some slopes are so steep that they cannot be prepared by a snow groomer without the use of a securing element. For these conditions, snow groomers need a winch fitted with a steel wire rope. These ropes are developed and manufactured at TEUFELBERGER. The special manufacturing technology employed makes these ropes particularly durable and also resistant to highly compacted snow and ice. Continue reading

TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Rent-A-Crane, Inc.

TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has purchased the assets of Rent-A-Crane, Inc., an Oklahoma City based provider of crane lifting services to the energy industry in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. This acquisition strengthens TNT’s geographic footprint in the Mid-Continent region and offers significant growth potential for the combined operations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Rent-A-Crane’s and TNT’s shared experience and focus on energy and energy-related end-markets is a complementary and powerful strategic fit and will enable TNT to capitalize on new opportunities and expand its presence in the region. Customers will benefit from the sum of expanded service, manpower and resources available through this acquisition.

Gary Rohlmeier, CEO of Rent-A-Crane commented, “The Rent-A-Crane team is very excited about this transaction. This combination will provide our customers a large and diversified offering of lifting and rigging services and enable our employees to share in the continued successful growth of the business.”  Continue reading

Costa Concordia Refloated

Concordia Aerial ImagesThe Costa Concordia refloating was completed Tuesday, July 22nd. This morning at around 11 am, Titan Micoperi began the departure operations for the Concordia to leave from Isola del Giglio and begin its navigation towards Genoa with an average speed of 2 knots.  The arrival in Genoa is planned at the moment between Saturday July 26th and Sunday July 27th.  With the arrival of the last ferry, operations to disconnect the mooring cables that connect the Concordia to the towers on the shore side are in progress. 

A convoy of 14 vessels, led by the tugboat Blizzard, will conduct the tow, and since the refloating, the vessel has been, and will continue to be, under the constant power of a team of tugs keeping a series of lines tight to ensure control in its upright position. Continue reading

KITO AMERICAS, INC. Acquires PEERLESS INDUSTRIAL GROUP

KITO Americas, Inc. announced today that the company has entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire PEERLESS Industrial Group from WESTVIEW CAPITAL PARTNERS II, L. P. by purchasing all the shares of PEERLESS Industrial Group, INC. The share transfer of PEERLESS shall be executed subject to the terms and conditions in the Stock Purchase Agreement. KITO Americas, Inc. currently operates Harrington Hoists, Inc. and KITO Canada businesses in North America and is the largest subsidiary of the of Japan. KITO is listed on the Tokyo Stock exchange (TSE1) under the stock ticker 6409. Continue reading

Industry Suppliers Build Safety into Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement

WRE Update: From the May/June 2014 Issue of Wire Rope Exchange
By Jennifer H. McInerney

nnyb_hires-11For travelers and commuters crossing the Hudson River from Tarrytown to South Nyack, New York, the sea of cranes beneath the Tappan Zee Bridge has become a familiar—and ever-expanding—sight.

By the year 2018, the Tappan Zee structure, which opened in 1955, will be replaced by the New NY Bridge, a twin-span bridge that’s projected to last 100 years without major structural maintenance. The design calls for eight traffic lanes, four emergency breakdown lanes, a traffic monitoring system, an additional lane for either a commuter bus or light rail, and a pedestrian/bike path.

The $3.9-billion bridge is being designed and constructed by Tappan Zee Constructors LLC, comprised of four firms: Fluor, American Bridge, Granite, and Traylor Bros. Design firms HDR, Buckland & Taylor, URS, and GZA are also lending expertise to the project, and a team of employees from the New York State Thruway Authority and the State Department of Transportation will be working closely with TZC throughout construction.

The wire rope, lifting, rigging, and crane industry continues to play an integral role in the completion of the new bridge. Numerous companies, including the Bilco Group and Python Rope, among many others, are supplying equipment and support. Continue reading

STRATOS® Winch Pro with Dyneema® Offers Unique Benefits to the Forestry Industry

STRATOSDespite continuing mechanization, harvesting timber places high demands on lumberjacks and materials. This also applies to the ropes used in hauling and winching the timber, leading fibre manufacturer Dyneema reports.

In Austria, both the Archbishop office of Vienna and Ernsthof Forstverwaltung are among a growing number of forest owners who rely on fibre as opposed to steel wire ropes for reasons of ergonomics and safety.

Between them, the two harvest around 25.000 m3 of timber annually and both are recipients of the prestigious State Award of Role Model Forest Management, granted by Austria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. Continue reading

St. Pierre Mfg Featured in Telegram & Gazette

By Nick Greenhalgh SPECIAL TO THE TELEGRAM & GAZETTE

T&G Staff Photos/TOM RETTIG

T&G Staff Photos/TOM RETTIG

Working with family members can often be problematic, frustrating and difficult.

Only 30 percent of family businesses survive to be handed down to a second generation; that number dwindles to 12 percent for the third generation, according to the Family Business Institute.

St. Pierre Manufacturing Corporation in Worcester is bucking this trend. The St. Pierre family is already onto their third generation of employees and are still growing, said Richard P. St. Pierre, manager of the company’s lifting division.

“It can be very difficult, but it’s now smoothing out,” said Mr. St. Pierre, 67. “It can be difficult working with younger people thinking they know more than they do.” Continue reading

Gaylin Honored with Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award

Enterprise Asia SingaporeOn July 19th, 2014, Enterprise Asia celebrated 14 of the Most Promising and Outstanding entrepreneurs of Singapore including Gaylin International, a specialist provider of rigging and lifting solutions to the global oil and gas industry.  Desmond Teo, Executive Director and CEO of Gaylin, accepted the “Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award.”  Gaylin was started in 1974 and is headquartered in Singapore, with offices, warehouses and manufacturing facilities in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Korea, together occupying an aggregate of approximately 530,000 square feet.  Gaylin is a global company trusted for providing safe and innovative solutions in lifting & rigging for the offshore and marine industry.

Caldwell Expands into New Manufacturing Plant and Appoints Prokop as Inside Sales Manager

The Caldwell Group has recently moved from their three adjacent manufacturing facilities to the new Caldwell Manufacturing Plant located at: 4080 Logistics Parkway, Rockford, I’ll 61109, just a few miles from their current facility. Caldwell started production in the new building in early June and completed the move by mid-June.

Prokop_Tom_5-21-14Additionally, The Caldwell Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Prokop as Inside Sales Manager.  Tom has been an integral part of the Caldwell sales team for 3 years, starting out as a customer service representative and then moving into the Univac Application Manager position focusing on vacuum lifter sales and applications.  Tom will be moving into this position, previously held by Darrin Noe, who is transitioning to his new role as Regional Sales Manager.   Tom’s extensive experience in working with various customers over the years, will continue to make Tom a valuable contributor to our customers and to the Caldwell team.

NCCCO Launches Boom Truck Operator Certification Program

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) today made available the first phase of a new CCO certification program specifically designed for boom truck operators.

The new CCO Boom Truck—Fixed Cab (BTF) operator certification is a subcategory of the CCO Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab (TSS) certification and was developed specifically for the industries that use these machines such as building supplies, HVAC, sign installation, and tree maintenance. Continue reading