Traveling North or South on Anaheim St. through the Port of Los Angeles, a landmark for many years has been the six story testing tower bearing the words “Testing Facility”. The tower sits on a four block square piece of property and marks the home of Coordinated Wire Rope, Coordinated Testing and Coordinated Equipment companies which are celebrating their 60th anniversary in 2012.
Founded by Stanley Fishfader after WWII, Coordinated is an integral part of the history of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Coordinated Companies bring valuable services and products to the two busiest ports in the United States servicing container terminals, marine towing, marine construction, aerospace, petroleum and many diverse industries.
In 2005 Mr. Fishfader sold the business to entrepreneur and testing guru Phil Gibson, the owner and CEO of Tension Member Technology (TMT Labs) , a world renowned, multifaceted testing laboratory in Huntington Beach, California. Gibson and Fishfader had been friends and business associates for over 30 years and both felt it would be an ideal blend of companies to meld TMT Labs and all five of The Coordinated Companies.
With locations throughout California (San Leandro, Ventura, San Diego and Wilmington) Coordinated is well positioned to service ports and offshore platforms as well as the entire state with quality products and services. The specialized testing facility provides both static and functional testing on a large variety of lifting and handling components, measuring devices, tooling, hardware, cables, ropes, winches, hoists and more. They have the unique ability to apply loads up to 8,000,000 pounds in both compression and tension.
Coordinated has developed a specialized utility service truck with capabilities to perform on-site functions such as swaging up to 1-1/2” diameter wire rope slings, pouring zinc or resign sockets, test and certifying chain and lever hoists. Coordinated Companies Operations Manager, Bo Kentner, is very optimistic about the continued growth and success of this great company.