James Lomma was named the 12th recipient of SC&RA’s Golden Achievement Award during closing night ceremonies at the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) Annual Conference, April 22-26, at the Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, Fla. This prestigious award, last presented in 2011, goes to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the specialized transportation or crane and rigging industry over a consistent and significant period of time.
The President of J.F. Lomma, Inc., Newark, N.J., began his company in 1975 as a heavy-hauling specialist. The company gained a strong reputation early on for relocating a 400-ton transformer from inside the New York State Power Authority’s Indian Point generating plant along an uphill route to a staging area a mile away.
By the early 1980s, the rapid expansion of cellular communications set the stage for his company’s entrance into the crane business. Over the years, J.F. Lomma, Inc.’s inventory of cranes and rigging equipment continually expanded and diversified. Today, the company is known as a premier provider of heavy hauling, rigging and transport services in the U.S., ranking eighth on the ACT 100 list of America’s largest crane companies.
In an industry known for dedicating months of planning for complicated projects, J.F. Lomma, Inc. is known for taking on tough assignments under difficult circumstances at a moment’s notice. Within hours after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, Lomma cranes arrived on the scene at Ground Zero to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts—and remained there for several months. He was among the first people called upon by then Mayor Rudy Giuliani after the tragedy.
A member of SC&RA since 1981, James Lomma held a number of the Association’s key leadership positions over the years, including President in 1996-97. He was instrumental in the formation of both the National Commission of the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) in 1995, and of SC&RA’s property and casualty insurance partnership with NBIS, which became the Association’s exclusive all-line insurance in 1996 and now serves more than 400 SC&RA member companies. He remains active in SC&RA as a Past Chairman by attending meetings as a member of the Board of Directors.
“My company has completed more really successful projects than I can remember, but I’m as proud of helping to gain the NCCCO certification and NBIS insurance programs as anything I’ve accomplished in my career,” said Lomma.
In presenting the Golden Achievement Award, SC&RA Chairman Ron Montgomery pointed out that Lomma had repeatedly demonstrated an ability to deal tactfully, and in a quiet way, with difficult industry regulations, laws, people and challenges.
“To the core, James Lomma is compassionate and has demonstrated genuine concern and provided personal and widespread industry assistance many times to those who faced challenges or simply needed help,” said Montgomery. “If you ask his competitors to describe him, they say he’s a man of his word. He’s got integrity, and he operates with a firm adherence to a strong ethical and moral code.”
The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) is an international trade association of more than 1,300 members from 43 nations. Members are involved in specialized transportation, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting and crane and rigging operations, manufacturing and rental. SC&RA helps members run more efficient and safer businesses by monitoring and affecting pending legislation and regulatory policies at the state and national levels; researching and reporting on safety concerns and best business practices; and providing four yearly forums where these and other relevant member issues can be advanced.