The Crosby Group Partners with Warriors 4 Wireless to Help Veterans Transition to New Careers

The Crosby Group (“Crosby”), which is home to leading brands Crosby, McKissick, Lebus, and National Swage, announced today a partnership with Warriors 4 Wireless. Crosby is donating mission critical lifting and rigging equipment and training as well as making a financial contribution to support Warriors 4 Wireless, an organization dedicated to helping veterans transition to new careers in the wireless industry. Continue reading

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Lifting Gear Hire Helps BCMC and Operation Finally Home

LGHLifting Gear Hire (LGH) recently donated a Modular 24 Spreader Beam with top rigging to help the Building Community Making Connections (BCMC) and Operation Finally Home. LGH donated a Mod 24 spreader beam with rigging to help place the roof on a deserving soldier’s new home in San Antonio, Texas.

BCMC partnered with Operation Finally Home to build a home for a deserving United States Veteran. Specialist Cody Nusbaum’s unit was ambushed by Taliban fighters disguised as Afghan police officers on August 24, 2011. Since that day Cody has gone through over 65 surgeries. After a series of revolutionary procedures to repair his hip and leg, and five months of painful physical therapy, Cody recently took his first steps–fifteen months after the attack.  Continue reading

NCCCO to Offer Certification, Safety Demos, Examiner Workshops at CONEXPO 2014

Also sponsoring the Lift Safety Zone and new Crane & Rigging Education Track

image002Live equipment demonstrations, nationally accredited certification examinations, education sessions, and practical examiner training will all go to make for the largest ever participation at any construction event in almost two decades by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators(NCCCO) at the forthcoming CONEXPO/CON-AGG, the Virginia-based non-profit organization has announced.

New candidates and existing certificants alike will be given an opportunity to take a wide variety of ANSI-accredited and OSHA-compliant CCO written, practical, and recertification exams atCONEXPO/CON-AGG, to be held March 4–8, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV. And thanks to NCCCO’s “Visit CONEXPO—Leave Certified” program featuring onsite scoring and immediate test results, successful candidates will be able to walk away from the event certified. Additionally, practical examiner workshops for most CCO programs will be conducted onsite before and after the exposition. Continue reading

Loos & Company Goes Chunkin’

Loos Chunk WorksTypically within the lifting and rigging industry, you don’t hear too often businesses participating in pumpkin throwing contests; however, wire rope manufacturer Loos and Company along with U.S. Air Force engineers from Wright-Patterson AFB comprised a team, “Chunk Works,” to participate in the annual World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition, November 1-3.  For 25 years, the Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition has drawn thousands of spectators and pumpkin throwing connoisseurs to Bridgeview, Delaware to see who can throw an 8 to 10 pound pumpkin the farthest.

John Ellsworth, one of the four founding fathers of the event explains how the event all started over a simple challenge. “We were playing around one day and somebody started Continue reading

LGH Helps Habitat for Humanity

LGH Helps Habitat for HumanityLifting Gear Hire Corporation (LGH) recently donated a Modular 24 Spreader Beam with top rigging to help the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH).  The Habitat for Humanity homes to be built come partially pre-constructed. LGH provided a Modular 24 Spreader Beam, at 20’ length, to help assist in the placement of the walls and roof.

NOAHH builds homes for families that are unable to qualify for traditional home loans but have stable jobs, good or no credit and are willing to contribute 350 hours to the building of Habitat homes. Continue reading

Collapsed Tower Crane ‘secure’ but removal may take weeks

Following the path of destruction left by Hurricane Sandy on the Eastern Seaboard, officials in New York City are securing options from top safety experts in the crane industry to determine the best course of action for removal of the collapsed boom dangling from a Tower Crane atop the One57 skyscraper construction site.

According to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, “the Department of Buildings has determined that the crane is currently stable,” but winds remain too high for work to be done on securing the boom, and more than 1000 residents have had to be evacuated from surrounding buildings, as well as from several nearby hotels that have been closed.

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Industry Thought: Leaders on Innovation

At the end of 2012, we conducted a roundtable discussion on innovation in the rigging industry to get perspectives and insights about what is driving innovation and growth.

Wire Rope Exchange:  How do you define innovation in our industry?

Tom Miller, President
Marcal Rope and Rigging, Inc.

Tom Miller:  To me innovation in the rigging industry is two-fold.  We’re focused on providing our customers with safer products that also promote ease of use. The loads are getting bigger and bigger, so the rigging also gets bigger and bigger – which means more weight and more opportunity for accidents. Providing a safer way to lift these larger loads is where we are looking.  Also, I think our own manufacturing practices have to be safer. Continue reading

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How to Help Relief Efforts in Japan

If you or your company, organization or group want to help the Japanese people recover from last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami but aren’t sure how to do so, InterAction provides options. An alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental aid organizations, InterAction has compiled a list of groups that are accepting private, corporate and group donations, along with some guidelines for the most appropriate ways to help.

Caterpillar Inc. Sponsors AEM’s 2011 Construction Challenge

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces that Caterpillar Inc. has signed on as a major sponsor of the 2011 AEM Construction Challenge presented by Volvo Construction Equipment. As part of its commitment to engage young people in construction careers, Caterpillar Inc. is sponsoring four of the nine regional rallies taking place on January 15, 2011. Continue reading

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AEM Honors Gorman and Liebherr

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces the latest inductees into the AEM Hall of Fame, which honors the pioneering individuals who have invented, managed, built and led the off-road equipment industry. Continue reading