Distinguished Insurance Brokerage and Consulting Firm Announces Strategic Hire

Hays Companies (Hays) Salt Lake City P&C Group, one of the nation’s Top 20 insurance brokers, announces the hiring of Douglas Ball, after his recent retirement from the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA). Ball brings a wealth of regulatory environment and government relations experience to his new role in business development at Hays. The move will better serve Hays’ SC&RA member base, as well as both current and prospective clients. Continue reading


AirCrane Rescues Rhino


Sikorsky_S-64_N159AC_Erickson_Air-Crane_@_OSD Picture2As reported on AVweb, Erickson AirCrane, Inc., in coordination with the Sabah Wildlife Department in Malaysia, has helped relocate an endangered female Sumatran rhinoceros to a wildlife reserve to be paired with a male rhino already within the protected sanctuary.  Laurentius Ambu, the director of the Sabah Wildlife Department in Malaysia, said the rhino is “on the verge of extinction” in the local region. “Without the use of Erickson Air-Crane’s huge Sikorsky S-64 helicopter, this rescue would have been impossible,” he said.Picture5

According to the Erickson AirCrane website, the S-64F has a realistic lift capacity measuring 22,500 lbs. (10,206 kg.)

The report continues, “the female rhino was transported with the use of a sturdy wooden crate that was lifted aloft by the AirCrane from her remote jungle habitat. “Erickson was proud to play a part in this important initiative, helping to protect this critically endangered species,” company spokesman Brian Carlson told AVweb. This was the second time an AirCrane was used to relocate a Sumatran rhino.

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2000th LEEA TEAM Card Marks Another Milestone for Safer Overhead Lifting

Geoff Holden, chief executive of LEEA (left) presented the very first TEAM cards to employees of Certex (UK) in 2009LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) has issued its 2000th TEAM card, highlighting the growing success of this international registration and identity scheme for overhead lifting equipment engineers. Launched in 2009, the TEAM card provides independent evidence of the holder’s qualifications and experience of working on equipment such as cranes, hoists and slings, and is now in use in over 56 countries worldwide.

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ITI Heavy Rigging & Transport Workshop Just 3 Weeks Away – Register Now

This event is not a seminar, it is not a conference.  This is an educational workshop that will knock your socks off.

ITI The ITI Heavy Rigging & Transport Workshop is just a few weeks away, taking place February 19-21 in Houston, Texas.  The curriculum will tightly focus on heavy rigging, lifting, and transportation activities conducted by organizations in the Gulf Coast including upstream and downstream oil and gas, energy fabrication, offshore construction, and maritime industries. Continue reading

Kennards Hire and Pacific Hoists offer first cordless air hoists in Australia

Pacific HoistsKennards Hire Lift & ShiftKennards Lift & Shift has partnered with Pacific Hoists to offer the J.D. Neuhaus air hoist featuring an optional cordless pendant control.

Offering the Australian materials handling industry a ground-breaking and innovative new technology, the German made J.D. Neuhaus air hoist available through Kennards Hire – Lift & Shift, now features an optional cordless pendant control custom-made by Pacific Hoists. Continue reading

Yale Cordage Uses Sharks to Test New Rope Product

Yale CordageYale Cordage, a New England-based custom and specialty braided rope manufacturer that designs application-specific ropes across many industries, has developed a unique strategy for testing its latest marine application rope.  Designed to tether buoys integral for a worldwide tsunami warning system, Yale is accustomed to designing quality products for a rugged environment.   But this time, the company included a unique strategy for testing bite resistance – recruiting sharks in captivity   to test product prototypes for the first time. Continue reading

New International Trade Crossing – Latest Feature in Wire Rope Exchange

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The February issue of the Wire Rope Exchange will be mailed out at the end of this week.  We feature some interesting projects from the New International Trade Crossing between US and Canada to the proposed Grand Inga Dam, and we also highlight the Events Not to Miss in 2014.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the Exchange magazine or if you would like to sell your products through our printed and online industrial marketplace, please visit our website to register.

Swiackey Retires, Tony Bon Appointed CEO of Samson Rope

TonyBonIMG_9923Samson Rope announces that after more than 41 years, Steve Swiackey retired as CEO at the end of 2013.  Tony Bon, Samson’s current president, has been named CEO.

Swiackey came to Samson in 1972 as assistant plant manager of what was then Samson’s largest manufacturing operation in Shirley, Massachusetts. He quickly rose to plant manager, then to vice president of manufacturing, and in 1985 became president of the company. In 1988 Swiackey bought Samson, relocating the company’s headquarters and its largest manufacturing operation to Ferndale, Washington. Continue reading

Loos HotWire publishes: “How to confirm your cable meets Mil-Specs!”

Check out an excerpt below from Loos & Co.’s latest HotWire Blog

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“Have you ever seen statements such as, “Meets the strength requirement of MIL-DTL-83420?” We have, and it’s those statements that confuse the consumer. Wire rope catalogs and websites are plastered in them. This is a claim we find very harmful, as it is meant to confuse the end user. Most of the time, cable that is being advertised this way is commercial grade aircraft cable that does not meet MIL-DTL-83420.”

“You can protect yourself from this, and here are a few pointers to assist you. If an aircraft cable truly is a military specification aircraft cable, it has been built by a Qualified Producer (see military specifications Qualified Producers Lists) to meet particular performance requirements. The cable has passed several levels of strength and endurance testing to achieve the military specification designation.”

To read the full article, visit Loos’ HotWire Blog


Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 11.34.13 PMThe journey that began late last month for one of the world’s largest floating cranes continues as it prepares to pass through the Panama Canal this weekend.

The crane, known as the Left Coast Lifter, is expected to begin its passage through the Panama Canal as soon as Saturday, Jan. 11, and updated information on its journey will be available at NewNYBridge.com. It departed from Oakland, California, on Dec. 22, escorted by tug boats, and is expected to arrive in New York at the end of the January. Continue reading

60ft Scissor Lift From MEC

MECUS manufacturer MEC has unveiled a new 60ft Rough Terrain scissor lift that it plans to launch at Conexpo in March and should start to ship in April.

The MEC 6092RT is based on company’s 5492RT and joins its ‘92’ range of 2.34 meter wide Rough Terrain scissor lifts and will feature its Ultra-Deck dual roll-out platform extensions. The new lift will be the highest scissor lift currently produced in North America. Continue reading

Genie Revenue Up Over 20%

Genie/ Terex AWP has reported nine month revenues up over 20 percent, with a strong improvement in profits, but with fall in the order backlog. Total revenues for the nine months to September were $1.65 billion, almost 21 percent higher than in the same period last year. Operating income for the period was $254 million, 45 percent up on last year. The order book at the end of the period was $311.9 million, 35 percent higher than last year, but down 37 percent on the quarter. Continue reading

North Dakota Oil Output May Double by Mid-2017-State Official

Oil production in North Dakota, home to the giant Bakken shale formation, may double to 1.6 million barrels a day by mid-2017, a state official said in remarks shown on video at a meeting on Thursday and received by Reuters on Friday.

Lynn Helms, director of the state’s Mineral Resources Department, qualified that number with a number of regulatory, tax and demand risk factors.
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Bids to replace wire rope and load testing for John Day Dam due today

1377639418160The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to replace wire rope and perform load testing for an emergency intake crane at 2,160-MW John Day Dam on the Columbia River in Oregon. Bids are due Sept. 6.

The Corps’ Portland District took bids in August to modify fish passage at John Day to aid Pacific lamprey. It awarded a contract in 2012 to Skyward Construction to refurbish elevators and took bids in 2011 for turbine blade refurbishment at the project.

In a solicitation set aside for small businesses, the Corps now seeks bids to remove old wire rope and supply and install new wire rope and perform load testing for an emergency intake crane at John Day. Continue reading