Issue #30  •  Fall 2009


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Web Sling Technical Committee Report

Roundsling Technical Committee Report

Load Securement Technical Committee Report

Testing Committee Report


Seattle to Host 2009 Fall Meeting

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WSTDA’s Fall Meeting is being held October 19-22, 2009 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to meet with your industry peers and friends.

WSTDA has secured a special group rate of $199 single/double. The deadline to secure this rate is September 18, 2009. Please call 206-583-0300 or 800-546-9184 to make your reservation. Make sure to tell them you're with WSTDA.

Member registration is

$295 which includes all business sessions, meeting materials and scheduled meal functions. Spouse registration fee includes Tuesday’s reception, continental breakfasts and Wednesday’s lunch. DETAILS

Parnell to Offer Special Rigging Workshop at WSTDA Fall Meeting

Mike Parnell of Wire Rope & Rigging Consultants will offer a workshop titled, "Rigging Applications and ASME B30.9 Changes" at WSTDA's Fall Meeting in Seattle.

Help your customers pick the right rigging for the job. Among topics to be reviewed: providing sling cutting prevention versus abrasion resistance; How to make rigging hardware components work in a variety of applications; and Accident reviews providing insight to good rigging gone “bad” due to improper use. DETAILS

Make Your Plans for Maui in May

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Sunrise at Haleakala

The Sheraton Maui Resort will host WSTDA's 2010 Annual Meeting May 17-21. Start making your plans today by visiting the Maui Visitors Bureau. This meeting provides educational and networking opportunities, as well as opportunities to participate in committee meetings that shape the

future of the industry -- all in a spectacular setting. Registration details will be available this fall.

WSTDA Elects New Board

The Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA) proudly introduces its newly elected president and board of directors for 2009-2010.

Michael Gelskey, Sr., of Lift-It Mfg. Co., was elected as President of the association. Gelskey’s term as president comes on the heels of a successful Annual Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina. Interest in membership in WSTDA continues to be strong, with 106 total member companies.

Supporting Gelskey is a strong cabinet of officers including Immediate Past President, John Walsh, Sling-Choker Mfg.; Vice President, Tom Wynn, Peerless Chain Company; and Secretary/Treasurer, Steve Schroeder, Wear-Flex Slings.

Jim Calico, Kinedyne Corporation; Greg Pilgrim, Murdock Webbing; Linda Summars, First Sling Technology; Jeff Iden, Cargo Equipment Corp.; Karl Heinz Keisewitt, Doleco; and Jim Bailey, Filtec-Precise are also serving on the 2009-2010 board.


Legal Considerations in Layoffs, Salary Reductions and Furloughs

Faced with the worst economy in decades, quite a few organizations appear to be contemplating or have implemented salary reductions, furloughs and/or other methods to save money without actually firing people.   DETAILS

WSTDA Welcomes New Members

WSTDA welcomed two new members since the last issue of UpLifting News.


Burlan Corporation
2740 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28052
Telephone: 704-867-3548
Fax: 704-867-1377
Primary Representative: Oliver Landis
Alternate Representative: Kevin Wassil
Manufacturer of Synthetic Web Tie Downs.
Started manufacturing in 1991.

Source Atlantic Hydraulic Rigging & Rubber
331 Chesley Dr.
Saint John, NB E2L 4E4
Telephone: (506) 648-2620
Fax: (506) 648-3061
Primary Representative: Peter Wilson
Alternate Representative: Ted Reader
Manufacturer of Synthetic Web Slings, Synthetic Round Slings, and Synthetic Web Tie Downs.
Started manufacturing in 1992.



Fred Stringfellow, CAE

Executive Director

443-640-1070 ext. 102

Cynthia Jordan

Director of Meetings & Membership

443-640-1070 ext. 117

Laura Izzo

Association Coordinator

443-640-1070 ext. 110

WSTDA Events


WSTDA Fall Meeting
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
October 19-22, 2009
Seattle, Washington



WSTDA 2010 Annual Meeting
Sheraton Maui Resort
May 17-21, 2010
Maui, Hawaii


© 2009 Web Sling & Tie Down Association


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