Issue #32  •  Fall 2010


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Roundsling Technical Committee Report

Load Securement Technical Committee Report

Testing Committee Report


Ft. Worth to Host 2010 Fall Meeting

Register Before September 17 Earlybird Deadline and Save

It's time to register! WSTDA’s Fall Meeting is being held October 19-21, 2010 at the Hilton Ft. Worth in Ft. Worth, Texas. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to meet with your industry peers and friends.

You can also find schedule details and speaker information, as well as information about the hotel and optional events. Register today for this unique opportunity. DETAILS

Sponsorships Still Available for Fall Meeting

Increase your exposure at WSTDA’s Fall Meeting in Ft. Worth and help to support WSTDA’s programs and activities by becoming a Sponsor. Click here for details on sponsorship opportunities.


Supreme Court Case Upholds Review of Employee Text Messages

An employer may review the personal text messages sent and received by an employee using an employer-provided cell phone, either to determine whether charges are reasonable or whether the employee is violating company policy, the US Supreme Court held in a recent decision.  DETAILS

Rigging Contractor Acquitted; Prosecutors Blamed Faulty Slings

As you may recall, a crane collapsed in New York City two years ago, killing 7 people and injuring two dozen. The owner of the rigging company was indicted for 2d-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, 2d-degree assault, reckless endangerment and filing to file taxes. Prosecutors had argued that the contractor was responsible for the collapse of the crane because he used faulty slings to suspend a portion of the crane while it was being raised.  DETAILS

Rigging Contractor is Acquitted in the Collapse of a Crane

A rigging contractor was acquitted of all charges in connection with the collapse of a giant crane in Manhattan two years ago that killed seven people and revealed shoddy and illegal inspection practices in the city’s Department of Buildings. DETAILS

Calling all Members ... We Need Your News

In an effort to keep WSTDA’s website current and relevant, we are seeking news….industry news, company news, links to other industry sites that you have found helpful and interesting. We want to bring more visitors to the WSTDA site to expose them to the great work that we are doing on their behalf. The more information and updated news we have to share, the more we will get picked up by search engines, and the easier it will be for people in the industry to find us. Please send relevant news, information and links to Fred Stringfellow at When forwarding information, please let me know who would be the target audience (i.e. tie down manufacturers, web sling manufacturers, etc. and a proposed headline for posting purposes).

WSTDA Welcomes New Members

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

MacMor Industries, Ltd.
1175 Sherwin Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0V1
Telephone: (204) 786-5891
Primary Representative: Dominic Colasvonno
Alternate Representative: Cathy O’Coin
Manufacturer of Synthetic Web Slings and Synthetic Web Tie Downs.
Started manufacturing in 2010.

Mikisew Industrial Supply
8335 Roper Road
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6W2
Telephone: (780) 490-0255
Fax: (780) 490-0775
Primary Representative: Gordon Jonah
Alternate Representative: Stan Wigmore
Manufacturer of Synthetic Web Slings, Synthetic Round Slings, and Synthetic Web Tie Downs.
Started manufacturing in 2002.


Wessel Industries, LLC
5 Westchester Plaza
Elmsford, NY 10605
Telephone: (914) 909-5285
Fax: (914) 909-5287
Primary Representative: Garry Wessel
Alternate Representative: Tom Wessel
Established in 2009



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
Hilton Forth Worth
October 19-21, 2010
Fort Worth, Texas




WSTDA 2011 Annual Meeting
Marriott’s Sanibel Harbour Resort
May 16-20, 2011
Ft. Myers, Florida

WSTDA Fall Meeting
Hotel Monaco Baltimore
October 18-20, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland




WSTDA 2012 Annual Meeting
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
June 5-7, 2012
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada






























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