Issue #36  •  Fall 2012


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Vice President's Message

Testing Committee


Register for WSTDA's Fall Meeting
October 16-18, 2012 • The Marquette Hotel • Minneapolis, MN

The Web Sling & Tie Down Association is headed to Minneapolis, MN for its 2012 Fall Meeting. This meeting provides educational and networking opportunities, as well as opportunities to participate in committee meetings that shape the future of the industry. DETAILS

Exclusive Manufacturing Plant Tour Only for Fall Meeting Attendees
Peerless Chain Company, Winona, MN

Peerless Chain, founded in 1917, has grown over the years from a small automotive tire chain manufacturer supplying local garage owners, into Peerless Industrial Group, manufacturing and distributing chain, fittings, overhead lifting products and traction products all over the world to approximately 25 countries. The company is now the largest manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer chain and traction products in North America, selling products under the brands of Peerless, ACCO, Letellier Material Handling Equipment and Security Chain Company (SCC). DETAILS

Northern Exposure: WSTDA 2012 Spring Meeting Recap

The Web Sling & Tie Down Association headed north to the picturesque Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada for its 2012 Spring Meeting in June. This meeting provided educational and networking opportunities, participation in committee meetings that shape the future of the industry, and the opportunity to explore the heart of pristine Banff National Park in which Lake Louise and the Fairmont resort are located. DETAILS

WSTDA Elects New Board, Officers for 2012-2013

WSTDA elected its 2012-2013 Board of Directors during its 2012 Annual Meeting in June.  DETAILS

WSTDA Task Force Launched to Examine Accreditation Program

In order for WSTDA to remain vibrant and relevant, we need to be concerned with continuing to provide a quality image and product. As good an organization as we have, we need to continue to improve the value of the WSTDA banner. Only in this way, can we remain the reputable source for all things related to web lifting and tiedown products. DETAILS

WSTDA Quick Pulse Survey: A Useful Marketplace Gauge

WSTDA’s quarterly Quick Pulse Survey is the only source for the overall outlook for growth, employment, demand, margin expansion/contraction, supply shortages (labor, goods) and exporting activity in the web sling and tie down industry. It is a useful tool for analysis by business owners who need to gauge the current and future business environment to help guide their business forecasting and planning. DETAILS

WSTDA Welcomes New Members

WSTDA welcomed six new members since we published the last issue of Uplifting News. DETAILS


Bishop Lifting Products Now Part of SB Holdings

AEA Investors, a private equity group, has formed SB Holdings to combine Singer Equities with the acquisition of Bishop Lifting Products. Both groups provide high value added products used in the industrial distribution market sector. DETAILS

WSTDA Approaches 40th Anniversary; Share Your Favorite WSTDA Memories

AIn preparation for WSTDA’s 40th anniversary in 2013, which will be celebrated in beautiful Napa, California, we are compiling photos illustrating the history of the organization. If you have any convention or WSTDA community photos you would like to share, please send them to us so that we can share them at the meeting.

You can send photos by mail or email to Laura Izzo at WSTDA (see below). Please let us know if you are sending us copies of your photos that we can keep, or if you will need your photos or disks returned. Please label the photos with names, year, place, or other descriptions with as much detail as you can.

Thank you in advance for your time; we look forward to celebrating WSTDA’s 40th anniversary with you at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, May 6-9, 2013.

Laura Izzo
2015 Laurel Bush Road, Suite 201
Bel Air, MD 21015



Fred Stringfellow, CAE

Executive Director

443-640-1070 ext. 102

Kathy DeMarco

Associate Director

443-640-1070 ext. 119

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
The Marquette Hotel
October 16-18, 2012
Minneapolis, Minnesota


WSTDA 2013 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting
The Meritage Resort and Spa
May 6-9, 2013
Napa, California

WSTDA 2013 Fall Meeting
Sax Chicago – A Thompson Hotel
October 15-17, 2013
Chicago, Illinois


WSTDA 2014 Annual Meeting
DoubleTree by Hilton Charleston-Historic District
May 5-8, 2014
Charleston, South Carolina

















© 2012 Web Sling & Tie Down Association


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