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WSTDA 2014 Fall Meeting
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Oct. 13-16, 2014
Kansas City, MO
WSTDA 2015 Annual Meeting
Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
May 5-7, 2015
Vancouver, BC Canada
Oct. 6-8, 2015
Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, RI
WSTDA 2016 Annual Meeting
May 3-5, 2016
Omni La Mansion del Rio, San Antonio, TX
Going to Kansas City?
2014 WSTDA Fall Meeting Features Technical Discussion
Forums, Committee Work Sessions, Technology "Spotlights"
October 13-16, 2014 • InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza •
Kansas City, Missouri
Well, I might take a plane, I might
take a train
But if I have to walk, I'm going just the same
I'm going to Kansas City
--Fats Domino, “Kansas City”
Fats had it right—take a plane, take a train, but no matter how you
travel there, you will not want to miss the 2014 Fall Meeting in Kansas
City, Missouri! The Fall Meeting schedule features opportunities for
education, networking, and industry discussions on technical issues and
recommended standards development. Hosted at a first-rate location in
Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City, the
InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza offers excellent
accommodations at special WSTDA group rates, and is within walking
distance of many dining, shopping and entertainment attractions.
PROGRAM FEATURES FOR FALL 2014:
WSTDA’s Technical Committees
will each hold two meetings; first, a working session where
progress will be made on current projects such as WSTDA
Recommended Standards reviews; and an interactive Discussion
Forum where attendees have the opportunity to
submit discussion topics in advance of each session.
“New Technology Spotlight”
presentations offer members a 15-minute presentation
opportunity intended to highlight new technology, processes,
or offerings of interest to the WSTDA audience.
Networking during interactive
discussion forums, open Technical Committee meetings, and
social events after busy days of programming, including a
special evening at
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant—all included in the
Hotel reservations at the special WSTDA
group rate must be made no later than September 12, 2014 or when the
group room block fills, whichever comes first. Discounted registration
ends September 13, after which registration fees increase.
For detailed information and registration please visit the
Fall Meeting site. Also,
register online today!
Sponsorships Still Available for Fall Meeting
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Fall Meeting in Kansas City, and help to support WSTDA’s programs and
activities by becoming a Sponsor.
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2014 Annual Meeting Recap
WSTDA headed southeast to charming
Charleston, South Carolina for the 2014 Annual Meeting this past May.
The meeting provided educational and networking opportunities,
participation in committee meetings, and the opportunity to explore
downtown historic Charleston.
Officers, Directors Elected at 2014 Annual Meeting
The members of WSTDA
elected the 2014-2016 Board of Directors at the 2014
Annual Meeting, held May 6-8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton
Charleston-Historic District, Charleston, SC. The Board
of Directors also appointed the association’s Officers
Jeff Iden, Cargo Equipment Corporation, Elgin, IL was
elected to serve as President of the Association.
Supporting Iden is a strong cabinet of Officers
including Vice President Greg
left, is presented with recognition for his two years of
service as WSTDA president by Jeff Iden.
Pilgrim, Murdock Webbing Co., Inc.,
Central Falls, RI; Secretary/Treasurer Jim Bailey, Filtec Precise Inc.,
Tabor City, NC; and Immediate Past President Tom Wynn, Peerless Chain,
The 2014-2015 Board of Directors includes Steve Atzeni, Kinedyne
Corporation, Lawrence, KS; Scott Fleming, Unirope Limited, Mississauga,
Ontario, Canada; Karl Heinz Keisewitt, Doleco GmbH, Dortmund, Germany;
Loren Stolin, Security Chain Co., Clackamas, OR; Henry Brozyna, Columbus
McKinnon Corp., Tonawanda, NY; and Trevor Waycott, Unitex Group USA,
LLC, Piedmont, SC.
All Published WSTDA Recommended
Standards Now Available in Complimentary Digital Format
Board of Directors recently approved a measure to make available all
WSTDA electronic-format Recommended Standards and Test Methods on a
complimentary basis to all interested users. This move seeks to provide
the best possible access to WSTDA-developed recommended standards by any
user seeking to follow best industry practices. WSTDA Members are urged
to inform customers and users of the availability of these complimentary
Prior to the recent Board action, the publications were offered for sale
in print or electronic format; now, users may visit
http://www.wstda.com/products/standards.cfm to download the
following publications in Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF) on a
Specification for Synthetic Web Slings (WS-1)
Specification for Synthetic Webbing for Slings (WB-1)
Specification for Synthetic Web Tie Downs (T-1)
Specification for Synthetic Webbing Used For Tie Downs (T-4)
Specification for Winches Used With Synthetic Web Tie Downs
Specification for Load Binders Used with Chain Tie Downs
Specification for Synthetic Polyester Roundslings (RS-1)
Specification for Synthetic Sewing Threads for Slings and
Tie Downs (TH-1)
Strength & Elongation
Recommended Test Method for Sling & Tie Down Webbing (TM-1)
WSTDA is recognized as a standards-writing
organization by the U.S. Department of Justice, and develops and
publishes voluntary Recommended Standards and Recommended Test Methods
for the web sling and tie down industry. WSTDA also furnishes operating
and inspection manuals, as well as warning products (safety bulletins,
warning labels for web slings, roundslings, and tie downs) to all
interested parties; more information can be found at
WSTDA’s Website Features
New “WSTDA Online” Member Self-Service Resources
Get your login for the newly-redesigned WSTDA.com today, and begin
exploring all the resources now available to WSTDA Members, including:
The Online Store: Register
instantly for WSTDA meetings, and purchase WSTDA Operating
Manuals, Safety Bulletins, Warning Tags, and more.
The My Information page: view
and edit your contact information as displayed in the online
Directories; update your login password.
The Individual Directory:
search for individual representatives of WSTDA Member
Organizations; use the Organization Directory to search
WSTDA Member companies.
The WSTDA Meeting Minutes
page: request Draft and Approved minutes from recent WSTDA
Technical Committee Meetings and Annual Meeting General
The WSTDA Member Logo page:
review WSTDA's Logo Usage Policy; download the WSTDA
"Member" logo for use on your website, letterhead, and
If you need a login, or for assistance in
using WSTDA Online, please contact the WSTDA Association Coordinator,
Kristin Grove at 443-640-1070 ext. 110
Scholarship Program Draws Over 30 Applicants
new Scholarship Program, launched this year and promoted widely to
qualified WSTDA-member employees and their legal dependents, has
attracted over 30 applicants, who are competing for two merit-based
awards of $3,000 each to help with tuition and educational expenses for
attendance at a qualified college or university in 2014-2015.
Twenty different WSTDA member organizations are sponsoring Scholarship
applicants; six members are sponsoring multiple applicants. Member
representatives were informed of the new program via the WSTDA website,
newsletter, direct email messages, and through announcements at the 2014
Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC in May 2014. The application deadline
was June 30th.
A Scholarship Committee is currently reviewing and scoring the qualified
applications, and an announcement of the Scholarship award recipients
will be made on or before September 1, 2014.
The program is currently funded by the WSTDA operating budget, and
donations are welcome to ensure its continued success. To make a
donation, contact WSTDA headquarters for information.
Exhibit at P.I.E. in St. Louis
WSTDA will be represented alongside
industry product and service suppliers at AWRF’s October 2014 “Product
Information Exhibition” (P.I.E.), part of the Association of Wire Rope
Fabricators’ Fall 2014 General Meeting. WSTDA exhibited at the 2012
P.I.E. event for the first time with great success in reaching out to
industry partners interested in learning more about WSTDA and its
recommended standards and expert-developed warning products. As a result
of its participation, WSTDA was able to identify and recruit nearly six
new member companies.
Bob Jasany, WSTDA Technical Coordinator, will once again represent WSTDA
at the P.I.E. event; if you are planning to attend be sure to drop by
and say hello to Bob!
WSTDA Quick Pulse Survey: 2014 2nd
WSTDA’s 2014 2nd Quarter “Quick Pulse
Survey” responses reflect rising demand for web slings, and a leveling
off in demand for roundslings, tie downs, components and material
supplies, which were each rising during the 1st quarter of 2014. Exports
of web slings, roundslings and tie downs are all performing solidly,
staying even with the 1st quarter.
“Sluggish Growth” describes the current industry outlook underpinning
participants’ business planning for the next 9 months, although hiring
seems to be on a slow but steady rise since the same period last year.
These are just some of the insights provided by WSTDA’s quarterly Quick
Pulse survey, which helps business owners gauge the current and future
business environment to compare to their own operations and help guide
their business forecasting and planning. 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.
Broad participation in the quarterly Quick Pulse survey is paramount, so
that results truly reflect the industry as a whole. Following the end of
each calendar quarter, WSTDA emails a survey request to one person at
each member organization. No company’s individual responses are
released; only an aggregated report is provided to WSTDA members.
Be sure to participate in this free service provided by WSTDA by
responding to the 3rd quarter survey, coming in early October.
WSTDA welcomed three new members since we
published the last issue of Uplifting News, including two Regular
Members and one Associate Members. WSTDA Membership stands at an
all-time high of 131 Members, and growing!
Industrial Group Acquired by Japanese KITO Corporation
Industrial Group, including Winona, MN-based Peerless Chain, signed an
agreement to be acquired by Japanese KITO Corporation for $80 million.
The Japanese corporation owns leading North American hoist and crane
maker Harrington Hoists and hopes its Pennsylvania-made hoists and
Winona-made chains will be the perfect combination. Peerless Chain CEO
Tom Wynn said the deal will create stability and growth for Peerless.
"Peerless is now owned by a strategic partner who will want to invest
and grow the business," Wynn said. KITO purchased Peerless from
Boston-based private equity firm Westview Capital Partners, which
acquired Peerless in 2010. Prior to that, Chicago investment firm Merit
Capital Partners had owned Peerless for 13 years. The Japanese firm
plans to bundle Peerless chains and Harrington hoists, boost sales by
marketing to the companies' respective preexisting customer bases, and
grow its share of the North American market, according to Wynn.
"Chances are good now the company will never be sold while they are
working here," Wynn said of Peerless' 300 Winona employees. He added
that the deal will likely bring additional business to the Winona plant.
"It's probably the most exciting thing that's ever happened in my 41
years in the chain business," Wynn said.
Peerless and KITO officials expect the purchase to be finalized in late
Certified Slings & Supply
Opens Seventh FL Service Center
Slings & Supply announced the opening of a new, 11,000-square-foot
service center in Jacksonville, its seventh Florida location. The new
service center enhances the company’s ongoing growth by serving
customers in South Georgia and the entire Southeast. Located 15 miles
south of downtown Jacksonville, the new service center offers an array
of products and services including on-site rigging, equipment for load
securement and lifting, contractor supplies, and fall protection
equipment and education.
Lifting Products Acquires Delta Rigging & Tools
Holdings, through its wholly owned subsidiary Bishop Lifting Products,
acquired Delta Rigging & Tools, headquartered in Houston, TX. The
combined Company now goes to market under the brands Bishop Lifting
Products, Delta Rigging & Tools, Delta Rentals & Rigging, and Morgan
City Rentals. The Company currently operates 23 branches in Texas,
Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and North Dakota with over 700
Doleco GmbH Opens New
Training & Research Facility
F&T La-SiSe Road Test
Demonstration on Opening Day, February 28.
ceremony took place for the Forschungs und Technologiezent rum
Ladungssicherung Selm gGmbH (F&T La-SiSe for short), a training academy,
research institute and outdoor research lab for road trials for all
vehicle classes over an area of just less than 12.5 hectares. A total of
just over 6.5 million Euros was invested in this “load securing
flagship.” The opening ceremony took place with 300 invited guests on
after a record-breaking construction time of only seven months.
The opening speaker, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister of Economic
Affairs Garrelt Duin, confirmed that F&T LaSiSe has “the potential to
become the champion in North Rhine-Westphalia.” Three modules are
available for road tests, and various conditions for load securing can
be simulated in road tests on the “Kreisbahn”, “Hügelstrecke” and
“Dynamikplatte” (circular course, hill track and dynamic motion
platform); the data measured in the process can then be scientifically
How Courts Evaluate Expert
Opinion; Testing Methodology; Duty to Inspect
Manufacturers are always concerned about
getting sued if one of their products fails and someone is injured, but
here is a case in which the injured party sued the truck manufacturer
and owner, but not the sling-maker, for injuries he sustained when a
door strap broke. The case discusses the testing methodology the expert
used and the criteria courts use to decide whether to allow the expert
testimony or not and the employer’s duty to inspect.