Issue #40  •  Fall 2014


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Technical Coordinator's Report

Roundsling Technical Committee

Testing Technical Committee


Kathy DeMarco

Executive Director

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Fred Stringfellow, CAE

Management Liaison

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Cynthia Sanchez

Director of Meetings

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Kristin Grove

Association Coordinator

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WSTDA Events


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


WSTDA 2015 Fall Meeting
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 the 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.


  • 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 registration fee.

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

Increase your exposure at WSTDA’s 2014 Fall Meeting in Kansas City, and help to support WSTDA’s programs and activities by becoming a Sponsor. Click here for details on sponsorship opportunities.

WSTDA 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. DETAILS

WSTDA 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 for 2014-2015.

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

Tom Wynn, 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, Winona, MN.

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

The 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 publications.

Prior to the recent Board action, the publications were offered for sale in print or electronic format; now, users may visit to download the following publications in Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF) on a complimentary basis:

  • Recommended Standard Specification for Synthetic Web Slings (WS-1)

  • Recommended Standard Specification for Synthetic Webbing for Slings (WB-1)

  • Recommended Standard Specification for Synthetic Web Tie Downs (T-1)

  • Recommended Standard Specification for Synthetic Webbing Used For Tie Downs (T-4)

  • Recommended Standard Specification for Winches Used With Synthetic Web Tie Downs (T-3)

  • Recommended Standard Specification for Load Binders Used with Chain Tie Downs (T-6)

  • Recommended Standard Specification for Synthetic Polyester Roundslings (RS-1)

  • Recommended Standard 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 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 Sessions.

  • The WSTDA Member Logo page: review WSTDA's Logo Usage Policy; download the WSTDA "Member" logo for use on your website, letterhead, and business cards.

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

New WSTDA Scholarship Program Draws Over 30 Applicants

WSTDA’s 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.

WSTDA to 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 Quarter Results

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 Welcomes New Members

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! DETAILS


Peerless Industrial Group Acquired by Japanese KITO Corporation

Peerless 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 August.

Certified Slings & Supply Opens Seventh FL Service Center

Certified 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.

Bishop Lifting Products Acquires Delta Rigging & Tools

SBP 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 employees.

Doleco GmbH Opens New Training & Research Facility

F&T La-SiSe Road Test Demonstration on Opening Day, February 28.

An opening 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 assessed.


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. DETAILS


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