The 2017 WSTDA Fall Meeting features a
new, condensed schedule of meetings, and a strong focus on industry
education, with three new sessions. Join WSTDA for networking with
industry experts and interactive discussions on technical issues and
emerging new technologies.
The Fall Meeting is to be hosted at the Kimpton Solamar in the heart of
San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District and the East Village, an emerging
neighborhood known for its restaurants, shops and galleries. WSTDA has
negotiated special WSTDA group room rates for reservations made prior to
September 25 or as long as the rooms are available.
PROGRAM FEATURES FOR FALL 2017:
Featured Educational Session
with Baron Lukas, CEO of ELS: Advancing Hydrocarbon
Technology, on “The U.S. Shale Oil Revolution & an Uncertain
Global Future.” His fascinating insight into the global
energy economy will lead to a new understanding of its
impact on your customers and your industry. Learn how oil,
geo-strategy and globalization can enable American energy
independence and alter the global geo-strategic picture.
Two “New Technology Spotlight”
Sessions will focus on recent advances in sling webbing and
synthetic chain. Belt-Tech Products, Inc. will present
Nylon-Like Webbing, a new polyester yarn that combines the
benefits of nylon and PET. Doleco USA and DSM Dyneema will
jointly present boundary-pushing innovation synthetic link
chains with Dyneema® that replace steel with synthetics.
WSTDA’s Technical Committees
working sessions will drive current projects such as WSTDA
Recommended Standards reviews, and interactive Discussion
Forums provide opportunities to address emerging issues;
attendees have the opportunity to
submit discussion topics in advance.
Networking is a key component,
and takes place during the interactive Discussion Forums,
open Technical Committee meetings, and social events after
busy days of programming. A special closing reception and
dinner at Half Door Brewing Company on Wednesday, October 18
should not be missed. This private, WSTDA-only event will
feature in-house craft beer, cocktails and delicious food on
the patio of a renovated 1906 house with views of San Diego.
For detailed information and registration
please visit the
Fall Meeting site. Also,
register online today!
Fall Meeting Sponsors
(as of August 23, 2017)
Belt-Tech Products, Inc.
There are several Sponsorship opportunities available for the 2017
Fall Meeting… increase your exposure and help to support WSTDA’s
programs and activities by becoming a Sponsor.
Click here for details on sponsorship opportunities.
Standards, Manuals Now Available for Free Download
the 2017 Annual Meeting, the WSTDA Board of Directors made the decision
to offer all WSTDA Recommended Standards, Test Methods, and Operating,
Care and Inspection Manuals available for free, single-use download to
the public. These publications will no longer be sold in printed format.
Users who wish to download and duplicate WSTDA-copyrighted publications
for the purposes of training or disseminating the information to
associates may submit an online Request for License to Reprint
Copyrighted Material from WSTDA. This royalty-free limited license is
effective for two years.
Click here to download WSTDA Recommended Standards and Test Methods
and/or to request a reprint license.
Click here to download WSTDA Operating, Care and Inspection Manuals
and/or to request a reprint license.
WSTDA’s Annual Meeting brought industry experts and leaders to the
beautiful Lake Tahoe this past May. The meeting provided an eye-opening
economic forecast, a technical presentation on a new static-dissipating
yarn fiber, networking opportunities, and participation in technical
committee meetings and discussions.
Officers, Directors Elected at 2017 Annual Meeting
President Jeff Iden (right) recognized the WSTDA Technical Committee
chairs for their work and commitment to the mission of WSTDA: (from
left) Roger Ohman, chair of the Testing Committee; Rob Snyder, chair of
the Load Securement Technical Committee; Ralph Abato, chair of the Web
Sling Technical Committee, and Greg Babinchak, chair of the Roundsling
The members of WSTDA elected the 2017-2019 Board of Directors at the
2017 Annual Meeting. The Board of Directors also appointed the
association’s Officers for 2017-2018.
Jeff Iden, Cargo Equipment Corporation, Elgin, IL continues his term as
President of the Association. Supporting Iden is a strong cabinet of
Officers including Vice President Greg Pilgrim, Murdock Webbing Co.,
Inc., Central Falls, RI and Secretary/Treasurer Jim Bailey, Filtec
Precise Inc., Tabor City, NC. Elected to the position of President-Elect
was Della Picken, Belt-Tech Products, Inc., Granby, QC.
The 2017-2018 Board of Directors includes the above Officers as well as
Directors Scott Fleming, Unirope Limited, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada;
Karl Heinz Keisewitt, Doleco GmbH, Dortmund, Germany; Trevor Waycott,
Unitex Group USA, LLC, Piedmont, SC; Arnold Lopez, Kennedy Wire Rope and
Sling Co., Corpus Christi, TX; Amanda Masters, Ben-Mor Cables/Sling
Tech, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC; and Eric Parkerson, Mazzella Companies,
2017-2018 WSTDA Scholarship
Program Awards Two Education Grants
Scholarship Program, launched in 2013 and promoted widely to qualified
WSTDA-member employees and their legal dependents, attracted more than
20 applicants who competed for two merit-based awards of $3,000 each to
help with tuition and educational expenses for attendance at a qualified
college or university.
The 2017-2018 Scholarship recipients are:
Justin R. Streicher, of Rochester, New York, is a June 2017
graduate and valedictorian of Spencerport High School who served as
president of its National Honors Society. Justin was an active member of
math-related teams and activities including FIRST Robotics during high
school, and will attend Northeastern University in Boston, MA in the
fall to pursue a degree in environmental engineering with plans to
launch a manufacturing company focused on hunting gear and products to
help protect wildlife and habitats. Justin was sponsored by Richard
Streicher, Vice President of Sales for Hanes Supply Incorporated in
Gabriella R. Lasorsa, an undergraduate at the University of
Connecticut, was also awarded a WSTDA Scholarship. Gabriella maintains a
3.96 GPA, was named to Dean’s List for both semesters of her freshman
year, and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a
Gamma Phi Beta Philanthropy Committee member, and a member of the
Pre-Med Society. Gabriella is a Physiology and Neurobiology major and
works as a certified nursing assistant during school breaks, with
intentions to move on to medical school and become a doctor focusing on
pediatric cancer. Gabriella was sponsored by Richard Lasorsa, Vice
President of Finance at Murdock Webbing Co. in Central Falls, RI.
Twelve WSTDA member organizations sponsored Scholarship applicants, some
which sponsored multiple applicants. Member representatives were
informed of the program via the WSTDA website, newsletter, direct email
messages, and through announcements at the 2017 Annual Meeting.
The program is currently funded by the WSTDA operating budget, and
donations are welcome to ensure its continued success. To make a
donation, click the above link or contact WSTDA headquarters for
Products Acquires Matex Wire Rope
SBP Holdings, through its wholly owned subsidiary Bishop Lifting
Products, announced the recent acquisition of Matex Wire Rope, Inc.
headquartered in Kilgore, TX. For over 50 years, Matex has been a
premier supplier of lifting solutions including sling fabrication, wire
rope and rigging hardware, fall protection, cable service,
recertification and custom lifting solutions. With branches in
Shreveport, LA, and Pleasanton, Alice, and Midland, TX, the combined
companies will now operate 20 branch locations throughout Texas,
Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado.
Mourns Founder Jim Chant
James “Jim” Chant, founder of Chant Engineering, passed away in June
2017, the company announced.
Born in Lewisham, in southeast London, England, Chant earned a B.Sc. in
Electrical Engineering from the University of London in 1949. Jim was a
Chartered Professional Engineer, and for eight years he was also the US
Representative of the British Institution of Engineering and Technology,
one of the world’s largest engineering institutions.
In 1959, Jim was recruited to be part of the nascent US space program.
He and his wife Barbara, with their growing family, emigrated to the USA
on the ocean liner Hanseatic. The family first settled in New Jersey
before moving a few years later to Pennsylvania. After working for other
engineering companies, Jim founded L. J. Chant and Associates in 1970 in
the basement of his home. This company later became Chant Engineering
Co., Inc., from where he just recently retired as CEO.
Today Chant Engineering is still a family owned and operated business
run by Jim Chant’s son, Phil Chant, its President since 2000.
Belt-Tech USA, Inc.
Introduces NYLON-LIKE Sling Webbing
USA Inc. recently announced the introduction of its new-to-the-industry
sling webbing, NYLON-LIKE.
The product combines the tenacity, elongation, durability and alkali
resistance properties of Nylon with the low moisture regain, low
stiffness, low shrinkage, and heat, acid and UV resistance properties of
PET. NYLON-LIKE offers a UV resistance 9x superior to the industry’s
average and excellent chemical resistance. The webbing is offered in 1”
through 6” widths.
A New Technology Spotlight session on NYLON-LIKE will be presented at
the 2017 Fall Meeting in San Diego, CA.
Continues to Grow
WSTDA continues is upward trend in
membership, welcoming one new member since we published the last issue
of Uplifting News. WSTDA Membership, having grown by over 20% in the
past six years, stands at 130 Member organizations spanning 28 U.S.
states and seven countries.
Please join WSTDA in welcoming its newest Regular Member:
American Rigging and Supply Co., LLC
555 Chactaw Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
Phone: (225) 344-7144
Primary Contact: Greg Denova
Membership Directory Goes Paperless
a directive by the Board of Directors, the 2017-2018 Membership
Directory, listing all Members as of August 1, 2017, has been published
in PDF format suitable for download and printing.
“Rather than printing the directory booklet and mailing to all Members,
at significant cost, the Board decided to go paperless this year, and
reformat the booklet so that Members can download and print if they
desire,” said Jeff Iden, WSTDA President. “Having the Directory in PDF
format also allows our staff team to update it immediately, when new
Members join. With the printed booklet, new Members would not be listed
in the Directory until the next printing.”
The Membership Directory provides detailed contact information for all
Members, as well as listings of members by location and product
category, contact information for the Board and Committee leadership,
and staff contact information.
The Directory is available to Members by logging in to
www.wstda.com and selecting the link from the “WSTDA Online” menu.
The online Members-only services also provide an online search and
lookup for Members, by company, individual contact, product type, and
LEEA CEO Geoff
Holden, CEO for UK-based Lifting Equipment Engineers Association,
recently announced his retirement after serving for nine years at the
helm of the organization. Holden leaves behind a legacy of over 1,098
members in 62 countries, a credit to his hard work and dedication to
LEEA during his tenure.
Following his wife's retirement earlier this year, the couple plan to
enjoy spending their time in Cornwall where Geoff fully intends to throw
himself into his favorite pastime, sailing.
As part of the restructure, LEEA is pleased to announce that Andrew
Wright has taken up his new post as General Manager, and will serve as
acting CEO while the LEEA Board of Directors begin the process of
selecting a new CEO, later this year.
WSTDA formed a collaborative relationship with LEEA during Geoff’s
tenure as CEO, and Geoff and Robert Wilson, LEEA’s Regional Manager –
Americas, have participated in WSTDA Annual and Fall Meetings for the
past several years, bringing updates on LEEA training and certification
WSTDA wishes Geoff the very best in his retirement and congratulates him
on a successful term as the leader of LEEA.
Loss of Henry Hughes
Hughes, of Tarboro, NC, a longtime respected member of WSTDA and AWRF in
the weaving industry, passed away earlier this year following a brief
illness. He was 83.
Henry graduated from North Carolina State University in 1955 with a
degree in Textiles, then served two years in the US Army.
He began his career in Danville, VA in 1957, and then founded Phoenix
Trimming Company in Tarboro, NC in 1964. Phoenix Trimming was acquired
by Murdock Webbing in 1992 and serves as Murdock’s second manufacturing
Henry gave back generously to his community by serving for years in
various civic roles and on numerous corporate boards. He was an avid
outdoorsman who enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing.
Testimony is Admissible or Inadmissible
By Gerard P. Panaro, WSTDA Legal Counsel
One of the advantages to the warning labels that have been
developed by WSTDA is that they were developed (and are reviewed
and updated) with the assistance of experts in the field (human
factors experts), focus groups, and industry input. If
challenged by a plaintiff’s attorney in litigation, WSTDA could
call upon the expert testimony of the professionals who helped
develop the labels. (Of course, the plaintiff might well have
experts of its own and the defendant could challenge the
admissibility of their testimony as well.)
One caution to keep in mind,
however, is that experts are not automatically permitted to
testify in litigation; an expert may testify only with the
permission of the court and the decision whether or not to
permit specific expert testimony is based on several criteria
the courts have developed. Sometimes, it can be a “close
question” whether a given expert meets the criteria in a given
case and a trial court’s decision can be appealed.