Issue #35  •  Spring 2012


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Load Securement Technical Committee Report


Northern Exposure: WSTDA Spring Meeting Heads to Lake Louise
Registration Now Open; Deadline
May 5

The Web Sling & Tie Down Association is headed for some northern exposure at the picturesque Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada for its 2012 Spring Meeting. This meeting provides educational and networking opportunities, participation in committee meetings that shape the future of the industry, and a chance to explore the heart of pristine Banff National Park, in which Lake Louise and the Fairmont resort are located.

The Spring Meeting also will feature a special panel presentation, “RFID: Safety and Sling Management” on Wednesday, June 6. The presentation will provide an overview of RFID: how it works, what hardware and software are required for successful implementation and use, and how it can help make your business more successful. Slated panel presenters include RFID technology experts Somen Mondal of Field ID, Tom Bamford of Infochip, and Jim Stradinger of Holland 1916. For background information on RFID, see related article in this newsletter.

You can find 2012 Spring Meeting schedule details and speaker information, information about the hotel and optional events, transportation options, and registration details by clicking here.

Web Sling Safety 2.0: Using RFID and Inspection Software to Digitize Web Sling Management

Airbus, Cisco Systems, Wal-Mart, JCPenney Co., and several credit card companies have taken advantage of a technology known as RFID. While it’s been around for years, RFID has recently seen increased popularity and now generates about $6 billion in worldwide revenue. Lifting and rigging companies are increasingly adopting RFID to make jobs like web sling management much easier.  DETAILS

2011 Fall Meeting in Baltimore: Recap

Baltimore, Maryland hosted the WSTDA 2011 Fall Meeting, and provided a unique backdrop to a myriad of educational and networking opportunities offered every time WSTDA comes together.  DETAILS


Manufacturers of "Component Parts" Are Not Generally Liable for Injury Caused By the Finished Product

Under the “component parts doctrine,” suppliers of raw materials to manufacturers usually cannot be liable for negligence or under a strict products liability theory to the manufacturers' employees who sustain personal injuries as a result of using the raw materials in the manufacturing process. Only in extraordinary circumstances—such as when the raw materials are contaminated, the supplier exercises substantial control of the manufacturing process, or the supplier provides inherently dangerous raw materials—can suppliers be held liable. DETAILS

WSTDA Quick Pulse Survey: A Useful Marketplace Gauge
4th Quarter 2011 Results Are In

WSTDA’s 2011 4th Quarter “Quick Pulse Survey” points to growth, both in demand for products and employment. For the second consecutive quarter demand for tie downs and component materials/supplies has risen, while web slings and roundslings remain stable, as do margins for all product types. DETAILS

WSTDA Welcomes New Members

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


Bishop Acquires New Orleans Branch, Receives "Golden Hoagie" Award

In October 2011, Bishop Lifting Products Inc. acquired Atomic Industrial Marine and Supply, a New Orleans, LA sling fabrication and marine supplies shop. DETAILS

Chant Hosts Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick

In early January, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick toured the Chant Engineering Co. headquarters in New Britain, Bucks County, PA to see first-hand an American business success story. DETAILS

WSTDA Approaches 40th Anniversary; Share Your Favorite WSTDA Memories

In 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 200
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 2012 Annual Meeting
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
June 5-7, 2012
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada


WSTDA Fall Meeting
The Marquette Hotel
October 16-18, 2012
Minneapolis, Minnesota



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


























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