Join WSTDA in sunny Florida for industry
interaction on a variety of technical issues, WSTDA Technical Committee
meetings on recommended standards development, and education… all in a
first-rate location on the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
The WSTDA 2018 Annual Meeting is a can’t-miss gathering of industry
leaders. Registration is now open for the WSTDA 2018 Annual Meeting, and
a special deeply-discounted hotel room rate available at the Naples
Grande Beach Resort.
During the Annual Meeting, WSTDA Technical Committees will convene
twice: first, in working sessions aimed at progress on projects and
Recommended Standards reviews; then, in a series of open discussion
forums, which are interactive sessions where attendees may suggest
discussion topics in advance via an online form. All registered
attendees are welcome to attend and participate.
Click here for more information about the WSTDA 2018 Annual Meeting.
Sponsorships Still Available for Annual Meeting in Naples, FL
Increase your exposure at WSTDA’s 2018 Annual Meeting, and help support
WSTDA’s programs and activities by becoming an Annual Meeting Sponsor.
Click here for details on sponsorship opportunities.
Fall Meeting Presents New Technology, New Ideas
the 2017 Fall Meeting, held in balmy San Diego, over 80 member and
non-member representatives attended and participated in Technical
Committee work sessions, interactive Technical Discussion Forum
sessions, educational programming and industry networking.
the Educational Session, Todd Buchholz, a nationally-recognized expert
with experience as director of economic policy for the George H.W. Bush
White House, discussed the current landscape of the economy, both
economic and political, with a focus on forecasting impact on the global
oil and gas industries. Buchholz provided unique insight into the
changes that are becoming apparent as the US moves toward energy
independence. Buchholz touched on the advances in manufacturing
technologies and where the manufacturing sector is headed, with analysis
on how the current administration’s policies may impact manufacturing.
General Session featured updates on WSTDA membership and Board
activities, as well as liaison reports from the various organizations
with which WSTDA cooperates, including a report on the WSTDA Scholarship
Program by program chair Mandy Masters.
Two WSTDA Member companies provided presentations on new product
developments: "Nylon-Like Sling Webbing" presented by Della Picken,
Belt-Tech Products, Inc., described Nylon-Like Webbing, a polyester yarn
combining the benefits of Nylon and PET, a new product which behaves
like nylon in terms of enlongation, tenacity, durability and resistance
to alkalai with the low moisture regain, stiffness, heat/US/acid
resistance benefits of PET.
Development of Synthetic Chains with Dyneema®" was also presented by
Ralph Abato, Doleco USA, and Bill Fronzaglia, DSM Dyneema. Replacing
steel with synthetic link chains with Dyneema®, certified worldwide by
DNV-GL, is a leap forward in securement and lifting operations.
2018-2019 Scholarship Application Now Available
WSTDA Scholarship Program seeks to give back to the industry, and
provides a valuable benefit of WSTDA membership. The WSTDA Scholarships
are merit-based awards intended to help offset educational expenses at
an accredited college or university for qualified students in any field
of study. Academic achievement, community service and extracurricular
activities, as well as responses to short essay questions, are each
considered in the selection process.
Application to the WSTDA Scholarship Program is open to all employees,
and legal dependents of such employees, of organizations that are
Members in the US and Canada, in good standing with Web Sling & Tie Down
In 2017, the fourth year of the WSTDA Scholarship Program, $3,000
merit-based scholarships were awarded to two very deserving students:
Justin R. Streicher,
Northeastern University – Sponsored by Richard Streicher,
Hanes Supply, Rochester, NY
Gabriella R. Lasorsa,
University of Connecticut – Sponsored by Richard Lasorsa,
Murdock Webbing Co., Central Falls, RI
Applications for the 2018-2019 Scholarship Program are now available
The application deadline for the 2018-2019 program is June 1, 2018 and
awards will be announced in early July. Be sure to let all your fellow
employees know that their families are eligible to apply! Visit
www.wstda.org for and look for “Scholarship Program” under the Members
tab for details.
Support the Scholarship Program: Donate Today!
Donate today in support of the WSTDA Scholarship Program! The program is
currently funded entirely by the WSTDA operating budget. All donations
are applied to offset program awards and expenses. At this time,
donations made in support of the WSTDA Scholarship Program are not
tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be deductible as a
business expense; please consult your tax advisor.
Stand Up and Give
Back: Nominations Open for WSTDA Board of Directors
of Directors to the Board will be held during 2018 Annual Meeting,
during the General Session and annual Member Meeting scheduled for
Wednesday, May 9. There are five positions that will be up for election,
each for a two-year term starting immediately following the elections.
The principal and alternate representative of any Regular or Associate
member in good standing is eligible for election to the Board of
Directors. (A subsidiary of a member which maintains its own separate
membership in the association may also be eligible for election to the
Board of Directors.)
If you are interested in serving or would like to nominate a qualified
candidate to serve if elected, the Board of Directors has implemented a
new application process.
Download an application from the Leadership page of the WSTDA
Quarterly "Quick Pulse" Survey
Board of Directors is re-launching the Quarterly “Quick Pulse” Survey of
Members, a benefit exclusive to WSTDA Members. The survey program
provides industry leaders with insight to 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 2018 1st quarter survey, found
All Members will receive a quarterly “Quick Pulse Survey Report” sharing
aggregated data, approximately three to five weeks following the survey
release each quarter.
in AWRF "P.I.E."
or Associated Wire Rope Fabricators, held its 2017 Fall General Meeting
and Product Information Exhibition (known as “P.I.E.”) in Minneapolis in
October 2017, and WSTDA participated as an exhibitor.
On hand to share information about WSTDA Recommended Standards, manuals,
WSTDA safety products and WSTDA Membership benefits were Rob Snyder,
chair of WSTDA’s Load Securement technical Committee (pictured, left)
and Jeff Iden, WSTDA President.
Identification Marker Program
a service to the industry, WSTDA maintains a Webbing Identification
Marker program. WSTDA is the recognized entity that issues and keeps
records of weaving companies who have requested and have been issued
specific color codes and numeric positions to identify their webbings.
The purpose of webbing identification markers is to provide a method to
positively identify a webbing source of manufacture, while the product
is in the field.
To be eligible, the company must be a manufacturer of synthetic webbing
as defined in WSTDA T-4 Synthetic Webbing Used for Tie Downs and/or
WSTDA-WB-1 Synthetic Webbing for Slings. Color codes shall not be issued
to companies that do not manufacture webbing but only utilize webbing as
a component of fabricating synthetic web slings and/or tie downs.
Specific color codes and numeric positions may not be sold, assigned or
transferred. Any change in ownership of a weaving company shall require
new identification markers to be issued.
Both member and non-member weaving companies within and outside the
United States are eligible to be assigned specific color codes. The
service is complimentary to WSTDA Member organizations in good standing;
for non-Members, a fee applies.
Click here to download the Webbing Identification Marker
Acquires Safeway Sling USA
Bishop Lifting Products, Inc., Houston, TX
has acquired Safeway Sling USA, a sling fabrication company
headquartered in Greendale, WI. Safeway Sling USA is a manufacturer of
100% USA made nylon and polyester lifting slings, as well as wire rope
slings, chain slings, and tie-down assemblies that meet all WSTDA
Harold King, President of Bishop Lifting Products, said “We are excited
with the addition of Safeway Sling to our family of companies. Safeway
Sling has a proven track record in our industry of supplying the highest
quality synthetic slings with the highest level of service. They will
make a great addition to our team.” Sue Szymczak, President of Safeway
Sling USA, added “We feel that BLP is the ideal fit to carry on our
legacy of excellence.”
Along with manufacturing synthetic and metal lifting slings, Safeway
provides certifying/recertifying services of overhead lifting assemblies
with in-house ASTM E-4 calibrated testing capabilities. Bishop Lifting
operates 70 test beds throughout their 21 locations with pull test
capacities ranging from 100K-1500K metric tons.
Continues to Grow, Expand
WSTDA continues is upward trend in
membership, welcoming six new members since we published the last issue
of Uplifting News.