Issue #49 • Spring 2019


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Technical Coordinator's Report

Load Securement Technical Committee Report

Roundsling Technical Committee Report

Web Sling Technical Committee Report

Testing Technical Committee Report


Kathleen A. DeMarco, CAE

Executive Director

443-640-1070 ext. 1119

Fred Stringfellow, CAE

Management Liaison

443-640-1070 ext. 1102

Cynthia Sanchez

Director of Meetings

443-640-1070 ext. 1117

Kristin Grove

Association Coordinator

443-640-1070 ext. 1110

Michelle Vito-Clark
Publications Coordinator
443-640-1070 ext. 1130

Robert Jasany
Technical Coordinator

WSTDA Events


WSTDA 2019 Annual Meeting
May 6-9, 2019
Casa Magna Marriott Resort, Cancun, Mexico

WSTDA 2019 Fall Meeting
October 7-9, 2019
Intercontinental Montreal, Montreal, Canada


WSTDA 2020 Annual Meeting
May 11-13, 2020
Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, UT


WSTDA 2020 Fall Meeting
September 14-16, 2020
JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District

Savannah, GA






WSTDA 2019 Annual Meeting
May 7-8, 2019 • Marriott Cancun Resort • Mexico

The Web Sling & Tie Down Association is headed to Cancun, Mexico for the Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting. This event provides insight into WSTDA Technical Committee work, including the development and revision of recommended standards. Education, networking opportunities, and interactive Discussion Forum sessions round out the programming. The annual Business Meeting and Board of Directors Elections also take place during the Annual Meeting.

Help Shape the Annual Meeting
The WSTDA Web Sling, Load Securement, and Roundsling Technical Committees, and the Testing Committee, each hold working meetings on Tuesday, May 7 which are open to observers. On Wednesday, May 8, the Technical Committees will also hold interactive Discussion Forum sessions, intended to enable the Technical Committees to dialogue with attendees on topics of importance to their industry sector. All registered attendees are encouraged to submit proposed topics for these sessions.

Click here for more information about the WSTDA 2019 Annual Meeting.

Sponsorships Still Available for Annual Meeting

Increase your exposure at WSTDA’s 2019 Annual Meeting, and help support WSTDA’s programs and activities by becoming an Annual Meeting Sponsor. Click here for details on sponsorship opportunities.

WSTDA 2019-2020 Scholarship Program: Spread the Word

The 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 Association.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Scholarship Program are now available here.

The application deadline is June 1, 2019. Awards will be announced in early July. Be sure to let all your fellow employees know that their families are eligible to apply! Visit 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. Donate Today

Are You Ready to Serve?
Nominations Open for WSTDA Board of Directors

Election of Directors to the Board will be held during 2019 Annual Meeting, during the General Session and annual Member Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 8. There are three positions 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, Download an application from the Leadership page of the WSTDA website or email for more information.

WSTDA Quarterly "Quick Pulse" Survey

WSTDA’s Quarterly “Quick Pulse” Survey of Members is 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 2019 1st quarter survey, coming at the end of March.

All Members receive a quarterly “Quick Pulse Survey Report” sharing aggregated data, approximately three to five weeks following the survey release each quarter. To view the current and Quick Pulse reports, log in at and click on “Quick Pulse Survey Results.”

WSTDA Webbing Identification Marker Program

As 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 Application.

WSTDA Website Feature: Member Profiles

Members are encouraged to submit information for their own Member Profile at! What is a Member Profile? A short, informative few paragraphs with accompanying photos, which provide an overview of the Member’s line of business, customer base, facilities, personnel, and special activities. SEE CURRENT PROFILES HERE

WSTDA is inviting all Regular, Associate and Affiliate Members to complete a brief Member Profile Form which will provide information to WSTDA staff in order to create a Member Profile for your company. Photos are welcome!

If you would like your company to be one of the first to be featured in a Member Profile, please complete the form and submit it right away.

Calling all Members ... We Need Your News

In an effort to keep WSTDA’s website current and relevant, we are seeking news... industry news, company news, links to other industry sites that you have found helpful and interesting. We want to bring more visitors to the WSTDA site to expose them to the great work that we are doing on their behalf. The more information and updated news we have to share, the more we will get picked up by search engines, and the easier it will be for people in the industry to find us. Please send relevant news, information and links to

WSTDA Membership Continues to Grow, Globally

WSTDA continues is upward trend in membership, welcoming nine new members, including new Regular Members from Chile and from Peru. DETAILS











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