BLP's Lifting & Rigging Industry Blog

BLP Awarded Top Slingmax Fabricator for 2009

Slingmax President Jeff Susman presents the Golden Hoagie Award
Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP) was awarded the 2009 SlingMax Golden Hoagie award for being the top SlingMax ® dealer of 2009. This is the fourth time in six years that BLP has received the top Slingmax ® national dealer award. Over the past 16 years, BLP has continually been in the top 5 SlingMax Dealers worldwide, and was one of the first dealers set up in 1988.

Jeff Susman, President of SlingMax Rigging Solutions headquartered in Aston, Pennsylvania, hosted a party on April 20, 2010 at Bishop Lifting's Houston headquarters to present the award. One hundred and thirty employees were treated to specially made Hoagie sandwiches and Tasty Cakes flown in from Philadelphia.

"We work hard to supply Slingmax ® products to all our customers," said Jeff Bishop, President of Bishop Lifting. "It is a great achievement for our company and employees to be honored for the fourth time and we appreciate the support Slingmax ® provides us."

The use of high performance slings plays an important role in the crane and rigging industry. Bishop Lifting Products fabricates a variety of sling types, but has always done exceptionally well with Slingmax® Rigging Solutions. Slings are used for lifting any type of load no matter the size, weight or shape. Bishop Lifting Products partnered with Slingmax ® to supply the right Twin-Path ® or Gator-Laid ® sling for each lifting job. Industries that utilize slings for their lifting applications include aerospace, construction, crane and rigging, government and military, manufacturing, commercial fishing, mining, oil & gas, petrochemical, pipeline, and power generation.


Jeff Susman presents 2009 award to Jeff Bishop

BLP President Jeff Bishop accepts the Golden Hoagie Award from Slingmax president Jeff Susman.


BLP employees enjoy Golden Hoagies from Slingmax

BLP employees get in line for the delicious Hoagies from Philadephia.

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Crane & Rigging Meetings and Upcoming Events

Back in March at the HBR Crane and Rigging meeting Matt Gardiner with HAAG Engineering made a presentation on "Wind Effect on Cranes and Loads". The power of the wind is often underestimated when working with cranes. People sometimes forget that there is a significant potential for disasters due to wind loads. Please be careful when wind becomes a factor on the job.

Guy Ramsey with Maximum Capacity Media visited and extended a $100 discount for all HBR members wanting to attend the 2010 Crane and Rigging Conference at the Crown Plaza Houston/Greenspoint on May 26th and 27th here in Houston, Texas. The Crane & Riggin Conference offers "safety personnel, fleet and facility managers, as well as operators an independent forum where crane users and suppliers can debate the real-world dynamics of working with this equipment." BLP is an Event Partner of the CRC. We hope to see you there. 

Our guest for April's meeting was Richard Corbello with Columbus-McKinnon. He gave a presentation on "Chain Hoists and Come-A-Longs". This topic will be available soon for download on the HBR site. 

The May meeting for HBR will be a Breakfast Meeting held at Brady's Landing and will feature a few booths from some of our members. There will be two special topics discussed. One will be a discussion on 3rd Party Inspections and will have panel members form CICB, NACB and Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. for discussion. We look forward to conversing on the importance of lifting material inspections. The second topic will be Load Calculations-Part II, by Carol Crane and Rigging.

There are many events and conferences coming up in May for the Lifting and Rigging Industry. The 2010 Offshore Technology Conference takes place May 3rd - 6th at the Reliant Center. OTC is "the world's foremost event for development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection." Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. will be in booth 1009. Come and see what we have rigged up for 2010.

The Association of Crane & Rigging Professionls General Assembly Meeting will take place in Shreveport, Louisiana on May 11th thru 13th. ACRP is "dedicated to improving crane operations and rigging activities in all industries." They provide educational materials and opportunities to it's members and also to the public so we can all stay informed on crane and rigging operations in our industry.

As always, "Safety is Number One" and we hope to see you at one or all of these events.

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Once a separate nation, Texas has recently been behaving more like an independent economic republic than a regular state. While it hasn't been immune to the problems plaguing the nation, the Texas housing market, employment rate, and overall economic growth are relatively strong. Chalk some of this up to accidents of geology and geography.


Tags: lifting equipment, oil & gas industry, lifting devices, texas economy, rigging, industrial services

AWRF President Jeff Bishop announces Upcoming Events

Jeff Bishop, President of Bishop Lifting Products and AWRF (Associated Wire Rope Fabricators), will be attending the AWRF General Meeting and P.I.E. in Bellevue, WA April 11-14th.  The P.I.E. (Product Information Exhibit) is an annual event where members set up booths and participate display products.  Some of the exhibitors include The Crosby Group, Chant Engineering, Holland 1916, and Infochip Systems to name a few.


The schedule of events:

Sunday, April 11, 2010 – Registration, PIE set up, Reception

Monday, April 12, 2010 – Product & Information Exhibition

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 – General Business Session, Tour & Fun Run, Closing Banquet

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – AWRF Golf Tournament


Pictured below: Jeff Bishop accepts the award for President of AWRF

 Jeff Bishop accepts the position for President of AWRF



Tags: lifting device, AWRF, The Crosby Group, crane meeting, Bishop Lifting Products, Infochip Systems, rigging