2009–2010 officerS & committee chairS
Randall Goddard, Chairman Ron Montgomery, Transportation Group Chair
Paul LeFebvre, President Ronald Schad, Crane & Rigging Group Chair
William Stramer, Vice President David Wood, Allied Industries Group Chair
William Keen, Treasurer Linda Curran, Ladies Group Chair
David Lowry, Assistant Treasurer
a meSSage from Joel dandrea, executive vice preSident
It should come as no surprise that most association chief staff executives report that the
deteriorated economy negatively affected their association’s financial position in 2009.
A study held in Spring 2009 showed two-thirds of Management Forum. Specialized providers of products
executives surveyed by the American Society of and services continued to rent every available space at
Association Executives (ASAE) predicted revenue our major meetings’ exhibits centers.
from membership and overall revenues would
Like our members, we have learned to work harder
decline in the coming year. Those expecting less
and smarter. Although we have looked for ways to
revenue reported an average decline of 13.4
pare our expenses, we have gone to great lengths to
percent of membership revenue and 15.7 percent
avoid sacrificing quality of service.
of overall revenue. ASAE reports issued later in the
year revealed that the actual overall performance of By and large, our members have remained loyal.
associations was even worse. They know we always keep our eye on our mission of
“providing the unique information and any other lawful
We are pleased to report that SC&RA’s experience
activities members need to safely, legally, and profitably
in 2009 largely defied the norm. As 2010 begins, we
transport, lift, and erect oversize and overweight items.”
expect our total membership to be near, or even above,
where we began in 2009. Like most associations, Earlier this year, I accurately predicted in my column
SC&RA anticipated declines in attendance at meetings. in American Cranes & Transport that 2009 would not
But the overall drop in number has been modest, and be a banner year for the industry. As I noted then, I
we noticed no decline whatsoever in the enthusiasm still believe SC&RA members are better positioned
of meeting participants. Indeed, we experienced the than nonmembers to survive tough economic times
best attendance ever at the SC&RA Financial & Risk and emerge stronger than ever.
member companieS in 49 countrieS
Argentina Colombia Indonesia Mexico Puerto Rico Tunisia
Aruba Denmark Ireland New Zealand Qatar Turkey
Australia Ecuador Israel Nigeria Republic of South United Arab Emrates
Austria Finland Italy Norway Africa United Kingdom
Bahrain France Japan Pakistan Romania United States
Belgium Germany Jordan Peoples Republic Spain of America
Brazil Greece Kuwait of China Switzerland Venezuela
Canada Guatemala Luxembourg Peru Thailand
Chile India Malaysia Philippines Trinidad
MeMbership by group
Allied 26% Transportation 15%
Sc&ra ServeS over 1,300 companieS in 49 nationS
Since 1948, the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) has represented Combination
Crane & Rigging 24%
companies that lift, haul and position huge objects. & Crane) 35%
They often take on challenges nobody else can groups. Increasingly, representatives from the
handle. For them, bigger is better. The same attitude Allied Industries Group share their unique expertise
carries over to their trade association. SC&RA during major meetings of the other groups. MeMbership by gross revenue
relentlessly tackles the industry’s biggest challenges. They frequently serve on Crane & Rigging and
Transportation committees and present unique, $5M–$9.9M
Year after year, SC&RA interacts with legislators, $3M–$4.9M
useful information during educational sessions. 8%
regulators, labor unions and other organizations on 22%
Furthermore, they contribute thousands of dollars
issues of vital importance to the industry. Much of
as event sponsors.
that work is accomplished under the auspices of
the Transportation and Crane & Rigging Groups, Also supporting the other groups is the Ladies
through their various committees and task forces. Group, consisting of women affiliated with or married
Over a third of the members participate in both to employees of an SC&RA member company.
industry segments and belong to both groups. Members largely direct their efforts to furthering the International
SC&R Foundation, which provides industry-related 17%
The Allied Industries Group provides a gamut Subsidiary
of products and services for members of these research and scholarships. 2%
pulling together for common cauSeS
Even though the Transportation and Crane & Rigging Groups of SC&RA pursue
separate agendas, much of SC&RA’s achievements in 2009 were accomplished on
behalf of all members.
January board & Committee Meetings the Annual Awards and Recognition Dinner; the SC&R
set the stage for success Foundation’s Fire & Ice Biker-themed Gala; golf,
More than 130 members and guests participated in tennis and fun run/walk events; and the President’s
the January Board & Committee Meetings, Reception, as well as receptions for international
members, first-time attendees and spouses.
January 4–7, in Midway, Utah. About two dozen
committees and task forces made significant As always, SC&RA provided attendees with key
decisions to shape the Association’s actions for information to clarify important developments
It’s All About the Economy Panelists from left:
Martin Regalia, Ronald DeFeo and Peter Ruane. 2009 and beyond. affecting their business. Dr. Peter Ruane, President
and CEO, American Road & Transportation Builders
All Facets of industry show strong presence Association, moderated a spirited panel discussion,
at Annual Conference It’s All About the Economy, that featured valuable,
The need to meet during trying economic times industry-specific analysis and a broad economic
was evident during the 2009 Annual Conference outlook for 2009 and beyond. Joining him on the
in La Quinta, Calif., April 21–25, which attracted panel were Dr. Martin Regalia, Vice President and
585 participating members and guests from nine Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and
countries—Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Ronald DeFeo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Mexico, Puerto Rico (U.S. Territory), the United Terex Corporation.
Kingdom and the United States. Participation was
lively at more than 50 committee and task-force During his Opening Session presentation, French
sessions and networking events. explorer, author and film producer Jean-Michel
Cousteau explained how “going green is a long-term
In addition to the five educational sessions, highlights investment ... and environmental practices benefit
included an array of committee meetings, the us all.” Fittingly, Cousteau made his Redesigning
Jean Michel-Cousteau opens the conference on Earth Day 2009. Products Fair with 56 exhibitors; the 21 Rigging and Our Future: The Business of Nature presentation on
Hauling Jobs of the Year Competition presentations; Earth Day.
World Crane & Tra
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fully uphold the terms
sC&rA supports First World Financial & risk Management Forum
Crane and Transport summit shows path to success
The 289 attendees at the inaugural World Crane and To help members navigate through the turbulent
Transport Summit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, economy, SC&RA hosted its 2009 Financial & Risk
October 22–23, included top representatives Management Forum, in Pittsburgh, Pa., August 19–20.
from crane and transport companies, equipment The sessions attracted 64 key executives. Among
manufacturers, associations and standards bodies topics covered were succession planning and asset
from around the world. The event was organized in protection, developments and trends in transportation
cooperation with SC&RA by KHL Group, publisher litigation, capital strategies, and the stimulus plan for
of the Association’s official magazines—International infrastructure investment. However, the focal point was
Cranes and Specialized Transport and American a full-day session incorporating the most significant
Cranes & Transport. Furthering SC&RA’s impact findings of SC&RA’s 2009 Financial Benchmarking
at this event were the ten speakers from SC&RA Study and combining the elements of critical financial
member companies worldwide. management with strategic planning.
As part of this event, SC&RA organized the signing Nearly 40 SC&RA members participated in the 2009
of a new World Crane and Transport Alliance. study, which provided a “snapshot” of the unique
Joining SC&RA were the European Association of specialized transport, crane rental and rigging
Heavy Haulage, Transport and Cranes; the Crane industries. By comparing their companies to others
Industry Council of Australia; the New Zealand of similar size and type, participants gained new
Heavy Haulage Association; and the Crane Rental insights on how to manage their businesses for
Association of Canada. improved performance and a stronger future.
Sc&ra recognizeS recruiterS and awardS member loyalty
president’s Award 40 years • Riggers, Inc., Richmond, Va.
Trevor Pease, KHL Group USA LLC, Phoenix, Ariz., • Dan Barclay, Inc., Franklin, N.J. • Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik GmbH, Pfedelbach,
earned the President’s Award for membership • E.T. Gresham Company, Inc., Norfolk, Va. Germany
recruitment. He enlisted four new members. Of the
• Marco Crane & Rigging Co., Phoenix, Ariz. 25 years
176 new members joining SC&RA in 2008, 21 were
recruited by other members. • Midwest Specialized Transportation, Inc., • All Crane Rental Corporation, Columbus, Ohio
Rochester, Minn. • Argee Transport Co., Des Moines, Iowa
32 Companies receive
• Rigging International, Alameda, Calif. • Continental Machinery Movers, Nashville, Tenn.
Membership Longevity Awards
60 years 35 years • DFW Movers & Erectors, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas
• Hennes Services, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis. • Anderson Trucking Service, Inc., St. Cloud, Minn. • Hampton Roads Crane & Rigging Co., Newport
50 years • Guy M. Turner, Inc., Greensboro, N.C. News, Va.
• Rogers Brothers Corporation, Albion, Pa. • O.B. Hill Trucking & Rigging Co. Inc., Natick, Mass. • Industrial Maintenance & Service Corp.,
• Underwood Machinery Transport, Inc., • R. Litz & Sons Company, Ltd., Winnipeg, Richmond, Va.
Indianapolis, Ind. Manitoba Canada • Nelson Intermountain Crane, Ogden, Utah
45 years 30 years • S.K. Rigging Company, Cincinnati, Ohio
• George Young Company, Swedesboro, N.J. • AME, Inc., Fort Mill, S.C. • Selinsky Force, LLC, Canton, Ohio
• Halbert Brothers, Inc., City of Industry, Calif. • Crane Rental Service Inc., Orange, Calif. • The Paramount Transport & Trading Co.,
• McLeod Trucking & Rigging Co., Charlotte, N.C. • JC-Duggan Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y. Marabella, Trinidad
• Miller Truck & Storage Company, Jackson, Mich. • Trans American Trucking Services, Inc., South
Accepting the award was his son Scott Bragg (far right), a member of
SC&RA’s Board of Directors, joined by George’s wife, Marilynn, son Chris and
daughter Suzanne (far left).
50 Year Longevity Award Winner: Jay Kulyk (Right), VP and General
Manager and Mark Kulyk, President, Rogers Brothers Corporation. golden achievement award goeS to
the late george m. bragg
George M. Bragg, long-time President of Bragg or where he went in business or life, he earned
Crane Service, Long Beach, Calif., was the and commanded respect and treated all those
posthumous recipient of the Golden Achievement who know him with the same degree of courtesy
Award on April 25 during the SC&RA Annual and respect.”
Conference. He passed away on Saturday
George Bragg was active in the crane & rigging
morning, March 28. This coveted award pays
and specialized transportation industry for over
tribute to the individual who has made an
40 years. He rose through the ranks at the
outstanding contribution to the specialized
Association from Chair of the Crane & Rigging
carriers and rigging industry. Because of the
Group to become SC&RA Chairman for 1990-
award’s significance, the Association does not
91. In recent years, he had been active on the
issue it every year.
Association’s Board of Directors, the Insurance
“George Bragg has made countless industry Committee and the EN13000 Task Force. He
contributions throughout the country and abroad. was also a very active leader with the Southern
His contributions to SC&RA are extensive,” said California Crane Owner’s Association and a
60 Year Longevity Award Winner: (L to R) Randy Goddard, SC&RA Chairman. “The winner very active contributor to his home community
Dave Johnson, Vice President, Cynthia Hug, has been known as a tough negotiator, a stickler in Santa Ana. Accepting the Award was his son
Corporate Secretary, Michael Lang,
to details, and a very successful individual in his Scott Bragg, a member of SC&RA’s Board of
President, Hennes Services, Inc.
business and, more importantly, with his family, Directors, joined by George’s wife, Marilynn, son
50 Year Longevity Award Winner: K. Clay Smith, President, friends and colleagues ... No matter what he did Chris and daughter Suzanne.
Underwood Machinery Transport, Inc.
crane & rigging group
The Crane & Rigging Group covers rigging, crane tons and exemplifies the trend toward larger, more
rental and millwright work and addresses such areas sophisticated equipment to tackle increasingly
as labor relations; safety legislation, regulations and ambitious jobs. Many of the participants were equally
standards; trends in technology and equipment; impressed with the increasingly efficient production
permit policies and procedures for transporting techniques pursued by Manitowoc as it adjusts to
cranes; and loss prevention, accident investigation the economic downturn.
and litigation management.
Charlie Moorcraft, speaker for the opening session, captured the
new Training Course eliminates
audience with his real life stories on the importance of safety in our lives. Crane & rigging Workshop indicates uncertainty from signals
industry’s upward Direction SC&RA and Equipment Training Solutions, LLC
The group’s major annual event is the Crane & Rigging (ETS) rolled out a comprehensive signal person
Workshop. More than 425 people participated in training course for crane operations in autumn
the dynamic SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, 2009 during the Crane & Rigging Workshop. Larry
in Milwaukee, Wis., September 17–19. Attendees DeMark Sr., President of ETS, conceived the course
gathered from 11 nations—United States, Australia, after witnessing dangerously incorrect signals during
Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Mexico, his 36 years in the construction industry, including
Puerto Rico (U.S. territory), United Arab Emirates, 18 years as a long-boom crane operator.
and United Kingdom. Energizing the workshop were
The program features an interactive CD-ROM with
80 first-time attendees.
videos of signal persons correctly demonstrating
In addition to eight well-attended educational 22 standard hand signals, according to American
sessions, the workshop featured productive Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standards
meetings of the Crane & Rigging Group’s Safety B30.5 and B30.3. Simultaneously, computer
Education & Training Committee, Labor Committee animations clearly portray the corresponding crane
and Governing Committee. The sharing of knowledge action. Also succinctly described and animated are
continued informally throughout the Workshop, 11 crane operations and limitations associated with
particularly during receptions, refreshments breaks the crane to be signaled.
and the 55 booths in the Exhibit Center. The
sC&rA Fights for viable Crane
Workshop concluded with a tour of the Manitowoc
and Derrick safety standards
Crane Group facilities in Manitowoc, Wis.
In March, SC&RA staff and representatives from
Nearly 200 tour participants were treated to the seven member companies provided testimony
Larry DeMark highlighted specific elements that companies should include
unveiling of the Manitowoc Model 31000 heavy before the Department of Labor’s Occupational
in their signal person training during the Crane & Rigging Workshop.
lift crawler crane, which has a capacity of 2,535 Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concerning
the urgent need to update the Crane and Derrick to an article on June 12 that highlighted New York pointing out the need for standardization among
Safety Standard. This standard has not been revised City’s development of a tower crane database led crane manufacturers regarding the development
since 1971 and no longer affords the protection to an October 13 meeting in Washington, D.C. and usage of these devices. The letter also
workers in the industry need—and deserve. The involving SC&RA’s Tower Crane Committee and included a series of questions whose answers will
testimony came two months after SC&RA submitted representatives of the New York City Department help SC&RA gain a better understanding the uses
comments in response to a Notice of Proposed of Buildings. and capabilities of the data recorders. This area
Rulemaking concerning the standard. will be part of ongoing discussions between crane
As a follow up, SC&RA submitted extensive comments
Representatives from several SC&RA member to the Department of Buildings in December,
companies served on a panel of 23 experts from all addressing concerns about Int. No. 1061, “a Local sC&rA helps iron out european
facets of the industry appointed by OSHA on July Law to amend the administrative code of the city of Crane Design standard issues
2003 to develop a recommended proposal for the New York, in relation to crane safety.” In conjunction with the inaugural World Crane and
standard. These experts met nearly every month Transport Summit, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
SC&RA hopes to build on its relationship with officials
before reaching a final consensus, yet the industry October 22–23, representatives from SC&RA
in New York City to enhance crane safety there and
continues to anxiously await implementation of a met with other organizations around the world to
throughout the nation. SC&RA members also have
final standard. continue ongoing discussions about the safety
been actively involved in the implementation of viable
aspects of EN13000, the European standard for
Over the years, SC&RA has written numerous letters tower crane regulations in Florida, Maryland, North
the design of mobile cranes. SC&RA has taken
stressing the importance of updated safety rules to Carolina and Pennsylvania.
the position that delivering cranes outside Europe
Congress and the Labor Department and testified
Association Keeps an eye built according to the EN13000 amendment could
before the White House Office of Management and
on Crane Data recorders cause legal difficulties for crane rental companies
Budget. SC&RA continues to monitor the progress
SC&RA continues to monitor developments acting worldwide.
of this proposed standard.
concerning crane data recorders, also known as
The Federation Europeene de la Manutetention (FEM),
Tower Crane Committee Works black boxes. These devices record crane actions.
which formulated EN13000, had intended to develop
with Legislators, regulators In theory, they can be accessed for accident
a common safety standard under which mobile
A year after several fatal crane incidents in New investigation, maintenance or troubleshooting
cranes can be marketed and operated worldwide.
York City, the SC&RA Tower Crane Committee breakdowns. There is growing concern that
Having learned from SC&RA about the contrast in
finalized its Proposed Tower Crane Safety Bill the litigious nature of American society could
safety philosophies between the European point of
Language. The intent is to target regional OSHA ultimately lead them to be used for the wrongful
view and those reflected in U.S. Occupational Safety
offices and provide the language for inclusion in punishment, perhaps even conviction, of innocent
and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, FEM
any new legislation and regulations. crane executives.
acknowledged in an October 5 letter that “there is
Additionally, SC&RA’s letter to The New York Times In November, SC&RA sent a letter to all of the still a need for improvement.”
and New York City Mayor Bloomberg in response Association’s members that manufacture cranes,
Bechtel equipment OperatiOns
rigging JobS of the year provide inSpiration
• Over $750,000: Fagioli SPA, S.Ilario D’Enza, Italy, for a three-year project that involved transporting, lifting
and installing more than 400 modules of various sizes (including 11 main modules and six tanks with
weights up to 4,000 tons) for the first offshore liquefied natural gas regasification terminal in the world.
• $150,000–$750,000: Process Group, Inc., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, for rigging and removing
an existing Ball mill 17 feet in diameter by 6 feet long, weighing upwards of 92,000 pounds from an
operating cement plant.
• Under $150,000 Bechtel Equipment Operations, Milwaukee, Wis., for the installation of four feed-water
pumps at the Oak Creek power plant in Wisconsin, using an alternative plan to hold down costs.
Bechtel equipment OperatiOns
prOcess grOup, inc. prOcess grOup, inc.
In addition, the Group continued to recognize the
annual safety records of member companies.
Crane & rigging safety Award
• All Carolina Crane & Equipment LLC, Raleigh, N.C.
• AmQuip Crane Rental LLC, Philadelphia, Pa.
• Bigge Crane and Rigging Co., San Leandro, Calif.
• Bollmeier Crane, Madison, Ill.
• Bragg Crane Service, Long Beach, Calif.
• Buckner Companies, Graham, N.C.
crane & rigging group expandS Safety awardS program • Connelly Crane Rental Corp., Detroit, Mich.
• Crane Rental Corporation, Orlando, Fla.
The Crane & Rigging Group has always emphasized safety through its awards program. • Creative Enterprises Crane Rental, Inc.,
In 2009, the group geared up for two new awards. The Crane & rigging group project safety
• Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Milwaukee, Wis.
Although SC&RA presents most of its safety awards Award salutes the bond that grows from the
on an annual basis, there are now two noteworthy mutual efforts of SC&RA company members and • Emmert International, Clackamas, Ore.
exceptions—the Crane & Rigging Group Project their clients to ensure that safety truly comes first. • Essex Crane Rental Corp., Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Safety and Crane Rental Safety Awards. SC&RA Projects with zero recordable injuries/illnesses • Gatwood Crane Service, Inc. Arlington Heights, Ill.
issues both of these awards every month in which are eligible. Shortly after SC&RA notifies both
• W.O. Grubb Crane Rental, Inc., Richmond, Va.
at least one submitted project meets eligibility the members and their clients that their projects
requirements. SC&RA members may apply for have been designated an award winner, members • Install, Inc., Sanford, N.C.
multiple awards throughout the year, but only one present the award itself to the client. • Magnum Crane Service, LLC, Auburn, Wash.
award will be issued per project. • M&R Constructors, Inc., Richmond, Va.
Winners to date, including 2008
The Crane rental service safety Award is available • Atlas Industrial Contractors, Ltd., • Mighty Crane Service, Las Vegas, Nev.
in two categories. The Maintenance Work category Columbus, Ohio • Mountain Crane Service, Riverton, Utah
requires 1,500 hours of ongoing maintenance work in • Barnhart, Memphis, Tenn. • Mr. Crane, Inc., Orange, Calif.
a single location. The Single Project category requires
• Buckner Companies, Graham, N.C. • OCS Industries, Inc., Middletown, N.Y.
1,500 hours during the length of one project for the
same client. Members present the award to their • George Young Company, Swedesboro, N.J. • Shelby Mechanical, Inc., Pennsauken, N.J.
client, signifying to the client that the member and • H.W. Farren Company, Inc., Randolph, N.J. • Stevenson Crane Service, Inc., Woodridge, Ill.
SC&RA are committed to safety and efficiency. • Hawaiian Crane & Rigging Ltd., Honolulu, Hawaii • Turner Bros. Crane and Rigging, LLC,
Winners to date, including 2008 • Install, Inc., Sanford, N.C. Oklahoma City, Okla.
• Turner Industries Group, L.L.C., Jefferson, La. • International Industrial Contracting Corporation, • United Crane & Rigging Company, Baltimore, Md.
Sterling Heights. Mich. • George Young Company, Swedesboro, N.J.
• PSC Crane & Rigging, Piqua, Ohio • George Young Installations PR Corp., Humacao,
• Shelby Mechanical, Inc., Pennsauken, N.J. Puerto Rico
Sc&ra workS for Stronger inSurance
programS for memberS
Following several months of intensive research and cargo/transit, inland marine, excess/umbrella, and
development, SC&RA and NBIS, in the 12th year of workers compensation.
industry partnership, announced a valued alliance
Tower is a leading insurance and risk-related services
in June with Tower Group Companies of New York
company based in New York City. Tower provides
City, New York. NBIS undertook this new initiative
property and casualty insurance to underserved
with Tower Group to enhance its leadership position
markets and has different market facilities tailored to
in the heavy construction and transport insurance
meet the needs of its producers in order to attract
marketplace and provide additional, quality benefits
a wide range of segments in the market, from
for SC&RA member companies.
preferred to non-standard including excess and
NBIS is a hybrid Managing General Underwriter (MGU), surplus lines. Tower Group Companies has earned
specializing in insurance program administration an A-(Excellent), IX, A.M. Best rating.
for the heavy construction equipment and related
Also in 2009, The NBIS Board agreed to the
transport industries and in the residential builders
formation (and risk capital allocation) for the
and contractors marketplace. With operations
new NBIS Heavy Equipment Operators Captive
strategically located in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago
Program, and NBIS is fully engaged with three top
and San Diego, NBIS provides program underwriting,
“Fronting Markets”—Tower, Zurich, AmTrust—and
policy issuance, claims adjusting and customized
Camelback Captive Management Services in this
risk management services as a specialty insurance
new program development initiative in collaboration
provider for the construction and transport industry
with NBIC (NBIS wholly-owned reinsurance
sectors to retail producers nationwide.
As SC&RA’s exclusively endorsed insurance
A task force formed in January within the SC&RA
program underwriters, NBIS works directly
Insurance Committee issued a request for proposals
with members’ agents/brokers to deliver highly
to build a new health insurance program for
competitive rates, broad industry-specific coverage
SC&RA members. An in-depth review of potential
and truly differentiated claim adjusting and risk
opportunities continued throughout the second half
management services. Coverages include: truckers
of the year.
liability, contractors auto, general liability, custom
The Transportation Group encompasses the various special carriers and addresses
such areas as federal regulations involving hours-of-service, electronic on-board
recorders and load securement; regional permitting of oversize/overweight loads;
pilot car practices; anti-terrorism; and litigation concerns.
specialized Transportation symposium Moves Associations, Federal Motor Carrier Administration,
ahead on Major issues the law firm of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
More than 250 participants at the group’s main event, LLP, several SC&RA member companies and
the 22nd Specialized Transportation Symposium, at transportation officials from six states. Punctuating
the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, in Albuquerque, the prevailing mood of cautious optimism was a
N.M., March 11–13, gained fresh perspectives stock market that showed daily gains from the
on major challenges and opportunities created by beginning of the pre-symposium events until the
significant changes in many areas. These included symposium’s conclusion.
The panel on meeting reusable energy demands exemplified economic conditions, state and federal regulations
sC&rA promotes uniform pilot Car Training
SC&RA’s efforts to bring transportation officials and industry in the U.S., infrastructure funding, environmental
SC&RA continues to lead in the ongoing effort to
representatives together to work on issues of mutual concerns, and safety issues. The event attracted
interest. SC&RA Transportation Vice President Douglas Ball develop uniformity in pilot car training by states.
participants from the United States, Canada
introduces, from left, Ted Coulianos, Minnesota Department of An SC&R Foundation-funded research project
Transportation; Doug Miller, Burkhalter; and Mark Eyer, Daily
Germany, Italy, Mexico, the U.S. territory of Puerto
to develop a model for states to use in setting
Express, Inc. Rico and the United Kingdom.
up certification processes was presented to the
Thoughtful discussions of challenges and American Association of State Highway and
opportunities facing the industry and the regulators, Transportation Officials (AASHTO) conference in
legislators, and enforcement officials who interact June. Copies were sent to each state and AASHTO.
with it began in the educational sessions and flowed
As states develop pilot car certification, SC&RA
over into the breaks, receptions and the 21 booths
urges them to avoid continued fragmentation, which
at the Exhibit Center. Presenters included senior
is unproductive for everyone involved. The Best
executives from the American Association of State
Practices Guidelines developed several years ago
Highway and Transportation Officials, American
by SC&RA, in cooperation with the Federal Highway
Highway Users Alliance, American Trucking
Administration and the Commercial Vehicle Safety
Alliance, was expressly designed to encourage the U.S. by causing lost productivity, higher prices was the 150 billion dollar investment in new
sound, uniform practices. SC&A continues to and diminished opportunities. SC&RA members and infrastructure. This is the largest increase in funding
promote this tool and make it readily available to staff continued efforts to enhance safety, mobility of U.S. roads, bridges, and mass transit systems
all states. These pilot car efforts are another step in and efficiency across the nation. since the creation of the national highway system in
promoting uniformity of the permitting process and the 1950s.
A key component of these efforts was the
movement of oversize/overweight cargo.
participation of SC&RA members and staff at Funding was always meant to supplement the
ohio Asks for sC&rA’s help in rules meetings of the Southeastern Association of State federal highway bill, which is now tied up in
for Mobile Crane Movement Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO), Congress. The current authorization, provided 286
In June, a working group from SC&RA began drafting the Washington Association of State Highway billion dollars for the nation’s roads, rails and transit,
a document to help Ohio remedy confusing and and Transportation Officials (WASHTO), and the and its next incarnation is expected to top 400 billion
inconsistent enforcement of unreasonable divisible- Missouri Valley Conference of State Highway and dollars. Congress was unable to come up with an
load requirements for the movement of mobile cranes Transportation Officials (MVC). agreement, and approved a three-month extension
within the state. The group agreed to undertake this on September 25. SC&RA amplifies its voice on
For example, SC&RA met with MVC members in
important assignment after two productive meetings this crucial issue by working with other influential
October and presented an overview of weekend
with Ohio Department of Transportation officials and organizations, particularly the American Trucking
travel provisions within this region. Based largely
enforcement representatives from state and local Associations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
upon this presentation, SC&RA gained an
jurisdictions since May.
enhancement of weekend travel in Illinois, Indiana, Financial benchmark study offers
As part of this effort, the SC&RA working group Michigan and Wisconsin. Lessons for haulers
documented categories that could be readily Among specialized transport companies surveyed,
Additionally, SC&RA hosted meetings of the
recognized by visual means as exempt from divisible the top half of companies had 13.3 percent in profit
regional groups prior to the Association’s Annual
load requirements in the interest of practical, before tax, plus owner compensation of 1.1 percent,
Transportation Symposium and continued a tradition
economical product use. SC&RA recognizes for total profit to owners of 14.4 percent (compared to
that began over 20 years ago of including these
the importance of establishing sound, uniform 10.3 percent for all specialized transport companies
officials in panels during the Symposium.
procedures that could be adopted by other states. surveyed). Multiplying this 4.1 percent difference by
sC&rA and Allies Fight for viable Levels of the median sales for all companies of $13,882,466
sC&rA represents Members before
Transportation Funding results in more than $569,000 in additional profits
regional Transportation groups
A major component of the 748 billion dollar stimulus for those who can match the expense controls of
A system of fragmented, disjointed and restrictive
package passed by the U.S. Congress in February the top half.
regulations for oversize/overweight hauling hurts
energy transpOrtatiOn, inc.
hauling JobS of the year
Show induStry at itS beSt
• Moving (using specialized equipment, such as
self-propelled transporters, dollies and crawler
assemblies): Barnhart, Memphis, Tenn., for
providing feasibility planning, engineering,
lifting and transportation services to allow the
construction of two Electrostatic Precipitator
units offsite and then move them into position
and set on foundations within an oil refinery in
California; the design weight of the units was
approximately 2,000 tons.
• Trucking (over 160,000 pounds net): Energy
Transportation, Inc., Casper, Wyoming, for
loading and hauling three dehydrators, weighing
540,000 pounds each and measuring 45 feet
long by 16 feet in diameter from Rock River,
Wyoming to Rio Blanco, Colo.
• Trucking (under 160,000 pounds net):
Tradelossa, Durango, Mexico, for moving four
large vessels weighing between 58,000 and
100,000 pounds and up to 90 feet long from
Mexico to Costa Rica.
energy transpOrtatiOn, inc.
Scott Anderson (left) and Randall Goddard (right) congratulate
rudy moreno named Sc&ra
truck driver of the year
Rudy Moreno, SC&RA’s Truck Driver of the
Year, has long been known as Mr. Wind by his
colleagues at Anderson Trucking Service, Inc.
(ATS) because of the expertise he has gained
while transporting components for more than
400 wind towers. As one of the first drivers
entrusted to deliver wind-tower components for
ATS about a dozen years ago, he has witnessed
the phenomenal growth of both the wind towers
and the industry itself.
Despite hauling some of the industry’s largest,
most cumbersome loads, he has driven over
1.4 million accident-free miles as a professional
driver during 17 years with the company, while
maintaining a top-notch work ethic. Known for
his willingness to train new drivers, he offers this
advice for anyone breaking into the business:
“Be a perfectionist. Pay attention to the details
because it’s the details that can get you in
trouble. One bad load will mess up the reputation
you built with 1,000 good ones.”
tranSportation group recognizeS Safety accompliShmentS
As always, the Transportation Group demonstrated its commitment to safety in 2009 by
presenting annual safety awards to companies and drivers.
Fleet safety Award Fleet safety improvement Award • Landstar Inway Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.:
• Over 50 Million Miles: Landstar System, Inc., • All Sunshine Crane Rental, Orlando, Fla. Duane J. Vorst
Jacksonville, Fla. (799.3 million miles) • Bennett Transportation, McDonough, Ga. • Landstar Ligon Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.: Jennings
• 20 Million to 50 Million Miles: Bennett • Dan Barclay, Inc., Franklin, N.J. Franklin Neal
Transportation, McDonough, Ga. • LeFebvre & Sons, Inc., Elk River, Minn.: Greg
• Diamond Transportation System, Inc., Racine, Wis.
• 5 Million to 20 Million Miles: Miller Transfer & Rigging Vorderbruggen
• George Young Company, Swedesboro, N.J.
Co., Rootstown, Ohio • Midwest Specialized Transportation, Inc.
• Landstar Express America,Jacksonville, Fla.
• 1.5 Million to 5 Million Miles: White Brothers Rochester, Minn.: Jon Harrington, Scott Ronken
Trucking Company, Wasco, Ill. • Landstar Gemini, Jacksonville, Fla. and Robert Flath
• 100,000 to 1.5 Million Miles: George Young • McTyre Trucking, Orlando, Fla. • Riechmann Transport, Inc., Granite City, Ill.:
Company, Swedesboro, N.J. • Midwest Specialized Transportation, Inc., Mike Foster
Rochester, Minn. • Robinson Cartage Company, Grand Rapids,
Zero Accident Award
• Dawes DST, Milwaukee, Wis. • Miller Transfer and Rigging Company, Mich.: Donald Boutwell,
Rootstown, Ohio • Stanley Harjes and Michael Sharp
• Emmert International, Clackamas, Ore.
• Riechmann Transport, Inc., Granite City, Ill. • Whitewood Transport Inc., Billings, Mont.:
• George Young Company, Swedesboro, N.J.
• Turner Bros, LLC, Oklahoma City, Okla. David J. Stanley
• George Young Installations PR, Humacao,
Puerto Rico • White Brothers Trucking,Wasco, Ill. The application form, rules and regulations for
• KMX International, Hamburg, Pa. • Whitewood Transport Inc., Billings, Mont. Transportation Awards have been posted on the
SC&RA website at www.scranet.org/awards.
• Landstar Gemini, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla. Million Miler Award for safety excellence
• Miller Transfer and Rigging Company, • Dan Barclay, Inc., Franklin, N.J.: Fred Archibald and
Rootstown, Ohio John Soni
• White Brothers Trucking Company, Wasco, Ill. • Keen Transport, Inc.: New Kingstown, Pa.: Kenneth
A. Wilker and David L. Shields, Jr.
Sc&r foundation SupportS reSearch and education
During the SC&RA Annual Conference, the SC&R semester, the Mechanical Engineering major recipients of $1,500 grants for vocational/
Foundation introduced its new Major Benefactor assisted engineers at WE Energies with the technical school education were:
Awards to four corporate donors making a gift of operation and maintenance of natural gas • Brittani Lynn Evans, for the pursuit of an
$20,000 and higher—Anderson Trucking Service, distribution networks throughout the state of Associate of Arts degree in accounting in
Kobelco, Link-Belt and XL Specialized Trailers. The Wisconsin. He plans to graduate in May 2011. August 2010 from Florida Community College of
trailer raffle generated $60,000 for the Foundation. His father, Joseph Asma, is a senior engineer at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla. Her stepmother,
Tickets continue to be sold for the custom-built Manitowoc Crane Company, Manitowoc, Wis. Ginger A. Evans, is the Lead Representative-
chopper motorcycle, which will be raffled off at the • William George Besser, a senior, double majoring Revenue Processing, Landstar in Jacksonville.
SC&RA 2010 Annual Conference in March. The Ladies in Mechanical Engineering and Business • Steven Darrell Martin, a draftsman at Barnhart
Group also contributed significantly to Foundation Administration at the University of St. Thomas, Crane & Rigging, Memphis, Tenn., plans to earn
funding by raising more than $32,000 through its biker- St. Paul, Minn. His mother, Mary R. Besser, is the a Bachelor of Science degree from the University
themed Fire & Ice Gala during the Annual Conference. Administration Manager at Anderson Trucking of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn. in Fall 2012.
The Foundation put the money to good use. The new Service, Inc., St. Cloud, Minn. He received the
• Frederica Nicole Neal, Accounts Receivable
Moving the World career brochure outlines the industry, Richard Conkling Memorial Scholarship.
Analyst at Landstar, is working towards a degree
sample jobs in the industry and provides resources for • Matthew Blaine Crawford, a senior, double in accounting from Florida Community College of
those interested in seeking more information about majoring in Business and Mass Communications Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla.
working in the specialized carrier and rigging field. The at Houston Baptist University, Houston,
• Craig Thomas Summe plans on earning an
brochure can be used by SC&RA members to help Texas. His father, Darwyn Crawford, is a Sales
associate of arts degree in accounting in
interest potential employees in pursuing a career in the Representative at American Mat & Timber
June 2010 from Cincinnati State Technical &
industry. Company, Houston, Texas.
Community College, Cincinnati, Ohio. His father,
The SC&R Foundation awarded $3,000 scholarships • Michael N. Eff, , a junior, majoring in Welding Thomas E. Summe, is a crane operator with,
for 2009–2010 to five students preparing for careers Engineering at Ohio State University, Columbus, Evers Equipment Co., Inc. in Cincinnati.
related to transportation or construction management. Ohio. His father, Gary Eff, is a Quality Control
• Paul Brian Szafranski, Jr. expects to graduate in
Additionally, the Foundation awarded five $1,500 Specialist, at GEM Industrial, Inc., Toledo, Ohio.
January 2010 from Universal Technical Institute,
grants for the pursuit of industry related technical He received the Christopher Lorenz Memorial
Glendale Heights, Ill., where he is studying Diesel
degrees or certificates. Scholarship.
Mechanics. His mother, Karen Szafranski, is an
• John Dakota Thacker, a senior, majoring in Accounting Assistant at Gatwood Crane Service,
recipients of $3,000 scholarships were:
Psychology, at the University of Kentucky, Arlington Heights, Ill.
• William M. Asma, an enrollee in a Cooperative
Lexington, Ky. His father, William H. Thacker, Jr.,
Education Program, which requires alternate For more information about the Foundation and its
is a Superintendent Subcontract Negotiator at
work and school terms, at Marquette University, programs, go to www.scranet.org/foundation.
Link-Belt Construction Equipment, Lexington, Ky.
Milwaukee, Wis. During the spring 2009
thank you to our 2009 event SponSorS
Diamond ($20,100 +) silver ($1,000–$5,000)
2010 eventS Sc&ra Staff
January board & Committee Meetings The Association staff in the Washington, D.C. area specializes in association management,
Westin Aruba government and regulatory affairs, and general business practices. SC&RA members
Palm Beach, Aruba continue to use these professionals as virtual extensions of their own offices when
January 6–9 industry issues or technical questions arise.
specialized Transportation symposium Joel M. Dandrea—Executive Vice President
Intercontinental Dallas Douglas ball—Vice President
Addison, Texas beth o’Quinn—Vice President
March 3–5 Matt baehr—Director, Industry Affairs & Foundation Manager
Katie Cosgrove—Manager, Membership
sharon Follin—Director, Information Services
Omni Hotel at Champions Gate
Lisa Lieu—Director, Finance & Administration
Christine Montgomery—Meetings Coordinator
Jackie roskos—Director, Marketing
Crane & rigging Workshop Amy vailikit—Assistant, Finance & Administration
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Terry White—Communications Manager
San Diego, California Tali Whittemore—Executive/Meetings Assistant
For additional information about upcoming
meetings, visit www.scranet.org/events.
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