Co-Chair: Keith Shepherd
DCL Mooring & Rigging
New Orleans, LA
Purpose: To actively promote the AWRF brand to its members & end users in the material handling industry and to promote the different committee activities through various media outlets. Committee news & updates will be communicated via the AWRF website, email, blogs, and various social media outlets such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. A secondary benefit would be to differentiate between doing business with what an AWRF member can offer in terms of value, versus competitors, through various social media and web-based platforms.
Chair: Jeff Stewart
Assembly Specialty Products, Inc.
Co-Chair: Robert Bairstow Jr.
Bairstow Lifting Products
Purpose: The purpose of this committee is to capture the changes in the lifting, rigging and load securement industry, by preserving literature, parts and an open journal for documentation of experiences by members as technology advances.
Purpose: All AWRF members are required to provide the Association with some form of evidence showing they maintain Products Liability Insurance Coverage. The work of the Insurance Committee is governed by conditions of insurance availability in the industry. Trends and ideas about insurance are studied to help members to keep abreast of needs. The Legal Resources function was established to gather information about litigation problems experienced by members and to advise members about current techniques to minimize litigation costs.
Vice Chair: Tim Klein
Prairie Village, KS
To acquire, preserve and disseminate technical information and new product information within the industry, to send a representative to any standards writing or technical organization deemed necessary, and to establish technical information by conducting test when appropriate.
Co-Chair: Carey Hanson
Bairstow Lifting Products
Purpose: To gather pertinent industry statistics from regular members, manufacturing members and wholesaling members; and to publish and disseminate this information so it can be used as comparative guidelines for the industry.
In addition to the work and achievements of AWRF’s operational committees, volunteers also serve the association on seven functional committees for the conduct of association business, These are:
Chair: Brett Woodland
Yarbrough Cable – A Certex Company
Purpose: To seek out and present for election qualified members who have a genuine interest in the association along with the ability to commit the necessary time and resources to help guide the association for a three-year term.
Purpose: The primary purpose of the Communications Committee is to enhance the Associations means of distributing information amongst its Board, Committees, Members and the Public. A secondary purpose is to advertise the benefits of doing business with an AWRF member through print or electronic media.
Our Association was formed in 1975 and incorporated the following year by a group of concerned businessmen who felt there was a need for sling fabricators and special rigging components manufacturers to join together to form a trade association.