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2013, March

(0) New Lift-It Manufacturing Learning Center Open for Rigging/Rigger Training

Lift-It Manufacturing, a worldwide leader in the supply of quality rigging and training, is proud to announce the opening of a new Learning Center at company headquarters in Pomona, CA.  The state of the art facility features the latest in technology to provide for multi-media presentations and webinars.  The 40 seat, 2000 sq. ft., facility has hundreds of samples which were generously donated by the quality leaders in the rigging industry. Mike Gelskey, Sr., Chief Executive Officer, Lift-It Manufacturing comments, “The new facility and particularly the new training center is a dream come true.  Our presenters can’t believe the world class setting they enjoy as instructors and our students, many of whom have been involved in training for decades remark that they have never seen anything that could compare.” Lift-It® is the Western Regional Center for the Rigging Institute with campuses established in all major western cities. Gelskey remarks,” Our association with Rigging Institute is a mutually beneficial one and our training clients benefit with instant access to quality training. We offer a full spectrum of training and will develop custom programs to suit our clients’ needs”. Lift-It Manufacturing celebrates 34 years of service to the rigging industry, this September by providing quality rigging and training.  M.J.Gelskey Sr. remarks, “We provided training long, long before it was fashionable. It is nice to see that training has become in vogue.  Riggers need to go home to their loved ones and effective training is one of the many ingredients which makes it possible.” lift-it-rigger training-center

(0) Red Core "Safety" Yarns-China Sling Alert
We sent information relative to the China Sling alert and the deceptive practices many of you
have been subjected to. The image of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic should have struck a cord.

Already false statements about the alert are being made. The alert has to do with WEB slings. The fact that a WEB sling does or does not contain red core yarns does not determine the country of origin. Roundslings without red tracer yarns are not necessarily import.WHEN YOU DEAL WITH ETHICAL MANUFACTURERS THAT UNDERSTAND AND COMPLY WITH THE FEDERAL LABELING REQUIREMENTS, YOU CAN DETERMINE THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN BY LOOKING AT THE REQUIRED MARKING.

Our Rigging Resource Guide includes information as a basis for a proper understanding of Red Core Yarns, NOT Red Core “Safety” Yarns. If you do not have our 500 page, Rigging Resource Guide, please contact us and it will be sent.
Consider training sling users, safety and training professionals by enrolling them in the upcoming events at our Pomona, CA Learning Center.
Details for our Learning Center events and on site training can be found at
Sling users should not leave ANY training session with the impression that if they see red, they’re going to be dead.
Don’t wait until it’s too late, take corrective action, NOW!
Michael J. Gelskey, Sr.
Chief Executive Officer

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(0) Custom Industrial Lifting Sling made for the Crane and Rigging Business
For Immediate Release The design and fabrication experts at Lift-It Manufacturing have set another milestone in what could be considered the largest, synthetic bridle fabricated.  The 108 ton rated bridle featured a 5 inch diameter masterlink.  The link weighs 516 Lbs. and was selected to support and collect the two high capacity slings. The sling legs are high performance, Twin-Path® Extra Slings featuring K-Spec® high performance fiber. Spatial and pressure calculations were done in the design development stages by Mike Gelskey, Jr. and the sling was sold to Kennedy Wire Rope, Corpus Christi, TX.  Lift-It CEO and founder, Michael Gelskey, Sr. remarked, “I am extremely proud of our team in completing this assembly.  I have been in the rigging business for 40 years and have never seen a 5 inch masterlink.  When they say everything is big in Texas, they are not kidding”.  Lift-it Manufacturing is a worldwide leader in the supply of quality rigging and rigging training for 34 years. For more information contact Mike Gelskey, Jr. at 909.469-2251 or visit Custom Industrial Lifting Sling
(0) Polyester Sling Alert


The China Sling incident has gone viral as we have received the information from every major market segment of the industrial sling and rigging world.


This is no surprise to us as we have made our customers and students aware of the deception that has been going on for years! If you have not seen the news, please do not hesitate and click on this link now for more information!


When sling purchases are made solely on the basis of price, the low bid option will always be the successful bidder. Strategic alliance partners and large catalog supply companies who are driven by the obsession to be the successful low bidder, while maximizing profit margins will generally opt for a foreign option. There is nothing patently wrong with a foreign product as long as it meets the requirements of the purchaser.


What is patently wrong, illegal and immoral is when manufacturers and importers cut off the “Made in China” tags or a web sling is made in America with Chinese webbing, and the sling is not labeled, “Made in China”. This is the legal requirement for the marking of the country of origin as detailed in 19 CFR 134.11


The red core yarn incident should send a strong signal which is emblematic of far more significant issues. This is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg and are you going to keep rearranging the deck cars on the Titanic?


Consider working with someone you know and trust.
Consider working with someone that is your partner.
Consider working with someone that is knowledgeable.
Consider working with someone that provides 24/7/365 service.
Consider working with someone that has technical expertise.
Consider working with someone that is a problem solver.
Consider working with a rigging supplier that has an audited quality management system.


Safety Professionals at the Hanford test site had slings “sneak” into their facility from a large, domestic “catalog” supply company. We have provided training for them. They asked questions and it took the “catalog” supply company three weeks to admit the slings were Chinese products.


Don’t be hesitant to ask questions and if you don’t like the answers you’re getting….consider working with us.


Please click here as this will help you put things into their proper perspective.


Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to be of service.


Team Lift-It


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