Lifting & Material Handling Industry Associations


Bishop Lifting Products supports API standards and ASME codes such as ASME B30 as well as their respective associations. BLP also supports additional material handling industry associations including the AWRF, WSTDA, SC&RA, IADC, APCA and AESC.


AWRFAssociated Wire Rope Fabricators (AWRF)

AWRF promotes interests common among companies manufacturing, fabricating, or distributing lifting, rigging and load securement devices made of chain, rope, and synthetic products. The association works to establish, acquire, preserve, and disseminate various technical information, and encourages the development of safety standards and programs, and product identification procedures. Assistance has been provided for establishing and maintaining adequate products liability insurance, as well as other insurance needs of the industry. Common problems and purposes of the industry, such as those involving production, distribution, service and safety are reviewed and advanced by lawful means on a regular basis. BLP President Jeff Bishop was elected President of AWRF in October 2009, following in the steps of BLP CEO David J. Bishop who served two terms in this same capacity in the past. Click Here for More Information on AWRF.


WSTDAWeb Sling and Tie Down Association (WSTDA)

WSTDA is a tax-exempt, non-profit, technical association dedicated to the development and promotion of voluntary recommended standards and associated reference materials. Originally established in 1973 as the Web Sling Association (WSA), the WSA serviced the synthetic web sling industry. In 1988, the WSA further defined its purpose to include synthetic web tie downs and became the Web Sling & Tie Down Association. Today, members of the WSTDA include manufacturers and suppliers of synthetic web slings and tie downs, polyester roundslings, synthetic webbing, fibers, thread and related components. Click Here for More Information on WSTDA.


SC & RASpecialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA)

Since 1959, the SC&RA has helped its 1,100 members in 43 countries attain the highest standard for quality and safety - through meetings, publications, services, and staff Members engage in a variety of activities including: Crane and Equipment Rental, Heavy Lifting Machinery Moving and Erecting, Millwrighting, Oil Field Equipment Hauling, Oversize/Overweight Transportation, Plant Maintenance, Rigging Steel Hauling, Military Material Movement, SC&RA is committed to providing the unique information and any other lawful activities members need to safely, legally and profitably transport, lift and erect oversize and overweight items. Click Here to Read More Information on SC&RA.


IADCInternational Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC)

Since 1940, the IADC has exclusively represented the worldwide oil and gas drilling industry. Our mission: promote commitment to safety, preservation of the environment and advances in drilling technology. IADC's resources offer diverse benefits to its membership of drilling contractors, producers and associates.  Membership is open to any company involved in oil and gas exploration and production, well servicing, oil field manufacturing and other rig site services. Through conferences, training seminars and a comprehensive network of technical publications, IADC continually fosters education and communications within the upstream petroleum industry. Click Here to Read More Information on IADC.


APCAAmerican Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA)

Serving as a national association of merit shop pipeline contractors, APCA was founded in 1971 as a regional alliance to promote the mutual interests and address industry concerns of its members and associates.  APCA continues its quest to support its members in their efforts to secure a fair operating environment in the pipeline industry.  The association is proud of its accomplishments and welcomes new members who share our common goals. Click Here for More Information on APCA.


APIAmerican Petroleum Institute (API)

API is the only national trade association that represents all segments of the oil and natural gas industry. Our industry takes seriously its role in providing the oil and natural gas that fuel our nation’s economy. We recognize the importance of our products to your daily life: gasoline for your car to provide transportation to work and leisure activities; fuel to generate electricity and heat or cool your homes, schools and businesses; fertilizers that increase crop yields; medicines to enhance your health; and numerous consumer products that are integral to all aspects of your daily life. The segments of our industry represent the steps needed to find, produce, and process oil and natural gas from where they are found deep below the earth’s surface to where they will be consumed. Click Here for More Information on API.


ASMEAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Founded in 1880, today"s ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community. ASME conducts one of the world"s largest technical publishing operations, holds numerous technical conferences worldwide, and offers hundreds of professional development courses each year. ASME sets internationally recognized industrial and manufacturing codes and standards that enhance public safety. Click Here for More Information on ASME.


AESCAssociation of Energy Services Companies (AESC)

Since its beginning in 1956, the AESC has grown to become an international organization representing hundreds of energy service providers and associate members throughout the United State and the world.  For over four decades, the AESC has provided leadership and guidance in setting standards to make the energy servicing industry both safer and more efficient. AESC membership includes numerous small family-owned companies as well as national corporations, as sustaining members and associate members.  These companies provide the industry with the most efficient and technologically advanced equipment and services available. Click Here for More Information on AESC.


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