January 23 - Bishop Lifting Products Lafayette, a manufacturer of slings and rigging supplies, has moved to a new facility in Broussard, Louisiana, USA.

The 12,500 sq ft (4,572 sq m) facility is equipped with a 500,000 lb (227 tonne) test bed, a 454-tonne ESCO swagger, a 454-tonne National and a 20,000 lb (9.1 tonne) walk through and spooling machine.

The new plant will facilitate the company's growth ambitions and according to Vern McGhee, branch manager in New Iberia: "We have needed this move for a while. This new space allows for greater inventory, new testing facilities and more employees."