June 12 - The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) has given a series of awards to mark outstanding hauling and rigging performance in the US, Canada, central America and Italy.

In the moving category, Barnhart of Memphis, Tennessee moved two electrostatic precipitator (ESP) modules weighing 2,800 tonnes each for a Californian client; Energy Transportation of Casper, Wyoming picked up an award for hauling over 160,000 lbs (72.5 tonnes) when it transported three dehydrators 15m long and 5m in diameter weighing over 200 tonnes from a rail site to a gas plant, while Tradelossa won an award in the under 160,000 lbs category for a contract undertaken in Costa Rica moving four large vessels from Mexico to a new plant near the capital city.

In rigging, the awards went to Fagioli of Italy in the jobs over USD750,000 category for installing more than 400 modules at an Italian off-shore LNG plant; Process Group of Cambridge, Ontario in the USD150,000-750,000 category for replacing a ball mill shell in an operating cement plant; and Bechtel Equipment Operations, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the under USD150,000 category for installing four feed-water power-plant pumps.

Meanwhile, SC&RA has elected Paul LeFebvre - LeFebvre & Sons as president; Randall Goddard - Atlas Industrial Contractors as chairman; William Stramer - Link-Belt Construction Equipment, vice-president; Bill Keen - Keen Transport, treasurer; and David Lowry - Bennett Transportation as assistant treasurer. Also joining the board are four newly elected group chairs: Allied Industries - David Wood, WHECO Corporation; Crane and Rigging, Ron Schad, Essex Crane Rental; Transportation, Ron Montgomery, Intermountain Rigging and Heavy Haul; and Ladies, Linda Curran, J.J. Curran Crane Company. Six new board members have also been elected.