June 23 - The first Lift & Move USA event, held from June 16-17 in Chicago, attracted over 140 attendees, including more than 100 students and veterans looking to learn more about career opportunities in the crane, rigging and specialised transportation i

Organised by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), KHL Group and the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), the two-day event included project presentations from Berard Transportation and Barnhart Crane and Rigging.

Delegates also heard testimonies from Danny Gomez of Lifting Gear Hire, Jennifer Gabel of JK Crane, Yannick Sel of ALE, Bob Kaleta of Imperial Crane Services, and Chad Rados and Brian Meek of the ALL family of companies, about their own career paths; and an overview of careers in the manufacturing sector presented by Terex Cranes' Jamie Harthoorn and Kobelco Cranes' Blake Nommensen.

SC&RA executive vice president Joel Dandrea said that the launch event was a "huge success" and he was overwhelmed by the amount of support.

Lift & Move USA sponsors included H&E Equipment Services, Hendrickson, Imperial Crane Services and Lifting Gear Hire; as well as the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers; the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT); Buchanan Hauling & Rigging; the Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB); Fleet Cost & Care; the Chicagoland Crane Association; ATS; Pinnacle; Kiewit and ALPS Wire Rope Corporation.