Check out 4 customers using US Cargo Control products in fun, creative, and unexpected ways!
Recently, some happy customers sent us photos of the different ways they used our products to make things easier…or more fun! Although our products are primarily designed for the industries we serve: trucking and transportation, lifting and rigging, and moving, we always enjoy seeing the creative and unexpected ways our products can be used in order to solve a problem and create something truly unique.
Cargo nets used for OCR Nation’s challenging obstacle course race
Typically, our cargo nets are used to safely secure cargo being hauled in enclosed trailers, vans, and truckbeds. Well, six USCC cargo nets were recently used for an entertaining yet challenging obstacle course that was created by OCR Nation. They hung the nets vertically so people could climb on them in order to hit the bells!
Wire rope used as railings for the beautiful Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens
As a place for social events, special occasions, dining experiences, and more, Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens used our large diameter wire rope as a railing for observation areas. Not only is it innovative, but it also seems to fit in with the scenery. What a match made in heaven!
D Rings used to cover a pool from falling leaves and winter weather
With falling leaves and winter snow approaching, pool owners need to tightly cover their pools to protect them from debris. This customer wanted something secure and trustworthy to cover her pool, besides just using a pool cover. In the pictures below, you can see she fixed recessed pan D-rings to her deck in order to keep the cover tight and secure.
More Cargo Nets Used for Military Boot Camp Obstacle Race
Last but not least, a nonprofit company, called Soldier Rush, used a customized cargo net that created by our manufacturing team. The net was used for their obstacle course, as the contenders were supposed to climb over it as part of their challenge. Notice how the colors match the theme of their race!
Here’s how a handful of customers put our cargo control gear to work for them.
One great thing about our cargo control gear is that it helps you get stuff done. An even better thing is that it often has multiple uses. One piece of equipment can create the perfect solution for two people in different industries with very different jobs at hand.
For example, customers have often used our moving blankets as car seat covers or bedding for their pets, instead of the more traditional use of protecting furniture and appliances during a move. Even our popular ratchet straps have many different uses when you consider all the different types of cargo they can secure.
At the end of the day, we have the tools and equipment you need to get stuff done right. How you choose to put them to work is up to you.
Here’s how a handful of customers put our cargo control gear to work for them.
Custom Tarp Protects Big Boat
Our manufacturing team was tasked with creating a precise-fitting custom tarp to serve as weather protection for this customer’s boat. We used the same heavy-duty tarp material as our flatbed truck tarps and the end result was the customer telling us it’s “a perfect fit.”
We have netting for all types of applications, but we’re always excited to take on a custom job! Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Indiana needed a custom debris net that could be rigged to hang above their beautiful 2,564-seat concert hall, so we delivered this 32ft x 33ft masterpiece.
Convertible Hand Truck Makes Light Work
This customer understands the concept of working smarter, not harder. He uses our popular aluminum convertible hand truck to quickly and delicately deliver bread (he works for a break distribution company) to store shelves. He says the hand truck “handles like a dream over rough terrain.”
Ratchet Straps Hold Heavy Cargo on Flatbed
This hotshot trucker out of Washington state is the proud co-owner of a transportation business that uses our heavy-duty ratchet straps for all types of cargo hauls. In this picture, he’s hauling handholes across Oregon (each weighing about 900lbs.) so a utility company can use them to cover junctions.
These truck bed cargo nets have all received high ratings from our customers, so we thought we’d share the different options available to you
Quick & Easy Ways to Secure a Load in the Back of Your Truck
If you’re looking for a convenient way to secure lots of different cargo in your pickup truck bed, and want something a little heavier duty than our bungee cargo nets, we have three heavy-duty cargo nets to choose from. These truck bed cargo nets have all received high ratings from our customers, so we thought we’d share the different options available to you, including custom cargo nets.
The smallest of our heavy-duty truck bed cargo nets, these versatile nets have four straps that each have a vinyl S-hook for attachment and a 2” cam buckle for securement. They’re manufactured with industrial grade 2” black polyester webbing for a strong and durable hold on your cargo. Each hole opening is 6” x 6” and the straps are attached to the net with a D-ring.
Other than overall size, this popular mid-size truck bed cargo net offers all the same features found on the extra short truck bed net: four vinyl S-hooks, 2” cam buckles, 2” industrial grade polyester webbing, 6”x6” hole openings and D-rings.
Product was exactly as described and made from heavy duty webbing. I was surprised on how well made it was and fits my 2016 Ford F-150 Lariat properly. Shipping was fast and the order processed as requested. Great product and very good customer service.
Get over 6-feet of coverage with these long truck bed cargo nets. Perfect for covering cargo on full-size truck beds. Other than the additional coverage area, hardware and other construction specs are identical to the shorter nets listed above.
Used this purchase yesterday to drive 290 miles covering a load of children’s rockers and swings…very pleased with sturdy hold down in wind.
Looking for a different heavy-duty cargo net? Let us know what your ideal net would include and we’ll mock up a design for you to look at. Once you give us the green light, our in-house manufacturing team gets to work creating your custom cargo net masterpiece to your exact specifications.
Custom Cargo Net Options
With our custom cargo nets, you have the power to choose the webbing width, color, hardware, hole sizes, and of course the overall size.
There are many different hardware options to choose from, including your choice of securement hardware like ratchets or cam buckles, plus end fitting options like vinyl coated hooks, flat snap hooks, D-rings, E-track, and more. You can also choose how many grommets you want included.
Finally, get your tape measure out and determine your ideal net length and height, plus the overall length (end fittings included). Then choose the hole size you want depending on the cargo you will typically be hauling.
A common question we hear is what is the difference between a snatch block and other types of blocks and pulleys?
All of the items we sell in the Snatch Blocks & Wire Rope Pulleys category can be called blocks or wire rope pulleys, but snatch block refers to a particular type of block. A snatch block has a side plate sometimes called a cheek plate, that can be opened for easy insertion of cable without having to remove the load or fittings from the end of the wire. The process of inserting a line into a block is called reeving.
Snatch blocks are often used in applications to move loads over short distances, as opposed to long lifts and continuous service. They are called snatch blocks because they are often used in conjunction with a winch in a recovery application, and can improve the functionality of a winch by increasing its pull power. It also allows you to change the direction of your winch’s cable when the anchor point is offset.
With so many different styles and weight and size safety guidelines, it’s important to know what to look for when choosing a snatch block for the job. Important safety factors to keep in mind:
Check the Work Load Limit (WLL) of the snatch block as well as the wire rope. If the WLL of the wire is not compatible with the WLL of the pulley, it can be extremely dangerous should either fail.
Coordinate the size of the sheave in the snatch block to the diameter of the wire rope. If the wire rope is too large for the sheave, it can crack the block when under pressure. Generally, the wire rope-to-sheave size ratio should be 12:1 in order to hold the wire properly while under load.
Know your numbers. Because a snatch block can cut the direct pull load in half, choose a rigging pulley that has a rating of double the pull of the winch you’ll be using with it.
Choosing the right block and all the equipment to go along with it can be confusing. If you have any questions about using snatch blocks, choosing wire rope blocks, working load limits, etc., contact me or any one of our sales specialists at 800-660-3585. We’ll be happy to help.
Once custom cabinets were installed, they purchased two polyester nets we custom-made to their dimensions. Measuring 52″ x 192″ and 52″ x 132″, both were fitted with ratchets, spring E-track fittings and vinyl-coated S-hooks for quick and secure attachment. Each cargo net was configured with 8″ x 8″ holes.
Wondering if custom cargo nets will work for your trailer? Call one of our Cargo Net Specialists at 888-794-1319. They’ll review your requirements and will provide you with an accurate quote.
For more than a decade, White Glove Movers has been in the business of moving. From residential to commercial moves, the company prides itself on its commitment to customer satisfaction.
“The very best part of the job is getting complimentary notes,” White Glove Movers Co-Manager Tom McCartan said. “We get a lot of referrals and a lot of repeat business.”
White Glove Movers is based in Marion, Iowa and offers a full line of moving services ranging from residential to commercial moves. The company’s team of trained, professional movers will also pack boxes, pods and trucks – even rental trucks. Just about anything moving related, White Glove will do it.
The company is equipped with four large trucks, two vans and one small truck. The movers take on about 750 moves per year, with 60-70 percent of business happening during the summer months.
“That’s when things get very hectic and busy,” McCartan explained. “It’s great.”
The company’s setup process is simple. The office receives moving inquiries, and then schedules an estimate with the prospective customer. After that, the move is booked and put on the calendar. Then, on moving day, a team of professional movers will carefully pack, load and unload the truck.
Many people underestimate the workload involved when moving and will attempt to do it themselves. White Glove Movers believes people should really consider the risk-reward of taking on a move without the proper equipment and training.
“Moving is very stressful, it can cause injuries that are very hard to recover from,” McCartan said. “We just think let us [White Glove Movers] take the risk. The cost is just not that prohibitive, it’s a lot less expensive than recovering from an injury.”
Moving is especially challenging when people lack the proper tools to do it safely. White Glove Movers utilizes a long-list of moving supplies and trusts US Cargo Control to provide its staff with safe, quality moving equipment.
“When you take on the responsibility of handling someone else’s possessions you really need to do it right,” McCartan said. “You better have the right equipment and the right protective gear so when the move is done they [the customers] are in a position to send you a note of compliment.”
US Cargo Control began providing White Glove Movers with professional moving supplies in 2013. The White Glove management team was drawn to USCC because of its competitive pricing, but company leaders soon learned it is the customer experience and service they enjoy the most.
“Working with US Cargo Control has been easy for our Office Manager, Mindy. They treat her with respect and get things done when they are supposed to be done,” McCartan said.
If you are interested in learning more about White Glove Movers or inquiring about a move visit the company website or give them a call at 319-393-3000.
Randy runs a hotshot rig out of Algona, Iowa. His company Tallgrass Trucking LLC ., uses a heavy duty pickup truck to pull a flatbed trailer. That compares to a more traditional setup, like a semi tractor-trailer combination. Randy trusts US Cargo Control to outfit his rig with tie down equipment. Pictured, he’s hauling a heavy, flatbed load and secured it with US Cargo Control ratchet straps, corner protectors, chain and lever binders.
One of the top carriers for farm machinery in North America trusts US Cargo Control with its load securement needs.
Warren Transport, Inc. hauls heavy pieces of machinery across thousands of miles and needs reliable securement equipment to get the job done right.
Warren Director of Maintenance and Inventory Corey Vesely says his company buys from US Cargo Control because of its strong customer service and commitment to product quality. Part of that great experience is knowing USCC will provide safe, reliable products that are labeled with the legal working load limit and grade of chain.
“We find throughout the industry with securement items that some of them are not labeled. Some of them might be labeled but they are not actually what they are supposed to be,” Vesely said. “With US Cargo it’s very clear. It’s on the banding, it’s on the straps.”
Watch the video below to learn more about how Warren Transport uses load securement and why it shops USCC for equipment and supplies.
Safety isn’t just an idea at Warren Transport Inc., it’s a culture. The company’s emphasis on safety is a big reason it has been in business for more than six decades.
And it shows. Literally.
Awards cover all four walls in a basement room at Warren Headquarters in Waterloo, Iowa. From top to bottom gold, silver and bronze radiate, each award exemplifying the company’s commitment to safety.
Warren has earned fourth place or higher, with many first or second place finishes, in the American Trucking Associations, or ATA, National Truck Safety Contest for eighteen of the last nineteen years.
“We have a huge, great reputation across the nation with all the states, with all of the motor carrier associations for our safe driving,” Warren Director of Maintenance and Inventory Corey Vesely said.
Warren Transport is a trucking company that is celebrating more than 65 years in business. It has two divisions – van and flatbed. The company is known across North America as one of the top carriers for heavy, farm machinery.
Warren is 100-percent owner-operator, meaning people are contracted to drive trucks they individually own. Warren does not own the trucks.
That owner-operator business model is enticing to many veteran truck drivers because they get to be their own boss while still enjoying some fleet benefits. For that reason, Warren can be picky about who it contracts to drive, opting to hire experienced drivers who value a similar safety philosophy.
“Our driver qualification department will do a very good vetting process,” Warren Director of Safety Ben Caughron explained.
That process includes a background check, criminal history and running the applicant’s Motor Vehicle Reports, or MVR. The company also completes a ten year employment check and inspects the overall application for accuracy.
“They come in here experienced, they’re not brand new. They know what they are doing,” Caughron said.
The company makes a point to emphasize driver qualification, safety meetings, training sessions, safety awareness programs as well as scheduled inspections and maintenance for trucks and trailers.
Part of that responsibility means understanding and abiding by federal and state safety regulations, including the federal program CSA, or Compliance, Safety, Accountability.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, CSA quantifies each driver and carrier’s on-road safety performance. It provides a safety score calculated by data derived from roadside inspections, safety based violations and state reported crashes. Performance in other federal safety programs is also considered.
“We have a huge, obvious thing with CSA now, DOT compliance and what safety regulations are out there now because that’s all changed and evolved in the last five to eight years,” Vesely explained. “It’s just getting more and more important and there is a huge, huge push for safety of these vehicles.”
It can be challenging to stay privy on state and federal regulations. That’s why the company offers Warren Technical Institute, an internet based continuing education portal.
“It’s like an online classroom so to speak,” Caughron explained. “Every one of our drivers and employees has access to that either through PC, the iPad, and your smartphone.”
Interestingly enough – Warren Transport cannot force any of its contracted drivers to participate in safety training because of its owner-operator business model. However, there are some monetary incentives for clean inspections and safe driving records, but most drivers chose to participate and make it a priority on their own.
“A lot of them don’t want to ruin their business or have any hiccups in their business so their goal is to remain safe,” Caughron said.
The company culture also helps to promote and maintain safe driving. Warren’s mission statement spells out that safety is always the top priority.
“We instill in them (the drivers) no matter what safety comes first. Everything else is secondary because we want you to get home safely and to your family,” Caughron said. “No load is more important that the health of you and the motoring public.”
Nestled in the farm fields of Iowa is the leading carrier of farm machinery in North America. Warren Transport, Inc. has been in business more than 65 years and has grown and developed to become a driving force in transporting specialized equipment and machinery.
History & Growth
Warren got its start in 1949 when three brothers, by the name of Warren, moved to Waterloo. The siblings went there specifically to haul John Deere tractors fresh off the assembly line to their intended destination. Warren proved itself to be a dependable carrier for Deere, and that relationship helped the company grow.
“Essentially we’ve never said no them and that’s kind of what’s grown our business along with theirs,” Corey Vesely, Warren’s director of maintenance and inventory, said.
Warren started with six trucks and ten trailers, delivering to three states. Today it has expanded to include thirteen terminals across the US, plus two locations in Mexico. The company hauls for John Deere and also runs for other big name equipment producers like Case, Caterpillar and New Holland.
Unique Business Model
Warren has two divisions – flatbed and van. The flatbed trailers haul large commodity like farm, construction and forestry equipment, while the enclosed trailers move smaller products like parts and supplies.
The company is unique because it is 100 percent owner-operated, meaning Warren does not own the semis. Instead, the company contracts drivers who run their own trucks. This compares to a more typical trucking model where the vehicles belong to the company, and people are hired to drive them.
“We’ve had a lot of loyalty. We’ve had a lot of great contractors that have allowed us to continue that way of business,” Vesely explained.
Warren is a desirable place for veteran drivers, allowing the company to be selective when deciding who to contract. Its unique business model lets drivers be their own boss, while still being connected to loads and fleet perks. Drivers can also set limits about where they are willing to travel. Some won’t go west of the Rocky Mountains, others won’t go east of the Mississippi River, and some will only drive to specific states and regions. Warren knows these preferences before dispatch schedules a run.
“That’s one of our goals to get them loaded, keep them safe and get then home so they can be with their families,” Vesely said.
Each driver is responsible for their own maintenance and supplies. However, Warren offers some incentives to help with those costs. Contracted drivers can access fleet discounts through select fuel and service providers. The company also inspects each truck and offers a maintenance account program, allowing drivers to put aside a set amount of cash per distance to be used exclusively for upkeep and repairs.
“Over time they have kind of built that bank account so to speak,” Vesely said. “So it’s not so hard on their pocketbooks.”
Warren provides specific instructions to its contracted drivers to ensure they are using the right load securement tools and are properly tying down what they are hauling, all while following state and federal guidelines.
Warren creates custom tiedown methods for different types of commodity. Those instructions are then explained in manuals the company provides to each driver. Warren also encourages drivers to call when they have questions or need further instruction.
“We will create a tiedown procedure, a manual showing, with pictures, how to do it so we don’t damage product,” Vesely explained. “Using the proper chain or using the proper corner pieces or winches or whatever it may be.”
Hauling heavy pieces of machinery requires reliable securement equipment. Warren trusts US Cargo Control to help keep those loads safe across thousands of miles. The company purchases securement supplies like transport chain,binders and straps from US Cargo Control.
Warren values USCC customer service and product quality, including the fact that each item is carefully and clearly labeled with the working load limit and grade of chain.
“With US Cargo, it’s very clear,” Vesely explained. “It’s on the banding, it’s on the straps, and the grade of chain is on there.”
Vesely says Warren likes the flexibility US Cargo Control provides, whether flipping through the catalog or calling to get ahold of a specific securement items not currently carried.
“We’ll say ‘hey can you guys get this stuff’ which you have been very responsive in being able to do for us,” Vesely said.
What Makes Warren Different
Warren has built its business on commitment to service and safety.
You can actually see its impressive safety record when visiting company headquarters. An entire room at is adorned, top to bottom, with colorful plaques and shiny awards dating back decades. The company has earned fourth place or higher in the ATA National Truck Safety Contest for 18 of the last 19 years.
Warren knows why it has experienced success in the past and why it will continue toward the future.
“Our safety, driving records, our contractor responses and our responses as a company — committing to something then exceeding those expectations,” Vesely explained.
We want to thank US Cargo Control customer Randy Eilerts for sharing these photos of his hotshot, or hot shot, rig decked out in yellow, USCC load securement straps. Thanks for being a loyal customer and trusting US Cargo Control with your bread and butter.
Here is what Randy had to say about USCC:
“Y’all make Tallgrass Trucking, LLC a lot easier. I have ordered straps chains binders flags and wide load signs. Fast delivery. Great customer service. Resonable prices. Thank You so very much!”