4 Customers Use US Cargo Control Products in Fun and Unexpected Ways

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!

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Photo Courtesy: OCR Nation
one of the runners on the truck bed cargo net
Photo Courtesy: OCR Nation

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Photo Courtesy: OCR Nation
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Photo Courtesy: OCR Nation

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!

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Photo Courtesy: Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens
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Photo Courtesy: Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens

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.

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Close up of the D Ring application
can also be called a towing d ring
A full shot of the customer’s pool cover

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!

the cargo net, also known as the bungee net, was created for Solider Rush
Photo Courtesy: Soldier Rush
a bungee cargo net
Photo Courtesy: Soldier Rush

We love seeing our products being used in unique applications! If you have any photos or videos that you would like to share with us, send them our way! Send us an email at CustomerService@USCargoControl.com, or share with us on the US Cargo Control Facebook page.

Have a question? Need a custom item? Don’t hesitate to call us a call at 866-444-9990!

5 Proud Customers Show Cargo Control Gear at Work

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

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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.”

Rigging Gear Suspends Wire Rope Bridge

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what you need to make a suspended footbridge

From wire rope and turnbuckles to wire rope clips – we sell all the rigging hardware needed to create these awesome suspended footbridges that are being built from coast to coast. This one sits in the wilderness of Wyoming, and another USCC customer built a similar bridge in Connecticut.

Custom Cargo Net Performs in Arts Center

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what you need to hand a custom debris net indoors

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

using a convertible hand truck to make delivery of cargo easier

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

bright blue ratchet straps being used on flatbed trailer full of cargo

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.

Submit Your Photos and Story

Have you been putting our cargo control gear to work? We want to see it! Send your best pictures and descriptions to us in a message on the USCC Facebook page or email them to customerservice@uscargocontrol.com

Wire Rope Clips from USCC Used to Construct 100+ Foot Suspended Bridge

In October 2017, US Cargo Control received an order for over 300 wire rope clips from an engineer in northern Connecticut. 

Lacy Curtis, a Business Development Consultant on the Red Team here at US Cargo Control made sure the customer got exactly what they wanted, when they needed it. 

It turns out the wire rope clips were used to assemble a 100+ foot suspended footbridge over the Hockanum River in Vernon, Connecticut. 

This bridge grants a direct connection for hikers to cross between two growing trail systems along the Hockanum. 

In his Hartford Courant Newspaper article, reporter Peter Marteka describes it as “the kind of bridge you want to build when you are out blazing trails in the woods as a kid.”

The construction site was once a trolley bridge crossing.

What did it Take to Construct? 

The job took 16 ¾” Drop Forged Style Stainless Steel Wire Rope Clips, and 320 5/16″ Type 304 Stainless Steel Wire Rope Clips 

Vernon town engineer, Dave Smith, led the design and execution of the project with some help from Bridges to Prosperity; a Denver-based company that has built over 200 footbridges in 20 countries. 

Then, teams of local volunteers came together and put in over 1,300 hours to help Smith complete this project.

Over 1,300 volunteer hours went into this impressive project.

The Volunteers 

Vernon Greenway Volunteers is a group of dedicated individuals who assist the Town of Vernon through the maintenance, enhancement, and proper use of the 30+ miles of trails in Vernon. 

Friends of the Hockanum River Linear Park is a non-profit organization that brings awareness to the importance of clean rivers through public education.

Now it’s Your Turn.  

This was an impressive project and USCC is grateful to have been a small part of. Thank you very much to Dave Smith for sharing all these photos with us. 

Show us what you’ve done with USCC products and you could be featured in our next post. Big or small, we love seeing our products in action. 

Email us your story here, or message us on our Facebook page! 

To learn more about the differences among wire rope clips, and how to choose the correct one, see our How to Use Wire Rope Clips post.

Customer Photos: Custom Cargo Nets

Custom cargo nets from US Cargo Control created organized and secure storage areas in the trailer used for the Spartan Regiment Marching Band from Centennial High School in Burleson, TX.

Thanks to Andrew Klein, Assistant Band Director for the Centennial High School Spartan Regiment Marching Band in Burleson, TX. He sent us photos of the custom cargo nets we made for the band’s trailer.

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.

Custom cargo nets for band trailer, from US Cargo Control

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.

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Customer Photos: Hotshot Rig & Tie Downs

A special shout out to loyal US Cargo Control customer Randy Eilerts.

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.

Thanks for the photos, Randy!

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Randy Eilerts of Algona, Iowa operates a hotshot rig outfitted with US Cargo Control equipment.

 

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Randy Eilerts of Algona, Iowa operates a hotshot rig outfitted with US Cargo Control equipment.

 

US Cargo Control Customer Feedback: Review and Photos

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!”

No, Randy. We thank you!

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US Cargo Control Customer Review and Photos

Thanks to our loyal US Cargo Control customer Marc for these great photos of his hotshot, or hot shot, rig and positive customer testimonial.

Here is what Marc had to say:

“The aluminum platform weighs 1000 lbs. the tarpped load weighs 16k lbs. Oh yeah that’s a USCC tarp too. My platform customers loved my equipment today. I now have repeat business from them. They now want me to haul for them on the regular. This is what it’s all about. The professional look is one of my things that I bring to the table. You guys are directly the cause of my success in this tough industry. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again US Cargo Control customer for life. You guys make products that are easy to stand next to and say ‘Yes I can get the job done.'”

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Customer Photo: Sunny Hot Shot Securement

A special shout-out to loyal US Cargo Control customer, Marc.  This is a great shot of his hot shot rig in action with US Cargo Control securement. Marc tells us he is double booked out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale (We’re a little jealous!). He’s hauling a 2,000 lbs. crankshaft and 10,000 lbs. flat roller — both headed to Texas. Marc trusts US Cargo Control to keep his heavy loads secure. Thanks for the photo, Marc! Keep them coming.

 

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US Cargo Control Straps Trusted to Secure Professional Race Car

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Michele Abbate behind the wheel of her 2013 Scion FR-S race car.

US Cargo Control straps can be used to tie down some pretty precious cargo, but for professional race car driver Michele Abbate they are used to secure her most prized possession – her car.

Racing has been a big part of Abbate’s life since she was a child. The Las Vegas native says she’s been following racing since she was just a kid. Her older brother started racing when he was 10-years-old, and the family always traveled with him and cheered him on. It wasn’t until she turned 16-years-old that Abbate put herself in the driver’s seat and her own racing career took off.

“I was always intrigued by anything with a motor, because it was always in my life – my love was truly for wheel to wheel racing, because it was always where my passion led to,” Abbate said.

Abbate got her start racing autocross with her every day car – the same car she used to get to work and the grocery store was racing in local and regional autocross events. Her racing operation has since expanded to include a 2013 Scion FR-S race car and licenses with both the National Auto Sports Association and Sports Car Club of America.

It hasn’t been an easy journey. Abbate has overcome some serious roadblocks along the way.

Last year, she lost her title sponsor three days before her first race. That disappointing news forced her to become her own team owner, start a massive fundraising campaign and build her own race car. She and her crew-chief constructed the car and now run all the maintenance and repairs themselves.

“We are a two man team on a tight budget, but we are out there finishing in front of a lot of the big boys,” Abbate said. “He and I put in the blood, sweat, tears and finances to keep the team running.”

So when we say the race car is valuable – we mean it.

US Cargo Control 2'' ratchet straps used to secure the back of the race car to the transport trailer.
US Cargo Control 2” ratchet straps used to secure the back of the race car to the trailer.

Abbate trusts US Cargo Control to keep her car safe and secure as she travels all over the country for about ten races each year. Right now, she’s using 2’’ olive green ratchet straps with double J hooks to secure the back of her car to the trailer. She selected the color to coordinate with her car.

For the front, she uses US Cargo Control’s superior, heavy- duty BlackLine ratchet straps. She says they are the only straps she’s encountered that don’t snag, shear or rip while tied-down to the front of her car.

US Cargo Control heavy-duty, BlackLine straps trusted secure the front of the car.
US Cargo Control heavy-duty, BlackLine straps trusted secure the front of the race car.

“We have been using our BlackLines for over six months and they still look brand new,” Abbate said. “There’s nothing better than knowing you have the right tools for the job and we are thankful to have US Cargo’s products with us.”

Racing is a stressful gig and it isn’t just on the track.

Abbate says financing is her biggest struggle. Last year, she launched a crowdsourcing campaign, raising more than $13,000 to fund her 2015 racing season.

“At races we strive to have the best equipment, set up, and attitude; and off the track we work equally as hard to promote, expand, and advertise for all of our partners that make this possible,” Abbate said.

US Cargo Control is proud to provide products that give Abbate and her team peace of mind as she strives for greatness. To learn more about Abbate and her racing operation visit her website.

Michele Abbate with her self built FR-S Photo Credit: Richard Pochop
Michele Abbate with her self built FR-S. Photo Credit: Richard Pochop

 

Taking a Shot at Hot Shot Trucking

It’s a niche part of the trucking industry that’s starting to boom: hotshot trucking.

Hotshot trucking, or hot shot trucking, is a pretty simple concept. A heavy-duty pickup pulls a flatbed instead of using a traditional semi-trailer truck.

Randy Eilerts has been in the hotshot game since October, but he’s been driving semis for years. He operates Tallgrass Trucking LLC out of Algona, Iowa. Randy's Rig

“I have had this idea for several years now and when I was fed up with my day job I just jumped in feet first and did it,” Eilerts explained.

Randy Eilerts runs a hotshot rig out of Algona, Iowa, phtot courtesy Tallgrass Trucking LLC
Randy Eilerts runs a hotshot rig out of Algona, Iowa. Photo: Tallgrass Trucking LLC

Eilerts runs a Dodge 3500 pickup truck that hauls a PJ 30’ low-pro gooseneck trailer with ramps. He and his hotshot rig move a wide range of loads all over the Midwest and as far south as Texas.  His operation carries everything from heavy equipment and machinery to hay, lumber and building materials.

Companies typically hire hotshots if they need speedy deliveries or have smaller loads. The term originated in the oil fields of Texas where pickups would make a quick run for parts preventing the rigs from having to shut down. Now, you see hotshots hauling loads all across the country. More people are taking a shot at the business because it’s cheaper to start-up compared to traditional trucking.

Eilerts says most hotshots cost $50,000-$80,000 to get going. Big ticket items include obvious equipment needs like pickups and trailers. He says most hotshots use a 3500 to 5500 truck and a 40 ft. mini-float trailer.

Cargo control items like chains, binders and ratchet-straps are also necessary to secure the load. Eilerts keeps about ten of each tool on him, along with various sizes of tarp and many, many bungee cords.  He’s purchases many of those items including 2” ratchet straps, strap protectorschains and load binders from US Cargo Control.

Randy Eilerts uses U.S. Cargo Control straps to secure his hot shot load.
Randy Eilerts uses U.S. Cargo Control straps to secure his hotshot load.

Equipment costs are just half the battle. Starting-up also requires tedious paperwork.

“I did a lot of research beforehand so I kind of knew what to do, but there have also been some challenges and surprises along the way,” Eilerts said.

Those challenges include learning and fulfilling state and federal regulations.  An article on Overdrive breaks down some of the requirements which include obtaining a U.S. DOT motor carrier authority, liability insurance, drug and alcohol testing membership, driver qualification filings and required hours of service.

A CDL, or commercial driver’s license, is also necessary for hotshot drivers with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 lbs. or more.

But for someone like Eilerts hotshot trucking is the way to go. He enjoys being his own boss and doesn’t feel like the typical trucker when he’s navigating from the cab of his pickup truck.

“I enjoy doing it because I like to work alone and I get to travel and see the country,” Eilerts said.

Another picture from Randy