What’s New with the US Cargo Control Team?

National Manufacturing Day is a special day at US Cargo Control, where we take the time to celebrate our manufacturing team for all of their hard work.

This past Friday, October 4th, was National Manufacturing Day and it was a special day for our hardworking Manufacturing team. National Manufacturing Day is a day where we celebrate and support all manufacturers for maintaining the retail ecosystem’s growth.

Our Manufacturing team was celebrated in a few different ways. First, they got a nice surprise with a poster displaying how much they are appreciated. Next, they were awarded the QHSE Safety Award by the Associated Wire Rope Fabricators for the second time!

An Appreciation Poster for the Manufacturing Team

This is two years in a row our Manufacturing team has been awarded this recognition and it’s a very exciting thing for US Cargo Control to receive. We take pride in continually promoting a safe work environment, and reaching our goals. Being safe at work and home helps promote a healthy workforce, which results in being more productive, having fewer days away from work, and even getting better insurance rates.

The criteria to receive this recognition is based on company and safety information; Factors such as lost time, injuries, hours worked, and recordable rates. 

What’s Next for US Cargo Control?

Jim Waite, Quality & Safety Manager

As head of our Safety Team, Jim Waite is excited to start executing on our required OSHA-approved safety training that will be rolling out to all employees later this year (2019).  Now that we are transitioning away from external training to our own internal training, the team can better customize the training to our needs with some added fun. Making the switch to internal training reaffirms our commitment to maintaining a safe workplace and manufacturing floor.

Way to go, Manufacturing team!

The manufacturing team is the backbone of US Cargo Control, and they go above and beyond to make sure customers get what they want, when they need it. Without the team, our customers wouldn’t have the option to have customized products like tarps, cargo nets, ratchet straps, lifting slings, and more! Call our team for a customized order and our manufacturing team will be glad to get it done for you.

The USCC Manufacturing Floor in Urbana, Iowa

What Else is New?

In other news, the warehouse team got a brand new toy…a forklift! After voting for a name, the team decided to call the newest forklift “Darryl”. They’re all excited about this new arrival and can’t wait to use it to quickly get your orders out of the door and into your hands!

The Warehouse Team with their new Forklift

If you have any questions, give our team of experts a call at 800-404-7068.

What’s New with the US Cargo Control Manufacturing Team?

Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of well-deserved celebration around our manufacturing team. Not only did they get a sweet surprise on National Manufacturing Day, but they were also just recognized by the Associated Wire Rope Fabricators (AWRF) for their dedication to exceptional safety.

Check out the video below to see the authentic surprise from our deserving manufacturing team.

 

Authentic Surprise in Manufacturing

Like many companies, manufacturing is the backbone of USCC. Without it, salesmen would have nothing to sell and the warehouse team wouldn’t have products to pick. So, when we heard that National Manufacturing Day was coming up a few weeks ago, all the teams at USCC came together to show our appreciation.

Over 45 different poster and signs were created to show our appreciation for manufacturing. Everything from “You Guys Rock” to “Manufacturing is Sew Amazing.” Then, on the big day, we started hanging them one-by-one in the glass windows outside the manufacturing facility.

 

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In addition to the signs, USCC team members made about 20 different types of treats to keep our manufacturing team fueled up. From brownies and cookies to donuts and cake, it’s safe to say the team was feeling pretty sweet that day.

Keeping a secret from people you work with is not the easiest thing, but the genuine reactions on all their faces tell us we did alright.

 

USCC Manufacturing Recognized for Safety

custom tie down straps from USCC
USCC scored an LTIR safety rating of 0.00 in 2017

Just a few days after the excitement for National Manufacturing Day, our team got some more great news.

Associated Wire Rope Fabricators (AWRF) notified us that our team achieved an LTIR safety rating of 0.00/Green in 2017. LTIR stands for Lost Time Injury Rate so, just like in golf, this low score means our manufacturing team was extremely safe and efficient this past year.

 

This serious dedication to safety and the well-being of all our team members starts with our leadership. In this case, Chris Biechler is the man in charge of the day-to-day operations of USCC manufacturing.

 

Chris Biechler, USCC Production Manager

Chris says his number one goal as manufacturing manager is to send his team home in equal or better health than when they arrived. From pre-work stretches to safety boots and glasses, Chris makes sure the team is ready to take on the challenges of manufacturing each and every day.

 

 

Let’s Keep it Up

Without manufacturing, we wouldn’t be able to provide our customers with the custom solutions they need, like American assembled tie-downs straps, tarps, lifting slings, cargo nets, and more. So keep placing your USCC orders, and our manufacturing team will keep the quality products coming.

USCC made in america

Thank you to all manufacturing professionals across America, you’re all rockstars in our book.

 

New Products: 3″ Ratchet Straps & 4″ Ratchet Straps

4" Ratchet Strap with D-ring from US Cargo Control
4″ Ratchet Strap with D-ring

Our selection of tie down straps continues to grow, this time in our 3″ ratchet straps and 4″ ratchet straps categories.

We’ve added more than 100 new straps in four different color choices (blue, red, green, and yellow) and a range of lengths. End fittings include wire J-hooks, chain extensions, and flat hooks. Our 4″ ratchet straps are also available with D-ring fittings.

Benefits of our 3″ ratchet strap and 4″ ratchet strap

Stronger webbing

Our 3″ tie downs are manufactured with a polyester webbing that has a break strength of 20,000 lbs., which is usually only found in 4″ straps. This means you get the webbing strength and abrasion-resistance in a slimmer, less bulky tie down.

Need a 4″ ratchet strap with even more strength? Check out our line of heavy duty BlackLine 4″ ratchet straps, which are manufactured with a 24K webbing.

3″ x 40′ Ratchet Strap with Flat Hooks from US Cargo Control
3″ x 40′ Ratchet Strap with Flat Hooks

Color choices

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3″ Ratchet Strap with Wire Hooks

While yellow is the traditional color for ratchet straps and other tie downs, we also stock green, red, and blue straps. These are perfect if you’d like to coordinate them with the colors of a truck, or a company logo for a professional look. Our 4″ straps are also available in the gray/black combination of our BlackLine straps. Custom colors are also available by calling our sales team.

4" Chain Extension Ratchet Straps with Grade 70 Transport Chain
4″ Chain Extension Ratchet Straps with Grade 70 Transport Chain

Hardware

Flat hooks have a powder coat finish and a defender at the slot opening. This design protects the webbing at the point of contact, which reduces wear and tear and increases the working life of the tie down.

Wire hooks are extremely versatile because their slimmer profile can be used in a variety of tie down points- even those where a traditional flat hook won’t fit.

Chain extensions are manufactured with grade 70 transport chain for exceptional strength.

 A D-ring option on our 4″ ratchet straps are also excellent for easily and quickly attaching the strap to nearly any type of hook installed on the wall or floor of a trailer. D-rings are forged for long life and high strength.

Our ratchet assemblies feature a handle that’s slightly longer and wider so it’s easier to grip and more comfortable when ratcheting into place. All of our metal hardware pieces- including the ratchets- have a yellow zinc coating for protection from weathering.

Custom ratchet straps are always an option.
Custom ratchet straps are always an option.

We’re happy to be able to offer a wider selection of products, and always welcome suggestions from our customers. And as with all of our tie downs, custom straps are always available, whether it be a special length, color, ratchet style, or hooks. Give our sales team a call at 866-444-9990 to learn more or to place an order.