Another successful Hoist and Rigging Workshop was hosted by Tomcat USA in Midland, TX, celebrating 11 years of in-depth industry training courses. Instructors were joined by more than 70 industry professional participants from more than 15 states including Hawaii. Recognized worldwide as the most comprehensive training course of its kind, the Tomcat Hoist and Rigging Workshop is a unique learning opportunity for those new to the entertainment industry as well as veterans of the business.

Instructor Don Dimitroff from Columbus McKinnon, as well as Tomcat’s own Dave Beard, worked participants through the Lodestar electric chain hoist. Rocky Paulson of Stage Rigging and Morgan Neff of Mine Safety Appliances stressed safety in rigging techniques and fall protection equipment while Keith Bohn, Tomcat design manager, wrapped up with truss theory and design.

Participants were treated to not only four days of informative classes but also four nights of fun local flava, the traditional factory night at Tomcat USA with extensive tours, demonstrations, a graduation ceremony, and industry standard swag. A participant, Ken Bonnet, recently commented, "I had a wonderful time and memorable experience and I have already applied some of my newfound knowledge in the workplace. I thank you and the Tomcat crew."