Tomcat USA held its first ever Hoist and Rigging Workshop outside Midland, TX, from August 1 to 4 at the historic National Theatre in Washington DC.

Working with I.A.T.S.E. Local 22, Tomcat provided comprehensive training for over 50 union members, many from the Baltimore/DC area, but also some who traveled in from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Don Dimitroff of Columbus McKinnon coached participants through the Lodestar electric chain hoist, while Rocky Paulson (formerly of Stage Rigging Inc.) and Morgan Neff of Mine Safety Appliances stressed safety in rigging techniques and fall protection equipment. On the final day, Keith Bohn, Tomcat design manager, offered an in-depth course in truss theory and design.

Tomcat USA’s next workshops will be:
October 18 & 19, 2007 in Las Vegas as part of the LDInstitute: more information is available at www.ldishow.com. Registration has opened for this course!

February 21-24, 2007 in Midland, TX. Registration will open soon for the four-day workshop and the two-day advanced workshop. More information is available at www.tomcatglobal.com or email Lisa Jebsen at Ljebsen@tomcatusa.com for more details.