Current News and Events from Bishop Lifting Products

May 2017 Newsletter

May Newsletter Rigging Connection LogoThis May Newsletter has top stories from Bishop Lifting Products including:

  • New Modulift 2017 Product catalog
  • Crosby Training – June 6-7 in Houston, TX
  • How to Pour Spelter Sockets
  • New Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals Board Member – Doug Cutsinger

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Block Repair & Refurbishing from BLP Services

auxiliary block vesselBLP Services team took on a huge refurbishing job on a 400te main deck crane auxiliary block on a multi-purpose, deepwater pipe lay and heavy lift vessel.  This 400te working load limit (WLL) hook block is an auxiliary block on one of the three cranes on-board designed to support heavy lift, pipelay and subsea installations. Crane blocks require frequent inspections daily, periodic inspections quarterly to annually depending on use, and a complete disassembly and thorough inspection service every 5 years.

Our service technicians started with a complete inspection of the duplex hook and attachments checking for deformation, cracks, gouges, and thread wear.  They then checked the latches on either side of the hook for proper function. The sheave wheels were inspected for misalignment, or wobble, and wear, and the proper positioning of sheave pin nuts. The rope grooves were checked for normal wear from use or for abnormal wear from misuse such as using improperly sized wire rope. This block is designed to be used with 2-3/4" diameter wire rope. All nuts, bolts, pins, and other hardware were double checked to make sure they were still installed and that they didn't show any signs of bending. The side plates, pins and axles, fittings and trunions were checked for signs of cracking and deformation. The block assembly was completely disassembled and any damaged or missing parts were repaired or replaced.  

The refurbishing process included: 

  • Pre and Post Non-destructive testing (NDT)
  • Blasting to remove all old paint
  • All bearings and seals were replaced with new
  • DNV witnessed, 110% overload pull tested (986,000 lbs.)
  • Re-painted and tagged
  • Full certification pack


Before Image of Blocks Needing Repair


block repaired and being tested


MaxiRider Service Call

Schedule a Service call today!

maxirider personnel hoistMaxiRider®  is proud of their years of dependable service and their commitment to personnel safety. We strive to be the best in personnel lifting and the name you can count on when lifting personnel to new heights. As part of our continued commitment to the industries we serve, we offer an experienced field service team. Our team is dedicated to assisting you in maintaining the MaxiRider® at peak performance with confidence you can count on. Our team is available to you and can be scheduled for routine maintenance items, annual inspections and on-site training, please contact us with your request.

maxirider-personnel-hoistAnnual inspections help maintain normal wear and tear on the equipment.  Don't be caught with a down personnel hoist when it matters the most!  

When calling for service or annual inspections a few points of information would be helpful to have on-hand:

  • The MaxiRider® (5) digit serial number (found hard-stamped in the MaxiRider® gearbox)
  • Type of MaxiRider® (Crown Mount 110V or Floor Mont 220V)
  • Specific contact information (to include: rig number, location, phone number and point of contact name)
  • Drilling operation and expected day of service/request

 Please contact your MaxiRider® Service Team for assistance!

SBP Holdings Announces Management Changes


September 1, 2016—Houston, Texas—SBP Holdings, with its Singer Equities and Bishop Lifting Products business units, is pleased to announce the following management changes:

Otis Dufrene has retired as President and CEO of SBP Holdings. He has been named Chairman of the Board and will remain active with acquisition activities of Singer Equities’ industrial rubber business and Bishop Lifting Products’ rigging and rental business.


Don Fritzinger, formerly President of Singer Equities, has been named President and CEO of SBP Holdings and will manage the operations of both business verticals.  Fritzinger, a 40-year veteran of the industry, joined Singer Equities in 2002 through an acquisition.




Sam Petillo, with 18 years of industry experience, formerly Director of Veyance Technologies Industrial and Hydraulic Hose business divisions and most recently a Vice President of Singer Equities, has been named President and CEO of Singer Equities. Singer has 37 locations nationwide and specializes in the industrial hose, hydraulic hose, conveyor belt and gasket material fabrication and services.



harold_kingHarold King, with 24 years of industry experience with Bishop Lifting Products and most recently Vice President, has been named President and CEO of Bishop Lifting Products.  Bishop specializes in the fabrication, distribution and rental of slings, wire rope, hoists, and rigging products with 15 regional operations primarily in the Gulf Coast region.



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About SBP Holdings:

SBP Holdings is one of the nation's leading specialty distribution groups focusing on the sale and rental of wire rope and rigging products through Bishop Lifting Products and the sale of industrial rubber products through Singer Equities. SBP Holdings is a portfolio company of AEA Investors based in New York City.  For more information, go to

Media Contact:

Teresa Clayton, Marketing Manager
Bishop Lifting Products, Inc.
125 McCarty Drive
Houston, TX  77029
713-674-2266 office
713-671-7841 direct