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SC&RA: An Industry Advocate

For 75 years, the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) has been on a mission.  SC&RA advocates, educates and provides networking opportunities to help members operate safely, legally, and profitably around the world.  

The organization monitors and affects pending legislation and regulatory policies at the local, state, and national levels. They research and report on safety concerns and best business practices. The goal is to pursue improved safety, efficiency, productivity, and profitability for the specialized transportation, crane, and rigging industry.

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SC&RA was formed in 1947 in response to changing laws and regulations specifically affecting the transport of specialized loads. The organization began as part of the Local Cartage National Conference (LCNC) of the American Trucking Association (ATA) in support of those affected by the new laws.

In December 1948, the Heavy Haulers, Machinery Movers and Erectors Section of LCNC was born. The new Heavy-Specialized Conference of the ATA held its first official meeting at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., with 75 people in attendance.

Over the years, membership continued to grow, bringing together crane and rigging companies as well as transportation companies. In 1981, a more streamlined name was adopted, the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association.

A Valuable Force

When Alan Barnhart and his brother, Eric, took over Barnhart from their parents in 1986, they joined SC&RA.  As young business owners of a growing crane and rigging company, they wanted an industry advocate on legislation and regulations. They also sought to keep up with the latest safety and best business practices.

As the organization grew, so did Barnhart. Today, the SC&RA serves 1,400+ member companies in 46 nations. Meanwhile, Barnhart grew from a handful of branches to over 50 locations across the United States.

In addition to advocacy and education, SC&RA hosts an annual conference, which recognizes noteworthy jobs. The Job of the Year (JOY) awards recognize outstanding projects in eight categories, including the prestigious hauling and rigging awards. Barnhart has received 40 JOY awards since joining the organization.

“SC&RA is a valuable force in our industry,” says Barnhart. “They continue to engage the process and encourage change that improves the industry.”