By William S. Fiske, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)
In the bustling town of Havelock, North Carolina, the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point provides excitement for all and employment for many. Home of the 2d Marine Air Wing with five deployable Marine Air Groups, Cherry Point also houses the Fleet Readiness Center (East).
This large industrial hub provides depot-level maintenance, repair, and rebuild services for Naval Aviation assets worldwide. The base serves as the East Coast point of embarkation for the Corps and has moved more than 35 tons of military equipment overseas in the last three years.
Some two miles east of the Main Gate of the MCAS, on the other side of NC Highway 101, is another hotbed of industrial activity. Here, flying the national flag and an equally large OSHA Safety award flag is TANDEMLOC, Inc. This company designs, manufactures, proof-tests, and ships hardware to “lift, secure, fasten, and mobilize” loads to over 1 million pounds.
In 1973, founder John M. DiMartino, Sr. created a manufacturing company on Long Island, New York, that produced marine transportation securing and mobilizing hardware. The lifting, loading, and securing of ocean-going cargo containers required very special equipment to ensure safety underway….To read the entire article, visit the November-December 2013 Wire Rope Exchange.
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