Industrial Transfer & Storage (ITS) in Dudley, MA has been rigging heavy equipment since 1984.
Since then ITS has become a full service industrial contractor providing all the services required to move, install, set up, and maintain your entire facility or just one piece of production equipment while keeping your operations running with minimal down time.
But the company’s history doesn’t start here. It begins in 1905 when it was known as Southbridge Trucking Company and specialized in moving raw materials, unfinished textile goods, and households. Over the years it changed hands several times until 1984 when
it was purchased by the current owner, Carter Cooley. He used his 20 year background in manufacturing engineering and management, including manufacturing restructuring and plant relocation, to move the company forward to where it functions today.
As Carter looks to retirement and transitions away from the day to day operations, his son Eric Cooley, President of ITS with a crew of 40 talented riggers, drivers, and fabricators – along with a team of knowledgeable estimators and project managers – has expanded the company’s portfolio to include a custom fabrication department, an engineering design department, and forward thinking retail customers that have allowed ITS to broaden their capabilities beyond just rigging.
But the foundation set by Carter remains solid: to exceed customer expectations by fostering loyal business relationships through quality services, and by providing a safe, stable, and rewarding environment for their team of employees.
At Industrial Transfer & Storage their expert riggers are capable of handling all types of production machinery, including injection mold machines, CNC, metal working machines, and press brakes. ITS is more diversified than most to handle these strategic projects due in part to their four Versa-Lifts. The Versa-Lift is a unique forklift in which the frame extends in order to achieve greater capacities and is equipped with a removable hydraulic boom. The largest in their fleet, the 60/80 has a lifting capacity of 100,000 lbs. Additionally ITS can utilize one of their 40 various forklifts, trailers, tractors, flatbeds, certified slings to 45 tons, shackles to 50 tons, articulated man lifts up to 120’, scissor lifts, and multiple sets of 30 ton and 80 ton Poly Dollies for epoxy, cleanroom, and Stonhard floors. They’ve even equipped several forklifts with white tires when the job calls to keep floors pristine. Over the last 30 years ITS has refined and invested in their services, machinery, and strategies for helping customers with complicated plant relocations or simple machine moves and installations.
In addition to rigging, Industrial Transfer & Storage provides comprehensive millwright services.
Using state-of-the-art methods and a proactive safety program, their experienced team of millwrights and project managers can safely install, level, and align all types of production machinery. They can get your equipment and machinery properly relocated with minimal delay.
But wait, there’s more!
ITS isn’t just a rigging and millwright services purveyor. In 2005 they added high quality structural fabrication, design, and welding services to their capabilities. What started out as a side venture to construct mezzanines, railings, and stairs for customers has today turned into its own self-supporting department with customers in manufacturing and government/military sectors counting on us for customized fixtures and designs. Materials used include carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. In 2017 a 12’ x 10’ Plasma Table was added to the shop to initially fulfill a large customer order, but now is in high demand for myriad project needs; proving once again that ITS will go above and beyond for their customers when called upon.
Above all else, safety is the number one priority at Industrial Transfer. Rigging is very dangerous and if not approached correctly can result in severe injury or death. An experienced rigger will take precise measurements, confirm weights, be familiar with the machines complexities, and any further challenges the floorplan presents prior to lifting and moving the machine.
Rigging is not magic. It takes hours of planning, site visits, and proper strategizing to find the best and safest solution for the customer. For ITS, safety starts before the workday begins. Each morning all workers must review, understand, and sign a “Take 12” pre-task plan prior to starting a job.
The first action of the Take 12 is stretching. Stretching gets blood flowing, limbers the body, and sets a mental mood for the day ahead.
Secondly, all equipment is inspected and PPE accounted for before leaving the yard.
Thirdly, locations of exits and emergency equipment is also part of the Take 12 and must be communicated to all workers upon arrival to the site.
These, along with a list of questions pertaining to the crew (new employee? Special training?), site conditions (weather? Fall protection? Execution risks?), and expected tasks (lockout / tag-out? Hot work permit?) all ensure that the employee and customer are safe on the job and return home to their families every night.
Additionally, ITS is constantly improving the company’s fully compliant safety programs to ensure its policies meet or exceed those set forth by their customers. Safety programs also adhere to State and Federally regulated requirements. Mandatory weekly safety meetings are held and all riggers and fabricators have completed OSHA 10 training and several have completed OSHA 30.
Should you need storage services, Industrial Transfer & Storage possesses over 60,000 square feet of warehouse space for either commercial or industrial storage. Whether you require short-term or long-term storage solution, they have the capability to warehouse and ship your equipment as specified, regardless of size, quantity, or destination. ITS offer storage of large, bulky, and unusual items. In addition, ITS supplies crating and packing services for all items regardless of weight, size, or destination. We offer IPPC Certified wood products for international destination packaging.
When you can call any rigging company for your machine moves what makes ITS stand out above the rest? It’s our core values: Integrity, Teamwork, and Safety.
Being honest and ethical above everything else.
Working together to do the things we are supposed to do, when they are supposed to be done, and working with urgency to meet customer needs.
Acting safely in everything we do, every step of the way.
Industrial Transfer & Storage is a member of the:
- MMA – Massachusetts Movers Association
- MMA – Massachusetts
- NELMA – Northeaster Lumber Manufacturers Association
- SC&RA – Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association