Rochester Rigging, Inc.

Rochester Rigging, Inc. has been fabricating and installing miscellaneous and structural steel systems since 1989. 

Rochester Rigging, Inc.  is a fully bonded and insured company and is committed to a safe workplace. We plan carefully, and follow sound construction principles, and our employees are experts at what they do. We don’t take shortcuts and an aggressive schedule only means we work that much harder to do the job right. You can count on Rochester Rigging, Inc. to marshal the manpower and resources necessary to complete your project on budget and on schedule.

Company History

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc., has been fabricating and installing structural and miscellaneous steel items since 1989. The business was started by Roger Taube.  Roger had began his career as a union ironworker then transitioned into estimating and project supervision with The Pike Company and LeChase Construction Services, LLC.  Kelly Gilligan, started working with her father in 1990 after working down in the Washington D.C. area for design-build firms after college. They built the business slowly over time and now have over 25 employees and sales topping close to ten million dollars. Roger Taube has since retired from the business and the operations are now headed exclusively by Kelly Gilligan. Ed Gilligan, her husband was brought into the family business in 1998 as General Manager. As a family business with over 30 years experience, we work with some of Rochester’s premier contractors and owners. From hand railings and stairs to complete free-standing structures, Rochester Rigging and Erectors, Inc. has put together an impressive record of high-quality and on-time competed projects.

On June 30, 2023, the shareholders of BVR Construction Company, Inc. along with several key employees of Rochester Rigging, Inc. acquired the assets of Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. from Kelly Gilligan and renamed the company. This combination created an organization even better able to serve their customers and provide a wider array of services. The new management team shares the same values as Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. and intends to continue the tradition of excellent service and on-time, safe project fulfillment.

Chip Stephenson, President is a pension and welfare trustee of the Iron Workers District Council of Western New York, and also serves as President and a director of the Upstate Ironworkers Employers’ Association, Inc.


Rochester Rigging, Inc. is a certified American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Building Fabricator since 2011. 


AISC – American Institute of Steel Construction

AWS – American Welding Society

SEAA –  Steel Erectors Association of America

IMPACT – Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Meet the Team

H. L. (Chip) Stephenson II


Robert Kurek

Vice President

John Szvoren

Vice President

Gregory DeLaus

Vice President of Finance

Michael Hansen

Senior Project Manager / Estimator

David Prest

Senior Project Manager / Estimator

Kecia Jerome

Executive Administrative Assistant

Margo Parsels

Document Control Manager

James Shetler

Senior Detailer

Kelly Gilligan

Past President, Co-Founder