AISC Fabrication Certification Renewed

Our American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) as again renewed our certification valid through August 31, 2024. Our “Building Fabricator” certification demonstrates that our company has the processes and procedures in place to successfully meet the quality certification requirements from our customers.

Breaking News

My WBE certification has been DENIED as per a letter received April 10, 2023.  The Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development of the New York State Department of Economic Development has denied my certification after 30 years!  Apparently, I do not meet the eligibility criteria enumerated in Article 15A of the NYS Executive Law.  They claim that my resume, “is devoid of the expertise and experience needed to perform the core revenue generating function of the firm”.  They go on to say that “there is no indication that the owner (me)… performed any of the tasks that would be considered the critical function of the firm”.  Continuing to state, that “the woman relied upon for certification, has failed to demonstrate and possess adequate, industry-specific competence to make critical business decisions without relying upon other persons”.

I have been President, and sole officer of Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. since 1990. I’ve devoted my career to this company and have never taken more than a week off in all that time.  I have managed this company’s growth over the 33 years to a 10M dollar firm with an A+ customer list and reputation.

I have continued to employ the best employees in the business and the keenest advisors to help me make the best decisions possible.  But this is “devoid of expertise and experience”!  I’m appalled, I’m angry and mostly I’m insulted.  As a woman, I feel I have just been discriminated against from a State agency that is mandated to propagate and prop up Woman Business Owners.  Is this just not the irony of it all? All I know is that I appealed this ruling to rectify this situation. I know what I have accomplished and I’m proud of my company and my people. We did it together! I will not allow the Department of Economic Development to tear down my career and my self-worth.

I’m sorry to all my customers. I have this certification for you. It has assisted you to meet ever increasing minority goals with a company you can depend on.  We sincerely appreciate your business, and we hope to continue to be your steel fabricator and erector of choice, regardless of what the State of New York thinks.

We welcome a new Shop Supervisor

Toward the end of March we welcome a new Shop Supervisor to our team. Brandon Pfeifer, had been selected from a talented and experienced pool of job candidates. We are pleased to announce that Brandon will be directly responsible for all fabrication shop operations, with an emphasis on ensuring, American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), fabrication quality standards and procedures. Brandon’s extensive experience with welding procedures and management of production floor operations prove to be a great fit for our company.

AISC Fabrication Safety Award 2022

“We are very pleased to report that Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. has received the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Safety Award for 2022. We are so proud of all of our employee’s efforts and consistent commitment to safety”. Kelly Gilligan – President

An effective safety program is a major commitment–and nothing is as important. 

AISC’s Safety Awards honor fabricators and erectors whose efforts to keep their employees safe and demonstrate their commitment. Only companies that truly put safety first will receive an AISC Safety Award.

All active fabricator members and erector associate members are eligible, and Awards are based on data reported to OSHA on form 300A.

The program recognizes performance measured in terms of Days Away, Restricted or Transferred Rate (DART). The DART is a measure of the number of recordable lost work cases per 200,000 man hours worked. 

AISC Safety Awards are given for perfect records, (DART=0), excellent records (0<DART≤1), and commendable records (1<DART≤2). Awards are issued separately for fabricator organizations and erector organizations.

2022 Company Contributions List

We are happy and most grateful to be able to contribute to a variety of organizations this year. Donations topped off at almost $10,000 in 2022! The organizations and charities are the following: Ontario County Historical Society, Canandaigua Police, Bloomfield Youth Baseball, UofR Nursing, United Way, Highland Hospital Gala, Finger Lakes Museum, Veterans Outreach Center, Mercy Flight, McMahon Child Advocacy, Flace Playground, Agassiz Village, Alzheimer’s Association, Boyscouts, Bloomfield Lions Club, RJA Hockey, Margaret Home, Strong Museum and the East Bloomfield Fire Department.