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.

We Are Now Rochester Rigging, Inc.

Today we announce exciting news: BVR Construction Company, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc.  While we are no longer a Woman’s Business Enterprise (WBE), we believe this combination creates an organization even better to serve our customers and provide a wide array of services.  The synergy between the two companies will offer exciting possibilities for company growth. 

BVR, shares the same values we do. BVR exceeded our hopes for a firm we can combine with and continue the tradition we have of excellent service and on-time and safe project fulfillment. 

Our new name is Rochester Rigging, Inc. and our company address and contact information remain the same. 

We have retained high-quality, committed employees over the years and we are most pleased that they will continue in their present roles which will make for a seamless transition. 

We are grateful to our many customers,  vendors and most importantly our amazing employees,  over the 34 years of a successful family business. The business would not have succeeded without all of you! We are grateful for your services, loyalty and friendship. 

We are confident that our new affiliation will serve us all well.

– Kelly Gilligan, President 

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.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Award

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc team of detailers, fabricators, ironworkers and Project Manager, David Prest have been recognized by Thermo Fisher Scientific for our “outstanding team performance resulting in the flawless execution and early delivery of the first Matrix 2-Shot closure mold”.  Our efforts enabled their company to successfully expand the capacity of their Laboratory Plastics Essentials business and make a direct impact in the fight to end a global pandemic.  “Rochester Rigging is deeply grateful for this award on behalf of all of our hard-working and professional team”.  – Kelly Gilligan 

AISC Safety Award of Honor

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. is pleased to annouce that we have been awarded the “Safety Award of Honor” by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).  This award congratulates our company for zero injuries and incidents for the calender year 2020.  We thank both management and journeyman for a safe job well done.