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News & Events

What we’ve been up to recently

Jul 3, 2023
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.

Jun 30, 2023
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 

May 31, 2023
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.

Apr 4, 2023
Rochester Rigging – Woman-Owned Business

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. is proud to announce that they have been selected to be on the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ), Woman-Owned Business List. Out of 50 selected, Rochester Rigging was ranked at #26!

Mar 17, 2023
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.

Mar 2, 2023
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.

Dec 21, 2022
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.

Aug 16, 2021
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 

Apr 19, 2021
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. 

Mar 3, 2021
Rochester Business Journal – Top Woman-Owned Business

Until recently, the prevailing Pleased to announce that Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. was listed as the 28th of 50, Woman-Owned Buisnesses for 2021.  

Jul 28, 2020
Safety Award of Honor

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have received the 2019 American Institute of Steel Safety Award of Honor today. This award is given for our record of hours worked with zero Days Away and zero Restricted Time Injuries in 2019!  “As an award winner who understands the value of safety and what it takes to achieve that successful record we credit the whole organization for this team effort,”  remarks Kelly Gilligan, President of the company.  

Jun 26, 2020
Don’t Stop Until You Are Proud Campaign

We began a new campaign today at Rochester Rigging – “Don’t Stop Until You Are Proud”. Our intent is to raise the bar of quality workmanship in all departments. We started the campaign with a company meeting and luncheon to talk about pride of work, personal responsibility and teamwork. With motivational messages, lunch & learns, banners, t-shirts with reminder messages and added training we hope to create a sense of pride and ownership of work. Quality is job 1!   

May 29, 2020
Annual AISC Quality Audit Completed for 2020!

Yesterday we concluded our annual American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) audit for “Certified Fabricator”. I’m very pleased to report we did not have one non conformance or corrective action! I’m proud of our team and their dedication to this quality standard. This ensures that we continue to work for the premier General Contractor’s and owners in the area.

Jan 29, 2020
Annual Cell Phones for Soldiers Donation

Yesterday Rochester Rigging mailed our annual old cell phones donation to the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. This national nonprofit organization started in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old. They relies on cash contributions and donations to provide free calling cards to active-duty military members to connect with their families. They mail approximately 2,500 calling cards each week!

Jan 17, 2020
Once again on the Woman Owned Business Listing with the RBJ

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. was listed as 22nd out of 50 Woman Owned Businesses in the Rochester area as published in the Rochester Business Journal in January 2020.  

Oct 1, 2019
The YMCA Ribbon Cutting

The  Schottland YMCA in Pittsford, NY had it’s formal ribbon cutting yesterday which marked our final completion of our largest project to date. “I am so proud of ALL of our employees for an amazing amount of teamwork that went into this project. From the steel detailing into the fabrication shop and completing with the erection of the structural steel and miscellaneous metals, our employees did a fantastic job”, says Kelly Gilligan, President. “Our company is populated with employees who have talent, virtue, drive and work well with each other and our customers, you can’t ask for better than that”.  

Apr 12, 2019
30th Anniversary

Rochester Rigging is proud to celebrate 30 years in business today!  The business founder, Roger Taube started the business in 1989 in his home in Rochester, NY. He began with small installation projects and soon thereafter began fabricating structural and miscellaneous steel items. His daughter, Kelly Gilligan started working for the business shortly thereafter in 1990. They moved locations as they grew and bought a building and yard in Bloomfield, NY in 1998.  Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. is now proud to employ over 20 full time staff and seasonally have more than 40 employees on the payroll. Many employees have have been with the company for more than 20 years! “Today we celebrate our company’s success and salute our employees who work hard every day to provide a quality product for our customers”, remarks Kelly Gilligan, President.  

Jan 11, 2019
Ranked 26th this year!

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. is pleased to announce that our company ranked 26 out of 50 this year on the Rochester Business Journal’s,  “Woman-Owned Businesses” List. 

“I am always excited to see our company listed on such a fine list of outstanding woman-owned businesses in our area.   Having been in business now for 30 years I’m so pleased to see the list grow from year to year. I’m proud to have been part of our community building projects that house people, make people healthy and most of all educate young people. I thank the RBJ for noting all of our accomplishments on this list and how important our voice and companies are to the fabric of our area”.  Congratulations to all the other companies”. – Kelly Gilligan, President

Jul 13, 2018
Certificate of Achievement

Toady we were please to report that we were recognized for having NO reportable worker’s compensation claims for the period 7/1/2016 – 7/1/2017 by  Lovell Safety Management Co., LLC.  We strive everyday for this achievement and we are proud of our employees and our efforts to be injury and illness free.

Feb 27, 2018
AISC Safety Award of Honor

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. has been awarded the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Safety Award of Honor for the Erector Category.. This honor for 2017 signifies a Dart Rate of 0.  “This award exemplifies our attitude and commitment to a safe workplace. We want all of our employees to go home safely to their families each and every night” states Kelly Gilligan, President.  

Feb 26, 2018
WBE Certification

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. has been certified by New York State Department of Economic Development, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development as a Woman Owned Business (WBE). Our Certification was awarded today and is valid for three years. We have had this certification since August 1994.  

Feb 21, 2018
2018 Craftsmanship and Lifetime Achievement Award WINNER!

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. is  proud to announce today that our Project Manager, Dave Prest was nominated by The Pike Company for the Rochester Builders Exchange Craftsmanship and Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018.   The award honors his skill, integrity and responsibility in project management.  This award is given out every five years by the Rochester Builders Exchange. To win a craftsmanship award, projects must be of the highest level and demonstrate challenges that were overcome during construction.  The project that was reviewed was the Genesee Hall at the University of Rochester. This 72,000 sf residence hall was fabricated and erected by Rochester Rigging in the winter of 2016 with completion of the miscellaneous metals in the fall of 2017. The notable challenges were the extremely tight project site and the use of a licensed fabrication and erection method called SidePlate.  This method accelerated the schedule by three weeks for The Pike Company.  The awards dinner will take place on Saturday, March 24th at Locust Hill County Club.  

Jan 19, 2018
RRE lands 29 on the list!

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. ranked 29 in the Rochester Business Journal,  “Woman-Owned Businesses” list for 2018.  “Being ranked 29th of the 50 local businesses listed is quite an award”,  says Kelly Gilligan, President. Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. has been in business for 29 years and is located in Bloomfield, NY.  

Dec 27, 2017
RRE gives Clean Water!

Rochester Rigging & Erectors, Inc. is proud to announce that it has made a $1,000.00 donation to CHARITY WATER in honor of all our employees. In many countries around the world, women and girls put their lives in danger every day to collect water for their families. Many wake up before sunrise and spend up to four hours walking.  And, often, the water they bring home isn’t even clean. Having access to clean water within the community not only saves hours of time, it provides safety, health and hygiene. It directly impacts the future of all people, and we believe it’s the first step out of poverty for rural communities all over the world. GIVE CLEAN WATER!
www.charitywater.org   
100% of your donation will bring clean water to people in need.