Superior Rigging & Erecting Co. announced the hire of Chris Decker as Vice President of Crane and Rigging in April 2022. Decker joins Superior in the continuation of growing its crane and rigging department. In this new role, Decker is responsible for all oversight of the Crane and Rigging department and serves as a key member of the executive team. He will be responsible for building executive strategies that position Superior as the dominant crane and rigging company in the Southeast and continuing the company’s reputation of family-like customer service through ongoing transformational growth.

Decker has a track record of strategic leadership and sales growth and development. He most recently served as the Director of Business Operations for TEKsystems and has over 28 years of combined sales and business performance experience.

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During the month of June, Superior Rigging & Erecting Co. celebrated National Construction Safety Month. A new topic was discussed each week, including heat-related illnesses, preventative measures and mental health in the construction industry.

Start by clicking on the Week 1 video below to join Superior’s Corporate Safety Director, Martika Williams, on the journey through National Construction Safety Month.

Mental Health in the Construction Industry

The importance of safety in the construction industry goes far beyond the physical aspects. Mental Health in the construction industry is often overlooked. Even if you are not struggling mentally, your fellow co-worker could be. Listen to the video below to learn about warning signs to look for in co-workers and important mental health resources.

Preventative Measures

Next, Martika discusses preventative measures. She touches on important practices, such as risk assessments, that are a crucial part to planning and setting predictable expectations. She dives deeper into the Hierarchy of Controls, how SRE utilizes PTP’s and more.

Heat-Related Illness

In the final video Martika discusses the two types of Heat-Related Illnesses and the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms associated with each. You will learn more about the two, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke, and how you can keep yourself and others safe in extreme heat conditions.

PROJECT: Florida Can

SIZE: 304,000 SF

YEAR: February 2022

INDUSTRY: Manufacturing and Warehouse

“In February 2022, Superior Rigging & Erecting Co. successfully completed the installation of the equipment line, conveyors and structural steel platform installation for Roeslein & Associates new 304,000 SF aluminum can manufacturing and warehouse facility situated in Winter Haven, Florida. The 70-acre complex, owned and operated by Florida Can Manufacturing (FCM), provides aluminum cans to many of the popular brands you see on the shelves today and can produce 4,000 Aluminum cans per minute!

SRE completed installation of over 250 separate pieces of equipment, 2,000 feet of conveyors and over 100 steel platform unit sections throughout the facility. SRE was tasked with unloading, uncrating and setting over 250 separate shipping containers at the site and putting them in place throughout the facility.”

PROJECT:  Miami Marlins Stadium

SIZE: One million Square Feet

YEAR: 2010-2011

INDUSTRY: Sports + Entertainment

Marlins Park’s operable roof system features three-panels and is composed of 11,000 pieces of steel and 44 transporters, weighing approximately 8,000 tons. The left field operable wall is a unique feature, comprised of six hurricane-proof glass wall panels, towering at 60 feet tall by 40 feet wide. It opens to create a 240-foot view of Miami’s spectacular downtown skyline. The operable wall also has the ability to operate independently from the operable roof. 37,000-seat, three-panel retractable roof baseball stadium contains 42 luxury suites, eight party suites, home-run porch, state-of-the-art concessions, restroom amenities and the Western Plaza designed for year-round use. 

PROJECT:  State Farm Structural Erection for Philips Arena Renovation Phases 1, 2 and 3 (677 tons)

SIZE: 17,000 Seats and 18,000 SF suites

INDUSTRY: Sports + Entertainment

From the innovative seating concepts to a completely reimagined food and beverage experience, the 17,000-seat arena creates a new benchmark for sports venue design. Inspired by the BeltLine, an ambitious urban redevelopment project that is connecting Atlanta’s neighborhoods through a 22-mile loop of trails and parks, the team designed the arena’s open concourses to create diverse social experiences. The design removed an existing wall of suites that spanned four levels on the arena’s west side and reconfigured this space into viewing terraces, multilevel connection points, open suites and the 18,000-sq.-ft. Atlanta Social suite experience.

PROJECT:  JetBlue Park at Fenway South

SIZE: 50,000 Square Feet

YEAR: 2011

INDUSTRY: Sports + Entertainment

Manhattan Construction built the 120-acre spring training facility which included a 12,000-seat stadium and six full practice fields in Fort Myers, Florida. The stadium portion included an iconic “green monster” left field wall and a manual scoreboard from Fenway Park. The project is LEED® Certified. The project architect was Populous, Inc. Spring Training Facility had new steel installation, but what makes the Red Sox’s spring training home unique were the clean lines, colors and materials are highlighted by an iconic shade canopy inspired by the Cypress tree domes surrounding the site. The wavy design of the roof resembles the Cypress trees in the surrounding area of the ballpark.

PROJECT:  Daytona International Speedway

SIZE: 2 Milllion Square Feet Concourse 

YEAR: 2014

INDUSTRY: Sports + Entertainment

DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long front stretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway now has approximately 101,500 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway now features over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests.

PROJECT:  Amway Stadium

SIZE: 875 million Square Feet 

YEAR: 2010

INDUSTRY: Sports + Entertainment

The new arena features 875,000 square feet of space –room to incorporate more modern day amenities found in most professional arenas of the day – and seating which will be expandable to more than 20,000 seats to accommodate major national events. The new $380 million facility features eight levels, five public concourses, 37 restrooms, 55 concession points of sale, 60 suites, 68 loge boxes, 1,400 club seats. The Amway Center features up to 17 hospitality spaces for rental on a per event basis. 9,400,000: Pounds of total steel used to build the Amway Center, including six, 380-foot, 150-ton roof trusses which were locally fabricated just six miles from the arena site. The total length of all arena steel roof framing equals 55,287 feet or 10.5 miles.

PROJECT:  Camping World Stadium

YEAR: 2021

INDUSTRY: Sports + Entertainment

Superior Rigging & Erecting Co. served as the rigging and steel erection partner for Barton Malow, general contractor, on the reconstruction of Camping World Stadium in 2020.

Crews used a 300-foot-tall luffing jib crane with a customized, cantilevered, double spreader bar to balance the existing precast and lift it and the old seats up and over the top of the stadium. The crane had a counterweight system that allowed the operator to reach under the top level of seating. That work took place 35 times on each side of the stadium, 70 times during a three-week period.

Crews raised and slid the structural members into place using mini crawler spider cranes and tugger hoists positioned on the 200 level to lift the new steel into place. Skids, like huge dollies, helped people move the steel around.

Superior Rigging & Erecting Co. Selects Key Senior Staff to Lead Company through Organizational Growth

Superior Rigging & Erecting Co., offering premier crane and rigging services, with locations in Atlanta and Orlando, announce the promotion of senior team members to key leadership positions. The company recently unveiled a plan to make the company safer, more efficient, and more successful. To support that mission, several members of the organization have been promoted to lead the company through this exciting time of change and growth.

The company is celebrating several promotions to the executive leadership team including: Jason McFadden, Chief Operating Officer; Fred Metz, Vice President Business Development & Sales; Bobby Smith, Vice President of Operations; Sean Sullivan, Vice President & General Manager, Steel Department; Jay Williams, Corporate Safety Director (Carolinas & Florida); and, Martika Williams, Corporate Safety Director (Alabama, Georgia & Tennessee).

Each new member of the Executive Leadership Team will play an important role in ensuring the company reaches its goals and creates a company culture in-line with its new mission. Together, these professionals have decades of industry experience, rapport amongst their peers and track records of success.

Patrick Lewis, CEO of Superior Rigging & Erecting, expressed his excitement for the future of the company: “Superior has undergone numerous transformations since it was founded in 1952, but the transformation that this new leadership team is about to set in motion is the one I’m most excited about and gives us the people and tools to execute on our vision.”

Superior Rigging & Erecting provides solutions for crane-related projects, including crane rentals, heavy steel, machinery moving and erecting/rigging. They also provide warehousing solutions and turnkey plant services to help get operations up and running. Superior Rigging & Erecting has developed a 65-year reputation for completing some of the most complicated projects, including such projects as amusement park ride setups and the installation of the iconic Atlanta Falcon statue at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Superior Rigging & Erecting congratulates these team members for their dedication and well-earned achievement. Our team looks forward to working with them to build on past successes, as well as our future growth, while delivering wins for clients and “making the tough look easy.”

Superior Rigging & Erecting, with locations in Atlanta and Orlando, was founded in 1952. Since, the company has developed a reputation for completing complicated projects with ease. Services offered include: crane rentals, steel erection, specialized rigging, millwrighting, turnkey mechanical and electrical, heavy transport, equipment rental, warehousing, art/sculpture installation and more. The company boasts an expansive equipment fleet, a comprehensive preventative maintenance program and an active safety staff with complete, ongoing training. With wide-ranging services and more than 65 years of operation, Superior Rigging & Erecting offers seamless solutions to the most complex projects. Superior Rigging & Erecting: making the tough jobs look easy since 1952.