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New Canine SAR Saddle Available from PMI Dealer Rock-N-Rescue

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Check out Gabe rockin’ the new Canine SAR Saddle available from PMI dealer Rock-N-Rescue. Gabe belongs to PMI’s Marketing Director Ken who says: “Perfect fit for my 100 lb Rottie/Lab mix. Now he can carry his own food and water on those long Colorado trail hikes!”

ASSE Releases Several New Safety Standards

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The American Society of Safety Engineers has released several new safety standards, including: ANSI/ASSE Z359.11-2014 Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses; ANSI/ASSE Z359.14-2014 Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest & Rescue Systems; ANSI/ASSE Z359.15-2014 Safety Requirements for Single Anchor Lifelines and Fall Arresters for Personal Fall Arrest Systems; ANSI/ASSE A10.24-2014 Roofing Safety Requirements for Low-Sloped Roofs; and ANSI/ASSE A10.44-2014 Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction & Demolition Operations. You can find ASSE’s official announcement, and links to the standards, at: http://ow.ly/KgfJW

PMI Attends NATE UNITE 2015

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Stop by and see PMI this afternoon as the exhibit floor opens at NATE UNITE 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. PMI’s Northern Account Manager Robert Gowder, PMI’s Business Development Manager Andrew Duran, and PMI’s Vertical Rescue Solutions (VRS) Training Manager Tom Wood want to meet you, show you some PMI gear, and answer your questions. “The National Association of Tower Erectors is a non-profit trade association that provides members with uniform safety standards, improved communications, and a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies. For twenty years, NATE has been recognized as the industry leader in promoting safety, standards, education and uniform practices and procedures.” Stop by PMI Booth # 509 starting at 3PM today!‬

PMI is Saddened by News of Tom Sutphen

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

From the FAMA and FEMSA Newsletter:

The FAMA and FEMSA Boards are saddened to report the passing of Tom Sutphen (Sutphen Corporation). Tom touched many lives within the fire service and will be remembered fondly. As noted in the obituary below, a celebration of life will tentatively be held on May 2nd. More information will be passed along as it becomes available. Industry friends who are wishing to express their sympathy are asked to do so through www.schoedinger.com and are invited to attend the celebration.

Thomas Clarence Sutphen, age 90, of Hilliard and Sanibel Island, died peacefully at Kobacker House surrounded by his family on February 13. Born in Columbus, Ohio on December 12, 1924 to Gail Mills and Harry Sutphen. Survived by his wife of 67 years, Tamea Bartholomew Sutphen; daughters, Susie Herb, of Durango, CO, Pat (Marcus) Aden, of Frisco, CO, and Julie Phelps, of Columbus; grandchildren, Scott, Andy (Crystal), and Brooke Herb (Devin Hencmann), Olya and Christopher Aden, Megan, Steven (Allison), Michael Phelps; and his beloved dog, Lady. He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law Robert and Lois Sutphen. Tom graduated from Grandview High School in 1943 where he recently gave the commencement address. He then went directly into the service where he was in The Army Air Corps during WWII. He worked as a mechanic on B-24s, establishing a love of engines, whether it be cars, boats, or fire trucks. He was happiest with greasy hands working on his classic cars. He attended Ohio State where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Tom loved life and lived it to the fullest. He went to work for his father selling fire equipment and developed the aerial platform that revolutionized the fire-fighting industry. He was the President of Sutphen Corp. where his passion was selling his product. He won the Iacocca Award recognizing excellence in the auto industry. He and his wife were members of several car clubs and traveled to numerous car shows all over the country winning many awards. Member of First Community Church, Scioto Country Club, Catawba Island Club, Captiva Island Yacht Club. He loved tinkering, creating and fixing things, as well as hunting, fishing, boating, skiing and was known for his dancing. He loved his family dearly. Family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Monday, February 16 at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd. Private service and interment at Green Lawn Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.Schoedinger.com. Contributions may be made to the Sutphen Family Fund at the Columbus Foundation, 1234 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43205, or the American Cancer Society of Central Ohio, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017, in his memory. A celebration of life will tentatively be held on May 2. – Click here to read more.

Please keep the Sutphen family and company colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

PMI Vertical Specialist Jay Smith takes PMI’s new 8.9mm Erractic with Unicore® technology rope for a test drive!

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Read what this climbing legend has to say about it:

My New Favorite Rope

I have been using PMI’s new Erratic 8.9mm Dry rope now for several weeks, on ice and mixed climbing routes. The new Unicore® technology gives me that extra confidence in the ropes ability to take the punishment of the sharp choss rock here in the San Juans of Colorado. The ropes sheath shows very little wear thus far, even after numerous times being lowered off mixed routes of sharp limestone, quartzite and welded tuff/ volcanic ash of the Campbird area and surrounds. This is always very hard on a rope.

One property that is unique to the Erratic rope is that even if the rope receives a core shot, from say a large rock falling on it or a grating across a very sharp edge, the sheath will still stay intact. This is quite reassuring on a long route where your rope has got to last till your back safely on the ground.

One time, while climbing in the Kitchatnas of Alaska, our lead rope received a small nick in the sheath during the ascent. Once seen it became a huge concern since we still had many difficult pitches to go up before we would start our descent back down. The only tape we had was the tiny factory piece that wrapped the tail. We reattached this over the small fray. Soon that fell off and the sheath began to wear. We made the summit and then began the 18 raps needed to descend. Four hundred feet from the ground, the sheath blew and the core came out like spaghetti. Of course this jammed somewhere above when we went to retrieve our rope, forcing us to cut it and complete the descent on a single worn 7mm. Obviously, we did make it back down, but things could have been much worse. With the new Erratic, this would not have been a problem as the sheath would have remained intact.

At first I questioned how soft the rope felt (the hand), but this rope handles like no other. Tying knots is simple and I can’t remember ever seeing a single kink. In addition, the dry treatment is superb and the ropes light weight is a huge plus. The one thing I have yet to test is taking a huge whipper on the rope. Maybe I’ll leave that for someone else.

Jay Smith

PMI Receives Mountain Rescue Associations’ new President’s Partner Award

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

PMI’s Marketing Director Ken Hauser is pleased to announce that PMI is the first recipient of the Mountain Rescue Associations’ new President’s Partner award! This award is bestowed on companies that are recognized for their critical support of the MRA’s mission in “saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education.” PMI was chosen for this award by the MRA for our sponsorship of the monthly MRA webinar series. PMI has a long association with the MRA through seven teammates at our Denver office who are members of Alpine Rescue Team. ART has been an accredited member team of the MRA for many years. Ken has also been a field active team member for the past 14 years and has been on over 500 search and rescue missions during that time. For more information on the MRA visit www.mra.org. For more information on Alpine Rescue Team visit www.alpinerescueteam.org.‬

PMI Attends 2015 Annual SPRAT Conference in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

PMI is a founding member and proud supporter of the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians, and recently attended the 2015 Annual SPRAT Conference held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. With about 5,000 certified rope access technicians throughout the world, SPRAT has truly become a global organization. Here, Tom Wood, Training Manager for PMI’s Vertical Rescue Solutions, works to complete the deviation maneuver of the Obstacle Course during the Rope Access Olympics.

Mark Johnson Wins PMI Contest at ACCT

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Mark Johnson from Tim Horton Children’s Foundation receives congratulations from PMI’s International Account Manager Tedd Brenner at the ACCT 2015 show in Indian Wells, CA. PMI had a contest at the show to guess the length of 4mm PMI® Accessory Cord which was sealed inside a plastic tube. Mark’s guess was right on at exactly 148 feet!

Tim Horton Children’s Foundation “builds brighter futures for youth in our communities.” Check out this link for more information about the foundation: http://www.timhortons.com/…/…/childrens-foundation/index.php

Congratulations Mark!

Come and See PMI at ACCT!

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Stop by and see PMI tonight at the opening reception of the ACCT Conference & Exposition in Indian Wells, CA. Both our International Account Manager Tedd Brenner and our Southern Account Manager Aaron Dover would like to meet you, show you some PMI gear, and answer your questions. “The 25th Annual International ACCT Conference & Exposition is a four day conference for builders, owners, operators, practitioners, facilitators and all industry professionals who are serious about the evolution of the challenge course / aerial adventure park industry.” Stop by PMI Booth # 608!

PMI CEO Loui McCurley Attended AWEA and Delivered Joint Presentation

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Rope Access is a safe and trusted access method in the world of wind energy! At the AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Seminar in San Diego, PMI CEO Loui McCurley teamed up with Jonathan Wiley (Rope Partner), Charley Rankin (Rope Partner), Chad Shearer (MISTRAS), and Rob Siegel (ENSA) to deliver a presentation on safe use of rope access in wind turbine operations.

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