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Columbian Rope Continues to Hold Strong ... After 175 Years

For more than 175 years, Columbian Rope Company has continued to be a driving force and a leader in the rope and cordage industry. During Columbian's existence, a goal of excellence has been achieved, as evidenced by the rate of repeat clients, who continue to inquire about Columbian's products. With four locations (two in the U.S. and two in Mexico), Columbian Rope enhanced its product base when earlier this year, it became a member of Chicago-based Unicord International — a member of the Unicord Companies. How Did This All Start? In 1903, Edwin Metcalf, a preacher's son with entrepreneurial ambitions, left Massachusetts for Auburn, N.Y. Throughout his travels Metcalf managed to purchase the Osborne Implement Co., an 80-year-old manufacturer of Farm Implements and Bailer Twine. Several years later, Metcalf would use the Bailer Twine operation as a springboard into the rope industry, thus finding Columbian Rope Company. After buying new, modern equipment and a facility upgrade, the plant that Metcalf had purchased just 10 years earlier had expanded to 1,000,000 sq. ft. and was now producing both twisted manila and sisal ropes; while cutting back on the twine business. Despite the hard times of the depression during the 1920's and 1930's, the business kept pace and at the start of World War II, geared itself for wartime production


From Shrimp To Scrap

Photo courtesy of B&J Martin, Inc

Jimmie Martin of Galliano, La. said his firm is still working on three platforms that were damaged by Katrina in 2005.  Martins firm, B&J Martin Inc., operates crew and supply boats in the Gulf of Mexico, but their signature work is their site clearance operation.   The US Mineral Management Services (MMS) mandated in 1990 that all abandoned well sites and platforms had to be cleaned in such a way that a commercial shrimp trawler could work the bottom without damaging their


Royal Lankhorst Euronete Group Starts Brazil Factory

The Royal Lankhorst Euronete Group announced the acquisition of a new industrial unit in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. This new industrial unit will be used for production of deep water mooring ropes for the oil & gas platforms, production of maritime ropes for the local market and - at a later stage - also for production of buoyancy materials for the oil & gas industry. José Luis Gramaxo – President/CEO of the Royal Lankhorst Euronete Group: “It is a new


Trawling for Scrap Metal

Drawings courtesy of Rodriguez Boat Builders

It looks like a typical Gulf of Mexico double-rigged shrimp trawler. However at 110 by 28-ft she will be bigger than most shrimpers. Like her sister, the Poncho, delivered in 2009, the new vessel is also built with robust framing and extra power. Like the Poncho, the as yet unnamed vessel, will be trawling for scrap metal, old tires and any other scrap is at the site of a decommissioned oil rig.   The work, mandated by U.S






 
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