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What Are the Best Rigging Shops in Charleston, South Carolina?

How Can You Get Your Lifting and Rigging Equipment in Charleston, South Carolina??

Matt Florjancic

Charleston, South Carolina is an historic town on the east coast of the United States that is becoming known more and more every day for being a hub for industries looking to grow their businesses in the southeast as it is for its history.

Originally settled in 1670 by the English, Charleston is a city that offers businesses “well-educated and skilled workers that deliver competitive products and services.” In recent years, Charleston has developed the Charleston Digital Corridor (CDC), which nurtures talent for the region’s technology economy.

Some of the industries that have settled in the Charleston area include:

  • Aerospace
  • Energy
  • Automotive
  • Life sciences
  • Information technology
  • Defense
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Hospitality

Many of the largest businesses in the world have invested in facilities in Charleston, including, but not limited to:

  • Boeing
  • Mercedes-Benz Vans
  • Behr Heat Transfer Systems
  • Cummins Turbo Technologies

Each one of these businesses has unique needs to produce their goods and services, and that includes everything from warehouse racking to rigging and lifting equipment like hardware, slings, hoists, and overhead cranes.

When we quote lifting and rigging services and supplies for our customers in Charleston, South Carolina, they often ask us: “If we don’t go with Mazzella, who else would you recommend?”

That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best rigging shops that serve the greater Charleston, South Carolina area. We truly believe the more informed you are during the purchasing process, the better you’ll understand how to address the needs of your business and get the best bang for your buck.

Best Rigging Shops in Charleston, South Carolina

Rigging supplies such as alloy steel chain, wire rope, lifting shackles, and fall protection equipment

Charleston Rigging

Founded: 1988

U.S. Headquarters: Charleston, South Carolina

Insights: Founded as Charleston’s Rigging & Marine Hardware, Inc., Charleston Rigging has grown to a three-location company in South Carolina. They are focused on great customer service, and delivering safe and reliable products.

Additional Products and Services:

  • Chain
  • Cordage/rope
  • Cranes
  • Fall protection
  • Galvanized marine hardware
  • Hoists
  • Oil absorbents
  • Rigging hardware
  • Ratchet straps
  • Slings
  • Spreader beams
  • Tools
  • Wire rope
  • Crane design and install
  • Crane inspection
  • Sling inspection
  • Crane repair
  • Custom fabrication
  • Equipment rental
  • Load testing

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R and K Inspection Service Rigging Supply

Manila Synthetic Rope, Wire Rope Slings, and Fall Protection Equipment

Founded: 2013

U.S. Headquarters: Charleston, South Carolina

Insights: Relatively young in the lifting and rigging industry, R & K Inspection Rigging Supply emphasizes customer service by distributing top-line products to its customers. In addition to basic rigging supplies, R & K Inspection Rigging Supply offers materials good for ocean and highway transportation.

Additional Products and Services:

  • Wire rope
  • Alloy chain
  • Synthetic rope
    • Nylon
    • Polyester
    • Double braid
    • 3-strand
    • Manila
    • High-performance Dyneema
  • Slings
    • Wire rope
    • Chain
    • Flat web
    • Roundslings
  • Fall protection
    • Universal harnesses
    • Lanyards
    • Retractables
    • Rescue descenders
    • Lifelines
  • Oil sorbents
  • Hoists
  • Lifting devices

Carolina Chain and Cable

Founded: 1985

U.S. Headquarters: Charleston, South Carolina

Insights: Carolina Chain and Cable offers a diverse range of products and services to their customers. While they offer multiple products for material handling, they also provide fall protection and load securement materials.

Additional Products and Services: 

  • Wire rope and wire rope slings
  • Elevator products
  • Chain products
  • Synthetic slings
  • Fittings and blocks
  • Hoists and winches
  • Below-the-hook products
  • Fall restraint
  • Cordage
  • Cargo securement

Port City Rigging Industrial & Marine Supplies

Founded: 1979

U.S. Headquarters: Savannah, Georgia

Insights: Strategically located in Savannah, Port City Rigging Industrial & Marine Supplies serves the Southeast, and locations throughout the United States. With a comprehensive inventory and modern fabrication facility, Port City often gets customers what they need in 24 hours or less. They offer rigging solutions for up to 225 tons.

Additional Products and Services:

  • Wire rope
    • General purpose
    • Galvanized
  • Slings
    • Nylon web slings
    • Wire rope slings
    • Atlas sling
    • Mechanical splice flemish eye slings
    • Endless roundslings
    • Grommet slings
    • Alloy chain slings
  • Chain connections
  • Rigging supplies
  • Safety equipment
    • Harnesses
    • Self-retracting lifelines
    • Anchorage connectors


Rigging items such as synthetic web slings, wire rope, metal mesh, and lifting hooks

Founded: 1951

U.S. Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona

Insights: Certex USA has 34 branches across 14 states, which allows them to provide services and products to “a large portion of the United States.” Proud of its longevity, Certex USA employees have a combined total of more than 1,000 years of service to customers in the mining, aerospace, on-shore and off-shore oil, construction and utilities industries.

Additional Products and Services:

  • Wire rope
    • Terminations
    • Accessories
  • Many types of slings:
    • Web slings
    • Roundslings
    • Wire rope slings
    • Wire mesh slings
    • Fiber rope
  • Rigging hardware
  • Hoists
  • Clamps
  • Blocks and sheaves
  • Fall protection equipment
  • Cargo control
  • Training
  • Chain and chain fittings
  • Load testing and lift engineering

Ashley Sling

Founded: 1992

U.S. Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

Insights: Ashley Sling Inc. considers itself a leader in the wire rope and rigging supply industries. Their primary goal is to provide “customers with the highest quality lifting products and services.”

Additional Products and Services:

  • Slings
    • Wire rope slings
    • Web slings
    • Roundslings
    • Utility rope slings
    • Alloy chain slings
    • Recovery rope slings
  • Sling protection
  • Wire rope
  • Blocks and sheaves
  • Lifting devices
  • Rigging hardware
  • Hoists
  • Synthetic ropes
  • Tie-down equipment
  • Fall protection
  • Load testing
  • Rigging inspection
  • Training

How Can Mazzella Help You with Your Lifting and Rigging Needs?

Mazzella Lifting & Rigging Services

Starting the Process

Now that you have a better understanding of the best lifting and rigging suppliers in the Charleston, South Carolina area, it’s time to do your research and begin the process of gathering and comparing quotes. It is best to schedule consultations with a few manufacturers to look at your facility and provide their expert opinion on the specifications and scope of your project.

Keep in mind that price should never be the only factor when selecting a lifting and rigging equipment supplier to partner with. Everything from a shackle to a sling and hoist should improve your business’ efficiency and production. You should only partner with a company that you truly feel comfortable with and one that you feel will provide the best service and the most value.

The key to finding the right company to partner with—and to a great buying experience—depends on a number of different factors, including:

  • Project specifications – Make sure each manufacturer quotes off of the same information and specifications so that you can make a true side-by-side comparison of each company’s capabilities and pricing.
  • Warranty – Make sure you have a clear understanding of the manufacturer’s warranty policies on workmanship, components, and materials.
  • Incidentals – Additional surcharges related to material costs, taxes, freight, obtaining permits, rental of special equipment, etc.
  • Follow-up – Did a representative from the company reach out to explain their quote and make sure you understand everything?
  • Project timeline – Has the rigging supplier committed to meeting your specific timeframe and window for installation?
  • References – Are they willing to provide references? Ask other companies that they’ve worked with if they were satisfied with the following:
    • Overall relationship with the rigging supplier
    • Overall quality of work and satisfaction with the delivery process
    • Commitment to keeping projects on track and within budget
    • Products and services that fit the agreed-upon specifications

Vast Inventory

At Mazzella, we have you covered when it comes to all of your lifting and rigging needs. Mazzella has representatives in the Charleston area, and they are supported by our Charlotte branch. With our ready stock inventory, we offer all industries a variety of lifting and rigging devices, including a complete selection of:

  • Wire rope
  • Lifting slings
  • Rigging hardware
  • Hoists
  • Fall protection

Whether you’re an existing or new customer, Mazzella also provides the following value-added and post-sale services:


Selection of available Mazzella rigging hardware

We offer one of the largest and most complete inventories of rigging and lifting products in the country from some of the largest manufacturers in the world. Some of the products we stock are:

Rigging Training

If you require a specific training course for OSHA compliance for slings, hoists and / or rigging hardware, Mazzella can assist you in creating a safe and reliable workplace.

Our rigging training focuses on:

  • Overhead cranes
  • Below-the-hook lifters
  • Lifting slings
  • Rigging hardware
  • Wire rope

All Mazzella trainers have been accredited by our company through training by a third-party training company (Industrial Training International, Inc.), Mazzella Companies’ internal Train-the-Trainer program, and are trained on OSHA and ASME standards.

We also provide site assessments. The purpose of an assessment is to systematically observe and record your lifting and rigging procedures, equipment, and records. This is not an inspection, rather a general assessment by which opportunities for improvement may be identified.

Rigging Inspection Services

OSHA 1910.184, ASME B30.9 Slings, ASME B30.20 Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices, ASME B30.26 Rigging Hardware & ANSI Z359 require…

Periodic, documented inspections on slings, rigging hardware, lifting devices, and fall protection every 12 months, at minimum, and monthly to quarterly in more severe service conditions.

Our rigging inspectors are certified to make sure your products meet OSHA and ASME requirements. Also, we provide personal fall protection inspections and basic level non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections to support our visual inspections.

Call us at 800.362.4601 or click here if you need inspections for rigging hardware, training, or any of our other services.

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