A Tribute to James “Jimmy the Jet” Murray—the World’s Fastest Wire Rope Splicer!

Mazzella Lifting Technologies lost a long-time employee on July 20, 2015—James “Jimmy the Jet” Murray.

Mazzella Lifting Technologies lost a long-time employee on July 20, 2015—James “Jimmy the Jet” Murray. James was employed with Mazzella Lifting Technologies (Cleveland) for 35 years as a rigger. A rigger is a person that makes wire rope slings for lifting applications.

In 1990, “Jimmy the Jet” participated in a national competition where all contestants were required to splice (30) 1/2″ x 8′ flemish eye wire rope slings. He completed all 30 slings, which is a total of 60 eyes, in 27 minutes and 48 seconds.

“Jet” went on to win the competition by several minutes. The competition was hosted by the Associated Wire Rope Fabricators (AWRF). Click the image above to watch video highlights from the competition.

James retired in 2009 and was an avid Cleveland sports fan. He will be missed by all!

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