Proudly Supplying Wire Rope, Lifting Slings, and Rigging Hardware from Decatur and Huntsville down to Mobile!
Alabama Sling Center was started in the 1950s by H.S. Sunburg. Before founding the company, Sunburg was a rigger at US Steel in Birmingham, AL. Then, in the mid-1970s, Wireco purchased the business and named it “Alabama Sling Center” to distinguish it from other locations it owned around the country. Indusco purchased the company from Wireco in 2003, and then, operated it until Mazzella acquired Alabama Sling in 2011.
Mazzella serves all industries across Alabama, including:
Steel (Mill and Distribution)
For more than 60 years, Mazzella has provided our customers with all styles of slings, rigging hardware, wire rope, overhead cranes, overhead crane service, hoists, engineered lifting devices, warehouse solutions, and fall protection equipment. We also provide training, in-field inspection and repair services that support our products.
Currently, Mazzella serves customers in Birmingham, Montgomery, Dothan, Anniston, Gadsden, Albertville, Talladega, Bessemer, Brookwood, and Tuscaloosa.
Inspections, Crane Service, and Rigging Products … On-call, In Stock and Ready for Immediate Delivery!
Mazzella has combined office and warehouse space across the country that houses a large inventory of wire rope and lifting and rigging products. The Mazzella name is synonymous with quality slings—from the customer favorite Mazzella 7-Part™ to the high performance synthetic Twin-Path® product line. We can manufacture any sling to meet your needs, including:
Nylon and Polyester Web
Additionally, we stock well over 26 million feet of wire rope for making assemblies—both large and small—for bridge cables, crane cables, steel mill cables, and OEM assemblies.
All standard wire rope, rigging products, and heavy-lift assemblies are in stock and available to ship within 24 hours. For emergency situations, we can deliver right to your facility or job site. Also, Mazzella offers “In By 2, Out Same Day” order fulfillment for our standard products.
Mazzella offers on-site button pouring to help save on downtime and the expense of buying new crane ropes.
Overhead Cranes for North Alabama’s Industrial, Manufacturing, Fabrication, and Steel Industries
With steel mills, fabrication shops, steel warehouses, OEM manufacturing, foundries, supply houses, and automotive stamping plants continuing to drive much of the economic growth in the northern Alabama markets, we understand you continue to invest in reliable equipment that will help drive production and continue to grow your business. Partnering with an overhead crane manufacturer is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The design, manufacturing, and installation of an overhead crane is a big project and can be a substantial investment—but, a necessary one if you want to improve your company’s efficiency and workflows.
Mazzella offers turnkey overhead crane systems and custom below-the-hook lifting devices. We engineer, fabricate, and install world-class lifting solutions—everything from light-duty jib and workstation cranes, large-capacity double box girder systems, to lifting devices like spreader beams, lifting tongs, and c-hooks.
Today, there are thousands of our crane systems throughout the United States and abroad—all done in full compliance with CMAA, NEC, OSHA, and ASME standards. Since every business is unique, and no two cranes are alike, we offer free quotes and consultations for overhead crane and material lifting projects.
Our team of local and highly-experienced Crane Specialists, Engineers, and Estimators can help you design and specify a cost-effective crane system for your facility, production or budgetary needs.
We specialize in the design and installation of:
Overhead Bridge Cranes
Overhead Crane Service: Repairs, Parts, and OSHA Inspections
Mazzella FHS operates out of our Birmingham, AL facility and provides scheduled or emergency overhead crane service to northern Alabama and South-Central Tennessee. We offer our customers the following services:
Crane and hoist maintenance
Crane and hoist repair and replacement parts
Overhead crane installation
Our service technicians are independently trained and certified for expert maintenance and repair to keep your overhead crane equipment running. Our techs specialize in solving complex problems in emergency situations. We strive to minimize your downtime, and our technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mazzella FHS sets the standard in inspection documentation management. Our online reporting system continuously archives your OSHA inspection reports and allows you to instantly access them through our website. Our Inspection Division works daily to keep your investment safe.
As a stocking parts distributor for most major hoist manufacturers, Mazzella FHS can quickly respond to your needs. Our Parts Department Service Representatives are on hand and ready to serve you with a high sense of urgency. We understand the importance of keeping your production flowing, so we service and stock replacement parts for all makes and models of cranes and hoists.
Below-the-Hook Spreader Beams, Lifting Beams, and Custom-Engineered Lifting Devices
For custom and critical heavy-lift applications, Mazzella designs and fabricates custom below-the-hook lifting devices specific to your overhead lifting project. Also, we supply spreader beams, lifting beams, lifting baskets, coil hooks, vacuum lifters, magnetic lifters, and other custom lifters.
Our QuickShip program includes a variety of common sizes and configurations of lifting beams, spreader beams, fork lift beams, C-hooks, and sheet lifters—all available to ship within 10 working days! Or, our in-house team of engineers, estimators, and project managers will work with you to engineer and fabricate a custom lifting device that is unique to your application and lifting needs.
We design, fabricate, proof-test, and inspect your custom lifting device out of our facility in Cleveland, OH. All work is performed in compliance with ASME BTH-1 and ASME B30.20 design and structural requirements.
Fall Protection Solutions: Engineered Lifelines, Rigid Track Systems, Harnesses, Shock Absorbers, and Lanyards
Safety at heights matters! Mazzella supplies its customers with fall protection solutions that meet ANSI, EN, and Canadian codes, including:
Engineered and Pre-Engineered Lifelines
Rigid Rail Systems
Fall Protection Training
Mobile Fall Protection Devices
Keeping Workers Safe, While Working at Height!
We partner with all of the major suppliers in the fall protection industry, and have access to a number of fall protection and fall arrest systems. Whether you need a temporary or permanent solution, or you’re looking for soft goods like harnesses and lanyards, we have strong relationships with the following companies:
Fall Protection Training
We offer on-site fall protection training for your workers who are exposed to height hazards. Our training meets all OSHA requirements and is performed by an experienced and knowledgeable safety professional.
We offer three fall protection course, including a Basic (4 hours), Intermediate (6-8 hours), and Advanced (two days / 8 hours each) curriculum. Contact us today to schedule your OSHA-mandated fall protection training!
Mazzella Steel Mill Program
Our 40 plus years of steel mill experience and expertise has taught us that delivery of the right product, to the right specs, at the right time…saves our customers a lot of time and money.
This is why we carry a significant amount of customer-specific inventory to meet the unique wire rope applications for individual cranes and equipment in each of our steel customers’ facilities. When critical equipment goes down, we offer 24/7 emergency responsiveness for critical crane cables.
We also offer the following value-added services to our steel customers:
Exact & Matched Crane Cables – a documented ISO procedure allows us to provide exact and matched crane cables to our steel customers with guaranteed accuracy for ease of installation.
Mazzella Ready Stock™ Program – our Ready Stock™ program eliminates the need for our customers to purchase replacement wire rope inventory prior to a specific need. This process improves cash flow, eliminates damage to ropes during storage, and reduces overall and inventory carrying costs.
Wire Rope Surveys – our team will come on-site and work with your team to assess the critical ropes and cables you’re using on your cranes and machinery. We’ll help identify opportunities to:
Improve wire rope service life
Reduce labor time during installation
Reduce on-site inventory of backup wire rope
Assure proper inventory levels
Inspection Services – OSHA overhead crane inspections, OSHA sling inspections, and inspections of fall protection equipment and below-the-hook lifting devices
One-Stop Shop – traditional rigging products, engineered lifting devices, overhead cranes, overhead crane service, parts, training and more!
Certified Rigging Inspections in Alabama, Tennessee
OSHA 1910.184 and ASME B30.9 require that all lifting slings, fastenings, and attachments shall be inspected for damage or defects by a competent person designated by the employer.
Mazzella employs certified inspectors that can provide documented rigging inspections that meet or exceed government requirements (OSHA and ASME). Also, we provide personal fall protection inspections, inspections of below-the-hook lifting devices, and basic level NDT (non-destructive testing) inspections to support our visual inspections.
Rigging Training, Overhead Crane Training, and Lift Planning
If your employees require specific training programs for OSHA compliance for overhead cranes, slings, hoists, or rigging hardware, we can assist in creating a safe and reliable workplace. Our trainers are accredited through Industrial Training International, Inc. (ITI) and train to OSHA and ASME standards.
Mazzella has been providing education for more than half a century and our collective knowledge across the wide range of products we sell makes us unique in our training approach. Several years ago, we made significant changes to our training division. We found that across the board, there were inconsistencies in the training materials, training duration, subjects covered, and the skills of our trainers.
We began looking at training from the customer’s perspective and broke our training topics into individualized modules. This allows our trainers to work with the customer to customize the training to their needs. Some of the training topics we offer include:
Identifying and managing risk
Planning every lift
Rigging hardware – care, use, and inspection
Lifting slings – care, use, and inspection
Safe design and use of below-the-hook lifting devices
Indoor cranes – safe lifting operations
Fall protection – identifying potential hazards when working at heights
Site assessments are another service that we offer. A Lifting Specialist will come on-site to systematically observe and record your lifting and/or rigging equipment, as well as your procedures and records. Then, we collaborate with your team to identify opportunities or improvements.
It’s useful to understand where you’ve been before deciding where you want to go. Our history has served as a foundation of who we are, what we believe and what we value. Back in 1954, James Mazzella formed a business in Cleveland, Ohio by providing the most basic of lifting devices — wire rope slings — that were braided by hand. It wasn’t the cleanest, and certainly not the easiest job around, but it was fundamental to the industry. This ground-level standard of performance defined the company in 1954, and it defines the company to this day as it has expanded through acquisitions across the country.
From the shop floor to the front office, every employee knows and understands the no-excuses, customer-first mentality that is threaded throughout the company. In every customer interaction, we instill confidence and comfort. Today, the company has grown organically by expanding its product offerings and by entering new markets. It has done so by securing new customers and nurturing those historic relationships. Also, it has grown by acquisition.
Some of our capabilities include:
In-house engineering and fabrication of light-duty to heavy-duty overhead crane systems and custom below-the-hook lifting devices
Overhead crane service and emergency repairs—local service techs and fully-stocked service vehicles for 24/7 service needs
Full rigging shop, including chain sling, wire rope sling, and synthetic web sling fabrication, testing, and repair
Hoist block repair and hoist parts center—complete line of parts for all makes and models of hoists
Over 2 million feet of wire inventory—complete with reels of ropes in all sizes and configurations—from every major manufacturer—for any overhead crane, hoist, mobile crane, or specialty application
Full inventory of distributed products, including: rigging hardware, fall protection products, hoists, and more
OSHA-mandated rigging inspection, below-the-hook inspection, and fall protection inspection services
For more information about our products and services, or to schedule a consultation, call us or stop by to speak with a specialist:
Mazzella 4800 East Lake Boulevard Birmingham, AL 35217 Phone: 205-345-4701 Fax: 205-345-4736
4800 East Lake Boulevard Birmingham, AL 35217 Phone: 205-345-4701 Fax: 205-345-4736
Products & Services:
Slings & Assemblies
Hoists & Hoist Parts
Cordage & Assemblies
Training / Services
Crane Service & Repairs
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