“Legacy” defined is ‘something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past.’ With that in mind, 2013 is an extremely exciting year for all of us, as it marks PSC Crane & Rigging’s 80th Year in Business! While PSC began with an idea that one individual (Earl F. Sever Sr.) had in the early 1930’s, we all recognize that he could not have created a legacy alone without the support and commitment from the many other individuals and team members he surrounded himself with. It is important for everyone at PSC to recognize that it was the generations before us that have afforded us the opportunity to carry this “Legacy” forward.
I would like to dig into each of the previous generations to reflect on their commitment, relentless drive and compassion to create, build and continue to carry forward this legacy.
Earl Sr. started the company in the midst of the Great Depression. In fact, in 1933 unemployment was at its highest at 25%! Yet he felt compelled to bring a group of people together (a company) to take on the challenges of tearing down and removing closed industrial sites and manufacturing plants throughout the Midwest. While growing up, I can remember our Grandfather, Earl Jr., talking about the fine men who traveled with his father throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Michigan. My brother Randy and I had the opportunity to meet some of these fine individuals when they would unexpectedly stop by our grandparent’s home. Listening to the conversations, you knew there was more than just a working relationship between them, there was a sincere almost kinship relationship. There was a sense of love for each other having accomplished the projects that others said could not be done during one of the most trying times for Americans.
When the economy began to turn brighter, our Grandfather, Earl Jr. was basically thrown into the fire in the 1940’s when his father told him to move to Piqua and begin working for him. Earl Jr. jumped right in, working in the field operating winch trucks and cranes which allowed him to gain the insight necessary to perform the extremely physical work of steel fabrication and rigging. It took an enormous laborious effort to obtain a quality finished product. Most of the rigging was achieved through the use of pullies, ropes, slings & winches. Earl Jr. stuck with it without looking back; he pushed for greater success, hiring several key employees that brought forth the skills needed to develop the company into a regional fabrication company alongside the rigging and crane rental services business. Today, at 92 years old, many of those employees have passed on. As he shares stories about them, it is humbling to see tears well up in his eyes over the many great employees he was able to work with that committed their careers and talents to PSC.
In the late 60’s, Earl Sever III (Lynn) joined the company. Although he had worked summers for the company, it wasn’t till he returned from Miami University that he worked full-time. He brought stability and a true sense of compassion at a time when the company needed it most. The late 80’s marked another turbulent time for the economy and Lynn was faced with making a very difficult decision – whether to close the entire business or focus solely on the rigging and crane rental business. I can remember hearing my parents discuss and debate the direction to choose. Lynn has told me that what got him through this was a lot of praying, a key community business leader, a stern financial advisor and his wife Nancy – our mother. He also recognized the sacrifices and commitments the previous generations of employees had made. He was smart enough to know his weaknesses so he surrounded himself with those that he knew could truly make him and PSC stronger. He knew that carrying forward and instilling the values of Serving All Responsibly with Honesty, Trust, Dignity & Respect was more important than his own success or failure. He, along with the other’s assistance, made the decision to carry on with the rigging and crane rental business and in doing so, this proved to be an excellent decision.
Dealing with the challenges Earl Sr. faced as he embarked on creating this fine organization, I doubt he realized he was creating a “Legacy” to share with future generations. While the challenges have changed immensely over the past 80 years, there is one constant theme – each of the previous generations surrounded themselves with individuals with their own expertise and knowledge base. There is no greater value than the minds of these fine individuals and what they were able to accomplish over their careers at PSC. We want to take this time to thank all of them as well as all of our current team members, for without them the “Legacy” of PSC could not be passed on.
Here’s to a prosperous 2013 and 80 more years! James R. SeverPresident / CEO
PSC was recently contracted to haul a 130,000# 75’ long vessel in West Virginia. The vessel was shipped in from Texas and was not able to travel the final 10 miles to its destination because of the winding roads and hills that were involved.
PSC Crane and Rigging used a 12-line PST/SL-E Goldhofer because of the challenge of the route. The haul took (2) days and was delivered with no issues.
The job was a great success, with all parties involved very pleased with the performance of PSC. PSC wishes to personally thank everyone that was involved in the project. All of your safety, hard work, and efforts were very much appreciated and noticed by all!
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OSHA compiles an annual list of violations and offers it to the public to emphasize attention needed by companies to avoid risk and fines.
With 2011 statistics available the following list categorizes the most frequent standards violated.
Information above reprinted from Occupational Safety & Health Administration site.
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A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the United Way campaign!
Through your generosity we raised $2,981.52 which will greatly benefit the United Way agencies. PSC also pledged a corporate gift of $1,000 bringing our total gift to the United Way to $3981.52. With 30 employees contributing, we far exceeded our goal of $2,000.
A special thanks to Jake Williams who donated $1,040 to the campaign. Jake will be recognized by the United Way as a Leadership giver. Thank you Jake!
Congratulations to Phil Lang who was the winner of the $100 Kroger gift card.
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