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OTH Pioneer Rigging firm hits the 600 mark with its LudwigHooks across industries.
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Piedmont Structural Co. uses 10 LudwigHooks to release panelized joists with the company’s custom lifting frame.

OTH Pioneer Rigging said it has “reached a milestone of 600 remote controlled LudwigHooks at work just two years after introducing the hooks to North America.”

Each hook weighs only six pounds, the company said, and was built to withstand harsh outdoor environments without needing to be charged at the end of each work day.

The hooks have been implemented by 130 users in 40 states, the firm said, across a variety of industries including steel erection, wood construction, metal building system installation, ports and terminals, and overhead manufacturing. 

“On average, crews that have implemented LudwigHooks are eliminating 150 hours each year simply by cutting the time it takes to release the load. Based on customer feedback, this translates to $1,900 per week and users typically see a return on the investment in 10 weeks,” said Oliver Gleize, president of OTH Pioneer Rigging.

The LudwigHooks were designed by a logger in Germany and were known for being compact, durable and versatile, said the firm.

“When I decided to bring the lifting solution to North America in 2021, my business partner and I went on a 10,000-mile tour across the country with a truck and trailer to demonstrate the benefits of using a quick release hook,” said Gleize.

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This worker in California sets up for a lumber lift.

“We had the opportunity to meet business owners and field personnel that were looking for a new and efficient way of doing everyday tasks and the response we got was incredible,” said Gleize.

The hooks work in more than 30 different lifting applications. Available in two models, one individual LudwigHook has a working load limit of 4,400 pounds, and one XL hook is rated for 11,600 pounds.

They can be used in a choker configuration with wire ropes or nylon slings, any kind of basket hitch, and with spreader bars or lifting frames.

“As two entrepreneurs, we are proud to have our hooks being used on jobsites across North America,” said Gleize. “We started from nothing just two years ago, but now our goal is to have 10,000 hooks in use by 2030.” 

OTH Pioneer Rigging, serving North America and headquartered in Montreal, offers quick release hooks for ironworkers, carpenters, riggers and other site personnel.

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