SC&RA was formed in 1947 as laws and regulations specifically affecting the transport of specialized loads started to change.
SC&RA began as a segment of the Local Cartage National Conference (LCNC) of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) in order to accommodate the segment of the transportation industry affected by these developments.
In December 1948, the Heavy Haulers, Machinery Movers and Erectors Section of LCNC was born.The new Heavy-Specialized Conference of the ATA held its first official meeting on December 6, at the Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C., with 75 people in attendance.
The conference continued to grow, attaining a membership total of 200 member companies by 1966, and 300 member companies by 1968, bringing together crane and rigging companies as well as transportation companies. In 1981, a new name was adopted: the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association.
By 1995, the Association crossed the 800-member mark. Today, the Association serves 1,400+ member companies in 46 nations involved in specialized transportation, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting, crane and rigging operations, manufacturing and crane. SC&RA is dedicated to providing education, events, webinars, safety manuals, reference tools and advocacy on behalf of the industry.