The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) is an international trade association of more than 1,400 members from 46 nations.


Members are involved in specialized transportation, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting and crane and rigging operations, manufacturing and rental. 


The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association is committed to advocate, educate and provide networking opportunities to support the industry in operating safely, legally and profitably around the world. SC&RA helps members run more efficient and safer businesses by monitoring and affecting pending legislation and regulatory policies at the state and national levels; researching and reporting on safety concerns and best business practices; and providing four yearly forums where these and other relevant member issues can be advanced.

Governance & Strategic Plan

SC&RA is governed by a Board of Directors and four groups that report to the Board.  The groups are Allied Industries, Crane & Rigging, the Transportation and Ladies. Each Group has a Governing and Nominating Committee as well as other sub-committees as needed. Committees are comprised of elected members from their respective industry sector. Governing Committees are charged with identifying issues and recommending actions to benefit members of SC&RA as well as govern the actions of the committees within their respective Groups.  All Board and Committee members are volunteers from SC&RA member companies possessing invaluable knowledge of the industry, information on how regulatory decisions will impact member companies and the current issues facing our members.

Brief History

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (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 membership 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 there was the adoption of a new name: the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association. By 1995 the Association crossed the 800 member mark.
Today the Association serves 1300 member companies in 47 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.

2018 Annual Report

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Contact Us:

SC&RA Headquarters

5870 Trinity Parkway
Suite 200
Centreville, VA 20120
P: (703) 698-0291
F: (703) 698-0297

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