About Us

About Tri-State Wire Rope

Mel and Dave with a large synthetic web sling

Mel and Dave with a large synthetic web sling

Mel Fireovid got his start in the rigging industry in the early 1970s as a sales rep for the Crosby Group, where he met his future wife, Pat. In 1981 he left Crosby to found Kentuckiana Wire Rope & Supply in Jeffersonville, Indiana. In those early years, Mel grew the business by making sales calls by day and fabricating slings by night. Bob Sample, a former Jeffboat employee, was a welcomed first employee. Within two years, Mel and Bob were joined by Mel’s partner Ed Elliot, also a Crosby Alumni. As new team members came on board, the business really took off.

By 1989 Mel saw an opportunity to enter the Cincinnati market and opened Tri-State Wire Rope, where his son John often worked after school. Dave Stafford and Tony Baker soon became the backbone of the company. TSWR continued to grow and in 2010 opened a location in Dayton to serve customers further north.

In 2016 Fulcrum Lifting™ was formed as a parent company for both KWR & TSWR. Same teams, fresh approach.

Today, as Fulcrum Lifting™, business is going strong, despite Ed’s death in 1997 and Mel’s in 2012. John Fireovid is now President, carrying on his father’s legacy of growing the business through hard work and strong customer relationships. Pat continues to work in the front office, and the close-knit staff includes several longtime employees.

Over the years, one thing hasn’t changed. With its team of expert employees, our organization continues to be known for exceptional attention to customers’ needs, and a commitment to doing whatever it takes to solve their biggest challenges – and meet their toughest deadlines.


Dave Stafford

General Manager

Dave’s work started in TSWR’s infancy in 1991 as a wire rope fabricator and general laborer. Since that time, Dave has carried out various functions for the company including web sling fabricator, delivery, sales and purchasing. Dave has evolved with the company over the years and is now the general manager of our Cincinnati operations.

Tony Baker

Customer Service

Tony’s tenure with TSWR began in 1994. Tony has held positions as wire rope fabricator, delivery driver, web sling fabricator and now is assisting customers with their rigging product questions and requirements. Tony is a first-rate customer service representative and is a Certified Rigging Gear Inspector with credentials from the International Training Institute.

Alex Brock

Operations & Quality Leader

Alex joined TSWR in 2014 and has quickly “learned the ropes.” Alex started with our company covering two important roles at TSWR, as a customer service representative and coordinator of rigging gear repairs.  With this background, and a knack for leadership & systems, he’s transitioned into Operations & Quality Leader for Fulcrum Lifting’s 3 locations.  He is developing / implementing an ISO 9001:2008 system for our organization. Alex has certificates from The Rigging Institute as Qualified Inspector and Competent Rigger.

Nick Taylor

Customer Service

Nick rejoined TSWR as an inside Customer Service Representative in early 2016.  Previously, Nick serviced the Cincinnati market with us as a Product Specialist.  This history of field applications has given Nick vast experiences with our products and the challenges many in the field face on a daily basis.

John Doppes

Site Manager – Dayton

John Doppes began his career in the rigging industry in 1989. He started as a wire rope fabricator in Cincinnati and transferred to Dayton in 1990, eventually assuming management of a local rigging shop. John joined TSWR in 2010 and has successfully led our expansion North into Dayton.

Alex Gondos

Product Specialist – Dayton Field

Alex joined the TSWR team in 2011 as a wire rope fabricator. He quickly learned a lot about the rigging industry and was promoted to field representative in 2013. Alex has developed into great rigging product consultant and has certificates from The Rigging Institute as Qualified Inspector and Competent Rigger.

Doug Pekel

Product Specialist- Cincinnati Field

Doug’s roots in the lifting and rigging industry stretch back to 1989. Doug has been an outbound worker providing rigging solutions to a variety of industries since then. He is an authorized Crosby Trainer and a National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Certified Rigger. Doug also serves as lead trainer for TSWR’s Rigging Awareness classes.

Dan Owsley

Sales Manager

Dan has been with the company since 1998. Dan has held a number of positions including delivery, wire rope fabricator and shop foreman, and has extensive field experience in providing rigging solutions. He is now the Sales Manager covering our three operation locations and five Field Rigging Product Specialists. Dan is a Crane Institute Certifcation (CIC) Certified Advanced Rigger and Signal Person, has attended the Crosby “Train the Trainer” program, Guardian’s Competent Fall Protection course and is actively involved in Leadership Southern Indiana.