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. In 2019, Fulcrum Lifting™ acquired the assets of The Vernon Corporation in Boonville, IN. The facilities operate as Fulcrum Lifting™ branches doing business as Kentuckiana Wire Rope and Supply (KWR), Tri-State Wire Rope Supply (TSWR), and Vernon Lifting Products (VLP). Same teams, fresh approach.

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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, this 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.

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