Wirerope Works projects make national impact

Over the course of 130, Wirerope Works, Inc. has expanded from a local company to one that services high-profile projects across the nation and world.

Wirerope Works, Inc. began in Williamsport during the lumber era, the founder Henry Martin Morrison opened the original plant in 1886, said Lamar Richards, executive vice president.

Since then the company has grown to employing 315 people at Bethlehem Wire Rope, 100 Maynard St., and 25 workers at Paulsen Wire Rope, Sunbury, said Richards.

The company produces wire rope for mining, elevators, oil and marine products, construction and general purpose ropes, he said.

From New York City to Seattle, Wirerope Works products are used on bridges, elevators and buildings that large sums of people interact with on a regular basis, he said.

“Millions of people are affected by our products daily,” Richards said.

The suspender ropes of the Brooklyn Bridge, the ropes that hold up the ceiling at Madison Square Garden, the elevator ropes in the World Trade Center, the beams that hold up a white canopy to create an allusion of the Rocky Mountains at the Denver International Airport and the ropes for a floating bridge in Seattle were all made in Williamsport, he said.

The floating bridge will open in April and will be the longest floating bridge in the world, he said.

“People don’t know about this because we don’t publicize these high profile projects,” he said.

Richards said that he and his team inform their employees about how their work will benefit millions of people from across America.

“The employees respond well when they know about the job they are working on,” said Norm Szamocki, director of operations.

Two other claims to fame for Wirerope Works are from tightrope walkers Philippe Petit, who walked between the World Trade Center buildings, and Nik Wallenda, who walked across the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. Wallenda’s ropes were made in Williamsport while Petit’s was produced in Sunbury, said Richards.

Over 130 years, the company has made varieties of flexible and rigid wire rope for projects across the nation, they said. Now it is delving into creating stainless steel dam rope, said Szamocki.

This is a product that it has never produced, he said.

“We are using stainless steel because we don’t want to contaminate the water,” he said.

Those ropes will be used to lift dam gates in the West, said Szamocki.

For more information about Wirerope Works, visit wwwrope.com.