Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca and Andy Baker.
Rigging and Machinery Moving has a been a family occupation for the Baker family for 4 generations. Andy has been a rigger for most of his life, as well as his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Rebecca is also a Qualified Rigger. Rigging is a very common topic of conversation within our family. Whenever we are asked what we do we are proud to say “We are Riggers!” Most often we get two responses. Confusion – ‘I didn’t know oil riggers worked in AZ’ or Blank Stares – ‘I have no idea what rigging is’
Rigging is anything that is used to lift a load. We use equipment such as slings, wire rope, shackles, chain falls, and hooks. We also use Semi-trucks, trailers, forklifts, cranes and other large equipment.
In 2016 we (Rebecca and Andy) decided to start Baker Rigging and Machinery Moving. We wanted to create a company that would focus on providing great service by giving individual attention to each customer. Each customer is unique and we can tailor our services to exactly what they need. We started small with just the two of us. It took months to create the legal paperwork and set everything up. We found a great office and warehouse space near Sky Harbor airport. We have quickly grown and in less than a year we now have 11 employees and are looking to hire more.
This past year has been full of challenges and growth and we are excited about what next year will bring.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been definitely been a bumpy road. Creating an entire company involves a lot of challenges. We didn’t have anyone who could walk us through this process. There are many resources available to people that want to start a small business, but nothing that deals specifically with rigging. There are a lot of government requirements, but no comprehensive checklist because we are dealing with so many different government agencies at the city, county, state and federal level. We would apply for a permit from one agency and be asked if we had paperwork from a different agency. There were some trial and error and eventually it has all worked out.
We have risen to meet each challenge.
It is so important to hire the right people who share your vision. We were blessed to get some fantastic key employees hired quickly. Creating great customer service truly is a team effort.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Baker Rigging story. Tell us more about the business.
Whenever we are asked what we do we are proud to say “We are Riggers!” Most often we get two responses. Confusion – ‘I didn’t know oil riggers worked in AZ’ or Blank Stares – ‘I have no idea what rigging is’ Rigging is anything that is used to lift a load. We use equipment such as slings, wire rope, shackles, chain falls, and hooks. We also use Semi-trucks, trailers, forklifts, cranes and other large equipment.
Our primary business is machinery moving and rigging. It’s hard to make of list of everything we could possibly move. We can move medical equipment such as MRI machines, CT scanners, Cath labs and X-ray machines. We provide services for Utility companies including power plant outage support and rigging transformer components for onsite rebuilding. We install and remove switchgear, breakers, bushings, and other plant equipment. For the Food and Beverage Industry, we provide services for bottlers, washers, sterilizers, injections molds and blow molds. We install manufacturing equipment. We provide Assembly and Disassembly services in addition to Transportation and Warehouse Storage. Our Indoor Warehouse Storage has ground level and dock level access.
We are very proud to be a Woman-Owned Company. That is very unusual in the Rigging Industry. I personally do not know any other female riggers. It is a very male-dominated industry. We are currently in the process of becoming officially certified as a Woman-Owned Business through WBENC. (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) WBENC offers many resources to help us grow and serve our customers better.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Whenever I think of good luck and bad luck I am reminded of the story of the man who always replied “Good Luck, Bad Luck: Who can tell?”
Many times in my life and in business what I think is good luck turns out not to be so good and what I think is bad luck turns out to be a blessing in disguise. When we were searching for office and warehouse space we weren’t able to get the space we thought we wanted most. Turns out the space we eventually ended up in was better for us and our company. I truly believe that many of our greatest opportunities become available after some of our greatest disappointments.
- Address: 1250 E Hadley St Ste 4
Phoenix, AZ 85034
- Website: www.bakerrigging.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BakerRigging/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/baker-rigging-phoenix