In 1973, Warner Bailey, a former Texas undertaker, was walking through a sawmill when he noticed that lumber moving through the mill's sorting system was being scarred and dented by the process. "There ought to be a better way," he mused. From his days as an undertaker, Warner recalled how caskets were lowered into graves by a series of web slings. "What could be gentler than that?" he asked himself.
The result was HEM-SORT Slings, a small Texas company; Warner Bailey founded to provide a lumber sorting sling that would handle the abuse of rough-sawn lumber. Blake Bailey, Warner's son, has operated the company since 2005.
Warner Bailey's patented D-ring reduces abrasion when the slings are pulled across rough surfaces using a sling sorter. The D-ring makes HEM-SORT Slings last longer than the competition. A tighter weaving design, coupled with a coating and curing procedure, provides maximum resistance to the abrasions from green or dry lumber.
HEM-SORT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Greenhead Industries, Inc. with manufacturing facilities located in Wells, Texas. We take pride in providing the most comprehensive solutions for all your synthetic webbing for lifting slings.
After becoming the first company in Texas to produce woven polyester strapping, heavy-duty woven cargo restraints and lumber sorting slings, Greenhead Industries installed heavy-duty weaving looms, dying and heat-setting equipment at its own facilities. By providing much heavier and longer-lasting products, HEM-Sort became recognized as an industry-leader of polyester sling webbing through their state-of-the-art facilities.
As the largest manufacturer of webbed lowering-in belts used in the pipeline business, HEM-SORT furnished 80% of all belts used in the construction of the Alaskan Pipeline.