Skookum joins forces with Anker Schroeder Dortmund (ASDO) to provide Heavy Lifting Shackles to the North American Market.

Anker Schroeder Dortmund (ASDO) and Skookum, two companies with long histories of manufacturing rigging products, have joined forces to bring ASDO’s line of Heavy Lifting shackles to the North American market – U.S. & Canada. With sizes ranging from WLL 85T to 1500T, ASDO is one of the world’s leading producers of large diameter shackles and is the only manufacturer to have DNV Type Approval for 85T to 1500T forged shackles. 


Based in Dortmund, Germany, ASDO has been forging for over 100 years and producing large shackles for over 60 years. With this long pedigree ASDO has developed a very flexible & efficient production system; steel is produced locally by trusted suppliers and brought directly from the mill via railcar to ASDO’s facility. From the railcar area, overhead cranes move the raw material through the factory with the greatest efficiency as the shackle blanks are upset forged and formed with zero waste. With in-house testing facilities all shackles can be supplied with MPI & UT testing as standard. All shackles are proof load tested, exceeding DNV requirements and have a 5:1 breaking load capacity to WLL in compliance with the design and testing requirements of ASME B30.26-1 and Federal Specification RR-C-271. All shackles are stamped with a unique ID-number. With its flexible forging system ASDO can produce special and bespoke shackles from just a few to many. 


For decades, ASDO has produced shackles with a variety of pin colors for major international brands. Anker Schroeder is now selling its own range of DNV Type approved (85T to 1500T) Heavy Lifting shackles to the world under its own brand – “ASDO” with signature orange pin and blue nut. 


For over 50 years, Skookum has produced rigging products from its facility in Hubbard, Oregon. With deep roots in forestry, Skookum has long produced the highest quality blocks, alloy shackles, and link products using forgings produced by its on-site sister company, Ulven Forging. Skookum is now expanding its product lines by developing new products in-house and forming strategic partnerships with companies around the world to bring high quality products to the North American market. 


Daniel Schroeder, ASDO’s 4th generation owner and MD, says “The partnership with Skookum will help us achieve our goal of penetration into the North American marketplace. Our two companies fit very well together as we both have long histories of making high quality products and we both can achieve strategic goals through this partnership. We are excited about what we plan to do together.” 


According to Skookum owner, Dan Ulven, “We’ve always seen ASDO as the world leader in producing these large shackles. After seeing their unique factory setup and meeting with their experienced & expert staff, it’s easy to see why they are the best in the world at what they do. As ASDO is now coming from the shadows of being a producer of shackles for widely recognized international brands, we are excited to play a role in bringing their products to the forefront as their own brand. Skookum is going through some of its own transformation right now and this partnership with ASDO will contribute to our goal of creating a needed resource for the rigging industry in North America.”


ASDO shackles will be sold by Skookum and stocked in its New Orleans, Louisiana warehouse facility. For pricing and stock availability, please contact Mary Beymer or Rick Russ at Skookum – 503-982-9779. 

Skookum Teams Up with Global Rope Fittings for North American Distribution

August 1, 2023 – Skookum, Inc., an Ulven Company based in Hubbard, Oregon, and Global Rope Fittings GMBH, based in Bad Bentheim, Germany, are excited to announce that Skookum will be the exclusive North American distributor for Global Rope Fittings line of standard and specialty socket products. 


Prior to Global Rope Fittings being established in 2010, the founding leadership was instrumental in designing socket products for other known European designs. Drawing from that experience, current Global Rope Fittings designs for socket products are innovative and have improved features over existing products offered around the world. All these products have been proven in the field and meet all recognized quality standards. 


With a history going back to 1890, Skookum’s roots are tied to the logging industry in the Northwest. Over the last 130 years, they have extended their reach into other vital markets including maritime, construction, energy, utility, etc. In 1986, Skookum became part of the Ulven family of companies. The addition of Global Rope Fittings to Skookum’s existing product lines of blocks, shackles, links, and forestry fittings expands Skookum’s offering of high-quality products for our industries served.  


The Global Rope Fittings products will be stocked and distributed from Skookum’s new distribution facility in New Orleans. For price and availability, please contact Skookum sales team at 800-547-8211. 


GRF Products Available Through Skookum:

Open Wedge Sockets with Integrated Tail Clamp

Open Wedge Sockets

Open Spelter Sockets

Closed Spelter Sockets

Solid Wire Rope Thimble

Fast Connector Sockets


Ulven 50 Year Anniversary Feature in Woodburn Independent Article

February 19, 2021

The Ulven Companies, celebrating 50 years in business this year, were recently featured in an article by Pamplin Media in the Woodburn Independent.

“From its modest beginning in 1971, Hubbard-based Ulven Companies diversified, expanded its customer base and product range, and today employs 108 between its 5 distinct outfits: Skookum, Ulven Forging, Wolf Steel Foundry, Ulven Aerospace, and Houston Structures.” – Justin Much, Pamplin Media

You can read the full feature here: Ulven Celebrates 50 Years News Article.

The Ulven Companies was founded in 1971, starting with Ulven Forging, Inc. Today, The Ulven Companies are comprised of five globally recognized ISO9001:2015 and AS9100D companies whose capabilities include: engineered solutions, forging, casting, precision machining, and a branded product line. For nearly 50 years, The Ulven Companies have established a well-earned reputation for technical excellence, reliability, and a strong customer orientation.

SOWA product designs are acquired by Skookum

Oct 01, 2013

Skookum has acquired the brand name and all intellectual property for the SOWA line of oil field blocks, hooks, and shackles.

SOWA was founded as a general blacksmith shop in Woodburn, Oregon in 1898, and became a leader in oil field products in the 1980’s. The SOWA name is synonymous with quality and service, and this tradition will continue under Skookum’s ownership. With the addition of industry proven SOWA products, coupled with Skookum’s own state of the art engineering and manufacturing, Skookum will bring a world class line of oil field products to market.

Mike Ulven, COO of The Ulven Companies, said “This acquisition was a natural fit. With roots in the Pacific Northwest, and a strong and lasting presence, we are now able to offer our oil and gas clients a more complete product selection from a long established product line.” Skookum expects that the SOWA line will help to expand their market presence and improve their service to the industries they are already involved with.

Established in 1890 as a family business, Skookum was purchased by the Ulven family in 1986. Skookum offers a comprehensive line of rigging products that include blocks, fairleads and sheaves that have met the challenges of the most demanding applications around the world. We’ve proudly taken part in the shaping of American industry from salvage operations at Pearl Harbor and construction of the Grand Coulee dam to San Francisco’s BART system.
Skookum serves the logging, maritime, mining, commercial fishing, petroleum, military, and offshore industries. One of our strengths is customer specials and speedy delivery, making Skookum a must have supplier to its distributors.

Skookum is one of The Ulven Companies and is based in Hubbard, Oregon. The Ulven Companies is comprised of four American companies owned and operated by the Ulven family. While each company is independent, they all work together to serve common industries and common customers. The Ulven Companies provide a single source for forgings, castings, machining, and rigging products. Ulven has been servicing the logging, marine, industrial, recreational, construction, aerospace, transportation, defense, and petroleum markets with quality products for over 40 years.

Skookum to Create New RapidShip Program

Apr 29, 2013

Skookum is proud to announce the launch of their R-series RapidShip in stock program. Having started in mid-February, the company now offers their “R”-series Utili-Sheave Blocks from fully stocked inventory on a same-day shipment basis. Skookum is now one of the few companies in the United States to offer this type of accelerated product delivery program. Skookum recognized the needs of their customers to reduce the lead-times on these items, which can add time and expense to their jobs and decrease their bottom line.

The “R”-Series has both a wide throat and a Utili-Sheave. The wide throat makes it much easier to pull a variety of line, connecting links or oversized applications, making them the “blocks of choice” for operators of heavy-duty work. They can work loads from 5-9 tons and are made of high-strength, manganese steel. They are built to be lightweight while still maintaining a big reserve of strength and incredible ruggedness.

Celena Moses, Government and Rigging Sales Manager at Skookum, said “This new service will allow our customers to shave valuable time off their projects without compromising on quality. They will have their product in-hand immediately.”

Founded in 1890 as a family business, Skookum was purchased by the Ulven family in 1986. Located in Hubbard, Oregon, the company’s comprehensive block, fairlead, sheave, hook, and alloy forging lines have met the challenges of the most demanding applications around the world. Skookum has proudly taken part in the shaping of American industry with current markets in construction, defense, mining, utility, maritime, oil and gas energy, and offshore. Skookum is a part of The Ulven Companies, which now comprises a group of four privately held American companies.