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7/21/2011 - SIA Members Approve Name Change

Contact: Laurie Weber, Executive Director
Scaffold Industry Association 595.4860

SIA Members Approve Name Change

July 19, 2011, Minneapolis − The Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) members approved a name change for their association. Effective Oct. 1, 2011, the association will be called the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA). 

“It may take some time for the new name to become second nature, and the acronym SAIA may not roll off the tongue quite as easily as SIA, but give it time. It took many years for the original name to be recognized countrywide and around the globe,” said Steve Smith, SIA president.

Discussion about the name change took place during the SIA Executive Board meetings in June and the final decision was made at the SIA’s general membership meeting yesterday (July 18). The move passed by an overwhelming majority of SIA Convention and Exposition attendees.

The name change exemplifies the association’s brand as the voice of the scaffold and access industry.

For more information you may contact SIA headquarters at (816) 595.4860 or by e-mail at

About the SIA
The Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) is a non-profit trade 501(c)(6) association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the scaffold and access industry. The SIA represents all facets of the scaffold & access industry through various councils that include, aerial work platform, construction hoist, fall protection equipment, international, industrial, mast climbing, plank and platform, supported scaffold and suspended scaffold. Through its various programs, the SIA promotes safety, training and a highly professional, responsible image of the scaffold and access professional. The SIA delivers hundreds of safety training programs a year at various locations throughout the world. These programs cover all aspects of scaffold and access safety and equipment use. The SIA is also the secretariat for the American National Standard, SIA ASC A92 standards. For more information, call (816) 595.4860 or visit them at

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