ITI Acquires Houston Crane & Rigging Training Leader AICB in Share Merger Deal [Press Release]
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Photo: Student try to solve the challenge of the Bull Rigging Structure during a recent Master Rigger at the Houston Training Center. Another Master Rigger Course is scheduled to start Dec. 12, and will be the last training center course of 2016. 


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ITI Acquires Houston Crane & Rigging Training Leader AICB in Share Merger Deal 

Pearland, Texas, December 8, 2016  

Industrial Training International ( has acquired American International Crane Bureau ( through a share merger in which AICB-ITI-Logo.pngAICB's founders, the Jordan family, will become a shareholder in the joint-company. 

The combination brings together proven innovators with a common set of values leading to a mission that places a premium on life-long learning, servanthood, and stewardship.  Additionally, both companies thought-leadership in the crane and rigging industry is robust with founders Mike Parnell of ITI and Don Jordan of AICB joining forces.

“We have tremendous respect for Don, Amanda, and the whole AICB team and the company’s commitment to doing things the right way,” said Mike Parnell, Co-Founder and Technical Director of ITI. “When we first started to explore the possibilities that eventually led to this merger, we emphasized the value creation opportunity for our customers, and in reality, the industry as a whole. I can honestly say that ITI is in a better position to serve the crane, rigging, and load handling industry now, then we have been at any other point in the company’s 30 years.”

AICB was founded in 2008 by Don Jordan, long-time crane industry veteran and subject-matter expert.  Mr. Jordan began his career in the crane and rigging industry in 1973 as an Operating Engineer working in petrochemical environments. He is the former chairman of the Houston Business Roundtable Crane and Rigging Committee and continues to serve the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators ( as a Commissioner and Chairman of the Rigging Program Management Committee. Mr. Jordan, with daughter Amanda Jordan, VP of Operations, has built an outstanding reputation and team conducting the bulk of their work at the AICB training center in Pearland, Texas. Ms. Jordan has contributed significantly to AICB's growth over the past five years operating the business and delivering courses as well.  She will serve as ITI's Regional Director in Houston as the organization aims to bring the Gulf Coast region many new offerings including 15+ courses at ITI's training center at the Houston Area Safety Council in Pasadena, virtual reality (VR) simulators, and online course libraries including ITI's ASME-Approved for CEUs, Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering Program.



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Devon is one of two original ITI Instructors along with co-founder, Mike Parnell. At the end of 2016, after more than 30 years at ITI, teaching an estimated 15,000+ students, Devon is calling it a career! 

A Vietnam Veteran, Devon's career in the crane, rigging, and heavy equipment industry following his service spanned more than 40 years. Before his time as an ITI Instructor, Devon was a heavy equipment operator and instructor with the Department of Energy (DOE), as well as a member of the Revision Committee for the DOE's Hoisting & Rigging Manual.

Devon has impacted thousands of lives in his career and while we are certainly sad to see him go, but if anyone deserves some rest and relaxation, its him!

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