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Rasmussen Equipment Company
Rasmussen Wire Rope & Rigging

Rasmussen Equipment / Wire Rope & Rigging Company in Seattle WA supplies major infrastructure construction contractors, large and small marine construction companies, barge and tugboat operators, timber and logging industry, fishing companies and general contractors of all kinds, an extensive line of industrial grade, marine construction products for rent and for purchase.

Based in Seattle, WA with a full line branch in Belle Chasse, LA and equipment distribution locations on both coasts, we carry the largest fleet of marines grade new and used winches in the United States. Our winch inventory includes Diesel Mechanical, Hydraulic, Electric, Air, and Manual powered winches with 1, 2, 3, and 4 drum configurations to meet all your marine or land construction needs. We have one of the largest fleets of sectional barges in the industry, including hundreds of 40’ and 20’ Sectional Barges, Rakes, and Ramps of both the Poseidon and Flexifloat brands. We stock all the supporting equipment to complete a full mooring solution including fairleads, deckleads, spuds, spudwells/pockets, sheaves, fenders, buoys, anchors, anchor chain, wire rope, and other assorted hardware. Lastly, we carry an extensive inventory of wire rope, rigging hardware, chain, synthetic and manila rope, web slings, and synthetic slings.

The first Rasmussen company was founded in 1936 by Charles Rasmussen Sr. After working as a salesman for Seattle Hardware, via horse and buggy, he started building and operating salmon fish traps, which used miles of wire rope. This evolved into the wire rope and rigging company, "Charles H. Rasmussen Company". His son Charles Jr., "Charlie", expanded the wire rope and rigging business into the logging/timber industry along with the local general and marine construction industries, and pioneered new business relationships in Alaska.

Rich Rasmussen took over the company in the early 1970’s and expanded into logging and marine equipment, Skagit deck winches and hoists of all types. Under his leadership, the company also opened a facility in Belle Chasse, LA in 1981 to better serve marine contractors in the Gulf Coast with its equipment. Fourth generation siblings, Rick Rasmussen, and Cherise McAuley began working with the business in the early 1990’s and were instrumental in transforming the winch division into a national offering and expanding into sectional barges.

R.C. Rasmussen Corp. was acquired by a private equity firm in 2017. In preparation for Rick and Cherise retirement from the business new senior leaders were hired and have continued to invest in the fleet, facilities, and technology to better serve our customers. In 2022 the company was acquired again by a new private equity firm CenterGate Capital that has continued to invest and grow the business.