About CIS and the Electrode Handling Division

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In 1970, Hank and Mary Schiller formed and incorporated Contractors and Industrial Supply Co., Inc. (CIS). Thanks to Hank’s extensive knowledge of wire rope and rigging, and Hank and Mary’s sheer determination and entrepreneurial spirit, CIS flourished.

More than 40 years later, it’s true that a lot has changed in the industry. But for us, some important things are the same. The three pillars of Hank and Mary’s philosophy of business remain at our core: unparalleled service, expertise and fair pricing.

Carrying on their entrepreneurial approach, Hank and Mary’s son, Tom, started the electrode handling division of CIS more than 20 years ago. With years of experience supporting our customers with specially designed lifting devices for applications in both heavy industry and construction, and with detailed knowledge of OSHA and ANSI requirements, Tom determined to take on the task of learning as much as possible about electric arc furnaces. He educated himself about electrodes and how steel mills use them.

Due to his expert understanding of electrode handling and detailed knowledge of the various aspects and idiosyncrasies of electric arc furnaces, Tom and his team of engineers, core fabricators and machine shops have designed many of the items you see on this site. With the support of many electrode manufacturers and direct feedback from key people at different mills throughout the U.S. and abroad, CIS continues to lead the way in developing the highest quality, safest and most cost effective solutions for the industry today.

The more we heard from our customers, the clearer it was that taking people further out of harm’s wCIS Building Xay on the electrode handling floor was a top priority for everyone. Tom faced this challenge head-on, and in 2015, we revealed the No-Touch® electrode handling system. It’s already changing the steel industry. The electrodes are added on the floor, torqued and raised in a seamless, touchless process. Hands and arms are out of harm’s way, and the electrode handling floors are running smooth operations. Tom and a team of engineers designed the system from the ground up for one, simple reason: our customers asked them to.

As we continue to listen, we know that there will be new challenges in the years ahead. At CIS, we’re ready to overcome those challenges. We have the knowledge and the expertise to get the job done by continuing to invent new applications and streamline processes in order to make our customers safer and their businesses even more profitable.  Thanks for visiting our website, and we hope to be of service. How can we help you?

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Our Team

Tom Schiller Tom Schiller
President of CIS

In 1970, Hank and Mary Schiller formed and incorporated Contractors and Industrial Supply Co., Inc. (CIS). Thanks to Hank’s extensive knowledge of wire rope and rigging, and Hank and Mary’s sheer determination and entrepreneurial spirit, CIS flourished. The three pillars of Hank and Mary’s philosophy of business remain at our core: unparalleled service, expertise and fair pricing.

Carrying on their entrepreneurial approach, their son, Tom continues to look for ways to bring new products and services to market. With years of experience supporting customers with specially designed lifting devices for applications in both heavy industry and construction, and with detailed knowledge of OSHA and ANSI requirements, Tom took on the task of learning as much as possible about the inland marine industry.

Continuing the success of CIS in 2016 Tom saw an opportunity to raise safety and efficiency to new heights in barge lid lifting, and in 2017 started the SightAndSound rigging division.

Brian Richie
National Sales Manager
CIS-Electrode Handling Division

Brian joined the Electrode Handling team of CIS in 2011.  As National Sales Manager, he is responsible for managing the sales representatives team of the CIS Electrode Handling Division, along with overseeing inside sales, and marketing.  During his time at CIS, Brian has been a member of the AIST since 2011, received a Certificate of Achievement of Success Dynamics Course – Larry Halt International in 2011; and was Presenter of Electrode Handling 101-Improve Safety and Reduce Cost at AISTech 2014 in Indianapolis, IN.

Rickey Spurlock
Service Technician
CIS-Electrode Handling Division

Rick joined the Electrode Handling team at CIS in February, 2014. He is a Journeyman Electrician with 27 years experience in manufacturing,  field service, and general electrical work. Since joining CIS he has filled the roles of field service, assisted customers with equipment installation and training, and worked on new product development for CIS.