Masthead Rigging & Crating

George Hernandez
General Manager
Office: 602-276-5373
Fax: 602-276-8116
6270 S. Ash Avenue, Suite B
Tempe, AZ 85283


Masthead International, a PCG company, has over 30 years experience serving the domestic and international rigging, packaging and crating needs of the semiconductor and high technology industries. We pride ourselves on providing unmatched service in safety, schedule, cost and quality.

From our 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art crating and packaging facility located in Phoenix, Arizona, we fabricate crating and ship world-class products both domestically and internationally. This state-of-the-art facility is capable of building 1 million cubic feet of custom crates per year that meet sophisticated packaging requirements. Our craftsmen have years of rigging and crating experience which helps us minimize the risks for damage to tools and equipment during transit and their handling at the final destination.

Over the course of more than three decades, we have successfully installed more than 30,000 process tools in semiconductor facilities worldwide — a record unsurpassed by our competitors.

Masthead International is the only company that offers the combined services of specialty rigging and crating under one roof. This gives us the unique advantage and flexibility to tailor each product and service to our customer’s very precise needs and positively impact quality control, schedule maintenance, safety and cost savings. This makes us your best one-stop integrated solution and fulfillment partner.

Quite simply, when it comes to fulfilling your specialty rigging and crating needs, Masthead is the world’s #1 solution provider.

Satellite Office:

Rio Rancho:

700 Quantum Road, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Office: 505-890-7103   Fax: 505-890-7104


Packaging & Crating

Specialized Solutions for Any Packaging Requirements


Masthead’s experience in all types of crating and packaging services stems from over two decades of handling and moving heavy equipment for all types of industries, including 30+ years of installing process tools for owners of semiconductor facilities. Because of our crating experience in these specialized technologies, we have sustained long-standing relationships with most of our customers.

We have the latest equipment to build custom crates to meet sophisticated packaging requirements. Our laborers are reliable craftsmen with years of successful experience in crating and packaging almost any kind of tool, equipment or machinery in preparation for precision moves and riggings at various locations. This experience helps us minimize the risks for damage to tools and equipment during transit and their handling at the final destination.

Custom Crating Services

  • Custom-fabricated crating and packaging for all types of objects requiring special handling and movement
  • Crating services for fab and facility decommissionings
  • Custom crating and packaging for semiconductor process tools
  • Facility surveys and pre-measurement services for the manufacture of custom crates and packages
  • Specially-engineered containers to ensure safe shipment of product
  • Complete labeling services including shock watches, tip-and-tells, humidity level indicators
  • Cradles and skids
  • Preparation of a comprehensive range of engineered crating specifications for domestic and international shipments
  • “No Bug” fabrication compliance for overseas shipments
  • On-site foam-in-place injection
  • Moisture control
  • Vapor bagging and vacuum sealing
  • Protection packaging and cushioning supplies
  • Shipping and coordination services
  • Export Crates & Military Crating; ISPM15 Crates
  • Trade Show Crates & Reusable Crates
  • Floating Base Crate & Cushion Deck Crates
  • Industrial Shrink Wrap & Shrink Film Services
  • Crate Stamps, Labels & Export Documents

Rigging Services

Your one-stop integrated solution partner

Masthead will move anything and everything that requires specialized moving equipment and/or handling. We have moved a wide variety of heavy objects – from huge air conditioners onto the roofs of buildings to very heavy statues and other objects d’art into private homes. As a full-service rigging contractor, we pride ourselves on working safely and effectively to meet customers’ specialized needs.


Semiconductor & Cleanroom

In the semiconductor market and related microelectronics industries, Masthead installs process tools and their supporting pedestals in controlled environments. We have installed over 30,000 process tools, a record unsurpassed by few rigging contractors in the semiconductor facility market. From small microscopes to very large machines, we are especially proficient in handling the transport of equipment that needs delicate balancing and handling, and integrating them into both new and pre-existing assembly lines where the demand for precision is staggeringly unforgiving.


Pharmaceutical Equipment

Masthead takes the same Target Zero approach to rigging, moving, and handling the most sensitive equipment ranging from autoclaves to ovens.



Masthead specializes in the installation of automotive assembly line equipment for one of the industry’s most innovate manufacturers in Reno, Nevada. Our scope ranges from heavy rigging to installing automation equipment.


Mission Critical

From high powered generators and UPS equipment to chillers and air handling systems, Masthead provides skilled move-in and rigging services for setting all Mission Critical power gear.  We plan and execute high volumes of equipment moves catered around the most aggressive Mission Critical schedules.


Miscellaneous Steel

Masthead offers custom steel erection to support equipment installation and setting.  Our certified welders and ironworkers can build a foundation for your most specialized equipment needs.


In-Town Machinery Moving

Taking the principles from our most sensitive rigging projects, we also offer quick turn rigging services for all your equipment moving needs.  Our machinery moving expertise ranges from industrial, to food and manufacturing customers.

Specialized Rigging Services

  • Rigging services for complete fabrication and facility decommissioning
  • Installation as well as dismantling of process tools
  • Supply and fabrication of specialty and custom rigging equipment
  • Pedestal supply and fabrication for tool support requirements
  • Cost management and value engineering to identify cost-saving opportunities and ergonomic solutions for the Owner
  • Quality control to ensure the highest levels of protocol are maintained for all moves
  • Move-in coordination services
  • Turnkey Relocation Services
  • Factory / Cleanroom Relocation
  • Heavy Lift & Rigging Services
  • Specialized Transport
  • Oversized Loads
  • Millwrights
  • Heavy Equipment & Crane Rigging
  • Industrial Moving
  • Sensitive Equipment & Cleanroom Certification
  • Laser Alignment
  • Vibration, Moisture & Contaminant Sensitive Packing & Moving
  • Forklift Rigging Services
  • Seismic Anchoring & Clips

Site Services

Proven Logistical Leader

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Given the nature of our main rigging and equipment moving services, Masthead also offers services pertaining to site services and logistics.  We can manage OFCI equipment inventory, loading dock logistics, as well as QA.

Our extensive rigging and crating knowledge and expertise allows us the capability to take on any job, no matter how large, small or complex. We work closely with each of our customers to create a solution that fit the specific rigging and crating needs. Pre-task planning ensures smooth execution on time, every time.

  • Semiconductor
  • High-Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Manufacturing
  • Heavy Lift
  • Aerospace
  • Machining
  • Construction
  • Printing
  • Precision and Delicate Rigging (Museums, Artwork, etc.)
  • Domestic and International Crating

On Masthead's Culture

There are three words that I would use to describe Masthead’s culture: Safety, Service, and Quality. These words describe our field, management, and office. We are one large cohesive team, and the success we have achieved lends itself to having this culture instilled in each person, no matter the duty or responsibility. 

Brandon Esparza , Project Manager II



Industry Leader in Safety

Masthead’s culture of safety makes the difference. A safe work environment is the foundation that we were built upon. Our award-winning “Target Zero Incidents” safety program is absolutely integral to every project. This program provides training and keeps workers fully dedicated and accountable to the safety and integrity of your project and property. This is reflected by an EMR safety rating that far exceeds national standards.