About Sipe

The Owner is a Proud Veteran!

Southern International Professional Engineering (SIPE) is dedicated to the design, manufacturing, service and support for standard below-the-hook lifters, custom lift devices & material handling equipment. We were founded and are currently managed by a licensed, professional engineer with over 40 years experience. This engineering focus forms the core of our business. An equally experienced sales, service and manufacturing team rounds out our lineup to ensure that our customer’s specifications and requirements are successfully translated into safe, functional, quality products. We proudly comply with the Presidential Executive Order and Federal Trade Commission requirements for the “Produced in the United States” designation.

Southern International Professional Engineering is owned by Frederick Sills, 38 year veteran serving from Vietnam to the 2nd Gulf War. He has accomplished 4 Master’s degrees and 4 Bachelor’s degrees in different fields as well has published many papers for technology and engineering.

Producing superior lifting devices and designs by experienced American Craftsmen and Professional Engineers, supported by a responsive, friendly and accessible customer service team is who we are. Our product potential and capabilities in the Lifting, Crane and Rigging Industry is extensive.

SIPE also offers a full range of lifting related engineering support services which include Civil/Mechanical/Structural Analysis & Designs with Florida/Georgia P.E. Seal, Site Surveys and Professional Engineering Reports, site services, P.E. guidance and expert witness for legal litigation.

Southern International Professional Engineering sells products through a knowledgeable and dedicated network of Distributors. We are keenly aware that our Distributor Partners have long standing relationships with their customers and are committed to serving them. We also share this passion and do everything possible to protect and enhance our Distributors reputations. SIPE manufactures some of the best equipment in the industry, however, the benefits of a quality product can be diminished by the inability to deliver them in a timely manner.

Getting a safe, reliable, quality lifting tool in your customer’s hands quickly is our mission.

This process begins by providing fast quotes and ends in delivering products expeditiously as promised. We understand that response time wins orders and delivery time wins customers!


Esther Sills

Chief Financial Officer

A native Floridian born and raised in West Palm Beach.

She graduated from Palm Beach Junior College with an AS Degree and then transferred to David Lipscomb College in Nashville Tennessee where she obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Home Economics Education.

She spent many years in the education system before she began working for the State of Florida as a Family Service Counselor in Adoption and Foster Care with the Department of Children and Families and later with Mental Health Resource Center after privatization.

Her years of experience and happy demeanor has made her perfect for working with our customers’ Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable departments. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to set up an account.

James "Jim" Meadows

Chief Operations Officer/Director of Sales

Jim proudly served as a member of the US NAVY’s Submarine Service. Served 10 years before being Honorably, Medically Discharged.

Worked in the Aerospace industry as a Quality Engineer.

Moved to the Commercial Construction Industry to work in the field of heavy lifting products (Rigging).

Has spent the last 20 plus years in assisting customers in selecting the proper Rigging for the Proper Job. Works closely with customers in designing the lifting beams they may need for a project.

Jim has also been teaching, Qualified Rigger, Fall Protection, Confined space, Trenching, seminars to customers as they need. Works closely with Safety personnel in regards to OSHA standards and requirements for 29 CFR; General Industry (Part 1910), Construction (Part 1926), and Maritime (Part 1915, 1917 & 1918)

Our company specializes in items NOT off of the shelf, Custom designed for your specific project.