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DUNS No: 195876508 | GSA Schedule: 07F0086U

Cage Code: 4AC84 | Primary NAICS Code: 332312

Secondary NAICS Codes: 333923, 33924, 333992, 336212, 336413, 432850

AS9100D with ISO 9001:2015: Aerospace Management Systems Certification by NSF-ISR: Certificate # C0434242-ASI for quality management system in the design and manufacturing of aluminum platforms and support equipment.

AS9100D with ISO 9001:2015 certified for Spika used in Aerospace and Defense Industries

Aluminum Structural Design and Engineering Expertise:

  • OSHA and ANSI Compliance
  • Environmental restrictions such as ESD, clean room, vacuum chamber, explosion risk, etc.
  • Extended height adjustability utilizing manual or electric actuation
  • Unique and complex equipment interface solutions
  • Extended overreach or cantilever solutions
  • Structural analysis including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and review by in-house Professional Engineer (P.E.)

OSHA Compliance:

  • Mobile ladder stands and platforms are capable of supporting at least 4x their maximum intended load.
  • The maximum work-surface height of mobile ladder stands and platforms does not exceed 4x the shortest base dimension, without additional support. For greater heights, outriggers, counterweights, or comparable means that stabilize the mobile ladder stands and platforms and prevent overturning must be used.
  • The steps and platforms of mobile ladder stands and platforms are slip resistant.
  • Wheels or casters under load are capable of supporting their proportional share of 4x the maximum intended load, plus their proportional share of the unit’s weight.
  • Toe boards have a minimum vertical height of 3.5 inches as measured from the top edge of the toe board to the level of the walking-working surface and erected along the exposed edge of the overhead walking-working surface for a length that is sufficient to protect employees below.
  • Toe boards are capable of withstanding, without failure, a force of at least 50 pounds (222 N) applied in any downward or outward direction.
  • Guardrail systems are capable of withstanding, without failure, a force of at least 200 pounds (890 N) applied in a downward or outward direction within 2 inches of the top edge, at any point along the top rail.
  • When guardrail systems are used around holes that serve as points of access (such as ladder ways), the guardrail system opening has a self-closing gate that slides or swings away from the hole, and is equipped with a top rail and mid-rail or equivalent intermediate member; or is offset to prevent an employee from walking or falling into the hole.
  • The door/gate opening on stairway has a minimum width of 22 inches (56 cm) between vertical barriers.
  • Steps are uniformly spaced and arranged, with a rise of not more than 10 inches and a depth of not less than 7 inches.
  • Mobile ladder stands have handrails with a vertical height of at least 36 inches and mid-rails.

Industry Firsts:

Spika Design & Manufacturing began revolutionizing the work platform industry in 2006 with insightful new designs that greatly improved safety and access efficiency, as well as increased compliance by the craftsmen who rely on the platforms every day. Spika pioneered the following industry firsts.

  • Telescopic Leg Assembly
  • Independent Variable Pitch Staircase
  • QuickLatch Stair Module
  • Camlock Safety Railing
  • Thinline Extension Sliders
  • Telescopic Safety Rails
  • Extreme Height Adjustability
  • Extreme Overreach (without counterweights)
  • Rotational Inboard Outriggers



Design and Innovation is in our company’s DNA. Here is our Innovation page, where we highlight our design and innovation philosophy and track record.


Challenged with carving a living from dryland with a 1948 Ford tractor, Tom Spika learned how to repair, overhaul and redesign machinery out of necessity. In 1988 Tom translated this experience into a small welding and fabrication company that provided build, repair, and troubleshooting services for his neighbors’ farm equipment.  This small business planted the seed of entrepreneurship in Tom, and 13 years later, together with his wife, Carol, they built a new shop on their farm with the intention of manufacturing industrial access equipment created by true craftsmen.

Tom recognized a number of deficiencies in work platform design and construction at the time and he set about to revolutionize the industry with insightful new designs that greatly improved safety and access efficiency, as well as increased compliance by the technicians who rely on the platforms every day.

Having outgrown the farm, Spika operates a fully equipped 15,600 square foot production facility in Lewistown, Montana, with the capability for cutting, machining (manual and CNC), braking, welding, finishing, powder coating, assembly, electrical and air system installation, testing, and packaging. All welding performed meets AWS D1.1 and/or D1.2 standards accordingly.  The company’s expertise and capabilities in platform design and construction ensure products meet or exceed all safety and operational efficiency requirements.

Throughout the company’s development, Spika’s employee-driven culture recognizes that strength alone does not merit quality, quality comes from constant innovation, intuitiveness and a commitment to do the right thing every time. These same qualities that launched Spika on a trajectory to the top of the industry also permit Spika to offer customers the longest warranty available.

The company is now led by the next generation of leaders, and is a women-owned and women-led operation.