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Published on 1/5/2011

AWC eUpdate Newsletter January 2011

Charity Week Donation Presentation

Charity Week 2010

After our hugely successful 2010 Charity Week fundraiser, Allied was especially proud to present a check for $11,808.64 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation! After collecting one of our largest donations ever, it was an honor to present the check to this wonderful organization.

Dennis Heron and Karen Traten were on hand again this year to accept the donation for Make-A-Wish on January 7th. With the average wish costing more than $7000 each, we're very excited to donate enough money for almost two wishes!

The grand total from charity week was $12, 808.64, and the remaining $1000 will go to the ASPCA, Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Meals on Wheels Association of American, each receiving a $250 donation.

Thank you again for all your help in making this charity week a success!



Wes Moyer Moves to Sales

Wes Moyer

Allied is proud to announce that Wes Moyer has moved from Sales Assistant to Account Manager! Wes has been with Allied for over two years, and has been a valuable asset for the sales team. Prior to working at Allied, Wes worked in sales for a major mobile communications service provider. With the combination of his previous sales position and his experience in wire and cable for the last two years here, we are all excited to watch him continue to grow his career in this industry.

"I really enjoy working for Allied Wire and cable because they are family owned and truly 100% focused on customer satisfaction," Wes said. "After spending over two years here it is easy to realize how effective the simple business model is of always putting the customer first. It is what has allowed AWC to continue to grow as the nation’s best provider of wire and cable and it will also be what will help me become a successful salesperson at this great company!"

Please join us in congratulating Wes on his new position!



Prices of Copper, Silver and Other Raw Materials Continue to Rise

Price Alert

The New Year has begun with continued increases of raw materials, especially copper. On January 1st, 2011, the New Year rang in with the highest copper price ever on the Camden Copper Index, at $4.64. That is an increase of $0.23 since December 16th and a full dollar higher than this time last year. Continuing the trend, the record broke again on January 16th, when the new highest price of $4.69 was issued.

In 2010, we saw unprecedented increases in not only copper, but silver, nickel, PTFE, tin and other raw materials essential to our industry. Allied has worked tirelessly to lessen the impact these increases would have on you, by increasing stock and offering the lowest prices possible.

2010 Camden Copper Prices


Due to these increases in raw material costs, many manufacturers are issuing price increases of their own. Four major manufacturers have issued price increases just this month, including:

  • Belden – January 3rd
  • General Cable – January 10th
  • Alpha Wire – February 7th
  • Panduit – March 1st

Please check out our Price Increase Survival Guide for some tips on weathering these increases.



Click here to see the history of Camden Copper
Click here to see the most up-to-date Comex Copper Prices


Joke of the Month!


At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated:

"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating (by Mr. Welch himself):

"If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

  1. For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day.
  2. Every time they painted new lines on the road you would have to buy a new car.
  3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you would just accept this, restart and drive on.
  4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn, would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
  5. Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought "Car95" or "CarNT". But then you would have to buy more seats.
  6. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five percent of the roads.
  7. The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single "general car default" warning light.
  8. New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.
  9. The airbag system would say "Are you sure?" before going off.
  10. Occasionally for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grab hold of the radio antenna.
  11. GM would also require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50% or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Department.
  12. Every time GM introduced a new model car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
  13. You'd press the "start" button to shut off the engine.

Joke Source: http://www.jokebuddha.com/Buyers