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Published on 7/7/2010

AWC eUpdate Newsletter July 2010

Encore of Allied's Parody for Charity

AWC Parody for Charity

In case you missed it, we featured a post in last month's blog corner about our latest charity event: Office Space Parody for Charity. On May 28th, we recreated a scene from the movie Office Space. You know the one, where the copy machine is destroyed? To get a chance to swing and get out their technological frustrations, each employee paid per swing. However, that only lasted so long. In the end, we threw the "per swing" rule out the window and just let them have at it!

We filmed the event and created a video to share with everyone. Special thanks to the IT department for the "donation" of all the machines, but don't worry…no working equipment was harmed in the making of this video! All proceeds went to the World Championship fund for the Southern Pennsylvania Region of the U.S. National Taekwon-do Team.


Are You Ready For Some Football?

AWC Football Pool

The draft has come and gone, and it's almost time to see which teams will benefit the most from their picks. And they're not the only ones making picks…The Allied Wire & Cable Football Pool is just around the corner! We are very proud to introduce several new features this year that will make the entire season easier to manage.

Instead of the old procedure of sending in picks, you will now go to our main website and log in to submit your picks the same way you log in for orders and RFQs. (This means that you will need to create a log in and password if you don't already have one, by clicking on Log on or My Account in the upper right corner.) Once you put in your username and password, you will see two selections: "Modify Your Account" or "AWC Pro Football Pick'em Challenge."

In addition to using the website to submit your picks, you will be able to modify your selections up until game time. And all the regular stats you're used to receiving in our weekly e-mail will be available on the website as well: ranking for the week, total points overall and overall ranking.

As the season gets closer (the first game of the season September 9th), watch for more information.


An Allied In-Law Heads to Space Camp!

Andy Achenbach

Andy Achenbach, husband to Sales Manager Libby Achenbach, was given the honor of attending the Space Academy for Boeing Educators in Huntsville, AL. Each year, Boeing and the US Space & Rocket Center select 100 international Earth and Space Science teachers with a focus on mathematics, engineering and technology in their classrooms. During the camp, the teachers experience various simulations and receive the tools to translate what they've learned for their own classrooms.

The camp took place from July 11-17th and consisted of teachers from 11 different countries and 14 different states, and Andy was selected as one of the lucky 100. Throughout the week, they got to experience the 5DF chair, Multi-Axis Trainer, 1/6 Gravity Chair as well as simulate space walks, mission control and piloting the space shuttle.

"In addition to the simulations, team-building was another amazing aspect of the program," Andy said. "I feel that this invaluable experience will strengthen my skills as a teacher and provide a real-world reference to my students in Radnor Township." Climbing a 32-foot telephone pole (he was tethered) and leaping off and scaling a 42-foot climbing wall were among his most memorable moments.

The Boeing Space Academy has been held annually for over 20 years. Throughout the partnership's long history, they have sent over 1000 teachers to the program, and helped equip our children with out-of-this-world knowledge from the first-hand experience of their teachers.


Joke of the Month!



  • You have two cows.
  • You sell one and buy a bull.
  • Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
  • You sell them and retire on the income.


  • You have two cows.
  • You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows.
  • The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company.
  • The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more.
  • Sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows.
  • No balance sheet provided with the release.
  • The public buys your bull.

source: jokes.edigg.com/Business/Different_Economies.shtml


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