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Published on 7/26/2015

AWC eUpdate Newsletter July 2015

Make-A-Wish Needs Your Help This Summer

Make-A-Wish Needs Your Help This Summer

Allied is teaming up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the hopes of granting wishes for children coping with life-threatening illness. Recently, Make-A-Wish has experienced a surge in applications, and now they’re asking for our help to make granting these wishes a possibility. 

We are currently accepting donations and will be matching your donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. This is enough to grant the wishes of two children, and maybe even more! We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to live their biggest dream, and with our summer campaign we’re aiming to turn these dreams into realities. 

When dealing with a life-threatening illness, time becomes everything. Suddenly the 24 hours in a day become more precious because time may be limited. Our time to raise money for Make-A-Wish is also limited. Our Make-A-Wish summer campaign ends August 21st, giving us less than a month to raise the money to grant these children's wishes. In this team effort, we’re counting on you to help us make dreams come true in order to give these children the once in a lifetime opportunity to cross their biggest wish off their lists.


Sales Assistants Take the Next Step to Sales Rep

Sales Assistants Take the Next Step to Sales Rep

When we hired Katie O’Leary in May 2012 and Kevin Fink in the summer of 2014, we were sure they would be assets to the Allied family. Hired as sales assistants, Katie and Kevin have demonstrated how hard work pays off, as they have recently been promoted from sales assistants to sales representatives!

Prior to working at Allied Wire and Cable, Katie worked as a front desk employee and financial aid coordinator at the YMCA. Although Allied was her first job within the wire and cable industry, Katie was able to apply her customer service and interpersonal skills from her previous job to her job as a sales assistant at our New Hampshire office. She excelled in that position, so we are excited to watch her take on this new role.

Likewise, Allied was Kevin’s first opportunity within the wire and cable industry, but he got his start as a purchasing intern. He began interning with us during May 2014, and only weeks later, we offered him a full time position as a sales assistant. Not long after accepting our offer, Kevin relocated from our headquarters in Collegeville, PA to our Florida branch. (As he relocated in early October, there's no telling if the move was brought on by an opportunity to grow within the company, or if it was to conveniently escape PA winters.) We're sure he'll keep up the good work. 

Congratulations to both Katie and Kevin on taking this new step within Allied. We look forward to their continued success and commitment to customer service excellence. Get to know Katie and Kevin a little better by reading their features on our Key People page


Are You Ready for Some Football?

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Before you know it another NFL season will be underway. Not only does this mean your Sundays will be spent binge watching your favorite team, eating wings, and sipping on a cold brew, it also means that Allied’s annual Pick Em’ Challenge is back for another year! 

Similar to last year, there will be weekly prizes, overall season prizes, and the chance to interact with Allied sales representatives with our popular “Beat the Rep” feature.

Keep an eye out for more detailed information on how the Pick Em’ Challenge works and how to sign up next month!


Straight From the Drawing Board: A Case Study about Custom Composite Audio Cable

Custom Cable Case Study

For many years, coal miners took caged canaries into the mines with them because the little birds were more sensitive to toxic gases than humans. If the canary died, it alerted the miners to potential dangers, giving them enough time to warn others and get to safety. 

Today mines remain dangerous, but conditions have improved with technology. Now there are air sensors to detect gases and better communication systems in place that can be used to spread an alert. Recently, Allied was pleased to take part in that effort to advance mine safety, contributing a custom composite audio cable.

No animals were harmed in the making (or application) of this cable.


 Joke of the Month!


A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party. Their conversation was constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking the doctor for free medical advice. After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asked the lawyer, "What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you're out of the office?"
"I give it to them," replied the lawyer, "and then I send them a bill."The doctor was shocked, but agreed to give it a try.

The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepared the bills. When he went to place them in his mailbox, he found a bill from the lawyer.

Source: laughfactory.com


Blog Corner


Check out our latest additions!

Does your application require a power cable or a portable cord? Figure out which you need by reading up on the differences between portable cords and power cables in our Allied Encyclopedia article. 

SJT and SVT portable cords are similar types of service cord, it's true. But do you know which one is better for harder service? The answer is in this article about SJT cable vs SVT cable.