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Published on 3/7/2012

AWC eUpdate Newsletter March 2012

New Video: Solar Cable

Solar Cable

We have just added the newest video to our growing educational series of videos: Solar Cable. Detailing the similarities and differences between the types of Solar Cable, the video goes into the uses of each, classifications, construction and more. In addition, we explain how to determine which of the different cables you should use for your unique application.

Solar Cable is becoming more popular by the day, with the growing focus on environmentally friendly energy. You can choose from USE-2 or Photovoltaic Wire (PV Wire) for most solar applications. But to do a solar panel installation properly, the cable must be used in the appropriate location. The NEC and UL both have standards for Solar Cable that dictate when and where these cables can be used.

By learning the differences between USE-2 and PV Wire, you can be sure that the cable you choose for your next solar installation project will be the right cable. And if you're looking for something a little different, not just the same old stock, we can help with that too with our value-added services and custom cable design!

To learn more about why Allied is the number one supplier of wire to the solar cable industry, check out the video on our YouTube page now!


Allied Adds 5 New Sales Reps

Warehouse Expansion

We are proud to introduce the newest members of our sales team here at Allied. Over just the past two weeks, we've added 5 new sales representatives to 3 of our locations: Collegeville, Merrimack & Las Vegas.

These new members of the Allied Family have varying experience in the wire and cable industry. Don Houk and Kyle Bechter have spent several years in the industry, working with wire and cable distributors, contractors and commercial applications. They have a well-rounded knowledge of the industry, from both the distribution and end user perspectives.

  • Don, located in our Las Vegas office, previously worked for JCH Wire and Cable and has over 17 years experience in the industry, specializing in the voice, data and security market.
  • Kyle is one of 3 new reps located in our Collegeville headquarters. He's had over 2 years experience in the wire and cable industry, having joined the field shortly after his graduation from West Chester University in 2009.

Our other new additions include Ruthann Simpson and Buck Nicolai, both located in our Collegeville branch, and Bill Stecchi out of our Merrimack office. They each are new to the industry, but have varying experience outside of wire and cable that will allow each of them to bring new perspectives to their customer service.

  • Buck is a recent college graduate, having just received his degree from Temple University in 2010. He most recently worked as a recording engineer, which will give him unique knowledge for any customers looking for multi-media wire and cable.
  • Ruthann has over 7 years experience in Sales, having worked at Remcon Plastics as a Sales/Marketing Coordinator. Not only did she handle all proprietary products, she dealt with independent sales reps, trade shows and customer service.
  • Bill is also a recent graduate. He received his B.S. in Economics from Worcester State College in 2010.

Please join us in welcoming these new faces to the Allied Family! To learn more about them, please visit our Key People page.


Belden Price Increase

Allied Wire & Cable Presents 'Spotlight On' Video Series

Belden has announced a price increase for select electronic, networking and industrial cable products. In response to the increases in raw materials like polyethylene, PVC and various resins, Belden will be increasing certain products in these lines 2-5% on April 16th. Copper Data Cable, Broadcast and Commercial AV products are not affected by this increase.



Copper Update March 2012

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 the airport for a business trip, I settled down to wait for the boarding announcement at Gate 35. Then I heard the voice on the public address system saying, "We apologize for the inconvenience, but Delta Flight 570 will board from Gate 41."

So my family picked up our luggage and carried it over to Gate 41. Not ten minutes later the public address voice told us that Flight 570 would in fact be boarding from Gate 35.

So, again, we gathered our carry-on luggage and returned to the original gate. Just as we were settling down, the public address voice spoke again: "Thank you for participating in Delta's physical fitness program.

Source: www.ahajokes.com



Blog Corner


Here are the newest additions to our blog!

Experience Allied History with Facebook Timeline
Allied's Facebook profile has seen a lot of changes recently with the switch to the new Timeline format. We are excited about our new look, but we are even more thrilled to be able to share our company's history with you in a more interesting and interactive way! Read more about our Facebook page...

Alpha Introduces Xtra-Guard® Cat5e Ethernet Cable
Industrial Ethernet cables are the newest addition to Alpha Wire's line of Xtra-Guard® products. This new group of Cat5e cables features Alpha's Xtra-Guard® 4 jacket, made with ruggedized TPE. These cables are ideal for Ethernet applications requiring flexibility and durability in harsh environments.Read on for more info on Alpha's Xtra-Guard Cat5e Cable

Price Increase Alert – General and Belden Cable
General and Belden have both announced price increases for March and April. General's 4-6% increase on cordage products goes into effect today. Belden will apply a 2-5% increase to select electronic and industrial wire and cable products starting April 16th. Read on

Cat5e OSP Cable Now Available from Allied!
Cat5e outdoor plant cables (OSP cables) are now part of Allied's catalog of data cables. These cables are built with solid bare copper conductors, and are designed to resist the environmental hazards to be expected with outdoor installations in ducts or aerial lashing. To improve their environmental ruggedness, Cat5e OSP cables feature water-blocked cores and sunlight resistant rugged polyethylene jackets. Read more about our new Cat5e OSP Cable