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Published on 5/4/2011

AWC eUpdate Newsletter May 2011

Allied Blooming in May!

The Road to Success at Allied!

As the saying "April showers bring May flowers" says, we weathered through the lingering effects of the recession in April and are reaping the benefits of May growth here at Allied. We have enjoyed a huge amount of growth throughout the recession thanks to our customers, and now that the country is healing, that growth hasn't stopped. During the end of April and May alone we added 6 new sales representatives, spread across the PA, NH, WI and NV office locations.

At the PA Headquarters, we welcomed Jessica D'Andreamatteo. Jessica is a recent graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, having graduated in the beginning of May. In addition to Allied, she also volunteers with a non-profit musical ensemble as a teacher. She is brand new to wire and cable, but we're excited about her potential in the industry.

Our New Hampshire location added Stephanie Whitney to their team, and she has some experience in our industry after working for Bisco from 2007-2008. Stephanie attended West Palm Beach Atlantic University and graduated in 2007. A Dance Major and Business Minor, she has also been a professional dance instructor in recent years.

Because she has knowledge of all the products involved in cable installation due to her experience at Bisco with fasteners, wire components and cables, Stephanie has a great foundation of the industry. She will be able to advise her customers on the appropriate cable construction to best compliment the other components of their application, like the connectors and harness assemblies they either need, which she can then help them find, or already have acquired.

The Pewaukee, Wisconsin location added two new sales representatives to their group: James Toshner and Cory Kleeba. Both are new to wire and cable industry, but they also both have experience as Account Executives in sales. Cory previously worked at Skyline Displays & Marketing as both an Account Executive and a Regional Marketing Manager. James worked at Hunter Business Group as the Inside Account Manager in the engineering and manufacturing industry.

"This is my first time selling products for the wire & cable industry," James said. "Right now I am absorbing all the information possible and applying that knowledge as a member of the sales team."

Also welcoming two new employees, the Las Vegas, Nevada location added Chantay Williams and Michael Galena to the brand new office. They are the first two sales representatives to join the location, after Skip Bjorkman joined us as the sales manager back in March. Michael has spent over 30 years in electrical wholesaling, 10 of which have been spent specifically in wire and cable at JCH in Las Vegas. Chantay previously worked for Arrow Electronics as a Sales and Product Manager.

"My wire and cable experience goes back 20+ years," Chantay said. "Everyone has been extremely friendly and helpful, and I look forward to offering each customer superior service as I strive for excellence."

Their mix of experience will bring fresh insight and veteran knowledge of the industry together, which will give each and every member of our sales team the ability to satisfy their customers' every need. We also added 3 new sales assistants to help support these additional sales reps: Jessica Cantello, who recently returned after a short break, Caitlin Sweeney, and Jacqueline Heistman. We are all extremely excited to see these new faces succeed and help their customers grow.

Please join us in welcoming these new members of the Allied Family! Check out our Key People page for more information on all of the members of the Allied Sales Team.



New Video – Custom Cable!

Custom Cable Video

An off-the-shelf cable might work for many applications, but for some projects you can't just use any cable. You need the perfect cable. Instead of wasting time trying to force a standard cable to work, have a custom cable made and get the job done right from the start. A custom made cable has all the components you need and none that you don't, eliminating all the issues you've been having trying to make that stock cable work.

Not sure where to start? In our latest edition of our Educational Video series, we lay out the process of designing and ordering a custom made cable. Allied makes it easy: from simply describing the application the custom cable is needed for, to choosing the specific components like the conductor, shielding, and insulation materials you need, our engineers will work with you to figure out what you need.



Raw Materials and Commodities Still on the Rise

Price Alert

The price of commodities and other raw materials are still on the rise. In response to the continued increases in the costs of manufacturing, several manufacturers increased prices this month, even though we have enjoyed minimal relief in copper and silver prices. The costs of freight due to gas prices and insulation materials like PVC, FEP and CPE still continue to rise.

In a letter from General Cable, they listed several components that caused them to release their latest price increase. Ethylene alone has increased almost 25% recently, while both FEP and Crude Oil have increased 15%. Freight, a key component of many other industries that affect our own, has increased 12%.

There were six manufacturer price increases announced this month, the most we've had so far this year for one month:

  • General, effective May 23rd:
    • Carol® Brand Portable Cord, Industrial Flex, Electronics, and Cordsets: 5-7%
    • Carol/Helix Datacom : 5-7%
    • General Cable Industrial Products: 2-5%
  • Hitachi Cable Manchester issued a price increase for June 20th, effecting all their FEP products.
  • Alpha increased the prices on various PTFE and FEP hook-up wire, cable and accessories, effective May 21st.
  • Thermax, issued a 7% increase on all their coaxial cable, shielded/jacketed cables and ETFE based products, effective May 9th.
  • Belden increased their plenum products 2-6% on May 2nd,
  • TE Connectivity’s went into effect on May 1st, with increases on Communications and Industrial Solutions, Global Application Tooling, Enterprise Networks and Automotive products.

Please contact your Allied Sales Rep if you have any questions or concerns regarding these increases and how they will affect you. For some tips on how to weather price increases, please check out our Price Increase Survival Guide, and remember to stop by the Bargain Bin for any deals on odd lengths and slow moving products.



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Joke of the Month!


An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He finally went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%.

The elderly gentleman returned to the doctor a month later for a re-check.

The doctor said, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again."

To which the gentleman said, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will three times!"

Source: www.jokesgallery.com/joke.php?joke=4802&id=1



Blog Corner


Here are the newest additions to our blog!

Allied Encyclopedia – The -ER Rating: Exposed Run Tray Cable
You may have seen the -ER rating on the jacket of your tray cable, but do you know what it means? ER stands for “exposed run.” It is a rating that sometimes follows the UL Type TC (Tray Cable), ITC (Instrumentation Tray Cable), or PLTC (Power-Limited Tray Cable) classification. Learn more about Exposed Run Tray Cables...

Make-A-Wish Update
It’s always a joy to receive updates about charitable efforts. It’s nice to hear where your donations went, and specifically how your money helped someone less fortunate. That’s why we love getting letters from Make-A-Wish, and why we love sharing them with you! Without you, we wouldn’t be able to donate to this wonderful organization as much as we do, so these letters belong to you as much as they belong to us.

We received our most recent update letter last week, with details on two wishes that we made come true. Read on

Phillies Promo Winners!
To celebrate the return of the Phillies, Allied ran a raffle each week during the month of April. The winners received a Pair of tickets to a Phillies game as well as a Phillies sweatshirt!

The tickets were for home games against the NY Mets, Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers. More on the Phillies Promo

Allied Encyclopedia – Coaxial Cable
It is used in household applications from appliances to televisions to security systems.
It is used in industries from manufacturing and industrial to automotive and aerospace.
It is one of the most basic, widely used cables around.
It is coaxial cable.
Almost all of us use this cable on a daily basis, so let’s take a closer look at it. Read more about Coaxial Cables

Allied Encyclopedia – Aerospace Cable
From signal transmission, to data applications, to in-flight entertainment, aerospace cables serve a number of diverse functions aboard an aircraft. These cables are relied on to perform important tasks, so they must be durable enough to last, even in an industry which poses unique challenges.

Now let’s take a look at some different kinds of aerospace cable and some of the hazards they face. This information will prove helpful in your search for aerospace cable, which can be daunting if you don’t know which characteristics to look for. See the full Aerospace Cable article