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Published on 11/3/2010

AWC eUpdate Newsletter November 2010

Charity Week Vote a Success!

Charity Week 2010

Last month, we held our second annual vote for Charity Week. The votes have been tallied, and we have a winner! It was a tight race, but the winner is: the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with 27% of the vote!

Allied has been supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation for many years now, and they won last year's vote as well. They are a wonderful organization, aimed at granting wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. While the average wish costs about $7000, the families of these children are typically financially strapped and the opportunity to give their children a chance at their having their wish granted is priceless.

In the spirit of the holidays, all of the other charities we featured in the vote will receive a $250 donation as well. These charities are: ASPCA, Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

Thank you to everyone that voted, it was a really close race this year! Our Charity Week will run from December 13th to December 17th, and a percentage of all total sales will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Click here to view the Charity Week Flyer.



New Video! Cable Basics 101: Conductors

Price Alert

Allied has been working to educate our customers about various wire and cable topics, both in our newsletter and on our blog. Recently, we have begun creating How-to and Educational videos that illustrate certain industry topics. Our newest addition to our video library is the first in a series of videos we're calling "Cable Basics 101." This first video is on conductors, and soon we will follow with videos on insulation, shielding and an overview on all three.

There are many components that go into a cable, from the conductor, to the insulation, to any shielding or jacketing it may have. Arguably, the most important component is the conductor, because without it, you don’t have a cable.

The conductor is at the center of the cable, and it carries the electrical signal from point A to point B. While that is the simplest definition, a lot goes into making and choosing the proper conductor for a particular cable. You need to choose the material, and any applicable coating. And what about stranding, or do you need solid? All of these choices are important when deciding on what conductor you want.

Watkins Joins Allied PA Office

Price Alert

Kevin Watkins is the newest member of the Allied Family to join the PA office. With a history as a sales representative and electrician, Watkins has the experience from both sides of the industry to ensure both his success and that of his customers. Prior to joining Allied, he worked as an Electrician for BSI, Inc., an Estimator/Project Manager for Anton Electric Co., and as an Inside Construction Sales Rep at Rumsey Electric Co.

“I’m very excited to work for a company like AWC that thrives on putting the customer’s needs and wants above all else," Watkins said. "I’m looking forward to growing with AWC and to being a part of their continued success.”

Please join us in welcoming Kevin to the Allied Family!

For more information on Kevin and the other members of our sales team, click here.



Manufacturer Price Increase Alert

price increase on General Cable and Kalas Wire for November 2010

There were two manufacturer price increases issued this month:

General Cable – 6-8% increase on all Carol® Brand Portable Cord, Cordsets, Industrial Flex, Electronics and Carol/Helix datacom products, effective 11/15/10.

Kalas Wire– 2-9% increase on all bulk wire products, effective 12/15/10.



Click here to see the history of Camden Copper
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Joke of the Month!


A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop. The surgeon was there, waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike.

The mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey, Doc, can I ask you a question?"

The surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take valves out, fix 'em, put 'em back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work?"

The surgeon paused, smiled and leaned over, and whispered to the mechanic...

"Try doing it with the engine running."

Source: "A Joke a Day"



Blog Corner


Here are the newest additions to our blog!

Allied Encyclopedia – What is Plenum Cable?
If you aren’t a builder, an electrician, or a building inspector, you may not know what a plenum is; let alone what you should look for in a cable to be used in a plenum space. Well, we are here to fill you in. Get the story on Plenum Cable...

Isotec Offers Ferrite Insulated SIMTRA™ Cables for Communication Systems
Isotec, Inc announced a new product line of power cables designed to eliminate nearly all interference between cables bundled together. Using their own patented ferrite barrier technology, Isotec’s SIMTRA™ cables have a layer of ferrite that surrounds each conductor, which protects the signal from any other conductors nearby. This means that SIMTRA™ cables can be bundled tightly together in a single run, instead of having to do separate runs for networking, A/V, fire alarm and security systems and any other communication systems. Learn more about Isotec SIMTRA™ Cables...