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Published on 10/6/2010

AWC eUpdate Newsletter October 2010

You Choose the Charity for AWC’s Charity Week 2010!

Charity Week 2010

The Holiday season is fast approaching, and that means Charity Week is almost here! Each year, Allied sets aside one week in December to donate a portion of sales to a specific charity, and every year until 2009, we chose the charity. Last year, we changed things up a bit and gave the decision of the chosen charity to you. We liked it so much we're doing it again this year! Because YOUR orders supply the donation, we want YOU to choose the charity!

We’ve put together a list of five charities for you to vote for, ranging from organizations that support medical research, grant children's wishes and save animals, to those that work to feed the hungry and disabled.

Voting will be active from Tuesday October 26th to Friday November 12th. Only one vote per person, please.

This year's Charity Week will run from December 13th through December 17th. We will announce the selected charity in next month's newsletter.

Here’s a quick description of each charity, including a link to their websites for more information:

  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): The ASPCA has been advocating for the rights of animals since it's foundation in 1866. They work to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide. In addition, they help local law enforcement to bring animal abusers to justice, and were the first organization given the authority to make arrests for animal cruelty.
  • Coalition to Salute America's Heroes: Created in 2004 to provide a way for individuals, corporations and others to help our severely wounded and disabled Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families rebuild their lives. The Coalition supports these veterans with emergency financial relief, which helps them pay for the food, shelter and bills that don't disappear after returning from serving our country.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation: Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors, and entire communities. Allied has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation for many years now, including as last year's winner.
  • Meals On Wheels Association of America: The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. MOWAA focuses on those issues that can best assist its Member programs in achieving their individual missions of providing quality meals and nutrition services to as many vulnerable people as possible in the most efficient and effective manner, all so no senior goes hungry®.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: The CFF has been working toward finding better treatment and the effort to find a cure for cystic fibrosis since 1955. They help link patients to the best physicians in the field and offer their family support and information. In the 50+ years since, the life expectancy of children with the disease has increased dramatically, from barely reaching elementary school, to over 37 years.

Vote Now

This time of year is always special, and we believe it is the perfect time to remember that not everyone is as fortunate as we are. That is why we set aside this one week each year to give back, and we're looking forward to joining forces with you to help others. Let's work together to make this year's Charity Week the best one yet!


Industry Alert – Raw Material Prices Continue to Rise

Price Alert

The price of raw materials continues to increase dramatically, including copper, silver and PTFE products. Copper prices jumped again the first half of the month, from $3.92 on 10/1 to $4.11 on 10/16. This is the highest copper has reached since July of 2008. The price of silver and PTFE are still elevated due to high demand and low availability. Other insulation and jacketing raw materials are experiencing increases as well: CPE has increased 16%, PVC 15%, Ethylene 14% and Neoprene 8%.

It is important now more than ever to plan for delays and longer turnaround times. Three major manufacturers have announced increases this month due to the rise in raw material prices. Expect more manufacturer increases to follow in the coming weeks.

  • Belden – 7-10% Increase on various products, effective October 25th
  • General Cable – 4-7% Increase on Carol® Brand, IsoTec® Brand and Gepco® Brand Electronic Cables, Portable Cord, Industrial Flex and Data Communication Cables, effective November 1st
  • Panduit –Increase on cable management products, effective November 5th

Allied will continue to increase stock of high demand products to help lessen the impact on our customers. In this economy, we understand the need to keep prices as low as possible while also retaining the ability to receive products as fast as possible, and we are doing all we can to alleviate the headaches these increases are causing. Please watch our website and blog for announcements regarding any manufacturer price increases.

For any questions and concerns regarding the recent price increases and availability demands, please contact your Allied sales representative or e-mail us at


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Joke of the Month!


Arnold and Betty were cleaning out the attic one day when he came across a ticket from the local shoe repair shop. The date stamped on the ticket showed it was over eleven years old. They both laughed and tried to remember which of them might have forgotten to pick up a pair of shoes over a decade ago.

"Do you think the shoes will still be in the shop?" Arnold asked.

"Not very likely," Betty said.

"It's worth a try," Arnold said, pocketing the ticket. He went downstairs, hopped into the car, and drove to the store. With a straight face, he handed the ticket to the man behind the counter.

With a face just as straight, the man said, "Just a minute. I'll have to look for these." He disappeared into a dark corner at the back of the shop. Two minutes later, the man called out, "Here they are!"

"No kidding?" Arnold called back. "That's terrific! Who would have thought they'd still be here after all this time."

The man came back to the counter, empty-handed. "They'll be ready on Thursday," he said calmly.



Blog Corner


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Make-A-Wish Update: Allied Sends Girl to Disney World!    Over the years, Allied has developed a strong relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley, supporting them through fundraisers held several times throughout the year. A few days ago, we received a letter from Karen Traten, the Director of Development, detailing the latest wish we helped grant. We wanted to share the news with you because your business and loyalty are what make these donations possible. Read the full Make-A-Wish Update...

Allied Encyclopedia – What is Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) Cable?
Low-Smoke Zero-Halogen (LSZH) is a term used to describe a certain kind of cable jacketing. LSZH cables produce little smoke when burning and do not emit halogens when they come in contact with fire. Halogens are chemical elements that form dangerous gases in the presence of fire. Chlorine, fluorine, and bromine, specifically, are the halogens of most concern for the wire and cable industry. Read more about Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cables (LSZH Cables)...