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Published on 10/5/2011

AWC eUpdate Newsletter October 2011

Charity Week Voting is Open!

Allied NH moves, AWC Gives 1st Scholarship, & Groundbreaking of new Warehouse Space

Each December, Allied holds a Charity Week in which a percentage of sales are donated to worthy charities. Because Allied has always believed that charity begins at home, the nominations for the 5 charities included in our vote are beginning at the homes of Allied employees. Everyone has their own personal struggles, and it's always great to be able to give back to the people and organizations that help us get through tough times. For many reasons, not everyone gets the opportunity to do that. That is why we asked our employees to pay-it-forward and nominate the charities that have touched their lives and families; the organizations that have truly made a difference in their lives.

We received many amazing stories, and have put together a list of the 5 charities that will be included in the 2011 Charity Week in December. Because all of these charities are worthy, there are no losers in this vote: Each of the 4 remaining charities will receive a donation of $250, with the remaining money going to the winner you choose.

In these tough times, it's important more than ever to help us give back.

Voting is now open, so check out the list of our 2011 Charity Week Nominations and their nominator's story below and then head on over to cast your vote!

    • CureSearch for Children's Cancer | | About
      Funds and supports children's cancer research, and provides information and resources to families affected by childhood cancers.

I wanted to nominate a charity that is close to my heart, CureSearch for Children's Cancer. My son, Michael died from an ATRT when he was only 2 years old. He was diagnosed in June 13th, 2009 and passed away by January 23rd, 2010. The money CureSearch raises goes towards finding a cure for all kinds of childhood cancer so that no parent has to deal with the loss of a child. Nominated by: Stephanie Thomas

    • ASPCA | | About
      Rescues animals from abuse and abandonment, and works with the government to pass humane laws to help protect animals.

I feel that it is very important to donate to charities that help those without a voice. The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws, and to share resources with shelters nationwide. They’re continually shutting down inhumane places, like puppy mills. Without the ASPCA millions more animals all over the US would be left without help in torturous conditions. Nominated by: Samie Bergeman

    • Autism Speaks | | About
      Raises funds toward research the causes, treatments and prevention of autism, as well as raising awareness for those dealing with autism.

My son, Christopher, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (high functioning autism) in July 2010. There is no known cure and no confirmed cause for autism, but Autism Speaks is working to research causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure, all while working to raise awareness. They offer many resources and information to parents and others with autism, so they can get help dealing with the frustrations and hardships of the disability. It is a relief to know I'm not alone, and that there is support out there. Nominated by: Rebecca Mertens

    • National MS Society | | About
      Helping move research toward a cure, treatments and prevention of MS, as well as providing support for people affected by the disease.

My mother was diagnosed a few years ago with MS. The disease has affected her both physically and mentally. She becomes very shaky and loses her balance easily. Her moods are unpredictable, her thoughts are becoming more irrational, and the medicine she has to take makes her sick. The disease hasn’t just taken a toll on her; it has taken a toll on our entire family. While there is a lot of research being done to help MS sufferers, any donation to aid more research would definitely help the organization and the millions of people that are struggling with MS daily. Nominated by: Jessica Cantello

    • American Diabetes Association | | About
      Funds research into the prevention, treatment and an eventual cure for diabetes, and provides support for those affected by it.

There are so many people in this world that suffer from diabetes, from adults and the elderly, to children and infants. There is no cure, and while some people develop it, others are born with it and have no choice but to deal with the side effects. It disrupts every aspect of daily life, because patients must constantly monitor their blood sugars. People can even lose limbs due to diabetes, because their blood sugar isn't easily controlled. It's important to continue working toward and cure, and to raise awareness that diabetes is a serious disease that many people are suffering from. Nominated by: Lisetta Mackin

Vote Now

Voting will be open until November 14th, and the winner will be announced in next month's newsletter.



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Manufacturer Price Increase Alert

New Video from Allied: Value-Added Services

After several weeks of slowly declining prices, copper is back on the rise again. This upward turn could potentially bring about another round of price increases. This month, we have one manufacturer price increase:

General Cable - Effective October 31st - 2-4% Increase on all Carol® Brand Portable Cord



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!


The local sheriff was looking for a deputy, so Gomer went in to try out for the job.
"Okay," the sheriff drawled, "Gomer, what is 1 and 1?"
"11" he replied.
The sheriff thought to himself, "That's not what I meant, but he's right."

"What two days of the week start with the letter 'T'?"
"Today and tomorrow."
The sheriff was again surprised that Gomer supplied a correct answer that he had never thought of himself.

"Now Gomer, listen carefully: Who killed Abraham Lincoln?"
Gomer looked a little surprised himself, then thought really hard for a minute and finally admitted, "I don't know."
"Well, why don't you go home and work on that one for a while?"

So, Gomer wandered over to the barbershop where his pals were waiting to hear the results of the interview. Gomer was exultant. "It went great! First day on the job and I'm already working on a murder case!"




Blog Corner


Here are the newest additions to our blog!

Allied Encyclopedia – High Temperature Wire: SF-2, SFF-2, SRML
There are a lot of high temperature lead wire options on the market, and the sheer number of products and standards can make choosing the right wire difficult. In this Allied Encyclopedia, we will introduce you to three popular types of high temperature wire: SF-2, SFF-2, and SRML. Read more about SF-2 Wire, SFF-2 Wire, and SRML High Temperature Wire

Allied Encyclopedia – Instrumentation Tray Cables:
Instrumentation tray cables (ITC cables) are used widely for signal and energy transmission in a variety of industries. We see instrumentation tray cables used often, so it will be helpful to know a little more about them. Read more about Instrumentation Tray Cables...

Dallastown High Building Electric Vehicle with Allied Wire:
You may remember a post back in April 2010, about the Dallastown High School Metal Technology class and their project to build a working boat from scratch. Their teacher, Matt Chilcoat, contacted us in October 2009 about a simple donation of scrap lengths of wire they could use to build the center console. We were happy to help and sent out odd lengths of hook-up wire in various colors.

Late last month, Mr. Chilcoat contacted us again regarding their project for the 2011-2012 school year. This time around, the class will be building an electric vehicle! One thing stayed the same: they just needed scrap lengths of bare copper wire, which we were happy to contribute. And just like last time, they’ll be updating us with photos of the progress. Read on...

Allied Encyclopedia – How to Identify Tray Cable and Power-Limited Tray Cable:
It is important to understand the basic aspects of a cable’s construction and performance. Knowing the fundamental characteristics of a cable will help you understand your product options, and allow you to make better wire and cable choices. It will also be easier to communicate what you want when placing an order. In this Allied Encyclopedia, we’ll show you a six-point method to identifying the most common types of Tray Cables and Power Limited Tray Cables. Read more about How to Identify Tray Cable and Power-Limited Tray Cable