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Published on 9/1/2010

AWC eUpdate Newsletter September 2010

Allied Expands Westward: New Stocking Location in Las Vegas, NV

Electrical Wire Distributor in Las Vegas

Allied is proud to announce that a new 16,000 sq foot stocking location will be opening in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 1st. As a family owned and operated business, we believe that people are the most important aspect of any successful business. As such, we are very excited to have the opportunity to open this new location, which will allow us to not only offer our customers a higher grade of service, but will also allow us to serve the Las Vegas community by offering many new employment opportunities for the area.

We have enjoyed steady growth despite the country's recent economic trouble, and that growth is all because of you, our loyal customers. Because of this, offering you the best service possible is very important to us. This location will now give you the added support and better service you need to help you grow your businesses. With the new Las Vegas location, in addition to our WI location, we will now be able to offer 1-2 day shipping to almost any location in the country.

Managing our new stocking location will be Rick Gaines. Formerly a warehouse manager in our PA location, Rick has been with Allied for over 15 years and held several positions. He began as an Assembly Technician and moved up to his last position in PA as the Production Manager. When the company first decided to open a new location, we looked for someone internally to lead our new branch. Rick proudly accepted the new position and relocated to Las Vegas to set up and run the new facility.

"It was an honor for me to be chosen as the person to run this location. As a 16 year employee, I have seen firsthand the dedication and hard work put forth by our owners toward the continued growth of our company," Rick said. "We are looking forward to providing our customers in Canada, Mexico, and the western United States with the same Grade A quality and quick turnaround we have become famous for. This facility will soon have the capabilities of doing all of the major functions as our colleagues in Pennsylvania."

The entire Allied Family is proud of Rick and knows he will do an excellent job with the new location. As the Nov 1st opening date draws closer, we will have more details regarding the new facility and its services.


Allied Hires Experienced Sales Rep in Indiana

In addition to a new location, Allied has also hired a new sales representative in Indiana. Jerry Snyder is a veteran member of the wire and cable industry, having worked for several cable manufacturers and distributors over the last 15 years, including Sales Manager at Tele-Fonika, Account Executive at Industrial Electric Wire & Cable, National Account Manager at Lapp USA, and Account Manager at International Wire/Wire Tech.

While working with these companies, Jerry has had firsthand experience in a variety of wire and cable product lines. From High Flex, VFD, Control Cable, and other Flexible Cable, to Industrial Cable, Mil-Spec Wire and High Temperature Wire, Jerry has the extensive knowledge to find his customers exactly what they're looking for.

"I am extremely excited to join the AWC sales team, who are known for their professionalism and dedicated customer service," Jerry said. We are all excited to have him join our team; his extensive experience in the industry and product knowledge will allow us to continue to offer you the best service possible for all your wire and cable needs.

Please join us in welcoming Jerry to the Allied Wire & Cable family! Click here to learn more about Jerry and our entire sales team!


Industry Alert – Price Increases on Copper, Silver & PTFE

Copper Price Increase

Throughout the year we have seen the prices of raw materials increase dramatically, including copper, silver and PTFE products. In just the past month, copper prices jumped from $3.63 on 9/1 to $3.73 on 9/16 (Camden Index.) The price of silver and PTFE have risen due to high demand and low availability. The major factories are on allocation of PTFE compounds, which means long lead times.

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

  • Thermax – 5% Increase on all PTFE products, effective September 20th
  • Harbour Industries – 4.5-7% Increase on all PTFE products, including lead wire, cables and coax, effective September 27th
  • General Cable – 5-10% Increase on all Cat3, Cat5e & Cat6 Cables and 3-7% Increase on all Carol® Brand and IsoTec® Brand Electronic Cables, effective October 4th

Allied has already been actively increasing stock of high demand products to help lessen the impact on our customers. We have added an additional million dollars of PTFE products alone to help alleviate long lead times. Please watch our website and blog for announcements regarding any additional 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


Joke of the Month!


There were four sophomores taking Organic Chemistry. They were doing so well on all the quizzes, midterms and labs, etc., that each had an "A" so far for the semester.

These four friends were so confident that the weekend before finals, they decided to go to a nearby college and party with some friends there. They had a great time, but after all the hearty partying; they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to campus until early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their professor after the final and explain to him why they missed it. They explained that they had gone away for the weekend with the plan to come back in time to study, but, unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way back, didn't have a spare, and couldn't get help for a long time. As a result, they missed the final.

The professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved. They studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet, and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, worth five points. It was something simple about free radical formation. "Cool," they thought at the same time, each one in his separate room, "this is going to be easy."

Each finished the problem and then turned the page. On the second page was written: (For 95 points): Which tire?



Blog Corner


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Allied Encyclopedia – Capacitance in Coaxial Cables    Capacitance is a difficult thing to wrap your head around. Most sources try to explain it using scientific terms, and that just makes it more complicated and confusing! Here’s a look at coaxial cable capacitance in terms we can all understand.

The Ultimate Fashion Statement…A Dress Made of Wire!    With all the wires used to put on a runway show…we never imagined wire would end up on the runway! Check out this article, featured on’s homepage, from It describes a one-of-a-kind dress by designed Tina Sparkles made entirely of wire! Now that’s a fashion statement!

Allied Encyclopedia – Current Carrying Capacity of Copper Conductors    The amount of current a wire can carry is determined by several factors, including conductor size, insulation, ambient temperature, conductor number and installation conditions. Because so many variables affect current carrying capacity, no chart can be developed to account for all limiting factors in the design of systems in which amperage ratings are critical.


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