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Published on 9/26/2012

AWC eUpdate Newsletter September 2012

Help Us Welcome Liz Gilmore, ½ of Our Father/Daughter Sales Team in TN!

Liz Gilmore

We are happy to introduce Liz Gilmore, the newest sales representative to join Allied Wire & Cable. With the start of her new career, she takes the term “Allied family” to another level.

Liz will work alongside her father and industry veteran, Tom Gilmore in our Tennessee office. Tom has been with Allied since 2005, but has been part of the wire and cable industry all of his adult life, with experience in everything from automotive wire to mil spec cable.

Of joining her father at Allied, Liz says, “He has over thirty five years of experience, and is going to be taking me under his wing, so with his knowledge and my drive, there is no way I can be anything but a success!”

To learn more about Liz, and the story behind our father/daughter duo, read the full press release.


Metal Prices Rise, Bargain Bin Expands

Allied Bargain Bin

Metal prices are skyrocketing once again. In just one month (from 8/16 to 9/16), copper went from $3.65/lb. to $4.15/lb (Camden). Nickel and silver prices have also risen. Of course, the increasing costs of these raw materials mean manufacturer prices are on the rise as well.

On September 19th, we saw a 4-6% price increase on General Cable’s Carol Brand Portable Cord products, which we announced in the Price Increase Alert section of our blog. Subscribe now to receive all of our manufacturer price alerts.

We understand that it is important for our customers to meet their budgetary goals, even when manufacturer pricing goes up. That’s why we offer resources such as our “Price Increase Survival Guide,” and the Allied Bargain Bin.

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the Bargain Bin is expanding to include a wider variety of wire and cable. Discount lengths of XHHW cable, thermostat cable, alarm cable (FPL, FPLP, FPLR), and utility cable are now available in the Building Wire section.

If you are unfamiliar with Allied’s Bargain Bin, it is where you can buy short lengths (most parts are under 500 feet, but select lengths of over 1000 feet are also available) of select wire and cable parts at discount prices. Get great deals on lengths of automotive wire, UL hook up wire, mil spec wire, building wire, and more. You can view all Bargain Bin stock on the website, and either buy online, or to contact your usual sales rep to make a deal.

Remember, Bargain Bin items are subject to prior sale, so be sure to check back for more new parts, and to buy before someone else does. Visit the Bargain Bin to view our discount wire and cable now.


Football Pool – It’s Not Too Late

AWC Football Pool

Allied’s annual football pool is in full swing, but it’s not too late to join the fun!

To enter, sign up for an account on the website (if you don't already have one) and make your picks by clicking "Log on" or "My Account" in the upper right corner. Once you log in, click "AWC Pro Football Pick'em Challenge,” and choose the teams you think will win each game that week. See full rules here.

Don’t miss your chance to win weekly Allied prize packs, and to make a run at our grand prize gift cards! Log in and make your picks now.


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Joke of the Month!


Working on the Road

A fellow stopped at a rural gas station and, after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and he watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man came along behind and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was about 25 feet behind filling in the old. The men worked right past the fellow with the soft drink and went on down the road. "I can't stand this," said the man tossing the can in a trash container and heading down the road toward the men.

"Hold it, hold it," he said to the men. "Can you tell me what's going on here with this digging?"

"Well, we work for the county government," one of the men said.

"But one of you is digging a hole and the other is filling it up. You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the county's money?"

"You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us--me, Rodney and Mike. I dig the hole, Rodney sticks in the tree and Mike here puts the dirt back."

"Yea," piped up Mike. "Now just because Rodney's sick, that don't mean we can't work, does it?"



Blog Corner


Here are the newest additions to our blog!

Price Increase Alert – Carol Brand Portable Cord
Over the past few weeks, the prices of metals, including copper, have been sky-rocketing. To deal with the growing costs of these raw materials, manufacturer, General Cable has announced a 4 -6% price increase for all Carol Brand portable cord products, effective September 19, 2012. Read more about the Carol Cord price increase…

AA59569 Wire Braid
The A-A-59569 Commercial Item Description (CID) covers specifications for flat or tubular wire braids, used in commercial and industrial applications. Formerly, these parts were covered in the QQ-B-575 specification. AA59569 copper braids are available with different material coatings and constructions. Luckily, you can tell a lot about these braids just by breaking down their part numbers. Learn more about AA59569 Flat and Tubular Wire Braids…