Cathy Usher 2017-12-09 03:34:42
NEW STAFDA OFFICERS ANNOUNCED STAFDA members elected new leadership during its 41st Annual Convention & Trade Show in Austin, Nov. 12-14. Michelle St. John, co-owner and president, Industrial Bolt & Supply, Inc. (IBS), Auburn, Washington, became STAFDA’s President following the event’s General Session. IBS specializes in the MRO market, has sales operations in nine western states, and has been a member since 1980. Sean Baird, Hampton Roads Fastener & Construction Supply Inc. (HRFCS), Virginia Beach, Virginia, was elected STAFDA vice president. HRFCS focuses on construction supplies and fasteners for new commercial construction and industrial accounts. The company joined STAFDA in 2005. Linda Trotter, president and co-owner, Bright Bolt Enterprises Inc., El Paso, Texas, was elected to the board of directors to serve a three-year term. William Pipp, Seymour Midwest LLC, Warsaw, Indiana, was named to the Manufacturers Liaison Committee, while Frank Devine, Quality Line Sales, Barker, Texas, and Ian Jones, Trainor Associates Inc., Medina, Ohio, joined the Rep Liaison Committee. Elections are held every fall with results announced at the Annual Convention. AUSTIN CONVENTION PACKS ‘EM IN! Attendees registered for STAFDA’s 41st Annual Convention & Trade Show at a record pace, making the Austin program one of the most memorable to date. Nearly 4,500 attendees gathered for the Nov. 12-14 event, which included a 650-plus booth Trade Show that also introduced 50 x 50-foot island booths. Several other new exciting programs were added to the lineup as well. Sunday means education! Workshops included topics such as Why Customers Leave and How to Win them Back, Reviving Work Ethic, Feedback with Impact, Creating Successful Teams, and the Evolving World of Sales. A new Young Professionals Luncheon gave those members under 35 a chance to network with peers and enjoy a program on The New Diversity. That afternoon, another new initiative, Speed Interviewing, provided students majoring in distribution, supply chain, or construction management the opportunity to meet with members seeking to hire new employees or interns. The Opening Party inside and around Austin City Limits (ACL) welcomed members to the “Live Music Capital of the World” in a big way! Attendees sampled a variety of food trucks for tasty dinner options. Austin performers, the Bob Schneider Band and Tameca Jones entertained inside ACL’s Moody Theater and 3Ten studio. Monday morning’s General Session unveiled “STAFDA Pride” an uplifting new song representing the Association’s members and their dedication to the industry. Speeches from STAFDA president, Tom Leahy, Border Construction Specialties, Phoenix, and associate speaker, Joe Smith, Metabo Power Tools North America, West Chester, Pennsylvania, covered Raising Leadership and the impact members have on the world economy. The familiar voice of Pixar characters Hamm the Piggybank and Mack the Truck, John Ratzenberger (also beloved as Cheers’ Cliff Clavin) promoted careers in the skilled trades and appreciating quality manufacturing – with humorous anecdotes sprinkled throughout. Ratzenberger then helped open the Trade Show where, due to record demand, two exhibit halls were available this year. The Tech & Consultants Areas provided business-improvement opportunities for those looking for advice, services, software, and more. Tuesday began with Alan Beaulieu’s annual Economic Update. His ability to bring his in-depth and well-researched information to members and provide understandable insights into what the U.S. and Canadian economies can expect has made this a can’t miss program. Two day tours – a shopping jaunt to South Congress Street or to Fredericksburg – gave attendees’ spouses and companions unique views of Texas. The Trade Show floor opened again for five and a half hours before a buffet dinner at the Closing Party gave members one more taste of down-home hospitality. Please mark your calendars now for STAFDA’s 42nd Annual Convention & Trade Show, Oct. 28-30, in Phoenix. You must be a member to attend. STAFDA’S MORRIE HALVORSEN PASSES AWAY STAFDA’s first executive director, Morrie Halvorsen, passed away on Oct. 31 at age 86. A longtime resident of Elm Grove, WIisconsin, he was born May 23, 1931 in Fort Pierce, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Patsy, and daughter, Georgia Foley. In 1956, he joined Milwaukee Electric Tool as a sales trainee and worked his way up to vice president of sales and marketing. From 1972-1976, he held a similar position with ITT Phillips Drill, Michigan City, Indiana. In 1977, Halvorsen became the first executive of the newly created STAFDA and held that post until his retirement at the end of 1999. During his 23 years with STAFDA, the organization grew to over 2,300 members with 60 programs and services including an annual convention and trade show. MILWAUKEE TOOL NEARS COMPLETION OF $33 MILLION EXPANSION Milwaukee Tool is in the final stages of a $33 million, 230,000-square-foot expansion project that is expected to create nearly 500 jobs. The new four-story office building was announced in November 2016. The project also included another 30,000 square feet of new space. Learn more at www.milwaukeetool.com. COLOGNE SHOW NEARS SELL OUT The International Hardware Fair, set for March 4-7, 2018 in Cologne, Germany has nearly filled its available booth spaces. Some 2,700 exhibitors from over 50 countries will show their products, 80 percent of which are from outside of Germany. The largest product category, Tools, will feature 1,650 exhibitors, handheld tools to machine tools, in Halls 1 to 4 and Hall 10. Another 450 companies are set to exhibit in the Industrial Supply section of Hall 4. A further 350 companies focused on Fasteners will exhibit in Hall 5.2 and 250 more firms will exhibit Home Improvement products in Hall 5.1. Visit www.eisenwarenmesse.com to learn more. GREG DROUILLARD RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Greg Drouillard, owner of Target Building Supplies in Windsor, Ontario, was honored with the Industry Achievement Award during the annual gala of the Lumber and Building Materials Association of Ontario (LBMAO). He has served in various capacities with the LBMAO, including chairman as well as chair of the board and director of TOBSA group, a well-recognized buying group based in Bolton, Ontario. Drouillard has also been an active STAFDA member since 1997 and served as STAFDA’s president in 2007. VIsit www.targetsupply.com. US WIRE ACQUIRES VOLTEC US Wire & Cable Corporation has acquired Voltec Power & Lighting Corporation and its affiliates. Voltec will carry on its daily operations without changes and Tom Miller, who founded the company in 2001, will continue to serve as president. Learn more at uswireandcable.com. L.H. DOTTIE NAMES SMITH NSM The L.H. Dottie Company has promoted Roger Smith to national sales manager. He joined the company in 1994 and steps up from Western regional sales manager. Learn more at www.lhdottie.com. JUSTRITE ACQUIRES FIRST SAFETY Leading safety products vendor Justrite Manufacturing, based in Des Plaines, Illinois, has added Janesville, Wisconsin-based First Safety Corp. to its portfolio. First Safety services the industrial, safety and scientific markets with high-quality gas cylinder handling equipment. For more information, visit www.justritemfg.com. BRIGHTON BEST ACQUIRES IRONCLAD Brighton Best announces that Ironclad Performance Wear is the latest of several companies that Brighton has acquired over the last year. Ironclad will join Brighton’s growing Proferred line of products. Visit www.brightonbest. com for more details. ERB NAMES LORKOWSKI RSM ERB Safety announces the addition of Paul Lorkowski as regional sales manager for the Great Lakes Region. He brings over 15 years of industrial safety experience to ERB and has extensive industrial market safety training experience. For more information, visit ERB Safety at www.e-erb.com. INDUSTRY VETERAN MICHAEL TERRELL PASSES AWAY Michael Terrell, born September 7, 1946, passed away on November 11, 2017. Contractor Supply profiled the last act of Terrell’s 60-year career in the tool and distribution channel with Gogel Fastener and Industrial Supply Company of Toledo, Ohio, which he purchased to pass on to his family. Visit www.contractorsupplymagazine.com/pages/current-issue---cover-story-20150203-Gogel-Fastener-and-Industrial-Supply.php to read the article. HUSQVARNA BREAKS GROUND ON NEW ARKANSAS WAREHOUSE Husqvarna is expanding its operations in Nashville, Arkansas, with the construction of a new 350,300-square-foot distribution center and materials warehouse facility. It will serve primarily as warehouse, staging and storage, and will be located adjacent to the current manufacturing facilities in Nashville where chain saws, trimmers, blowers, pole saws, and hedge trimmers are made for the Husqvarna, Poulan Pro, Jonsered, Mc- Culloch and Weed Eater brands. Once the new facility is operational, the company’s manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution footprint in Nashville will exceed 874,000 square feet. For details, visit www.husqvarnagroup.com. HUTTIG MAKES LEADERSHIP CHANGES Huttig Building Products Inc. has announced several changes to the executive leadership team, effective January 1, 2018. Robert Furio has been appointed executive vice president and COO. David A. Fishbein has been appointed executive vice president of Huttig-Grip and chief marketing officer. Rebecca L. Kujawa is now senior vice president supply chain management, general counsel and corporate secretary. Brian D. Robinson has been appointed senior vice president and chief information officer. Learn more at www.huttig.com. WORLD OF CONCRETE RECEPTION Join STAFDA members during World of Concrete in Las Vegas during its hospitality party, Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Hard Rock Café on the Las Vegas Strip from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. Bring along potential members to learn about the Association and its programs, talk to peers, as well as enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
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