Mike Miazga 2013-04-04 17:15:31
PVF Roundtable golf tournament The Don Caffee Memorial golf tournament will be held May 20 at Wildcat Golf Club in Houston.The tournament benefits the PVF Roundtable Scholarship Fund. The fund provides scholarships to the industrial distribution departments at Texas A&M University and the University of Houston.The tournament precedes the spring PVF Roundtable meeting May 21 at the J.W. Marriott in Houston. The February PVF Roundtable drew a record crowd of more than 400 attendees. “We need to draw more young people into this industry and scholarships are the best way to do it,” PVF Roundtable President Danny Westbrook (Westbrook Mfg.) Said at the February meeting. The cost of the four-person scramble format is $125 per player ($150 after May 1) and $500 per team ($600 after May 1). All fees are considered tax-deductible 501(c)(3) charitable donations. Last year’s golf tournament raised $26,000. “Our goal is to beat $26,000 this year,” PVF Roundtable Board of Directors member Kelly Kelsheimer (Neway Valve) said. “We need these scholarships for our industry.” For more information, visit www.pvf.org. A video interview with Westbrook is available at www.supplyht.com. F. W. Webb acquires Bergen Industrial Supply Following up on news that broke just prior to March issue press time, F.W. Webb recently announced plans to acquire Elmwood Park, N.J.- based Bergen Industrial Supply. Founded in 1965, Bergen distributes industrial pipe, valves and fittings to manufacturing companies across northern and central New Jersey and serves industries such as pharmaceutical, chemical processing, food and beverage, pulp and paper, cosmetic/personal care products, textile, and utilities. “Bergen is a great family-owned business in a territory we aren’t in and a market that has great promise,” F.W. Webb President Jeff Pope told Supply House Times. “We knew of Bergen from being Affiliated Distributors (buying group) members. We see great potential to start doing more business in that part of the Northeast.” Pope said there are no plans to change the Bergen name or make any wholesale changes to current staff or operations. “We’re trying to be as seamless as possible so customers and employees are unaffected,” he said.“The employees are excited about being able to sell more products. In addition to selling A, B and C, they’ll be able to sell X, Y and Z as well. They’ll be able to get restocked on a more consistent basis. We’ll bring some of our people down, but it’s going to be predominantly all Bergen people.Customers are used to talking to Bergen people. Our goal is to add on and give them the ability to jump on more opportunities. Jimmy LaPorte (Bergen president and founder) has a great story and a rich history. The LaPorte’s are well known. The Bergen name is not something we want to disrupt.We want to add to it.” LaPorte Sr., said in a F.W. Webb press release: “Our companies enjoy a natural synergy since we serve many of the same industries and carry complementary high-quality lines. Customers will continue working with their Bergen sales and service teams, but will now have access to F.W. Webb’s deep resources and expanded offerings.” While it has a branch 45 minutes away in Newburgh, N.Y., this is F.W. Webb’s first foray into the New Jersey market. “We aren’t putting something in a territory too far away from any other Webb operations,” Pope said. “The New York-New Jersey area is definitely a market unto itself. New Jersey is a new area for us. It’s going to be a learning curve, but we’re excited about the learning process. We have a healthy respect about going in there. While we are F.W. Webb, the customers don’t know who F.W. Webb is. This is a great opportunity for us. We know we’ll have to work very hard to earn the customers’ respect and hopefully their business. We’re going to do that and never stop.”
Published by SupplyHouseTimes. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://digital.bnpmedia.com/article/The+PVF+Beat/1367182/153660/article.html.