Mike Miazga 2014-10-02 23:59:52
NEWS, INSIGHTS AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION OF INTEREST TO PVF PEOPLE Winwater opens Arkansas location Northwest Arkansas Winwater in Bentonville, Ark., has opened to provide general, municipal and utility contractors with ductile iron pipe, valves, water hydrants, drainage systems and other products. The company, which has local ownership and operation, serves customers in Northwest Arkansas, southern Missouri and eastern Oklahoma and is associated with WinWholesale. Located at 324 Airport Rd., in Bentonville, Northwest Arkansas Winwater carries a stocked inventory of products from major manufacturers such as McWane, Clow, A.Y. McDonald and Tyler Union. "We have a personal approach to serving our customers to help them get the job done," President Stephen Leach said. "That means things such as on-time delivery and going above and beyond to make sure customers have the products they need when and where they need them." Leach previously worked for 10 years at Little Rock Winwater and River Valley Winwater in Russellville. Merit Brass earns award Merit Brass recently received the NorthCoast 99 award, which honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in northeast Ohio. Merit was presented the award Sept. 10 by the Employer Resource Council. "We are honored to receive this prestigious award from NorthCoast 99," Merit Brass President and CEO Mark Schlessinger said. "This honor reflects our company-wide commitment to provide our employees with a workplace environment everyone can be proud to be part of. On behalf of ownership, the executive management team and all its managers and supervisors, Merit Brass leadership thanks each and every associate for their continued commitment to the success of their organization." Merit Brass Chief Operating Officer Alan Lipp added: "We've been well aware the extraordinary efforts of our employees are the real key to what has distinguished Merit Brass since our inception in 1937. This wonderful honor certainly validates that, and it is a privilege to be recognized by NorthCoast 99 as one of the very best places to work." Beschloss joins USA Today online columnist lineup Supply House Times industrial PVF columnist and ASA Industry Analyst Morrie Beschloss is the newest member of USA Today's roster of columnists. The nationally published Gannett media entity is now posting Beschloss' daily blogs on its website at www.usatoday.com. Previously, those blogs only were available on the Palm Springs (Calif.) Desert Sun website at www.mydesertsun.com/beschloss. In addition to appearing monthly in print and online at www.supplyht.com, and in the pages of the ASA-sponsored PVF Outlook quarterly publication, Beschloss has his own dedicated Beschloss Perspective website at www.beschlossperspective.com where he provides commentary on a variety of issues related to the industrial PVF industry. Beschloss is the 2012 recipient of the ASA Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award. Metals shipments stagnant in August According to the Metals Service Center Institute, steel and aluminum shipments were essentially flat or declined by small percentages at both U.S. and Canadian service centers. MSCI noted inventory increased across the board. U.S. service center steel shipments in August 2014 increased by a small amount from the same period in 2013. Steel product inventories increased 13.5% from August a year ago. U.S. service center shipments of aluminum products increased by 1.6% in August from the same month in 2013. Inventories of aluminum products increased 10.8% from August a year ago. MSCI also reported Canadian service center shipments of steel products in August decreased by 4.6% from the same time a year ago. Steel product inventories increased 8.0% from August a year ago. Canadian service center aluminum shipments increased 2.0% from the same month in 2013, while inventories of aluminum products increased 15.0% from August 2013.
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