Mike Miazga 2015-01-12 00:37:04
In memorium John C. Kenward Matco-Norca’s John C. Kenward died peacefully at home in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 26 after an 11-month battle with cancer. A Kansas City, Mo., native, Kenward began working as a welder for Welded Fittings of Houston and a few years later joined Calsak Corp. Calsak was acquired by Matco-Norca in 1994. Kenward served as Matco-Norca’s Southern region manager the past seven years. “John’s love for the PVF business and the people in it radiated from him for all that knew him to witness,” the company said. “John will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by everyone at Matco-Norca and others in our industry.” Wayne Pipe & Supply names new CEO Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Wayne Pipe & Supply announced it has hired Anthony Tranquill as president and CEO. With 25 years’ experience in manufacturing and customer service, Tranquill brings a wealth of expertise to the position, including the know-how to manage and run all aspects of manufacturing companies ranging in size from $1 million to $40 million, the company stated. For the last 18 years, he has worked with wholesale/distribution, residential, industrial and commercial combustion products. “I will be listening and learning in the coming months,” Tranquill said. “From what I’ve discovered so far, there is much to celebrate at Wayne Pipe & Supply. I’m blessed to be part of this company.” Kelly Pipe acquired by JFE Shoji Trade Corp. Shapco Inc., parent company of Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based Kelly Pipe, and JFE Shoji Trade Corp., along with its subsidiary JFE Shoji Trade America, have reached an agreement that JFE Shoji will acquire 100% of the membership interests of Kelly from Shapco Inc. The acquisition was expected to close before the end of 2014. JFE Shoji is a leading Japanese trading company with revenues of about $18 billion per annum. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JFE Holdings Inc., which also is the parent company of JFE Steel Corp., an integrated steel manufacturer that produces about 30 million metric tons annually of high-quality steel products. JFE Shoji has 55 sales offices in 19 countries, including Los Angeles and Houston, and 26 group companies in 12 countries, including 16 steel-processing centers. “We believe the relationship with JFE Shoji will spur Kelly’s growth in terms of additional material sources available through JFE Shoji, opportunity to pursue desirable acquisition candidates, and it enables Kelly to market worldwide pipe buyers who Shoji deals with,” Kelly Pipe President and CEO Len Gross said. Kelly Pipe has provided more than 100 years of supply-chain management in line pipe, OCTG and standard pipe in the North American and overseas markets. Kelly employs about 350 people and has 19 locations throughout the U. S., Canada, United Kingdom and Latin America. “JFE Shoji was attracted to Kelly’s national footprint coupled with overseas operations that distinguishes the company,” Gross said. “Also paramount was Kelly’s rate of growth, relationship with leading domestic and overseas mills, successful master distributor/standard pipe model, and an exceptional employee base.” Columbia Specialty Co. opens new location Long Beach, Calif.-based industrial PVF supplier Columbia Specialty Co., announced the expansion of its San Diego location into a larger, improved space. After opening the original location in San Diego two years ago, the company noted it is seeing a return on its investment with the expansion of the San Diego branch to a larger, centrally located 17,800-sq.-ft. building. San Diego Branch Manager Tom Murphy worked to ensure the success of the branch and to continue the expansion of Columbia Specialty in the San Diego market, the company explained. The new location features a will-call counter, a central location and is three times the size of the original location. “This new, larger facility is a direct response to the overwhelming support of our company from contractors and PVF customers in the San Diego market,” Columbia Specialty PresidentMike Taylo r said. “Our Trade St. location puts us in the middle of the action with our customers and vendors, and will improve our ability to provide outstanding service. We expect to create a new will-call dimension that was not possible with our facility in El Cajon. I’m excited about the benefits this facility will bring to the company and to our valued customers.”
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