Mike Miazga 2017-04-05 01:43:46
MECHANICAL SUPPLY CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP Mechanical Supply Co., with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is completing its first year as the center of The Macomb Group’s Southeastern regional expansion. The transaction enabled The Macomb Group to extend its service to the southeast marketplace as well as support out-of-state contractors looking to expand their areas of business activity, Mechanical Supply explained. Taking three branches, more than 50 employees, hundreds of customers and millions of dollars of inventory and integrating all of it with a larger industrial PVF distributor while continuing to uphold the first priority of superior customer service — is no walk in the park, the company added. The transition to a much larger platform with access to inventory at 16 additional locations across five more states and the resources afforded by a large parent company has produced many dividends, Mechanical Supply said. The effort was led by a regional management team comprised of David Lefko, Herb Towery and Lee Kiser. “Of course it came with significant effort on the part of our dedicated employees,” said Lefko, regional branch manager, “and while there was a lot of apprehension as to exactly what this new union would bring, it’s clear that as we look at everything we’ve accomplished in a relatively short timeframe, there’s genuine enthusiasm about what we can achieve as a member of The Macomb Group.” As the 11th-largest industrial PVF supplier according to the 2016 Supply House Times Premier 150 distributor rankings, The Macomb Group has made significant investments in its newest region, Mechanical Supply noted. “On that front, the leadership team in North Carolina and our corporate office has been working hard behind the scenes for several months now to identify a 100,000-plus-square-foot facility or a site that can accommodate a facility of this size,” noted Towery, regional sales manager. “This type of investment will help us function more efficiently as a regional hub from which we can support customers all over the Carolinas, as well as enables us to expand further into Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.” Kiser, the regional corporate quotations manager, observed: “We’ve been fortunate to attract some new members to our team and while our total headcount has grown since the transaction closed last January, we’re still in the market for new hires. We’re also having conversations about potential acquisitions which will expand our reach even further.” IRON LEAGUE OF PHILADELPHIA HOLDS NETWORKING EVENT The Iron League of Philadelphia recently held a networking event. The Iron League of Philadelphia seeks to promote and maintain a membership of individuals in the industry of fabricating, processing, manufacturing or distribution of metal products. The regional organization provides professional opportunities to gain a higher awareness of business conditions through the use of networking. Members continually share their experiences and supplement the knowledge of other members. Through social events, an annual golf outing and educational gatherings, the group aims to provide the social and professional tools needed to succeed in any area of professional life and specifically the metals industry. For more information, visit www.ironleagueofphila.com. CHICAGO TUBE & IRON ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS Chicago Tube & Iron recently promoted a pair of individuals. Jim Farnan was named director of procurement effective March 1, while Sean Vietti was named general manager of Chicago Tube & Iron’s Romeoville, Ill., location. Farnan will immerse himself into the procurement role operating closely with Larry Soehrman, providing for a smooth and effective evolution as Soehrman transitions to a much-deserved retirement at the end of May, CTI Executive Vice President and COO Bill Zielinski explained. Farnan is a 22-year industry veteran and has 17 years of experience at CTI in sales and general management. Vietti’s promotion “entrusts Sean with guiding the growth of the CTI Romeoville and CTI Cleveland branch locations, including complete profit-and-loss responsibility,” Zielinski noted. AD HOSTS FIRST ANNUAL ECOMMERCE SUMMIT Wayne, Pa.-based buying group AD hosted its first annual multi-divisional eCommerce Summit in Dallas earlier this year. More than 230 eCommerce leaders within 140 AD member organizations were in attendance. The goal of the AD eCommerce Summit is to help the AD independent distributors build comprehensive eCommerce strategies from financial models, to staff implications, to marketing plans, the group noted. The two-day event included keynote speakers, AD member panel discussions and more than 100 one-on-one “Ask the Expert” sessions led by 15 eCommerce subject-matter experts. The summit content was determined and prioritized by the AD eContent subscribers and aimed to provide attendees and sponsors with an opportunity to learn, network and take away practical actions. Koltin Stratiner, corporate project development for AD member Puget Sound Pipe and Supply said: “With how busy our daily schedules are, being able to spend an entire day focusing on this issue led to the most progress on eCommerce solutions that we have had to date.
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