Mike Miazga 2017-08-03 05:01:47
TRAEGER BROTHERS & ASSOCIATES OPENS HOUSTON BRANCH Miami-based industrial supplies-PVF distributor and ASA member Traeger Brothers & Associates recently opened a new branch in Houston. The new northwest Houston location features 12,500 square feet and operates with a full staff serving the power-gen and refining industry, as well as chemical process plants domestically and around the world. “This new location reflects our commitment to service excellence. We have the capacity and talent available to cope with high expectations and the most ambitious projects, Traeger Executive Vice President Jeff Tolle explained. “With four fully stocking industrial supply warehouses, Traeger Brothers continues to offer pipe, valves, fittings, gaskets, fasteners and instrumentation in shipping locations positioned for prompt supply.” The Houston branch joins other Traeger locations in South Florida, central Florida and Curacao. Traeger is a private family-owned company that started in 1924. The company was founded by Joe Traeger, who started the business by shipping used tractor parts to Cuba on banana boats, a service need he discovered while traveling home from Cuba on a boat that malfunctioned and left him adrift for six days. During his time adrift, Traeger used the time to speak with the crew and learned about the island’s need for U.S.-supplied materials. As a result of that conversation, the company was started. “We are small enough to care about the details of our customers’ success, but we are capable of competing at the highest levels of domestic and international commerce,” CEO Howard Traeger said. “Our single-point-of-contact philosophy allows for efficiency, productivity and succinct communication, which is a direct benefit to our customer.” MRC GLOBAL RENEWS CONTRACT WITH CHEVRON MRC Global recently announced it has extended its worldwide master contract with Chevron Corp. for seven more years. The contract allows MRC to provide pipe, valve and fitting products and services to Chevron’s global operations and project work. “Our relationship with Chevron has grown significantly over time and we are grateful they continue to allow us to be part of their long-term, supply-chain planning for PVF,” MRC Global President and CEO Andrew Lane said. “In 1955 we first began supporting Chevron at its Richmond, Calif., facility. Now, after more than 60 years of working together, MRC Global is proud to provide strategic supply-chain solutions to Chevron’s global operations in its upstream, midstream, refining and chemical sectors.” “Chevron has been our largest customer since 2010 and we are extremely proud to expand our business with them in scope, geography and product lines,” Lane continued. “We are committed to growing with our customers and helping them meet their goals by becoming an extension of their supply chain around the world.” The Houston-based distributor also recently announced its U.S. subsidiary MRC Global (US) Inc., has opened a new regional distribution center in Shafter, Calif., just outside Bakersfield. The new facility, located at 4000 Fanucchi Way, will hold about $15 million in inventory to support MRC Global’s operations on the West Coast and Alaska. It includes about 80,000 square feet of warehouse space, which includes a 5,000-square-foot valve and engineering center, a 15-acre pipe yard, which includes a state-of-the-art pipe-cutting facility and a two-story, 11,000-square-foot office building. “This new RDC is a demonstration of our commitment to our customers in this region,” Lane said. “As the energy industry enters into a recovery, we are well-positioned to support our customers. With the additional capabilities and growing available inventory at the new RDC, we are confident MRC Global is the best choice for PVF on the West Coast.” The location will employ about 36 people and support 19 MRC Global branches throughout the U.S. West Coast and Alaska. AD HOSTS CROSS-DIVISIONALHR LEADERS’ SUMMIT Wayne, Pa.-based buying group AD recently hosted more than 100 human-resources decision-makers and rising stars at its AD HR Leaders’ Summit in Chicago. This was AD’s first meeting with members in attendance from all seven AD divisions in the U.S., Canada and Mexico The Summit agenda was built by members for members and covered strategic HR topics relevant to independent distributors including recruiting, leadership development, employee engagement, succession planning and how to create an HR strategy. Best-practice sharing was woven into every session during the summit from the keynote speakers to the concurrent sessions. Attendees also had a chance to meet with preferred AD HR service providers with whom AD HR Services has negotiated enhanced service offerings and/or competitive rates. “The overall goal was to have attendees walk away with practical ideas they could implement in their business to help them take their HR function and their business to the next level,” said Neil Cohen, AD’s vice president of organizational development and human resources and program lead for AD HR Services. “It was very rewarding to see members from all divisions and countries come together for an intense two days of learning from experts and each other, meeting with best-in-class HR service providers and building their network.” F.W. Webb Senior Vice President of Human Resources Ruth Martin is a member of the AD HR Advisory Council and attended the summit. “The highlight of the summit for me was meeting so many HR leaders from independent distributors across North America,” she said. “Sharing best practices with people who share similar experiences in distribution was invaluable.” The mission of AD HR Services is to connect members with high-quality, innovative, cost-effective HR service providers; provide opportunities for best-practice sharing and thought leadership and to foster a strong AD HR community. CAMBRIDGE-LEE MAKES ACQUISITION Reading, Pa.-based Cambridge-Lee Industries announced the rollout of a copper coil product directed to industries for whom corrosion resistance and identification is a specific requirement. Cambridge-Lee is able to offer the coated-copper product as a result of the recent purchase of manufacturing equipment from CuPRO, a Canadian copper manufacturer which formerly made the product. “We are excited to add this product to our existing lineup of copper-focused products and bring its manufacturing operations to the USA,” said Andi Funk, CEO of Cambridge-Lee Industries. “We are committed to finding the right solution for all industries that rely on copper to get their jobs done and we are very proud of our American brand, especially as we enter our 75th year of operation.” PSP ANNOUNCES PLANT EXPANSIONS Plastic Services and Products is expanding its Salt Lake City, Utah, and Centralia, Wash., plants. The expansions started in mid-spring and are scheduled to be completed in December. Construction is underway at PSP’s Salt Lake City facility to make way for 10 new extrusion lines. At PSP’s Centralia plant, the company plans to install two new extrusion lines to produce ABS pipe. With the added capacity, PSP is poised to become the largest producer of ABS pipe in North America, it stated. In addition to increasing ABS capacity, PSP said it also is investing in cutting-edge equipment for PVC DWV pipe, PVC pressure pipe and fence profile extrusion. PSP President Andrew Reese noted the expansion has been years in the making and is the culmination of extensive research and development. “We have taken a long-term approach to our decision-making,” he said. “We disassembled machines, dissected tooling and evaluated a broad range of plastic processing systems. Whether it was from the U.S., Europe or Asia, we explored nearly every technology on the market.” According to Reese, growing customer demand was the determining factor in the decision to expand. “With singlefamily housing starts on the rise, there is an increased demand for plumbing, irrigation and fencing products,” he explained. “Consolidation has left customers with fewer suppliers to choose from – particularly in the ABS pipe market. Our goal is to increase the availability of existing product lines, expand our product offering and expedite order delivery.” Later this year, PSP will begin to offer a 48-hour shipment guarantee for truckload pipe orders to customers located in the western United States and Canada. CRANE ACQUIRES WESTLOCK CONTROLS Crane Co. recently announced it acquired Westlock Controls from Emerson Electric Co., for cash consideration of $40 million. Westlock manufactures switchboxes, position transmitters and other solutions for networking, monitoring and controlling process valves. With primary operations located in Saddle Brook, N.J., Westlock had 2016 sales of about $32 million. Crane spoke about the acquisition during an event it hosted at the recently completed Valve World Americas conference in Houston. THE COLLINS COMPANIES LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE Industrial PVF distributor The Collins Companies recently launched a new company website at www.collinspipe.com. “Although we had done a complete redesign back in 2015, our needs changed in that short amount of time and we realized we needed a platform to be able to speak to all the different markets we serve. The needs of the power market can be different than the needs of our local universities,” said Brian Tuohey, president of The Collins Companies. “Our goal is to be able to use our site as a communication tool to our current and future customer base. We also realized we needed to have a platform we could easily modify as the needs of the markets we serve are changing daily. “As our industry continues to shift demographics, we felt it was important to help inform emerging engineers and purchasing professionals on all their available options when selecting a flow-control solution,” Tuohey continued. “The new site offers extensive content including a product breakdown of suppliers, detailed product information and a video tour of each company under The Collins Companies umbrella.” Key features of the site include market segments and breakout by application/product type and brands available to service each specific industry; Interactive video on how to properly size, select and automate valves, and an enjoyable glimpse of the people that makeup the Collins team; A featured products section with detailed information on the engineered products the company represents; Enhanced introductory and advanced training programs; and downloadable cut sheets and videos also are available for customers looking for a specific engineering solution or more detailed information to utilize in the submittal process.
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