Mike Miazga 2017-11-15 09:03:22
OBITUARY RODDEY DOWD SR. Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Co.’s Roddey Dowd Sr., died at home Sept. 30 with his family by his side. He was 85. In 1954, Dowd Sr. began his career at Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, a family-owned firm started by his grandfather in 1901. During his 64 years with the company, he served with his father, brother, son, nephew and close friend and associate, Ned Hardison. He held numerous executive positions in the company. Dowd Sr. was devoted first and foremost to the health and safety of the company’s employees, proud to offer them secure jobs. Dowd Sr. brought his business acumen, leadership qualities and sense of fair play to bear on numerous business, educational, community and cultural endeavors, including serving as director for many North Carolina organizations. AD BUYING GROUP LAUNCHES DISASTER RELIEF INITIATIVE The Wayne, Pa.-based AD buying/marketing group has launched the AD Disaster Relief Foundation (www.ADFoundation.com), a new 501(C)(3) entity that enables the AD community to support one another’s people when natural or manmade disasters strike. Bill Weisberg, AD’s chairman and CEO, announced the new foundation during his keynote address at the 2017 AD North American Meeting for its electrical division. The AD NA Meeting for the buying group’s PHCP and Decorative Brands divisions in Orlando in September was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. “When one of our members or suppliers is going through a major hardship or disaster in their company and community, there are many of us who would like to help,” he said. “But oftentimes we don’t know how or whom to help. It’s in this spirit and to solve this problem that we’ve created the AD Disaster Relief Foundation.” Donors to the A D Disaster Relief Foundation will be able to give monetary support to the specific member and supplier companies they choose and receive tax deductions for their contributions. The foundation also is working toward donors being able to provide in-kind donations (i.e., building materials, generators, cleaning supplies, etc.) and receive tax deductions for those as well. Weisberg’s family is funding 100% of the operational and administrative costs of the foundation so that 100% of all donations go directly to the people in AD member and supplier companies that need it, the buying group explained. PVF ROUNDTABLE AWARDS $175,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS In front of a record-breaking crowd of nearly 800 individuals at the Marriott Westchase in Houston in mid-October, the PVF Roundtable awarded $175,000 in scholarships through its PVF Roundtable Scholarship Fund. The Roundtable awarded scholarships once again to the University of Houston ($50,000 endowment), Texas A&M ($50,000 endowment), San Jacinto College ($25,000), Lee College ($25,000) and the newest institution to the scholarship fund, Houston Community College ($25,000). The Texas A&M and UOH scholarships are for four-year degrees in IDS or engineering, while the other three scholarships are for trade-school and two-year associate’s degree programs. To date, the PVF Roundtable Scholarship Fund has distributed $512,500 to those five schools. “This impacts the likes of more than 450 students a year,” said PVF Roundtable Vice President Harold Armstrong, who heads up the scholarship fund. Prior to the Roundtable, the group’s annual TroutBlast fishing event in Matagorda, Texas, attracted 346 people and raised more than $50,000 for the scholarship fund. The PVF Roundtable Scholarship Fund also received a $25,000 donation once again from Ferguson Cares presented by the Wolseley Industrial Group. This brings Ferguson Cares’ contributions to $50,000 toward the scholarship fund. The evening of networking was punctuated by a sit-down dinner and a well-received keynote address by Hall of Fame football player and actor Terry Bradshaw. —Mike Miazga THE WIELAND GROUP ACQUIRES KESSLER SALES & DISTRIBUTION The Wieland Group, a German-based manufacturer of semi-finished products in copper and copper alloys, as well as finned tubes, heat exchangers, slide bearings and system components, recently, as part of its U.S. growth strategy, acquired a majority stake in Woodbridge, N.J.-based master distributor Kessler Sales & Distribution. In close cooperation with Wieland Copper Products in Pine Hall, N.C., the company, now operating as Wieland-Kessler, will leverage an integrated and highly agile supply chain for superior customer service, in close proximity to its customers, with multiple locations in the United States, the group noted. Furthermore, the Wieland Group continues to enhance its product portfolio and service offerings through Wieland-Kessler’s sales and distribution network, while building on the group’s global expertise in premium copper solutions, it added. Together with Wieland-Kessler, the group noted it will develop the next steps for growing its extruded and drawn copper products portfolio. With a range of more than 100 different copper alloys, the Wieland Group offers product solutions for numerous industries such as the electrical and electronic industry, the automotive industry, the mechanical engineering, air-conditioning, refrigeration and heating sectors, as well as the construction and sanitary industries. If required, the portfolio is complemented by materials such as aluminium, steel and titanium.
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