December 15, 2015 – Member News

Terrace Supply Welcomes Fourth Generation into Leadership

Steve Lichtenheld was named vice president of Terrace Supply Company. With the Itasca, IL-based company since 2006, he previously served as operations manager. Steve’s background in restaurant management provided him with experience and firsthand knowledge of customer service and supply chain management. Brad Lichtenheld was named sales manager. Brad joined the company in 2009 as director of IT and office manager. He previously worked in logistics and as a senior analyst at Corporate Executive Board. Gary Lichtenheld, president, says, “Since these gentlemen have taken over the day to day responsibilities of Terrace Supply, our sales and bottom line have risen significantly but even more importantly, our entire team is more engaged and the enthusiasm remarkable! It is an honor to have them as Officers in our Company with even more impact to the benefit of our customers and those we get to work with.”

Grainger to Close Stores in “Tough Industrial Economy”

At an annual analyst meeting, Grainger executives discussed cost reduction measures for the near future, including branch closures and removal of 200 management and professional roles. According to Grainger COO DG Macpherson, the downsizing would provide $25 million in annual savings, $5 million of which would come in 2016 from branch overhaul. Grainger has closed around 100 branch locations due to operating earnings. Read the full story here.

Lincoln Hosts Racing Industry’s Prominent Fabricators

Steve Kinser’s Sprint car

Lincoln Electric hosted some of the most prominent metal fabricators in the racing industry during the annual Advanced Motorsports Welding Seminar on December 1-2 at Lincoln’s headquarters in Cleveland, OH. During the conference, welding experts shared the latest advancements in materials and welding procedures in motorsports. Representatives from NASCAR, IndyCar, the National Hot Rod Association, off-road racing, aviation and other related industries gathered for lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training. Through the company’s long association with the motorsports industry, Lincoln’s engineers and designers have found that the most common fabricating challenges are related to welding titanium, chrome-moly, Inconel alloys and aluminum. The company’s understanding of these and other specialty metals benefits the industry by providing racing teams, manufacturers and industry associations with the welding expertise to make cars that are not only more competitive but also safer to drive.

MATHESON Acquires Texas Distributor

MATHESON acquired 3-D Welding & Industrial Supply, based in San Marcos, TX. 3-D Welding was founded in 1980 and operates seven facilities in the Central Texas Region that include San Antonio and Austin. 3-D Welding offers industrial, specialty and bulk gases, plus hardgoods, equipment, supplies and services. Scott Kallman, president and CEO of MATHESON, says, “We continue to implement our vertical integration strategy to serve high growth markets with all grades of cylinder gases, bulk liquid products and a broad range of related equipment. Our investment in 3-D Welding is consistent with that strategy, and complements the bulk liquid production from our updated and expanded San Antonio ASU.”

AWISCO’s Bill Kubler Retires After 47 Years

Bill Kubler (left) and AWISCO Vice President of Sales Victor Fuhrman, who was hired as Bill’s assistant in 1979.

W.S. (Bill) Kubler retired after 47 years of continuous service to AWISCO NY Corp. Kubler served in many capacities over his long career at AWISCO, including general manager, vice president of sales and most recently as special accounts manager. “Bill started with my dad, Bernie, in 1968 and was a fundamental part of the organization that grew to be the AWISCO of today,” says AWISCO President Lloyd Robinson. “I wish him a long, healthy, happy and well-earned retirement.”

HIWT Plans New Learning Facility

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology will break ground on a 14,000 sq. ft. “Next Generation Welder Learning Facility” at its Troy, Ohio, campus in early 2016. The facility will be an addition to HIWT’s existing 13-acre campus and will feature capabilities for welder education, welding procedures, welder qualification testing, certification services and specialized training.

Hawk Develops New Leadership Team

Hawk Technology, which acquired ALM Positioners as an independent subsidiary in 2015 and United Craftsman in 2014, has reordered its leadership team. Rob Doneth, who served as HAWK’s automation manager for four years, was named president. Doneth replaces previous president and CEO Josh Clare, who will direct business development. Mark Ross, formerly president of ALM and CFO of Hawk Technology, was named CEO/CFO of Hawk Technology. Myron Pundt, most recently vice president of engineering, was named vice president of engineering/R&D. Kevin Toft, who joined ALM Positioners in 2015 as vice president and general manager, was promoted to president of ALM. Paul Hackbarth, formerly general manager of United Craftsman, was promoted to president.

Linde Electronics Gives Preferred Supplier Award

Linde Electronics, the global electronics business of The Linde Group, gave its Preferred Supplier Award to Electronic Fluorocarbons in recognition of the company’s continuous support and commitment. Suppliers are assessed on various aspects, which include commercial, quality, safety, delivery, technology and service levels. “As a niche supplier to this ever important sector, I am very proud to accept the award on behalf of all our employees who have worked hard to achieve the high standards expected by the Linde Group, says Pavel Perlov, managing director.

Flexovit USA Begins to Rebuild

Flexovit USA has begun to rebuild its manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Angola, NY. The majority of Flexovit’s 100,000 sq. ft. facility collapsed due to the record snowfall that hit the Western New York State area in November 2014, dumping from five to seven feet of snow in just 48 hours. Since that event, the company has resumed manufacturing of resin reinforced grinding/cutting wheels and abrasive flap discs in undamaged sections of the property. It also has maintained sales and distribution services at its four distribution centers. Rebuilding the 62,000 sq. ft. plant and warehouse will restore Flexovit’s full production capabilities, and is expected to be completed by fall of 2016.