In recent years, Distribution Center magazine has presented several Golden Warehouse awards for companies that either expanded an existing facility or created a new one. We looked for creativity, functionality, and most importantly the business sense behind the expansion.
As we spend time together, it’s hard to believe 2018 is just a few short months away. It’s been an awesome summer. The weather has been great, the family vacation allowed some important bonding and, on the work side, business remained brisk. Most of our working hours have been a balance between summer activities and keeping the business running. Life is good.
There have been a few changes since you became involved with APR Supply Co. You are now its president and CEO. Please give us some background on the company, how you first became involved and where the company is today.
Air handlers, like the rest of the HVAC industry, continue to evolve thanks to new technology enhancements. By incorporating increased motor efficiency, design improvements and the utilization of energy recovery options, manufacturers are producing units that are more efficient, intelligent and connected than ever before.
As everyone is aware, there’s a pretty massive upheaval going on in distribution and supply chain. The source of this upheaval links to a name with the world’s longest, highest-volume river: Amazon. While it’s virtually impossible for any of us to disrupt or totally stem its flow, we can all learn how to compete with, or even learn from, the aptly named company’s online presence and strategies.
Pam Krivda is HARDI’s human resources consultant. She has in-depth experience on employment and labor relations issues, and because HARDI provides her services to its membership, we thought it was timely to ask a few questions.
Social events on Facebook or an email about office repairs are unlikely to be relevant to a technical business decision, but how do you know what information is relevant? The world is chaotic (in the technical sense) and it’s nonlinear, nobody can tell for sure what data are relevant, or even know afterward whether they had all the relevant information when they made a decision that turned out right (or wrong).
For owners of independent HVACR companies, direct mail campaigns allow you to reach potential contractors you otherwise may have missed with your current marketing plan. Everything you send to your contractors must be clear and concise, visually appealing and influential in nature.
Direct mail remains the second largest advertising media vehicle outside of television. With the overwhelming majority of contractors opening almost all their mail and 79 percent of contractors acting immediately on direct mail versus 45 percent for emails, it’s clear that direct mail is a critical component of a local marketing plan.
I’m a sucker for articles that discuss job trends. As the editor of a publication with an audience that regards personnel issues as a top priority, my eyes jump when I see a workforce story that appears significant. My eyes bulged when I read this headline in The Wall Street Journal: "Videogames Might Be Keeping Young Men Out of the Workforce."
The middle of summer brings opportunities for all. Your business strategies and systems are tested under the full load of the high demand of the cooling season, and so are the people. Our industry’s incredible people deserve hearty congratulations for providing an information, application and logistical system that plays an important part in delivering comfort to hundreds of millions of Americans every summer.
The Ruskin®TDP05K thermal dispersion, air measurement system for air flow and temperature measuring averages multiple velocity and temperature points within the duct or plenum — arriving at accurate air measurements for demanding applications.
SpeedClean’s Mini Split Bib Kit® has seen success among HVAC contractors who are taking advantage of the growing popularity of mini-split systems. Contractors now can expand their service offerings and increase preventative maintenance (PM) revenue with a larger version of the popular maintenance solution. Just like the original, the Mini Split Bib Kit XL is used to quickly and safely clean mini-split coils and fans, just on bigger commercial units.
Conexiom Sales Order Automation eliminates hours of manual order processing by immediately converting incoming emailed and faxed purchase orders into automated sales orders without human intervention. Using patent-pending technology, the solution guarantees 100 percent data accuracy. Conexiom can handle many unique formats, turning your customers’ existing purchase orders into standardized, structured, electronic sales orders in your ERP system.
TULSA, Okla. — AAON Inc. announced that its board of directors has declared a regular semi-annual cash dividend of $0.13 per share or $0.26 annually. Stephen O. LeClair, along with one incumbent, Jack E. Short, were elected to the company's board of directors at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 16, 2017. Jerry R. Levine did not stand for re-election and retired from the board immediately following the meeting, upon completion of his current term. DC
DDI System, which specializes in market-specific distribution ERP technology, has acquired General Data Systems (GDS) of St. Louis. GDS is a solution provider in the small- to medium-sized wholesale distributor software space.
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — US Air Conditioning Distributors announced that it will carry the Marvair brand as part of its continued efforts to provide a diverse and all-encompassing product line for its customers.
Edison, N.J. — Marketair is now the exclusive North American importer/vendor for the RD-Series and PD-Series commercial rooftop enclosure and support systems. Developed by Inaba Denko, Osaka, Japan, the series is designed exclusively for multiple linesets used with variable refrigerant flow/volume (VRF/VRV) multi-split systems.
Memphis, Tenn.— KeIe Inc. appointed Richard Campbell president and chief executive officer. Campbell will assume the responsibilities of outgoing president and CEO, Tim Vargo, who announced his retirement in April.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Johnstone Supply Inc. has reached $2 billion in annual sales. The company, founded in 1953, has a long history of growth and leadership in the HVACR industry. In 1981, the company was converted into a member-owned cooperative with 32 locations and annual sales of $28 million. Today, the 102 members of the cooperative operate 410 locations, supported by six regional distribution centers, with annual sales of $2 billion.