Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Power Tool and Supply obtains DBE certification

Power Tool and Supply is now a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and West Virginia Department of Transportation (WV DOT). 


The Department of Transportation (DOT) is dedicated to serving our community, including those businesses contracting with state agencies and recipients of DOT funds.  The Department's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is designed to remedy ongoing discrimination and the continuing effects of past discrimination in federally-assisted highway, transit, airport, and highway safety financial assistance transportation contracting markets nationwide. The primary remedial goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts. https://www.transportation.gov/civil-rights/disadvantaged-business-enterprise 

Power Tool and Supply is an industrial supplier to general contractors, bridge contractors and road construction. They carry Ohio, PA and WV approved DOT products including approved sealants joint compound, pipe and geo-textiles for bridge and road construction, safety equipment and power tools and consumables to help general contractors get the work done.

Lisa Springer, President and CEO stated “We are excited to now help our clients meet and maintain their DBE goals with our products. This opens another avenue to be a complete solution for construction companies”.  Power Tool and Supply will build our network within the highway and transit departments’ needs. Infrastructure maintenance is a priority to Ohio, WV and PA and we plan to provide what is needed to construction companies. While helping them meet the expectations for diversity inclusion with DOT projects..


Power Tool and Supply is a DBE/WBE and EDGE certified company whose reach is throughout Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.    A distributor of power tools, safety supplies, and other DOT approved materials as well as an authorized repair service for many of the brands they carry, Power Tool and Supply is strategically growing their business to be the solution for general contractors, maintenance facility companies and manufacturers.

For more information about our certifications, products and repairs please contact Linda Richardson 330.792.1487 or 412.496.5105

Friday, September 30, 2016



Master your Disaster with Duct Tape


Did you know Duct Tape came from a mother’s idea? Aren't moms the best!
Vesta Stoudt’s two sons were serving in the military in the 1940’s 
and Vesta took a job packing ammunition. The tape being used was 
problematic for the soldiers and Vesta took this problem to heart. Her 
solution was a cloth tape that was waterproof, originally called DuckTape. Read more about the origins of Duct Tape here. http://www.kilmerhouse.com/2012/06/the-woman-who-invented-duct-tape/.


A moving decision


My son drove by a car in Ohio and sent me the picture of the 
duct-taped car you see here. 

It got me thinking about all the repairs we use duct tape for. Once a plumber I hired decided to use a margarine lid and duct tape to repair a large sewer pipe in my basement about 15 years ago. It is still holding and saved me $100’s of dollars.



Do you remember when Duct Tape was only one brand, one color, one size? Now we have a variety of colors and brands. Check out our Gorilla Tape and Glue! http://www.gorillatough.com/virtual-tour 

I use the Gorilla glue to glue a lot of household items like a broken shelf in the refrigerator, a broken vase and even a light switch cover. Once my border collie had surgery and kept breaking the cone for her head. I got tired of buying new ones and duct-taped the last cone she wore. You should have seen the looks she got when we walked down the street. She was one taped up cone-head dog.

The Gorilla Glue Company is based in Cincinnati Ohio and manufacturers here in the USA! Gorilla tape sticks to rough and uneven surfaces – even brick! But our shelves go far beyond the jungle – we have other duct tape, electrical tape, painters tape, masking tape in different sizes. Think you need to replace it, maybe you just need to tape it! Come visit us and tell us your great tape/glue story! Here is a tip for removing the sticky residue - use a clean cloth, apply W-40 and wipe away!

CONTEST! 


The folks at Power Tool and Supply bet you have used duct tape to repair some pretty interesting things. Send your best duct tape work to our Facebook and we will all laugh and learn from your inventive bandage. 

The winning photo submission will hit pay-dirt with a $100 Power Tool and Supply Gift Certificate and the 2nd place winner receives a Gorilla Tape Survival ToolBox from the Gorilla Glue Company! Send in your best work by November 30, 2016. Winner will be chosen December 1st. 

Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/PowerToolandSupplyCo/ show us what you got!


Check out Mashable’s 23 ways to fix anything with duct tape! http://mashable.com/2014/05/24/duct-tape-diy/#V6jGz913APq3 I'd love someone to make me the cool duct tape wallet - #10 on the list. Kids are you listening? Christmas is coming! Show us what you got!

Here is to a day filled with sticky solutions!
Linda Richardson
linda@powertoolandsupply.com

Friday, September 2, 2016

Power Tool and Supply announces they are certified as Woman Business Enterprise through NWBOC


Power Tool and Supply announces they are Certified as a Woman Business Enterprise.

Power Tool and Supply Co. an industrial tool and supply distribution center and retail store located in Youngstown, Ohio, has been certified as a business owned and controlled by a woman by the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC), the first national certifier of women Business Enterprises. Over 700 public and private sector individuals participated in establishing the Standards and Procedures of this rigid certification review. The goal of the certification program is to increase the ability of Power Tool and Supply to compete for contracts at a national level.

“Certification provides a marketing opportunity for women business enterprises to participate in outreach programs,” said Lisa Springer, owner. “In addition, this program will enable us to develop relationships with larger companies and create opportunities for future partnerships with them.

“NWBOC seeks to increase the ability of women business owners to compete for corporate and government contracts,” stated Janet Harris-Lange, President of NWBOC. “At the same time, NWBOC also hopes to decrease the number of front operations participating in corporate and government outreach programs.”

NWBOC, a national 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, was created in response to needs identified by the Procurement Special Interest Group of the National Association of Women Business Owners. For more information, visit www.nwboc.com

Power Tool & Supply has been operating for more than 50 years. The company is based in Youngstown, Ohio and serves industrial and construction markets with sales, rental and repair in Ohio and Western PA. Power Tool & Supply provides in-house repair services for all gas, electric, cordless and hydraulic and air tools that they sell. Their customers range from large industrial and automotive plants to electrical and mechanical contractors, plumbers, bridge, and road contractors. Power Tool & Supply is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise with NWBOC and WBENC as well as WOSB (Woman owned small business) with the SBA, a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with Ohio and West Virginia Department of Transportation. Visit Power Tool and Supply’s website at www.powertoolandsupply or call at 330-792-1487.



Monday, June 27, 2016

Power Tool and Supply join Evergreen Marketing Group!

Posted June 19, 2016

Evergreen Marketing Group welcomes Power Tool & Supply

Ohio-based distributor becomes newest distributor member.
The Evergreen Marketing Group announced the addition of Power Tool & Supply of Youngstown, OH as a new member-owner of the group effective June 1, 2016.
“Evergreen’s focus on training and professional development continues to attract new members to the group,” said CEO Kevin Higginbotham. “High-quality companies recognize that our investment in training is what helps drive long-term growth for their company.
“Evergreen is very selective in adding new members,” he said. “Power Tool & Supply is a quality operation, focused on developing their people for the long-run. They are a great fit for our cooperative.”

Power Tool & Supply, a certified WBE company, has been serving the industrial community for over 50 years. The company is based in Youngstown, Ohio and serves industrial and construction markets with sales, rental and repair in Ohio and Western PA.
“We are excited to be part of Evergreen,” said Lisa Springer, president of Power Tool. “We have solid plans to grow our business and feel that the training, networking and supplier relationships available to us through Evergreen will help us to achieve that growth.”

The Evergreen Marketing Group is a member-owned cooperative founded in 1989 by six construction/industrial supply distributors. It currently consists of 66 distributors with more than 280 locations in the United States and Canada and has combined revenues of over $1.7 billion dollars.

The group is focused on driving growth and profitability of its distributors and preferred suppliers through an on-going program of training & education, business development and partnering. Evergreen maintains a state-of-the-art 17,000 square foot training center in Farmer’s Branch, Texas and offers the industry’s only professional certification program for distributor sales and operations people.

For more on Power Tool & Supply: www.powertoolandsupply.com. Or give me a call! 412.496.5105 linda@powertoolandsupply.com

Power Tool and Supply join Evergreen Marketing Group!

Posted June 19, 2016

Evergreen Marketing Group welcomes Power Tool & Supply

Ohio-based distributor becomes newest distributor member.
The Evergreen Marketing Group announced the addition of Power Tool & Supply of Youngstown, OH as a new member-owner of the group effective June 1, 2016.
“Evergreen’s focus on training and professional development continues to attract new members to the group,” said CEO Kevin Higginbotham. “High-quality companies recognize that our investment in training is what helps drive long-term growth for their company.
“Evergreen is very selective in adding new members,” he said. “Power Tool & Supply is a quality operation, focused on developing their people for the long-run. They are a great fit for our cooperative.”

Power Tool & Supply, a certified WBE company, has been serving the industrial community for over 50 years. The company is based in Youngstown, Ohio and serves industrial and construction markets with sales, rental and repair in Ohio and Western PA.
“We are excited to be part of Evergreen,” said Lisa Springer, president of Power Tool. “We have solid plans to grow our business and feel that the training, networking and supplier relationships available to us through Evergreen will help us to achieve that growth.”

The Evergreen Marketing Group is a member-owned cooperative founded in 1989 by six construction/industrial supply distributors. It currently consists of 66 distributors with more than 280 locations in the United States and Canada and has combined revenues of over $1.7 billion dollars.

The group is focused on driving growth and profitability of its distributors and preferred suppliers through an on-going program of training & education, business development and partnering. Evergreen maintains a state-of-the-art 17,000 square foot training center in Farmer’s Branch, Texas and offers the industry’s only professional certification program for distributor sales and operations people.

For more on Power Tool & Supply: www.powertoolandsupply.com. Or give me a call! 412.496.5105 linda@powertoolandsupply.com

Friday, May 27, 2016

FAKES ARE COSTING YOU AND AMERICAN COMPANIES BILLIONS ANNUALLY

FAKES ARE COSTING YOU AND AMERICAN COMPANIES BILLIONS ANNUALLY

TM Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Our consumers’ quest for the cheapest deal is costing American companies billions of dollars, taking away jobs from our American workers and causing injury and loss of time on a job.

Are you buying fakes? If you are bragging about a great online deal you got on your new power drill, impact wrench, or power washer – you may be a victim of a counterfeit product. These shoddy tools are flooding our market, costing our consumers millions in inferior products.
It looks like a Dewalt, has the same label as Ridgid, is in packaging with the same labeling as Milwaukee…  The level of IP, trademark and copyright theft is flawless. You can’t tell the difference until you have the tool or part in your hands. Then the poor engineering shows. It won’t  work, it could blow up and worse injure people. You think, man this tool is a piece of junk and take it to a repair center for DeWalt or Bosch or Stihl only to find out that bargain tool is not what you thought but a fake.

The best way to avoid getting counterfeit tools is buying from authorized distributors. Finding a “deal” on Amazon, eBay or another site may be a dangerous and costly proposition.
If the tool causes injury because it was a fake and not engineered to strict standards like a true DeWalt, Milwaukee, Ridgid, Makita or other brand then you have spent far more than you saved. Eaton has taken prevention a step further by creating a Circuit Breaker Authentication Tool. Using this device will help you determine if it is counterfeit.

Report counterfeits to Stop Fakes, a government agency dedicated to stopping the fakes that are flooding our markets. You are not alone. The Federal government has purchased millions of counterfeit parts. This has spurred regulations to make contractors accountable as to where they are purchasing their parts. 

Check out this online video: http://www.stopfakes.gov/consumer-tools https://d12vb6dvkz909q.cloudfront.net/uploads/galleries/342/monty-python-image-1.jpg
This link is to a great resource. The top 10 ways to spot a fake: http://www.stopfakes.gov/sites/default/files/Consumer_Tips.pdf

Billions of dollars in potential sales are stolen from American companies and distributors by counterfeit products. The infringements happen across the world on various platforms. Much of the counterfeit goods flooding the market are from China. These articles will educate you and open your eyes. 
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/counterfeit-goods-make-china-store-31098364

While reviewing a demo video I recorded with our Ridgid representative, in the You Tube feed was a link to a knockoff Ridgid product. Immediately, Tim called the corporate office to report it. We all have to be diligent in making sure our consumers get the right and best product every time they buy from us. We are authorized to sell many of the brands that are being targeted by counterfeit companies from China and will always be sure you are getting the genuine part or tool. 

I am not preaching here, I understand wanting a cheap deal. Power Tool and Supply offers the best deal because we carry the true deal – the original brand. Hopefully, this was as eye opening for you as for me. Happy and safe shopping!



Monday, April 11, 2016

Cleveland Ohio Rocks

2016 is an interesting year in politics. Ohio is in the center of it all. With a governor running for President and Cleveland hosting the 2016 Republican convention, it seems to be at the heart of this year’s political engine. Ohio brings a lot to the stage. Our people are hard-working; there are great eateries and amazing food stores. Visit Heinen’s Grocery Store downtown, you will be blown away but the variety of food and the beautiful architecture.
To pull off an influx of 50,000 visitors during the convention requires Northeast Ohio contractors pull together to build new bridges, resurface roads, hotels and other ancillary and infrastructure projects. It is anticipated there will be direct spending of $200 million as a result of the convention, 1200 events around the Northeast associated with the convention will occur and 16,000 rooms have already be contracted by the host committee.
Preparation for this event has been a great boost to our general contractors who build and maintain our infrastructure. Builders, plumbers, electricians, iron workers, steamfitters, masonry workers all are working hard to create a wonderful week for visitors. This week will not only showcase the exceptional arts and entertainment Northeast Ohio has to offer but our hard working general contractors and builders work. As a part of the Ohio Contractors Association, we have watched our fellow members work hard to safely and efficiently meet the deadlines set forth for this convention. ODOT and the city of Cleveland has carefully planned upgrades and infrastructure projects to best help the traffic flow for the convention and in the future for its citizens. I have been to meetings where ODOT shares its vision and planning for new projects and road expansions. I am impressed with how many people have come together to rebuild the region. 
Here are some statistics that may rock your world:
·         Cleveland added 4 new hotels in the past year.
·         16,000 hotel rooms have been booked and dorm rooms, homes, apartments are being rented for the week.
·         50,000 visitors will be here for the week.
·         8,000 volunteers are needed
·         $32 Million is being spent on the Public Square redesign. It is a beautiful space!
·         Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – You can rock with Kiss, Pink Floyd, Nirvana and more all in one building!
·         $200 Million should be spent in Northeast Ohio during the convention – cha-ching!

As a nation, we are watching these interesting political times. No matter what side of the fence you sit on, which side you part your hair on, or who you vote for… Americans come together to build a better place, improving roads, bridges and building. In anticipation of all the work our customers are doing Power Tool and Supply added new product lines like concrete sealers, epoxies, grouts from approved ODOT brands like ChemMasters, line striping paint, pavement marking paint to better service our road construction clients. Come visit us at our storefront in Youngstown, we’ll be glad to see you and share a cup of coffee with you!