Sunday, December 18, 2016


 Are you a skier, winter sport enthusiast?  Are you finding yourself spending hours in the woods freezing your buns off looking for Bambi’s father, brother, mother…. Cold weather technology has advanced to keep you warmer and drier than ever before. As companies like Seirus and Milwaukee patent new ways to combat the cold, we will be sure to offer these advanced technical products.

At Power Tool and Supply we have heard our customers request cold weather gear and we offer a great assortment of clothing. In our store, we have hats, coats, gloves and heat reactive socks. Hey these Heatwave™ socks from Seirus are great for hunters, exclusive Heatwave™ thermodynamic lining as a comfortable, 4-way stretch sock lets you increase the heat of any footwear.

Check out our variety of cold weather gloves from the Heatwave™ glove liner to the Youngstown heavy duty work gloves. Outer wear designed to keep your hands warm and dry in the extremist conditions.

Forbes reviewed over 200 US ski resorts to come up with their top 10 list of ski resorts.  Check it out here:

Let’s keep your core warm! Your body temperature is just as important as your hands and feet. Yes, your hands and feet will get cold first but you need to keep that core warm to stay in the cold for extended periods of time.  

New technology enables Milwaukee to offer heated jackets. They stay warm with a small 12 V rechargeable battery for up to 8 hours! We have coats and vests in Camo, black and florescent colors for those out working on the roads.New technology enables Milwaukee to offer heated jackets. They stay warm with a small 12 V rechargeable battery for up to 8 hours! We have coats and vests in Camo, black and florescent colors for those out working on the roads.

Reducing the need for bulky layers
Milwaukee®M12™ Heated Gear utilize carbon fiber heating elements to generate and trap heat across core body areas. Adjustable heat technology allows users to adapt to changing conditions by increasing or decreasing the heat level with the touch of a button. 

Powered by M12™ REDLITHIUM batteries, you will stay warm for 8 hours of run time.
Why shop at Dicks Sporting Goods, REI, Gander Mountain or Amazon when you can get what you need to stay warm and dry this winter season at the right price! The Farmer’s Almanac said this would be a cold and snowy winter. Be prepared to stay warm and dry with our great brands and gear. We also carry hand warmers to stick in your gloves or boots if you are looking for a basic and quick fix to your cold fingers and toes.
We look forward to seeing you in the store and showing you our gear! Proper head gear and gloves will keep frostbite away; warm jackets or vests will keep your core temperature up. 
Important information about Frostbite and Hypothermia from OSHA is below:
What is hypothermia?
Hypothermia occurs when body heat is lost faster than it can be replaced and the normal body temperature (98.6°F) drops to less than 95°F.  Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F), if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.
What are the symptoms of hypothermia?
§  Mild symptoms:
o    An exposed worker is alert.
o    He or she may begin to shiver and stomp the feet in order to generate heat.
§  Moderate to Severe symptoms:
o    As the body temperature continues to fall, symptoms will worsen and shivering will stop.  
o    The worker may lose coordination and fumble with items in the hand, become confused and disoriented
o    He or she may be unable to walk or stand, pupils become dilated, pulse and breathing become slowed, and loss of consciousness can occur. A person could die if help is not received immediately.
What can be done for a person suffering from hypothermia?
§  Call 911 immediately in an emergency; otherwise seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
§  Move the person to a warm, dry area.
§  Remove wet clothes and replace with dry clothes, cover the body (including the head and neck) with layers of blankets; and with a vapor barrier (e.g. tarp, garbage bag). Do not cover the face.
§  If medical help is more than 30 minutes away:
o    Give warm sweetened drinks if alert (no alcohol), to help increase the body temperature. Never try to give a drink to an unconscious person.
o    Place warm bottles or hot packs in armpits, sides of chest, and groin. Call 911 for additional rewarming instructions.
§  If a person is not breathing or has no pulse:
o    Call 911 for emergency medical assistance immediately.
o    Treat the worker as per instructions for hypothermia, but be very careful and do not try to give an unconscious person fluids.
o    Check him/her for signs of breathing and for a pulse. Check for 60 seconds.
o    If after 60 seconds the affected worker is not breathing and does not have a pulse, trained workers may start rescue breaths for 3 minutes.
o    Recheck for breathing and pulse, check for 60 seconds.
o    If the worker is still not breathing and has no pulse, continue rescue breathing.
o    Only start chest compressions per the direction of the 911 operator or emergency medical services*
o    Reassess patient’s physical status periodically.
*Chest compression are recommended only if the patient will not receive medical care within 3 hours.
What is frostbite?
Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. The lower the temperature, the more quickly frostbite will occur. Frostbite typically affects the extremities, particularly the feet and hands. Amputation may be required in severe cases.
What are the symptoms of frostbite?
§  Reddened skin develops gray/white patches.  
§  Numbness in the affected part.
§  Feels firm or hard.
§  Blisters may occur in the affected part, in severe cases.
What can be done for a person suffering from frostbite?
§  Follow the recommendations described above for hypothermia.
§  Do not rub the affected area to warm it because this action can cause more damage.
§  Do not apply snow/water. Do not break blisters.
§  Loosely cover and protect the area from contact.
§  Do not try to rewarm the frostbitten area before getting medical help; for example, do not place in warm water. If a frostbitten area is rewarmed and gets frozen again, more tissue damage will occur. It is safer for the frostbitten area to be rewarmed by medical professionals.
§  Give warm sweetened drinks, if the person is alert. Avoid drinks with alcohol.

Stop in Power Tool and Supply's Store at 3699 LeHarps Road, Youngstown or call us at 330-792-1487 and one of our sales people will visit you to discuss how we can help outfit you and your workers and keep you warm and safe this winter season.

About the Author: Linda Richardson, Director, Business Development 330-792-1487


Power Tool and Supply sales people like Dave (pictured here in a CLASS 3 safety jacket), help safety professionals every day. They need supplies like hardhats, harnesses, respirators, safety clothing and flame resistant (FR) clothing.  Supplying construction companies with the industrial supplies like power tools and safety equipment needs means we often discuss these three key questions: What type of project or construction site are they working on? What are they doing? What is their concern?
Once we have these three questions answered, it often leads to more information and questions. The key for Power Tool and Supply to be a good supplier for our construction companies and manufacturers is understanding their business, their risks and what tool or equipment will best service them. After talking with a training professional at a local Plumbers Trade School about a plumbing issue, I looked for some helpful DIY tips online. Here are some of the best blogs and videos for helpful DIY Tips!

Vivid eLearning Courses offers a great blog for basic safety handling of hand and power tools.

I used to read my Dad’s Popular Mechanics as a kid, now I enjoy their online magazine. Here is a great “how to” from them:

Everyone is familiar with eBay and knows someone who has bought or sold online using the eBay platform. One cautionary warning is many knock-offs are found there. Don’t let a great item description fool you. The knock-offs are great imitators on the outside but the proof is in the pudding. The tool will not work as well as the real one and you just threw your money down the drain.
Check out eBay's safety tips. There are a lot of practical tips here:

Think you know everything about safety? Take this quiz to test your knowledge. It may surprise you and if nothing else it will educate you. My Safety Sign offers a great online source for custom or standard work safety signage.

Keeping our workers safe is paramount to Power Tool andSupply. As we train and grow in our own safety knowledge, we hope to always be the resource you choose when purchasing your safety equipment and clothing.  Remember to visit us at 3699 LeHarps Road in Youngstown. We are right off the Meridian Exit on Rt. 680. If you wish a salesperson to visit you at your job site or facility, call us at 330-792-1487 and one of us will stop by!

Author: Linda Richardson, Director of Business Development Power Tool and Supply Co.

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. 

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.

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! 

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!


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 show us what you got!

Check out Mashable’s 23 ways to fix anything with duct tape! 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