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! 


Friday, April 8, 2016

POWER TOOL REPAIR…WE’VE GOT OUR GAME ON!

Google power tool repair and the first page of listings are for Minecraft. Who knew power tool repair would be trending in the gaming world? Seems everyone is either breaking or looking to expand the life of their tools. Minecraft gamers must mine their tools, cut down trees to make an ax for example and find the parts they need to repair their tools all in a virtual world.

I wish we were as trendy as Minecraft  and the gamers of this pseudo-world were talking about taking their tools to our repair center in Youngstown but frankly I don’t think they even know about us or industrial tools! Many of our clients don’t realize we are an authorized repair service all the brands we carry, so we are hollerin' exclamin' shoutin' about it.  Our motto "You have the POWER, we have the TOOLS" includes repairing what you already have to add value and life to your drills, grinders, generators and more. We will pick up and deliver with your order any tools that need fixed, updated and maintained. We also have service plans to fit your needs so your shop is always working at optimal performance.

Our certified Grrr-8t! industrial repair tech, Jason can fix major brands of hydraulic, electric, pneumatic tools and everything from air diaphragm pumps, air, grease and oil pumps, certified in rigging inspection and soon he will be certified in hoist repair. How do you say DY-NO-MITE!


Zu and Shawn, (just as great,  I wouldn't otherwise!) can repair any major electrical brand of tool from Metabo, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Bosch and Ridgid to name a few. They are dedicated to helping you get the most out of your tools. Paul, well he is the real deal when it comes to repairs on any major brand gas generated motor, from tampers, generators, impact tools to kerosene heaters. You will hear them working on various repairs while shopping in our store. Take that Minecraft – our guys will truly expand or extend the lives of your tools.
This is just a short list of all the repairs and brands our dynamic team can work on and is certified to repair. Do you have tools sitting in the back that could be used? We'll supply you with the parts to DIY  or bring it to our superhero techs.
http://www.minemum.com/glossary  If you're like me and don’t know the basics about Minecraft, check out the glossary, yes you will find tools there.

Come visit our superhero repair techs and we promise you will leave smiling with a little more jingle in your pocket.  Visit us at the store or online www.powertoolandsupply.com , better yet - call Linda 330-792-1487.

Got a broken tool and it isn’t a Dewalt? Ask us about our DeWalt trade-up program, that useless tool could help you get a new DeWalt power tool.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Becoming A Geek About Concrete


ChemMasters hosted a learning workshop in their factory in February. 2016. I trekked from Pittsburgh where it was a balmy 58 degrees to Madison Ohio at 38 degrees one Sunday afternoon!  Who knew 2 hours north would be 20 degrees colder! It was a bright day and I enjoyed the Ohio farmlands and landscapes as I traveled over bridges sealed with ChemMasters sealants.
The workshop started with a basic understanding of concrete. Concrete is made of three ingredients.  Rock, Sand or Gravel and Portland cement are the first two ingredients. The cement is in a powder form and is the binding agent when mixed with the third most important ingredient – water.  The chemical reaction is called hydration which causes these ingredients to become a paste and gains strength to form rock hard roads, bridges, columns and more as it dries.  We learned about proportions,  water-cement ratio and curing.
There is a curing process that occurs after the concrete has been formed. The curing enables the concrete to continue to strengthen. Did you ever drive under a bridge being worked on and had water like rain falling down on your car? This is the curing process. It enables a strong product that will withstand the weight it needs to and to perform year after year. Did you ever stop to think about the strength of the George Washington Bridge before you drive over it? No, you don’t. We are secure in knowing our bridge contractors are creating and building the bridge to the specifications that give it the strength to ride on top of it year after year.


 I learned much about pouring and forming concrete, sealing concrete, how to use grout and the chemistry behind these value added products. We poured concrete, applied sealants and used structural repair mortar like ChemPatch to repair walls.

I added to my vocabulary terms like accelerator, cementitious, crack chasing, delamination and efflorescence. We discussed and watched them mix colors for concrete and discussed stamped concrete, colored concrete, stains, and coatings. I never thought I would find it interesting or fascinating but the scientists at ChemMasters were masters at communicating their passion for creating a high value quality product to enable us to live environmentally sound and convenient lives.

Power Tool and Supply inventories the sealers, epoxies, grouts and more that our general contractors and bridge contractors need. Our products are PennDot and ODot approved. Thanks to the great team at ChemMasters, now my workability talk with our contractors will help them get the right product and cement our relationship.