Woodworking in the spotlight at Cabinets & Closets Expo in March 2020

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Woodworking in a shop

Woodworking fanatics from around the country will convene in Arlington, Texas for the Cabinets & Closets Expo on March 11, 2020. The annual event – which features a full-day conference, plant tour, and exposition – is dedicated to home remodeling professionals specializing in building kitchen cabinets, closets, and other home storage designs. The scope and creativity of the exhibits are a testament to the continued intrigue of woodworking. Get more details on the Expo here.

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Cabinets and Closets Expo

In addition to viewing impressive woodworking pieces for improving your home, the conference will feature speeches from woodworking veterans who can offer unique insights. Will Sampson, a lifelong woodworker and entrepreneur, will be giving a speech about pricing trends in the wood market. Bill Esler of Woodworking Network writes, “Woodworkers also tend to be craftsmen first and business operators second. Another recipe for disaster.” He goes on to note that Sampson says, “It is too easy to overlook business fundamentals while scrambling to get work out the door. But just as no amount of finish will cover up bad preparation on woodwork, there can’t be any profit if your system isn’t in place to build that into the price.” Read the full article here. 

In addition to checking out all the new woodworking innovations and business trends, this Expo will also look to the future generations in woodworking. Most people don’t think of going to college for a major in woodworking. However, there are several ways to open up a career as a woodworker as a sole practitioner or part of a design firm. Young entrepreneurs will get plenty of insight and tips about the best ways to start the journey of a woodworking career. 

This conference helps prove that the interest in woodworking is strong in our modern times. Machines that assist with woodworking, of course, will go hand in hand with this strong interest.  

View some of HGR’s woodworking inventory here

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Champ Fond Shaper

Everybody’s Welding for the Weekend

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Welder Working

The modern science of fusing metals together has been around for over a century. Depending on how far back in history we want to go, one could find evidence of primitive welding in the Bronze Age when common metals were used to create tools, weapons and even currency. In the intervening millennia, welding has grown from humble beginnings into an industry unto itself. Welding is used by many organizations, and in many disparate ways, to create all sorts of unique commodities.

Welding machines can have a long lifespan. In many cases, a welding machine will outlive the factory where it operated. The used machines are highly prized and can be used to benefit in other areas of commerce, such as farming. Agriculture Magazine recently listed some used welders on their website including an ESAB Rebel and a Millermatic 255.

While there is a science to metalworking, there is also an artistic and educational side. The next generation is eager to learn the foundations of what welding is and how it works. The Augusta Chronicle recently reported a story about scrap metal being donated to local schools near Savannah, GA to help train welding students. “Welding programs at high schools and technical colleges in the region surrounding the Savannah River Site (SRS) each received 2,000 lbs. of stainless steel from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at SRS for use in training future welders.” Read the full article here.

If you are in the market for a welder, you’re in luck! There is no shortage of used machines to check in HGR’s inventory

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Welder at HGR

If you are relatively new to welding, our friends at Welding Supplies from IOC have you covered! They breakdown “The Secrets of Buying Your First Welder” on this article here.

And of course, you can be very creative with old welding machines too. Get some inspiration from this video showing a custom welder build on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVt7jnfQCxg

The Future Is Bright For Big Business Using Big Machines

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Big Business Machines

2020 is only a few weeks old, and yet, there are already early indicators that heavy machinery will be steadily increasing in production and usage throughout the decade. With the continuing rise of global commerce, combined with the power of Artificial Intelligence and various automation functionality, many machinery companies are feeling confident that business is going to be booming in the coming years.

Michael Tyrrell – contributor to Production Engineering Solutions – notes that big machine company executives are excited about the future prospects. He reports that Alan Mucklow, managing director UK/Ireland sales division at Yamazaki Mazak, said: “2019 has been an excellent year for machine orders in the UK, with a continuation of the recovery in the oil and gas sector, a strong showing in aerospace and a resilient general subcontracting base that has continued to invest in new technology. I’m also delighted with the performance of our laser division, which continues to build its position in the UK market.” The UK and Ireland are not alone. Many other counties in the developed world are also on board to invest in new machinery.

New technology is constantly evolving and replacing the technology of yesteryear in fascinating ways. Some of these evolutions were anticipated while others caught certain segments of the manufacturing industry completely off guard. Howard Larue of Machinery Observer notes that, “The rise in adoption and utilization of real-time information access is promoting the use of Internet of Things or IoT-enabled devices. This is because IoT devices provide cost and energy efficiency and are capable of tracking the energy consumed, thus providing greater visibility on product schedule optimization and saving energy.” Click here for the full article. 

Advances in technology and engineering have been vital in expanding the potential of what big machinery can help accomplish. One major factor that has been particularly beneficial is the reduction of energy consumption in the creation, and more importantly, the performance of many big machines. The benefits go beyond saving money. As alternative energy sources become more widely available to construct and lend power to machines, the reliance on environmentally toxic energy sources dissipates. The net benefit of this paradigm shift in energy creates a cleaner planet with maximized cost efficiency. It’s a win-win scenario for companies and the general population alike.

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CNC Lathe at HGR

Ultrasonic Welding Looks to Make Big Noise in the Future

Used Ultrasonic Welder
Ultrasonic Welder

We have all seen a movie where someone’s voice is so high, that it breaks a glass in half, right? The science behind it says that high-pitched or high-frequency sounds have the ability to break materials apart, but that’s not the end of it. You can also use high-frequency vibrations and friction to bond materials together. That’s what Ultrasonic Welding is, in a nutshell.

History of Ultrasonic Welding

Ultrasonic welding was invented in the 1940s and used for bonding thermoplastics.  It wasn’t patented until 1965 when Robert Soloff found out that sound waves would travel around plastic and allow the joint area of the thermoplastics to be welded. The industry was changed even further when he combined a drill press and this ultrasonic welder, to make a new machine that he would pitch to Ideal Toy Co. Plastic toys saw massive growth as well as other industries due to plastics no longer requiring heat for bonding.

How Does It Work?

Have you ever had rug burn? It really hurts, doesn’t it? You can actually feel the heat as your skin grazes the carpet leaving behind a burn. That burn is from the friction. The same way rubbing your hands together warms them up, is the same idea behind ultrasonic welding. Sounds waves cause the two materials to vibrate at insane speeds, causing them to heat up and bond together. That rapid frictional heat is the key to success to bind the materials together. Here is a video of the process.

Why Use It?

There are some advantages to using ultrasonic welding or the traditional methods of welding.

  • Welding occurs at a lower temperature compared to other methods. This means that the manufacturer doesn’t need as much energy to reach the temperatures needed for bonding.
  • The process is significantly faster, often processing in fractions of a second to seconds. Faster than glues and more efficient.
  • A safer process that doesn’t require flammable fuel or open flames. Workers aren’t exposed to the materials and there isn’t a need to store dangerous materials on-site. Although hearing issues may occur if proper safety measures and precautions aren’t taken.
  • It’s cheaper. Given some of the statements above, you can see the cost for this process would be less than that of some traditional methods, which is why this method soared to popularity quickly.

The Future

In 2019, the market size of Ultrasonic Welding Machine is 456.2 million US$ and it will reach 565.3 million US$ in 2025, growing at a CAGR of 3.1% from 2019, according to Downey Magazine. Their article presented the Ultrasonic Welding Machine production, revenue, market share, and growth rate for each key company, and also covers the breakdown data (production, consumption, revenue, and market share) by regions, types, and applications. history breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, and forecast to 2025.

Looking for an Ultrasonic Welder?

HGR is one of the leaders in selling used machinery and surplus supplies. With 12 acres of industrial equipment under one roof, you can believe we also have Ultrasonic Welders available now. Use this link to see what we have in stock. If you don’t see anything now, check back in a week or so. We have hundreds of new items arriving daily, so you never know what will come in next.

Used Packaging Machinery at HGR

Shrink Wrap Machine

Packaging machinery is used throughout all the packaging processes or operations such as cartoning, cleaning, closing, filling, labeling, and others. Different timing mechanisms are used in the packaging machinery which decides the speed of the machinery. These machines can work manually and semi-automatic or automatically. The end-use industries are progressively shifting towards integrated, sophisticated, and standardized equipment to meet with environmental standards and to reduce packaging waste.

Increase in demand for packaging machinery in industries such as healthcare, cosmetics, food & beverage, and other consumer goods, where the packaging has become more essential for marketing. Transportation is a major factor projected to drive the growth of the global market. In addition, the demand for consumable goods in developing countries owing to the rising population is another factor estimated to propel off the global packaging machinery market.

Among the end-user segments, the food & beverage segment is projected to register the highest growth rate in the global market owing to changing consumer preferences and new packaging formats in e-commerce. In addition, the packaging machinery used in the food & beverage industry provide special chemical, physical, and biological protection and tamper resistance to the products. The pharmaceutical segment is anticipated to grow at a significant rate in the global market.

HGR has 12 acres of machinery and a whole aisle of used packaging equipment for you to browse through to see if you can help grow your business without significantly raising your overhead. Some of the more popular items are labelers, staplers, shrink wrappers, sealers, heat tunnels, and more. With more than 250 items in our packaging category, we have a variety of manufacturers like 3M, Titan, Pearson, Auto Bag, and too many more to list.

See if HGR Industrial Surplus can be your one-stop-shop for all of your company or manufacturing needs by visiting our homepage.

Reshoring America’s Jobs

Reshoring America's Jobs

Reshoring America’s Jobs are current buzz words being thrown around and for good reason. It is the practice of transferring your business operation that was overseas and back to the country it was originally located. The new Reshoring Initiative providing $100 million dollars to develop apprenticeship programs, legislation introduced to help close trade deficit, and a Reshoring Initiative president has been appointed to the Department of Commerce Investment Advisory Council. All big steps needed to move this initiative forward.

Back in the 1960s (1) you saw a trend of Offshoring begin within companies, but wasn’t under heavy public scrutiny until the 1970s. The thought process was that Offshoring would grant the companies cheaper labor and lower production costs, not to mention tax breaks and financial incentives. While some of these things may have occurred, it wasn’t without its flaws. Some of the disadvantages were quality control problems, time zone adjustments, language barriers, and effects on jobs where the company was originally based. These issues may have had an effect that led to the new Reshoring Initiative.

The Great Recession of 2008 forced companies to find alternative ways to cut costs by reshoring their businesses to the United States to create jobs for unemployed Americans. Since then, Reshoring has become a political priority with the SelectUSA program being started in 2011 (2) and the urging of major corporations to lead the change by setting the example.

Is your company looking to Reshore or would like some more information about it? Visit http://www.reshorenow.org and see how they can assist your business. They provide various resources like the ones listed on their site below.

The Reshoring Initiative is focused on Reshoring America’s Jobs which is helping companies shift collective thinking from “offshoring is cheaper” to “local reduces the total cost of ownership.” We do this by assisting manufacturers and suppliers in making sourcing decisions by providing valuable tools and resources including:

* Total Cost of Ownership Estimator® — an intuitive online calculator for determining a company’s profit and loss impact of reshoring vs. offshoring
* Case Studies — a collection of reshoring success stories from manufacturers, technology suppliers, and distributors
* Reshoring Library — an online searchable database derived from over 2,900 articles on reshoring
* Webinarsnews items and presentations — archives of past Reshoring Initiative events and articles you can use to inform customers or employees
* Personalized Help evaluating the offshore/reshore sourcing decision

 Other Resources
* Survey data on U.S. consumer preference for Made in America products.
* PowerPoints
* Data
* Economic Development Program
* Skilled Workforce program

 

 

CNC Turning Machines Show Growth Through 2025

CNC Turning Machine Graph

CNC Turning Machines are an important part of the manufacturing process. If you are a machine dealer or own a machine shop of any sort, it is important to keep an eye on the landscape of the business. While no one knows the future, one can look into the past, notice trends, and reasonably set goals that are achievable and sustainable. From a report created by hexaresearch.com they take a look at the upcoming CNC Turning Machine’s projected market value through 2025. Below is a summary. You can see the whole report here.

The US market value in 2016 for CNC Turning Machines was estimated at 7.88 billion USD and has been projected to continue to grow more than 4% from 2017-2025. Automation processes are likely to improve and result in lower human errors that may cause downtime or inefficiency. This increase in productivity should affect growth. There has also been an increase in mass-produced items, so that may attribute and fuel the industry’s growth.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will most likely lead to software being developed that allow CNC machines to be more compatible with PCs and smart devices. This change could eliminate the need for multiple positions or supervisors, which decreases the workforce, but gains profits for the company. With greater connectivity, faster and more efficient outcomes should be the result.

To look deeper at a few different segments within CNC Machining, lathes are expected to maintain their position on top of the hierarchy. Due to being able to handle complex operations, the versatility will make for higher demand in the 2025 forecast period. Milling machines should grow at a faster pace with the increase in the use of Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) to help improve accuracy and efficiency.

Overall, the world of CNC machining is approaching a very intriguing time and boom in technology. Today’s machines are becoming smarter, faster, and more efficient by the day, and with so many companies out competing for their market share, I don’t expect the growth or innovations to stop any time soon.

When it comes to Used CNC machines, however, look no further than HGR Industrial Surplus. When those companies upgrade their equipment to new machines, they have to do something with their old machinery. They aren’t going to throw it out, and scrapping it involves too many hands and too much time. So what do they do with it? They sell it to HGR Industrial Surplus and maximize their Return on Investment (ROI). Why would you want old machinery when everything is trendy towards new technology? Cost. Not everyone is a major corporation that can follow the current technology trend at the breakneck speeds it moves at. But their need for new technology is your gain. If the machines fit your applications, you can save thousands by using HGR as your resource for used machinery. You may have an older machine that needs to keep running and you’re having a hard time finding parts. HGR may have that machine. Why not have a salvage machine to pilfer parts from when needed? The uses are endless. So don’t waste time and start shopping for your future now! hgrinc.com

 

Robots on the Rise at HGR

HGR has robots and robot arms galore. Small robotic arms for intricate details and giant robotic arms with attachments to make good ole’ Ripley jealous. Not an Aliens fan, it’s ok. You don’t have to be to see that HGR can save you money by offering you used machinery as an option.

For decades human arms did the majority of factory work, but now robotic arms are doing some of the same jobs, but at a higher efficiency rate. In a lot of ways, they work like a human arm would and are usually made up of 4-6 joints for movement. The components are designed to mimic the wrist, forearm, elbow, and shoulder. They are able to work at a higher speed and do things that human arms would not be able to with great precision and accuracy.

Robotic arms have a few different applications they are used for. Some arms have welding attachments on them and sit on a production line all day. For safety reasons, robotic arms have been deployed for material removal in areas and with matter that may be toxic to humans. Another application would be in the material handling field.

HGR has many of these robots available here and from different manufacturers like Fanuc, ABB, Hirata, and more.

Here are a few Robots HGR currently have in stock.

Fanuc R-2000iB/210F

$6,999

Fanuc Robot at HGR
Fanuc Robot R-2000iB/210F at HGR

See the item here –

 https://hgrinc.com/productDetail/Robots/Used-Fanuc-Robot/07190470074/

This is a Fanuc R-2000iB/210F that is available at HGR Industrial Surplus. It is a robot that is floor-mounted and can function under a very high payload. The typical applications it is used for are material handling, welding, dispensing, and removal of materials. This is one of the slimmer models that allow it to be used in tight spaces, but don’t be fooled by the looks. This arm can do its job.



ABB Robot IRB 2400

$5,999

ABB IRB 2400 Robot at HGR
ABB IRB 2400 Robot at HGR

https://hgrinc.com/productDetail/Robots/Used-Abb-Robot/09190740002/

The ABB IRB 2400 has a wide variety of applications it is used for around the world. Some of those are MIG welding, pick and place, woodworking, and more. It is a 6-Axis industrial robot that was designed specifically for industries that use flexible robot-based automation.


Fanuc S-430iF

$5,999

Fanuc S-430iF at HGR
Fanuc S-430iF at HGR

https://hgrinc.com/productDetail/Robots/Used-Fanuc-Robot/09191270002/

Automotive manufacturing was the aim for this model from Fanuc. It does a great job of spot welding as well as material handling operations. This model is also known for its’ flexibility by utilizing the J-2 axis and allowing the robot to reach over its head and behind it. This raises the bar for usage once optimized to your application.


See more in our Robot Category by using the link below. HGR has over 15 thousand items in stock so make sure you browse our website if you don’t find something in our robot category. With 12 acres of industrial surplus, you never can be too sure of what you might find.

https://hgrinc.com/surplus/robots/?all=0&view=grid&aisle=&from=&to=&markdowns=0&newarrivals=0&sort=p-htl&kw=&per_page=96&min_price=&max_price=&pn=3&search_type&last_chance&slug=

3 Manufacturing Trends to Pay Attention To

3 Manufacturing Trends to Pay Attention To

When it comes to trends, there are so few to really pay attention to. Everyone is fighting for your attention and money and claiming they have the next big thing. They all promise to take your company or performance to the next level and make you rise above the competition. Most of these trends are marketing ploys to line the pockets of corporations, and have little to no real-world use. Every now and then, however, a few of them just seem to make a lot of sense. Some trends not only have real-world use, but the practicality of them makes it seem like a sure-fire, can’t-miss trend to jump on while it is early. Here are a few trends you might want to keep an eye on if you are in the manufacturing sector. 

  1. Smart Manufacturing – Industry 4.0 has provided an opportunity to manufacturers to use advanced manufacturing capabilities combined with informative technology to optimize the lifecycle of the product. Industry 4.0 is a subset of the fourth industrial revolution that pertains to smart machines or cities. The first revolution was mechanizing through water and steam power, which led to the second revolution of mass assembly using electricity. The third revolution involved adopting computers and automation, but the fourth expounds upon that idea by not only automation, but learning-based systems that optimize themselves to perform at high efficiency. The difficulty lies in finding a way to utilize this to maximize your business and production. 
  2. Augmented Reality – While this concept isn’t new, the ways it is being used are, even though it is still in the infancy stage when it comes to manufacturing. The uses could be for training people on machinery or how to repair them. Some places use them for data management by placing you in a visual world of information to quickly comprehend and grab as needed. Imagine being able to train someone on a machine and not have that machine out of commission or performing slower than normal due to training, or imagine scrolling through data with a flick of the wrist as the field fly by your face. The possibilities are endless. 
  3. Additive Manufacturing – Basically 3D printing. Imagine being able to stock 30% more inventory by carrying 0% of replacement parts for it! Instead you have stored media that will be used to print the replacement part when it is needed. The days of obsolete parts are gone and stocking them for years after, are long gone. While this hasn’t taken over yet, the implications of how this could help local, or large-scale manufacturers are endless. What if a machine goes down and you need a part today to fix it? You will be able to just print it. This is an exciting new trend to embrace and be on the cutting edge of. Smart businesses are early adopters to the tech that makes the most sense for their business. 

In closing, there are many ways for you to increase efficiency and production within your company. Take your time to research them and look forward to where your business is going, not to where it has been.

5 Thoughts Before Buying Used Equipment

5 Thoughts Before Buying Used Machinery

Buying used machinery can be an excellent way to grow your business and stay within budget. You could be searching for high-end CNC equipment or a consumer grade drill press, and the chances are, you would save money buying used. The first part of buying used is knowing where to look. Obviously, I would recommend HGR Industrial Surplus given the large inventory and variety of equipment. In the end, wherever you choose, there a few things to keep in mind when buying used machinery. 

  1. Reasoning – What are you looking for in a used machine? Do you want to get a great deal on a working machine without any issues that runs for life without a need for maintenance? Flip another quarter in the wishing well, and throw me in one too while you’re at it. The truth is, used machinery doesn’t come with all of those guarantees and often needs some sort of work done to it before it is in optimal working condition. So, if you have the resources or knowledge to do so, buying used may be an option for you. Do you need to see it in working condition before you buy it? Maybe try an auction on our homepage.  
  2. Financing – Not all machinery dealers offer financing and banks may be hesitant to loan money for used machinery. You may have to come out of pocket for the full cost of the machine and the repairs. While this will most likely benefit you in the long run, you have to have the resources available before making that decision. 
  3. Component Usage Wear – It is important to know what you are looking and where to look when buying a used machine. You may use one of these machines daily and know exactly where to look. For the rest of us, we aren’t hopeless. Luckily smart phones have given us the ability to search the make and model and which components wear out or are frequently damaged. While the damage may not be a deal breaker, it may give you leverage on the price when haggling, so make sure to take a quick search while inspecting.  
  4. Know the Value – Every company is out to make money, so don’t be surprised if the prices aren’t rock bottom steals. These companies have to purchase the machines and then have them shipped into a facility to sit and take up floor space waiting to be sold. There is a cost that builds with each machine. With that said, a little research can give you some buying power by knowing what the machine is worth. It is hard to argue prices, if it is at market value. Knowing what the machine is worth will ensure you don’t overpay and get a fair deal. 
  5. Kill the Deal – Keep in mind that when you go to see a machine in person, you may see things you didn’t in the photos, so make sure you can have someone inspect it, if possible. That person, or yourself, should have “Deal Killers” in mind.  Things that you have decided will detour you from this purchase. It may be specific damage you see, overall condition, storage condition, or a complex repair that is needed. The inner voice in your head says it’s a good deal and I can fix this, but will you ever do it? Know when to say when and decide the tipping point to when this machine is no longer a value. 

Interested in used machinery? See our new arrivals here!

Maybe an auction? Take a look at a few auctions HGR is currently marketing. 

8-14-19 Automotive Stamping Facility Auction

 

By Joseph Powell

5 Reasons to Buy Used Equipment from an Auction

Auctions at HGR
We already know who has the largest industrial surplus showroom in the galaxy, but did you know that HGR Industrial Surplus partners up with Cincinnati Industrial Auctioneers to market auctions? These auctions are great opportunities to get working machinery to help support your current business with little to no downtime. Do you want 5 more reasons to purchase machinery from an auction? Consider this list the next time you are ready to purchase equipment.

1.Industry Specific– The majority of auctions are very specific in what the have to offer. While they offer variety in brands, makes and models, they may also have those specialty items only someone in your industry may need. There may be a lathe, drill press, or mill set up with your business in mind. This is a great opportunity to expand your business and grow at a lower cost.
2. Testing the Machine – Reputable auction companies allow potential buyers to inspect the machinery prior to being auctioned. This machinery is typically in current working environment and under power, allowing buyers to see the working condition of the item. This will be valuable information to have before you place your bid, and it eases the tension on bidding on the item, given that you have seen it in working condition. Since you are getting this piece of equipment directly from the user, it most likely will have some maintenance records with it to give you insight into the machines history.
3. Easy to Bid – Maybe the idea of fighting in a room full of people waving your paddle around, while an auctioneer rattles off numbers at an insane speed seems a bit intimidating. I agree, but most auctions currently allow you to bid online and save yourself from being inside of the scrum. After you see the equipment and inspect it, you can sit at home with a cup of coffee in one hand and your dog curled up at your feet while you bid away effortlessly.
4. Titled Equipment – When you make a large purchase like machinery, getting a title grants you the safety needed to make the purchase without question. This is one of the benefits from purchasing the machinery directly from the user.
5. Financing – Not all auctions offer financing, but those that do understand machinery and the true value of it. A bank may not understand the cost of used machinery or the value and is less likely to provide a loan for it. Auction companies that offer financing will allow you to grow your business without emptying the accounts to do so.

Take a look at a few auctions HGR is currently marketing.

8-7-19 Coil Springs Manufacturer
8-14-19 Automotive Stamping Facility Auction

Do you have any interest in auctioning off your surplus equipment and supplies? Make sure you contact JMiller@hgrinc.com to see if an auction would be something of interest to you or your businees.

courtesy of Joseph Powell

Get to Know HGR’s Kyle Strader

HGR Industrial Surplus' Kyle Strader

What is your job title?

Inbound logistics agent

What do you do/what are your job responsibilities on a day-to-day basis?

Deonte Matthews and I schedule all inbound freight to be inventoried here in Euclid, whether it be consignment or purchased.

What qualifications are needed to succeed in your role?

Attention to detail is very important because we need to confirm dimensions, times, addresses, weights, names, trailer types, carriers, rates, etc. Confidence is also important, because most of our day is spent negotiating. Patience and the ability to adapt to change, because a pickup can go very poorly very quickly. And of course integrity, accountability, and communication. Without those three things, you may as well stay home.

What background or prior work experiences do you bring to the table that help you do your job?

I worked at UPS for 10 years in various roles; so, that experience has certainly helped me make the transition into Logistics at HGR.

How long have you been with HGR, and why?

I started in July 2017. Honestly, at first, I took the job just to have a job, instead of the first one I’d gotten after moving from UPS in Louisville, Kentucky, was as a chemical incineration plant operator, and it was awful and dangerous. But then I fell in love with HGR and all the people here and what we do, and the feeling feels mutual (at least in my head); so, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.

What amazing things are you doing in your personal life?

I have written two fantasy novels titled Glimpsing Infinity and Touching Infinity (set in Cleveland, actually, so read them!) and I am currently editing the third in the series, which is titled Embracing Infinity. And I’ve also converted the first into a screenplay, which I am shopping around.

What can you tell us about your family?

My wife, Johanna, and I have been married for seven years, and we have two amazing boys, ages 3 (Atlas) and 5 (Odin).

What is the most important thing in the world to you/what matters most?

The happiness of those around me.

Bitesize Business Workshop: Design Thinking

Euclid Chamber of Commerce logo

Join the Euclid Chamber of Commerce at Moore Counseling & Mediation Services , 22639 Euclid Ave., Euclid, Ohio, on Dec. 13 from 8:30-10 a.m. for an educational workshop presented by Matthew Selker.

There is no cost to attend.  Membership is not required.

Please contact Jasmine Poston at 216.404.1900 or jposton@moorecounseling.com to register.

HGR Industrial Surplus’ Thanksgiving 2018 hours

HGR Industrial Surplus Thanksgiving hours

Here are our holiday hours so that you can plan your visit or pickup. For the week of Thanksgiving, we will be open for normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed on Thursday to observe Thanksgiving with our families. We will re-open for shorter Black Friday hours on Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The following week, we resume our normal hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Enjoy celebrating your holiday and all the people and things for which you are grateful!

Get to Know HGR’s Ludie Toles

HGR's Ludie Toles
(l to r) Susan and Ludie

What is your job title?

I am a marketing administrator.

What are your job responsibilities on a day-to-day basis?

I call on manufacturing companies to talk to them about HGR buying their surplus equipment. If they have surplus, I then enter the information I gathered into our customer relationship management (CRM) system as a lead and set an appointment for the buyer to view the equipment and put in a bid if we are interested.

What qualifications are needed to succeed in your role?

It is a must to have good phone etiquette, as well as computer skills and great customer service skills. We have about 5 seconds to build a rapport with the receptionist or administrative assistant, which is so important as they hold the power as a gatekeeper to the people with whom we need to speak.

What background or prior work experiences do you bring to the table?

For the most part of 30 years of my life, I was in the “people” business. I worked in ministry and nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Africa. The people skills I learned while working with many different cultures have been invaluable in my work life. I worked at a call center for two years before I came to HGR, which gave me the phone and computer skills I needed to slip right into my job.

How long have you been with HGR, and why?

It has been 2 1/2 years since joining the HGR team, and I absolutely love it! I was looking for a company with longevity and a moral compass and feel like I have found it.

What amazing things are you doing in your personal life?

One of my passions is landscaping, which I did on a professional level at one point. My wife, Susan, and I work year round on our yard with great satisfaction. I am also an avid “Rock Hound.” I go rock and crystal hunting, as well as collecting, cutting and polishing them. I have recently been elected to serve as a board member for the Austin Gem & Mineral Society which has been a 501(c)(3) for 60 years. I count it a great honor to be a part of this organization!

What can you tell us about your family?

Both of my parents are deceased, and I am the youngest of five children (and I’m old). My two sisters and two brothers live in Colorado, Montana and Texas. I have been blessed with a wonderful companion, and we have been together for 13 years. Susan has two grown daughters that we enjoy when we are able to get together. We also have two sweet Poodles that we love dearly — Tilly & Macy.

What is the most important thing in the world to you/what matters most?

My wife, Susan, is the greatest treasure that I have been blessed with. While I traveled for so many years, I had accepted I would be single for the rest of my life, which was fine in my line of work.  So, what a great gift when Susan walked into my life. I cherish every day with her and love when we are able to spend time with our family and friends who are like family.

HGR Industrial Surplus' Ludie Toles poodles

Euclid Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connections: Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center

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SAVE THE DATE! Join the Euclid Chamber of Commerce at Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center, 21800 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio, on Nov. 13 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. EST for coffee, a chat and a tour.

There is no cost to attend.  Membership is not required.

Please register here.

American Eagle Antiques believes in unique, quality furnishings and excellent customer service

American Eagle Antiques wine rack

(Courtesy of Guest Bloggers Bill and Colleen Ulbrich, co-owners, American Eagle Antiques)

I started American Eagle Antiques in 1973 in my home state of New Jersey. Shopping local flea markets sparked an interest in antiques, particularly furniture. I was buying and selling for several years before I married Colleen, a native Clevelander and good friend from student days at Case Western Reserve University.

Bill and Colleen Ulbrich of American Eagle Antiques

Together, we spent about 30 years as antique furniture dealers — buying, repairing and refinishing, then selling traditional American Victorian and oak furniture, then expanding to French furniture, 1880s through Art Deco. We travelled to numerous events, from formal shows, like Chicago O’Hare, Papabello Cleveland Coliseum, NYC Pier Shows, to outdoor markets, like Brimfield, Mass., and Burton, Ohio. We logged thousands of miles each year, from New Jersey to Ohio to Minnesota, to D.C. to Atlanta.

About 10 years ago, we returned to Cleveland. Colleen worked for five years as a Cleveland Clinic medical secretary while I did full-time furniture restoration. Colleen “retired,” translated as returning to work with me, and we became intrigued by the repurposing of industrial salvage and discovered HGR!

Many hours are now spent together at our workshop located in an old factory building near Midtown, where we create one-of-a-kind furnishings from industrial salvage items, most acquired from HGR. We turn utility carts into brightly painted bar carts, machine stands into handsome end tables, lift tables and conveyor frames into distinctive bars or kitchen islands. We even began to incorporate local hardwoods into our repurposed pieces.

Most recently we’ve expanded to include live-edge furniture, constructed in our workshop for inventory and for custom orders. The emphasis is on dramatic grain using highly figured locally-sourced maple, walnut, oak, cherry and sycamore, to produce dining tables, desks, coffee tables, console and side tables, custom dry bars and kitchen islands. We continue to creatively use HGR salvage for one-of-a-kind furnishings for customers, who will treasure their unique “finds.”

Most of our training was on-the-job and self-taught training, including woodworking skills, repair and refinishing techniques, and above all, our teamwork! We now sell from our workshop/showroom, at markets and trade events, and have a division named UrbanFactoryClassics for selling industrial furnishings via Etsy.com and other online outlets.

We have many local customers but have shipped many major pieces to California, Utah, Florida, Texas, and around the U.S. thanks to Etsy. Our customers range from Millennials to middle-aged professionals and business owners to retirees.

Through 40-plus years, we have enjoyed the good times, coped with the tough times, changed and adapted, continue to learn, and still enjoy the challenge to be creative. We treasure each other and the wonderful people we meet, including the great folks at HGR!

American Eagle Antiques coffee tableAmerican Eagle Antiques live-edge coffee table American Eagle Antiques cart table

Local Italian grocery calls Willowick “home” for 46 years

Alfredo Guerrieri, owner of Alesci's

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Paolo Guerreri, manager, Alesci’s of Shoregate)

Alesci’s of Willowick started back in 1972 when my father, Alfredo Guerrieri and my uncle, Antonio Guerrieri, bought the franchise rights off the Alesci’s of South Euclid guys. They both worked at other Alesci’s stores, and that’s where they got their experience and their drive to open their own store. I believe there were six other Alesci’s stores, and the idea of owning their own business was a lifetime dream of theirs.

They liked the idea of Shoregate in Willowick because the location was between former two big retail giants of Jotes (currently Marcs) and Pick-N-Pay (then Reider’s Stop-N-Shop and currently Giant Eagle) with plenty of parking and located on a main road.

Except for cigarettes, we sell almost everything that you would find in a regular grocery store or convenience store. What separates us from most stores is our deli and cheese section, as well as our hot food counter and our bakery. We make all of our bread, rolls and pizza dough from scratch every day in our bakery.

Alesci's deli Alesci's bakery

We haven’t changed much over the years. We’re old school. The original owners are still here and work part-time every day. We still use pen and paper to take all orders, and there is no laptop in the store. We have a Facebook page but no website.

We hire people who have experience, and we also hire folks with zero experience and train them. We hire people with criminal records because we believe that everyone deserves a second chance. Between part-time and full-time employees, we have around 25 people here.

We donate gift cards and gift baskets, cash and food to different members of the community and to benefits in the community several times per week.

The biggest challenge we currently face is the online world because the owners don’t know that world, and they don’t want to know that world; so, we can’t sell anything online. And our rent is almost $10,000.00 per month, which might prevent us from renewing our lease in seven years.

I’m not sure if we would just close up shop or move in seven years, but for sure we will not be at this location, which is a shame considering that we have paid rent on time for 46 plus years. I’m not sure what Shoregate’s future holds since there are empty stores and half of the land was sold to build an urgent care, liquor store, bank, and houses.

I’m inspired by tradition. I have worked here since I was eight years old. It’s all I’ve ever done; it’s all I know. I love the people, the hours, and the work. It’s very fulfilling and satisfying.

I don’t think people realize that the owners are almost 80 years old, that the managers put in 70 hours per week, and that someone is always here 24/7 cooking, baking or cleaning. And that the bread and pizza dough are made from scratch EVERY DAY!!! We have been in business for 46 years; so, we must be doing something right.

Even when I am not at the store, whether at home with family, out with friends or on vacation, I am always thinking about the store. I just can’t help it. I may not be the owner, but I treat the place like I am the owner.

Alesci's of Willowick at Shoregate

Local manufacturer supplies jigs and hardware to nonprofit that builds beds for kids

Josh Smith of Beverage Machine building beds for Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Josh Smith on the right

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Joshua Smith, waterjet technician, Beverage Machine & Fabricators, Inc.)

I’ve recently became involved in something, and I thought HGR’s customers might be interested in this story. To make a short story long, a buddy of mine recently stumbled onto a company based in Idaho called Sleep in Heavenly Peace. It’s a non-profit that builds beds for kids who are sleeping on floors.

After seeing such a great need in Lorain County, he flew to Idaho and became certified to start a chapter in Elyria. A few weeks ago, we had our first “build day,” and before we were done The Chronicle-Telegram showed up and did a huge article. Within the week, two news stations had aired pieces about what we are doing, and he’s still trying to get the word out as much as possible.

Here’s where the manufacturing comes in. The company supplies jigs and hardware for making the beds to each chapter; so, when a group of volunteers shows up, it can mass-produce beds with very little skill or experience. Since everything has to be shipped from Idaho, we thought it would be quicker and faster to make it here.

Beverage Machine’s owner, John, said that he would love to get involved; so, I talked to the Sleep in Heavenly Peace founder, and he agreed to let us supply the construction jigs, etc. to the East Coast.

We had our second build day on Sept. 29. It’s a need that I never realized existed and seems like a worthy cause.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace Lorain County

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