Sponsorship/partnership further manufacturing in Ohio


HGR loves to partner with other organizations, as well as provide sponsorship, to promote manufacturing in Ohio. This year, we have had the opportunity to work with three groups of folks doing amazing things to stimulate the growth of the area and enhance the life of its residents.

Euclid HS Robotics Team

First, the company worked with Bob Torrelli, Euclid High School Science Department chair and physics teacher, and his six-student robotics team to prep for its Apr. 25 Alliance for Working Together (AWT) RoboBot Competition as part of the science, technology, engineering, arts and technology (STEAM) initiative. AWT is a coalition of more than 75 local companies that encourage youth to consider jobs in manufacturing. This year, 35 high schools participated. The team worked for more than six months to create an indestructible, remote-controlled battle robot made from a 15-pound aluminum frame with three motors, heat-treated steel blades and Lexan armor. Its robot faced off in battle with the robots of the other high school teams. Euclid made it to the fourth round of competition, tying for ninth place out of 35 and won the award for best sportsmanship. Several working sessions with breakfast were held at HGR’s office at 20001 Euclid Avenue. The company offered design tips and provided materials and equipment. Members of the team and Torelli will be at HGR’s Oct. 1 dedication ceremony and sale to show off their robot and answer questions, as well as to be recognized by HGR for its efforts. The 2016 team is beginning to organize. Stay tuned for a future blog post on its progress.

Next up, HGR is sponsoring the Sept. 30 [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly put on by The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, aka MAGNET, at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio. The event’s purpose is to address the “challenges of today’s changing manufacturing landscape. “The event will explore how attendees can maintain their competitive advantage, tackling essential issues of workforce development, ideation strategy, digital marketing optimization, and operations management,” states MAGNET’s website. This year’s keynote speaker is Sean Stack, CEO of Aleris. HGR has purchased a table for 10 and will have a display table to distribute information. In addition, we partnered with MAGNET to create a manufacturing resource center inside of HGR’s customer lounge. The center will house pamphlets, handouts, books and periodicals that provide information about manufacturing opportunities, as well as information about MAGNET’s services and programming. HGR also will create an online center with links to additional resources.

Last but not least, HGR is sponsoring Ingenuity Cleveland’s eleventh-annual Ingenuity Festival on Oct. 2-4; this year, it’s being held at Voinovich Park. This festival of creativity and innovation celebrates art, music, technology and the maker’s movement. We will have a table at the event and host information on Ingenuity Cleveland in our new resource center. HGR also provided monetary and in-kind contributions for the Iron Architect event, a competition where four teams compete to create a unique seating environment within the festival grounds using an array of materials, $200 at Home Depot and a “secret ingredient” that will be selected from the plethora of items available at HGR’s showroom.

The 200-year history of HGR’s site: From farm to wartime plant to GM plant to HGR Industrial Surplus

Nickel Plate Road

(Photo courtesy of Belt Magazine (http://beltmag.com/train-dreams/)

In anticipation of HGR’s Oct. 1 dedication of its recently purchased building as “Nickel Plate Station,” we wanted to take you on a walk down memory lane to the history of the site from the 1800s to the present day.

Logan Family Farm

  • In the 1800s, the Logan Family farmed 68 acres of land along Euclid Avenue in the Village of Euclid then sold the land to a realty company in 1912.
  • 1912-1926: The realty company and the Village fought over the land’s usage as commercial versus residential, respectively. In 1926, the Supreme Court found in favor of the Village as the landmark case that enabled fledgling zoning laws.
  • 1942-1945: In spite of the residential ruling, The Defense Plant Corporation, part of the U.S. government, built then leased a wartime plant to Cleveland Pneumatic Aerol to manufacture landing gear and rocket shells for the WWII effort.
  • 1945: The war ended, and the land became vacant.
  • 1946: The structure housed Cleveland Ordinance District offices, surplus goods and federal government offices.
  • 1947: Ferguson Tractor bought the property with the intent to create a tractor factory, but that plan never came to fruition; so, the land was sold to The Fisher Body Division of General Motors.
  • 1948: Fisher Body began manufacturing bodies for delivery trucks and Chevy and Oldsmobile station wagons then transporting them for assembly via a rail loading bay inside the building that was a stopping point for The Nickel Plate Road, a rail line that connected New York, Chicago and St. Louis since 1881.

Body Manufacture

  • 1958: 100,000 units were produced by 2,900 employees, including bodies for the El Camino.
  • 1960: Bodies for convertibles were added to the line.
  • 1965: The Euclid plant became the sole producer for two muscle cars, the Oldsmobile Toronado and Buick Riviera.
  • 1970: The cost of manufacturing auto bodies and transporting them to final assembly plants became too expensive. GM stopped production and retooled the plant into a sewing center to make interior trim and upholstery.
  • 1970-1980: Labor disputes and strikes took place.
  • 1972: The plant began to make 100,000 units of GM’s first airbag system for high-end 1974-1976 cars, but stopped when only 10,000 were sold in three years.
  • 1982: GM planned to close the plant but UAW workers nationwide negotiated concessions to save the plant, where it continued to make seat covers, door panels, sun shades and other interior parts.
  • 1986: The plant received a contract to make boat seats and cushions for Sea Ray Boats.
  • 1993: GM closed the plant.
  • 1996: GM sold the property to a development company.
  • 1998: HGR Industrial Surplus moved into a portion of the building to realize the owner’s vision of an ongoing industrial garage sale.
  • 2014: HGR purchased the entire 900,000-square-foot building and property and began improvements.
  • Oct. 1, 2015: HGR officially dedicates the property and facility, including tenant space, as “Nickel Plate Station.”

HGR Entrance


What’s in the future for HGR, Nickel Plate Station and the City of Euclid? Stay tuned!

Come celebrate HGR’s building dedication on Oct. 1: Big sale, free lunch, prizes and more

Ribbon cutting

Since purchasing the 966,000-square-foot, 66-acre former GM Fisher Body Plant at 20001 Euclid Avenue in late 2014, 525,000 SF of which HGR has leased since 1998, plans have been in the works to invest $10-12 million in a renovation. The company already has overhauled the parking lot and repaired the roof. It will be installing a new HVAC system and lighting along with the renovation of existing office space and the build out of additional offices to meet the needs of its growing employee base.

On Oct. 1, HGR will host a customer appreciation sale with discounts of up to 50 percent and a prize giveaway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting by local officials from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a complimentary food-truck luncheon that is open to the public. That means YOU are invited! You just might win a snow blower, a one-night stay at a Marriott hotel, HGR store credit gift certificates, assorted gift cards or HGR cornhole boards. Every $500 you spend in-store gets you one entry into the drawing.

At the dedication, the site will be renamed Nickel Plate Station in honor of the Nickel Plate Road railway line that steamed through Euclid beginning in 1881, just north of the land on which the current building sits, to connect New York, Chicago and St. Louis.

Additionally, a wall-sized exhibit will be unveiled that walks visitors through an interesting pictorial and educational history of the site that played such a large part as a Cleveland-area employer for 50 years, first used in 1943 to produce aircraft parts during World War II then to make bodies, trim and upholstery for GM cars as well as to manufacture Sea Ray Boats before closing in 1993.

Members of the Euclid High School Robotics Team will be recognized for their interscholastic achievements and will demonstrate the robot they built for state competition. As if that’s not enough, HGR will unveil a manufacturing resource center inside of its customer lounge with information about science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) educational and manufacturing opportunities.

We hope to see you there.

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HGR Closed for Memorial Day

HGR Industrial Surplus will be closed as we honor the American men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.

We  will be open for our normal hours on Saturday (8 a.m. to Noon), and we will reopen Tuesday, May 26 for our regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Click here to find out what’s going on in Northeast Ohio this Memorial Day weekend, but HGR also encourages its customers and friends to take time to consider the sacrifices made by men and women or our armed forces.

“The Untouchables” Tie for Ninth at RoboBots Competition


A team Euclid High School students, under the direction of Bob Torrelli, began preparing for the AWT RoboBots competition months ago, and their work paid off with two wins at the battle robots tournament held Saturday, April 25 at Lakeland Community College.

Check out videos of The Untouchables.


Sponsored by HGR Industrial Surplus and SC Industries, The Untouchables claimed an opening round win over The Gang for Good. In the next round, The Untouchables claimed a decision over The Vikinators.

Next up was a meeting with Dreadnaught, the team that would eventually claim the tournament championship. The Untouchables fell short in that match, and slipped into the consolation bracket to take on Polaris. Again, The Untouchables came up short against on of the tournament’s top teams, ending their run with a 2-2 record and tied for ninth place in the tournament.


HGR, Team Euclid Partner for RoboBots Showdown

The sparks will fly when area high school students square off in the 2015 RoboBots Competition Saturday, April 25 at Lakeland Community College.

Team Euclid, made up of Euclid High School students and sponsored by HGR Industrial Surplus, is one of the teams preparing to put its 15-pound remote control battle robot into the arena.

RoboBots is a program of the Alliance for Working Together, a Cleveland area group of companies focused on advancing manufacturing through training and education, outreach and strategic partnerships and grants.

RoboBots teams began preparing their battle bots back in December. Team Euclid visited HGR and picked up a few items to add to their battle bot. Over the past few months, students have been able to enjoy hands-on experience in manufacturing, working alongside engineers and machinists to create a winning battle robot.

For more information on RoboBots, take a look at the video from the 2014 competition.

HGR Customer Appreciation Event Provides Winning Moments

HGR’s Slam Dunk Savings Customer Appreciation event, held Thursday, March 26, had more than its normal share of winners.

Yes, customers showed up and got great deals on discounted industrial equipment and used manufacturing machinery.

But some customers got even more than great deals.

Rich Clevesy was the big winner, claiming the grand prize drawing for a Marriott Getaway Weekend package.

Robert Fenn of Inovent Engineering, Bob Horning and John Glauner also had their names drawn for Visa gift cards at this special sale event.

Keep an eye out for the next Customer Appreciation special so that you can also cash in on great deals and exciting prizes.

2015 HGR Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

HGR Scholarship Application (PDF)

HGR Industrial Surplus is once again offering a $2,000 scholarship for Northeast Ohio students pursuing degrees in manufacturing-related academic areas.

The scholarship is available to all U.S. students currently enrolled or enrolling in the Fall of 2015 at the one of the following accredited colleges:

• Lorain County Community College
• Lakeland Community College
• Cuyahoga County Community College
• Case Western Reserve University
• Cleveland State University

Students should be enrolled in, or planning to pursue a credit based certificate, associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the programs of study:

• Engineering or Engineering Technology
• Electrical, Mechanical, Welding, Manufacturing or Construction Curriculum

Applicants must be a high school senior or student currently enrolled in one of the above listed programs with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Please download and complete the attached pdf version of the application. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 10, 2015. The winner will be notified on or around May 1, 2015.
Questions should be directed to HRDept@hgrinc.com.

HGR Announces New International Shipping Policies

Some of the products sold by HGR are subject to export restrictions under U.S. law. The Bureaus of U.S. Census and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) regulate exports through the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). We DO NOT sell items to any locations in Country Group E. Please be aware that we may require up to 30 days to determine the product Export Control Classification Number (ECCN), and in the event an export license is required, we would need an additional 45-60 days for licensing.

In order to comply with export control laws established by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State, we require a written statement on Form BIS-711 defining the ultimate end user, the end use of each product to be exported, and the buyer’s agreement to comply with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). You will be contacted via email with the appropriate documents that need to be returned to us in order to complete your order. Please be advised that we cannot complete your order if you do not provide all of the data requirements.

International orders are subject to duties, taxes and/or other import fees.  The customer is solely responsible for these fees, documents and transportation if held at a customs office in the destination country. In the event that you have questions about international shipping logistics, please contact us before purchase.

HGR Announces Holiday Hours

HGR hopes its customers enjoy a happy and safe holiday season, including plenty of time spent with family and friends.

In order to give our employees more time to enjoy the holidays, HGR will have the following changes to regular business hours for our Euclid showroom:

Christmas Eve (Wednesday, Dec. 24): Open 8 a.m. until Noon
Christmas Day (Thursday, Dec. 25): Closed
Year-End Blowout (Tuesday, Dec. 30): 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Details)
New Year’s Eve (Wednesday, Dec. 31): Open 8 a.m. until Noon
New Year’s Day (Thursday, Jan. 1): Closed

HGR will be open for regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Friday, Jan. 2.

HGR Announces Building Purchase, Plans Major Renovations

HGR recently finalized the purchase through the Cuyahoga County Land bank. Throughout the past 2 years the ownership of the property has been in turmoil. While the future of the property was in question, HGR reviewed other Cleveland and surrounding counties for a future home for the thousands of tons of used industrial equipment. However, remaining in place at their original location was always the preferred option for HGR’s leadership team.

“We considered relocating our business,” said Brian Krueger, HGR’s CEO. “We weren’t certain how the sale of the building would go, and we had to be prepared to find a new location.

“But from the start, we knew that we wanted to keep HGR here. We’ve been here for 16 years, so we have a lot invested in this location. Now, we can take our commitment to the building and Euclid to the next level.”

HGR is prepared to invest more than 10 million dollars in redevelopment of the building and property. The redevelopment will allow HGR continued expansion and create space for other new tenants. This will result in job creation and preservation, income to the city and county and preserve a historic landmark.

The Euclid Sports Plant is a tenant that occupies about 60,000 square feet of the building. The Sports Plant is an indoor sports facility serving Euclid and the surrounding communities. It has four basketball and/or six volleyball courts, with numerous leagues that play as well as individuals that rent out the courts. The Sports Plant has a full-service weight room and a 24,000 square foot baseball training area with cages and turf, with individual training and lessons available.

Once the repairs, updates, and renovations are made to the property, HGR will then decide what will be done with the rest of the property. Potential options include HGR taking more space or seeking a tenant for the remaining 380,000 square feet.

Krueger states, “HGR has grown in sales 18% this year, and we believe we will continue this growth in the future. This available space will allow for further growth for years to come, which is exciting to the company and community. If growth continues, I foresee HGR having over 150 employs, with 120 of them working out of the Euclid facility. Including HGR’s employees, customers, and drivers, there are over 300 visitors coming to the location daily.

“HGR is excited about the future of the building and giving its new long term home a fresh look.”

About the Building:

The building at 20001 Euclid Avenue was originally built in 1943 to produce aircraft parts during World War II. After the war, it was purchased by Fisher Body and made bodies for General Motors cars. In the 1970’s, the plant was converted to produce interior trip and upholstery for GM cars. In the 1980’s, the facility also began making parts for Sea Ray Boats. In 1993, production was halted and GM closed the building. At its peak in 1955, the plant had 2,958 employees. (http://ech.case.edu/ech-cgi/article.pl?id=FBDOGMC).

The building sits on a little over 66 acres, with 966,000 square foot of building space.

HGR Welcomes International Customers to Euclid Showroom

HGR Industrial Surplus has customers from all around the world that buy online. But HGR is always excited when an international customer shops in-store at the Euclid, Ohio showroom.

One particular customer, Miguel Gonzalez, recently flew in from Peru, unannounced, to visit the 12-acre showroom. Gonzalez works for Talleres Emmanuel and traveled to Euclid for a two-day shopping trip. During his visit, Miguel arranged for the shipping of a 40-foot container to Peru, and he purchased vertical mill and other small machine tools to send back to South America.

Miguel (pictured at right with HGR Salesman ) and Talleres Emmanuel have bought a number of items from HGR through the years, including gap bed lathes, OBI presses and assorted drill presses, all to be shipped via containers arranged by HGR.

HGR has set up a special page with answers to common questions asked by customers considering a trip from Mexico, Central or South America.

Rough Start With His Used Monarch Lathe

Tom Clouse came to HGR last Monday and got just what he wanted. Unfortunately, he took home an extra ding that he wasn’t expecting. Tom made his first trip to Euclid from his home in Barre, Massachusetts, about 575 miles one way, to purchase a used Monarch lathe to add to his machine shop. Tom is an aircraft mechanic, and he’s a big fan of Monarch equipment.

“They’re solid and they hold their tolerances,” Tom said. “I know what to expect when I“m using them.”

After he had the lathe loaded into the back of his Dodge pickup, though, Tom got something unexpected when he ventured out of the HGR parking lot.

“Some guy cut me off and I had to swerve,” Tom said. “When I did, the Monarch almost came out of the bed.”

Luckily, the lathe stayed in the back of the truck, and there was only minor damage to the side of the bed and the diamond plate bed liner.

“I was planning to take that off anyway,” said Tom as he strapped the lathe down again, this time with some surplus pallets on both sides of the lathe to stabilize the piece.

Even with the minor mishap, Tom said he would be back to HGR in the future … most likely.

“Yeah, I’m sure I’ll need something again,” said Tom, adding a familiar HGR customer refrain, “I just have to convince my wife that I need it.”

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