HGR is Expanding Into Alabama!

hgr expansion alabamaOur new warehouse in Birmingham, Alabama will provide our Southern customers with a more accessible location for storing and transporting equipment.

As you can tell by our title, HGR is expanding into Alabama. This morning, we opened a new warehouse in Birmingham, Alabama that will house additional surplus alongside our Euclid, Ohio warehouse.

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Looking to the New Year at HGR

HGR has undergone some changes in 2020 and as the year comes to a close, we wanted to look back at some of them. Internally and externally there was aim at improving our processes and the facility itself. The building has been around for quite some time and if you are interested in the history of it, you can read more about it here. The front entrance has been remodeled with a better customer experience in mind. Under the hood, HGR is refining some processes with improving the overall flow of how you do business there. While you may not notice these changes, they will be the way of the future.
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Bidding on Upcoming Machinery Auctions at HGR

Bidding on Upcoming Machinery Auctions at HGR has just been made easier with HGR Industrial Surplus rolling out the new Auctions page. It is here that you will find out how you can start bidding on upcoming machinery auctions at HGR and what different auctions are currently available. HGR does not auction the equipment themselves. It is through a partnership with auctioneers like CIA, Bidspotter, and the Brandford Group that HGR gains access to these opportunities to get high quality used machinery for less than buying new. Most auction shave recently been online only, but the equipment is still viewable in person through inspection dates. Continue reading Bidding on Upcoming Machinery Auctions at HGR

Mask Up for Gear at HGR

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We get it. This sucks. 2020 has been hard on all of us and we want to take this moment to thank all of you for working with us through this hard time. We stay dedicated to making sure our showroom and sales offices are properly sanitized so you can keep your business moving with the machinery you need. We would also like to show our appreciation for you doing  your part.

From now until Mid-December HGR employees may approach you and ask for your name, your contact, and tell you, thank you for wearing your mask and doing your part. Your name will be entered with many others for random drawings to win HGR gear like hoodies, shirts, or hats. Continue reading Mask Up for Gear at HGR

Auction of Swissturn Lathes and Bar Feeders with HGR

CNC Lathe and Bar Feeder AuctionSwissturn CNC Lathe Auction at HGR. Auctions are a great way for customers to get working used equipment for less than buying new machinery. Machinery can be expensive when looking at the initial investment and for some start up companies this may not be an option. Machinery auctions are something that many people may not be familiar with. I. Some cases business may be closing their doors and looking to recoup their investment. Other times they have upgraded machines and the old one is still in great condition and running. Moving these machines can be time and labor intensive, so posting these machines for auctions while still in their location and under power is advantageous to most sellers and buyers. Being able to see where the machine was housed and it in action invaluable to a potential buyer. Each auction has its own treasures to find, so check back frequently with HGR on the home page for updates. Read on for the latest auction. Continue reading Auction of Swissturn Lathes and Bar Feeders with HGR

Markdowns on Used Machinery

Markdowns at HGRMarkdowns on used machinery are words that brighten the day of many that shop at HGR. One of the most beneficial categories at HGR is the Markdown category. It is here that you will find great deals on used equipment of all kinds. HGR just doesn’t markdown the stuff nobody wants. HGR marks down everything! It is typically ran on a time schedule based off of the inventory date of the item. The longer the item sits at HGR, the more the markdown is increased until it reached the Last Chance Closeouts category. Here is when the item hits the rock bottom pricing and is priced to sell, with a little room to negotiate, on some items. What is in the Markdown category that makes it such a worthwhile browse? Read on to find out markdowns on used machinery. Continue reading Markdowns on Used Machinery

Upcoming Auctions in June and July at HGR

So you heard about an auction at HGR, and you’re not quite sure what that means. First, HGR isn’t hosting the auction or running it. HGR partners with a few different auctioneers and helps market and advertise the auction.  The equipment isn’t on HGR property, it is held at the location is was used in. Most of these auctions have inspection days set for you to come in and view what’s up for auction in person. Each auction may have its own set of details, so it’s important to check their sites for more information. Speaking of auctions, HGR has a few lined up and here are a few details on them. Continue reading Upcoming Auctions in June and July at HGR

HGR has Won The Cleveland Rotary Club’s Quality Service Leadership Award

The Rotary Club of Cleveland held their 24th Annual Business Leadership Awards meeting. This year’s meeting was held online May 21, 2020 amid current safety precautions. The Business Leadership Awards were founded in 1997 by a former members of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, Robert L.Minter, and William A. Nite III. This year, the awards were co-sponsored by Cleveland State’s Monte Ahuja College of Business and MAGNET.  Continue reading HGR has Won The Cleveland Rotary Club’s Quality Service Leadership Award

Used Machinery New Arrivals for May 2020

Buying a used machine can help the initial cost needed for your business. Very few companies have the resources to buy a brand new machine, and for them, HGR has become a great resources for buying used machinery. The new arrivals category is one of the most popular searched for our new and return customers. The values it holds are to deny and is one reason HGR has become a lead source for used machinery nation wide.  Continue reading Used Machinery New Arrivals for May 2020

New Arrivals at HGR

HGR is known for having a 12-acre showroom filled with more than 18,000 items currently. New arrivals are a big part of what makes HGR so appealing. In the week of April 6th alone, 807 items were inventoried, averaging roughly 161 items per day. What types of items come in at HGR? Some of the more popular items include shears, injection molders, lathes, granulators, air compressors, and hundreds more industrial or manufacturing items.  Continue reading New Arrivals at HGR

COVID-19 Respiratory Masks Being 3D Printed

3D printed 3d printed respiratory mask to help fight COVID-19 spreadCOVID-19 Respiratory masks are being 3D printed to help meet the current demand. 3D printing is a rising field of additive manufacturing that  has opened the doors for creative minds to find creative solutions. The Chilean-based team over at Copper3D has a global initiative in place called Hack the Pandemic. They use a nano-copper additive in the production of it. This nano copper helps work as an antimicrobial agent, as well as blocking out 95% of small particles.  Continue reading COVID-19 Respiratory Masks Being 3D Printed

HGR partners with RAKE for company charity event

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RAKE Charity Event

It’s always nice to give back! A group of employees from HGR helped to pack 200 lunches for people in need on Friday, February 21. HGR partnered up with Ricky Smith and his organization RAKE – Random Acts Of Kindness – to coordinate the charity event. Over 20 employees, along with Ricky and his representatives from RAKE, spent a part of the afternoon assembling peanut butter & jelly sandwiches with other goodies to pass out. These bagged lunches were supplemented with other helpful items like new socks and toothbrushes. The goal of the event, and the main objective of RAKE, is to help spread kindness around the world. Continue reading HGR partners with RAKE for company charity event

HGR Saturday Sales – Monthly Marvel For Machine Enthusiasts

 

Once a month, HGR is proud to host a massive machine sale that features big discounts on hundreds of items. Our sales are held on the second Saturday of each month. People have been known to line up outside the front entrance as the doors open at 7:30am to begin the sale. Once inside, our customers are eager to browse HGR’s 12 acre showroom which contains hundreds of discounted machines and items. Continue reading HGR Saturday Sales – Monthly Marvel For Machine Enthusiasts

Market for Lathe Machines Shows Strong Indicators

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Close up of Lathe machine

Lathes are in high demand and it’s no surprise as to why. These versatile machines can handle a lot of different functions. Whether you are drilling a piece of metal or sanding a piece of wood, the main objective can be achieved by using a lathe. Every kind of major industry that produces physical goods will probably have a need for a lathe at some point – from furniture companies to automotive and aerospace giants. Continue reading Market for Lathe Machines Shows Strong Indicators

Bitesize Business Workshop: Design Thinking

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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. Continue reading Get to Know HGR’s Ludie Toles

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.

Community Leaders Breakfast

Euclid Chamber of Commerce Community Leaders Breakfast 2018 flyer

The Euclid Chamber of Commerce presents the Annual Community Leaders Breakfast, featuring speakers Euclid City Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail and new Euclid Schools Superintendent Marvin Jones.

Enjoy breakfast in the Lincoln Electric Welding Technology & Training Center, the newly constructed 130,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to training educators, industry leaders and skilled trade workers in the craft and science of welding.

Venue Lincoln Electric Welding Technology & Training Center
Address 22800 St. Clair Avenue
Euclid OH 44117
Starts Thursday, Oct. 18 2018, 8:30 a.m. EDT

Register here.

Get to Know HGR’s Jim Profitt

HGR Industrial Surplus Jim Profitt

 

What is your job title?

I am a second-shift receiving expeditor.

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

I am a multi-department forklift operator. As an expeditor my duties can include:

  • Offload and set up of daily inventory
  • Move merchandise to either a direct location on the showroom floor or stage in new arrivals until space is available
  • Assist the showroom with pulling orders for trucks, containers, prep for shipping, and prep and load for customers picking up
  • Remove merchandise for scrap or move to storage

Continue reading Get to Know HGR’s Jim Profitt

What type of employer is HGR? Buyer Spotlight with Rick Affrica

HGR Buyer Rick Affrica and family

When did you start with HGR, and why?

I started with HGR back when it all began – 1997.  I was presented with an offer to leave the company that I had been working with (along with 11 others) and be part of something new – something great.  So, I started with HGR, and we “Hit the Ground Running.” Continue reading What type of employer is HGR? Buyer Spotlight with Rick Affrica

Euclid Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connections: Councilperson Brian Moore’s office

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SAVE THE DATE! Join the Euclid Chamber of Commerce at the office of Euclid City Councilperson Brian Moore., 22657 Euclid Ave., Euclid, Ohio, on Oct. 9 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. EST for a for coffee and a chat.

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

Please register here.

It’s time for pizza at HGR Industrial Surplus

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As we’re heading into the cooler months, we’ve packed away our grilling tools and called the pizza delivery guy. Starting on Oct. 3, it’s pizza on Wednesdays until next summer. Join us starting at 11 a.m. for fresh pizza while you shop at HGR.

HGR Industrial Surplus customer volunteers with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

CVSR caboose

Thanks to HGR Industrial Surplus’ Customer and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR)’s former Safety Manager and Current Volunteer Tony Caruso, I had the chance to tour the CVSR’s railyard and learn some important historical information about the railroad. What a treat, especially because HGR’s site has ties to the Nickel Plate Road, and so does Tony. Continue reading HGR Industrial Surplus customer volunteers with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

HGR’s Last Cookout of 2018

cookout hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill

people taking pizza from a box

Every Wednesday, HGR offers its customers free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the summer, it’s a cookout. This year, we had grilled Italian sausage with grilled onions and peppers and hamburgers with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and chips. We even have relish, mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce and mayo. If you love the cookout, get it while it’s hot. If you’ve never tried it, next week on Sept. 26 is your last chance until next year when the weather breaks. On Oct. 3, we switch to pizza during the colder months. 

Get to Know HGR’s Obed Montejano

HGR's Obed Montejano

What is your job title?

I am a marketing administrator.

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

I make outbound calls to companies and try to get them to sell us their unused surplus items. I enter all the information I gather into our database, and when companies inform me that they want to sell their items I send it to the buyers. Continue reading Get to Know HGR’s Obed Montejano

Bitesize Business Workshop: Conflict Management Strategies

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

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

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

Euclid Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connections: Gateway Retirement Community

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SAVE THE DATE! Join the Euclid Chamber of Commerce at Gateway Retirement Community, 1 Gateway Dr., Euclid, Ohio, on Sept. 11 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. EST for a presentation and tour of the community over coffee and networking. Look for the signs directing you to the Gateway Manor Building.

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

Please register here.

Euclid Chamber of Commerce Social Media Workshop

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On Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Euclid Public Library, 631 E. 22nd St., Euclid, you can learn to identify the social media tools that will be most effective for your business, how to set up accounts on these platforms and how to manage social media so that it does not rule your working day. Instructor Chic Dickson, founder and owner, C7Branding, which specializes in digital business identity solutions understands that non-profits, social work agencies, and government entities have often used social media purely to market their brand to their potential clients and funders. Chic has combined social media with evidence-based strategies to cultivate client engagement and keep client loyalty longer. Chic has been featured in The Plain Dealer, WKYC, The News-Herald, and various other websites and blogs for her success in utilizing social media to reach audiences from all over the world. Continue reading Euclid Chamber of Commerce Social Media Workshop

Euclid Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connections: Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce

Euclid Chamber of Commerce logo

 

SAVE THE DATE! Join the Euclid Chamber of Commerce at The Cabin, 28810 Lakeshore Blvd., Willowick, Ohio, on Aug. 14 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. EST for a presentation from the Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce over coffee and networking.

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

Please register here.

Euclid Chamber of Commerce hosting civilian response to active shooter event

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On July 25 from 10-11:30 a.m. the Euclid Chamber of Commerce is holding CRASE: Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event presented by the Euclid Police Department for Euclid businesses at the Lincoln Electric Welding & Technology Center, 22800 St. Clair Ave., Euclid, Ohio.

In the last two years, there have been 50 active shooter incidents in the United States; four occurred in Ohio; 17 occurred in a business environment. This presentation can be helpful to business owners, human resources managers, security personnel, employees or anyone interested in learning more. Information presented may be useful when developing active-shooter policies and procedures for the workplace. Resources will be provided.

This event is free, and you do not need to be a chamber member to attend. Registration is required.

Please register here.

HGR Industrial Surplus continues green initiatives

recycling at HGR

As a recycling company that buys industrial surplus and resells it to put it back into service and keep it out of landfills, recycling is part of our culture. As our Controller Ed Kneitel says, “We want to be good stewards of our environment.” To that end, we have been shredding paper and donating it to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for cage bedding and animal enrichment. Our wooden skids and baled cardboard are picked up and recycled. We sell our used oil that is drained from equipment to someone who uses it to heat his building. During our renovation, we had energy-efficient lighting installed. Continue reading HGR Industrial Surplus continues green initiatives

Euclid Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connections: Moore Counseling & Mediation Services

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SAVE THE DATE! Join the Euclid Chamber of Commerce at Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, 22639 Euclid Ave., Euclid, Ohio, on July 10 at 8:30-9:30 a.m. EST for coffee and networking.

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

Please register here.

Euclid Chamber of Commerce accepting registration for 2018 golf outing

 

Euclid Chamber of Commerce golf outing

It’s time for the Annual Euclid Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing! Join us for a great day of golf with skill shots, skins games, giveaways and prizes starting at 10:30 a.m. on July 20 at Briardale Greens Golf Course.

All golfers receive lunch, beverages, golf with cart, one ticket to the 19th Hole BBQ, one entry to bocce roll contest, and one entry to darts contest. Single golfers will be assigned to a foursome.

Pre-purchase either mulligans or skins and receive the “String It Out” ($20 value). This 3-foot piece of string, can be used to improve a lie, sink a putt or move a putt. However, each time the string is brought into play, that length used must be cut off. When all the string is gone, it’s gone! (Mulligans: 2 per player $10 per player, $40 per foursome / Skins game $5 per player, $20 per foursome).

Not a golfer? Join us for the 19th Hole BBQ social from 4 – 6 p.m. and try your luck at games and prizes.

Please register here.

The 16th-annual Waterloo Arts Fest is this weekend

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(provided courtesy of Waterloo Arts)

The 16th-Annual Waterloo Arts Fest is Saturday, June 30, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.  in the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District, Cleveland, on Waterloo Rd. between E. 161 St. and Calcutta Ave. and features more than 40 local bands playing a great mix of music, local handmade art vendors, CLE’s best food trucks, and an exciting mix of innovative and interactive art experiences for all ages. At the Waterloo Arts Fest, you can roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and give art a try.

This community event is produced by Waterloo Arts, a nonprofit art center whose mission is to enrich the neighborhood culturally and economically by creating a stimulating arts environment through exhibits, performances, special events, and educational programming for people of all ages. In addition to orchestrating this festival, Waterloo Arts manages an art gallery, public art projects, a community arts center and artist studios.

What’s new this year? 
This year we are excited to introduce an artist residency program to the event. For four to six weeks leading up to the festival, selected artists will create a temporary art installation that will be presented at the festival, and fans can follow along as the artists post progress shots of their work leading up to the big reveal. This year’s artists are Angela Oster and Susie Underwood. Each year, we would like to add residencies until we have as many as 20 artists creating large-scale installations for the event.

For more info and an event program, visit waterlooarts.org/fest.

Euclid Chamber of Commerce Lunch by the Lake

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Kick off the summer with lunch on June 21 from 12-1 p.m. on the terrace at Henn Mansion, 23131 Lakeshore Blvd., overlooking the lake. Bring your business cards for a chance to win a door prize (and, of course, to share with others).  Updated information on chamber member benefits and discount programs will be available. Please click here to register. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

High school senior takes senior photos at HGR Industrial Surplus

John Willett senior picture at HGR Industrial Surplus

(Q&A with John Willett, Strongsville High School and Polaris Career Center graduating senior)

Where did you go to high school?

Strongsville High School and Polaris Career Center for precision CNC machining

Where are you future career plans?

I do not have college plans at this point.  I worked full time as a temp at Efficient Machine Products during summer 2017, returned through Polaris’ early placement program and am now working there full time.

What is your intended career path?

I want to become a CNC machinist. Continue reading High school senior takes senior photos at HGR Industrial Surplus

3D designer also creates sculptures with objects found at HGR

Matthew Beckwith, partner at Photonic Studio, and HGR Industrial Surplus customer

(Q&A with Matthew Beckwith, partner, Photonic Studio)

Why did you decide to go to school at Cleveland Institute of Art?

I originally wanted to be a car designer. CIA was a better fit for me than other schools focused on automotive design that were located in Detroit and San Francisco. After trying cars for a year, I decided product design was a better fit for me.

What is your best memory of CIA?

Some of my best memories from CIA came from classes taught by Richard Fiorelli. His classes had a hands-on approach to working with materials that delivered results I would otherwise not think to sketch out. This hands-on concept of “play” to iterate concepts is something that has stuck with me throughout my career. Continue reading 3D designer also creates sculptures with objects found at HGR

Bitesize Business Workshop: Exploring different learning styles

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Join the Euclid Chamber of Commerce at Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, 22639 Euclid Ave., Euclid, Ohio on June 14 from 8:30-10 a.m. for an educational discussion. The workshop will be presented by Matthew Selker and Dr. Dale Hartz.

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

Please RSVP to Jasmine Poston at 216-404-1900 or jposton@moorecounseling.com.

Bitesize Business Workshop: Financial Workshop for Small Businesses I

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Join the Euclid Chamber of Commerce at Euclid Public Library, 631 E. 222nd St., Euclid, Ohio, on June 12 from 8:30-10 a.m. for an educational discussion. Are you thinking of starting a business? Or have you been in business for several years? If so, this workshop was designed for you. It will cover:

  • Finances 101
  • Startup expenses
  • Cash vs. accrual accounting
  • Separating personal and business expenses
  • Budgets and financial planning
  • Q&A session

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

Please register here.

Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition opening reception June 1

Waterloo Arts juried exhibition Damp by Katy Richards
“Damp” by Katy Richards

The annual Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition is presented in partnership with Praxis Fiber Workshop and Brick Ceramic + Studio Design with artwork selected by 2018 Guest Juror Ray Juaire, senior exhibitions manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. The work of 87 artists from the U.S. and Canada will be on display at Waterloo Arts, Praxis Fiber Workshop and Brick Ceramic + Design Studio. Awards are sponsored by Brick Ceramic + Design Studio, CAN Journal, Praxis Fiber Workshop, The Sculpture Garden, Waterloo Arts, and Zygote Press, Inc. Meet the 2018 juror and participating artists on June 1 from 6-9 p.m. during the districtwide opening reception at 15605 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, featuring live music and light refreshments.

The show will run from June 1 to July 21, 2018.

Registration is open for youth summer arts camp on Waterloo Road

Waterloo Arts Round Robin summer arts camp

This summer, local nonprofit Waterloo Arts will be bringing back last year’s Round Robin summer arts camp. Waterloo Arts’ Board President Danielle Uva enrolled her two boys, 10 and 7, at the time in the camp last summer. Her children went to several camps that summer, but Round Robin she says, “was by far their favorite camp.” They found the time spent with professional artists in their own spaces and the galleries and studios around Waterloo where the camp is held to be intimate and, therefore, more engaging. The setup of the camp is such that students learn from professional artists about a new medium each day, such as ceramics or printing, and make a small project in the day’s medium. Continue reading Registration is open for youth summer arts camp on Waterloo Road

Community motorcycle garage owner invests in mobile shop for middle and high schoolers

Brian Schaffran of Skidmark Garage

(Q&A with Brian Schaffran, owner, Skidmark Garage, a community motorcycle garage)

When and why did you move back to Cleveland and buy your first motorcycle?

I moved back to Cleveland from Los Angeles in 2000 after going through a divorce and not being able to rent an apartment due to my abysmal credit. I was essentially homeless and moved from friend’s place to friend’s place for several months before biting the bullet and coming back home to live in my childhood bedroom and finish my teaching degree at CSU. On my way to school one morning in 2001, I spotted an old motorcycle for sale in some guy’s front yard. Like deep shag carpeting, it was 70’s ugly, but it beckoned. I had never owned a motorcycle up to that point, but for some reason I was drawn in immediately. I bought it, and because I knew nothing about it, I soon took it to the nearest Honda motorcycle dealer hoping to get it tuned up. Well, most dealerships won’t work on old bikes – and with good reason. When you fix something on an old bike, something else breaks soon afterward – something unrelated – and the timing of the next broken item points to the last person to work on it. So, a service department at a dealership begins losing its ass on having to fix and fix and fix because it all appears to be the dealership’s fault that things keep breaking. Continue reading Community motorcycle garage owner invests in mobile shop for middle and high schoolers

HGR’s 2017 scholarship recipient gives an update on his first year of college

HGR's 2017 STEM Scholarship Recipient Connor Hoffman

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Connor Hoffman, HGR Industrial Surplus 2017 S.T.E.M. Scholarship recipient)

Since last August, I have been enrolled at the University of Cincinnati. During my time in college I have learned a lot both academically and about myself. It was difficult adjustment to live on my own and take responsibility for all aspects of my life. I didn’t have anyone to tell me to go to class, or when to do work or study. That meant I had to take it upon myself to schedule those tasks. Eventually, I got all that stuff figured out.

I also met a lot of new people during my time in college. I made friends with people from around both Ohio and America, and even people from other countries.  It’s a big change, but a welcome one, to go somewhere that is so diverse. Another new experience was living with three other people. What I call “tennis shoes” they call “gym shoes,” which is pretty shocking.

Since I am pursuing a degree in Information Technology, I took a wide range of technology-related courses, such as database management, programing, networking, and information security. Since these classes are in a STEM field, they require problem-solving and analytical-thinking skills. Programming for example, allows for problems to be solved in a number of creative ways. Problem solving and troubleshooting also are useful in life, in addition to being helpful in STEM classes.

As part of my degree, I have to intern each summer at somewhere technology related. The job search was a long process, and I went to a lot of interviews, but, ultimately, this summer I will be working at Progressive Insurance as a help desk specialist. I am excited to get some real-world experience and to put my skills to the test.

HGR’s 2018 S.T.E.M. scholarship presented to Euclid High School senior

Evan Ritchey (center) accepting the 2018 HGR Industrial Surplus S.T.E.M. Scholarship with his parents
Evan Ritchey (center) accepting the 2018 HGR Industrial Surplus S.T.E.M. Scholarship with his parents

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Tina Dick, HGR’s human resources manager)

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, HGR had the honor of presenting the 2018 HGR Industrial Surplus S.T.E.M. Scholarship to Evan Ritchey, a Euclid High School senior.

The $2,000 HGR S.T.E.M. Scholarship is awarded to students who have a desire to receive a higher education in a science, technology, engineering or math field.

Evan received his scholarship at the Senior Awards Dinner at the Irish American Club held to honor more than 300 Euclid students in grades 8-12. While students in grades 8-11 were awarded medals for academic excellence, graduating seniors received scholarships from more than 41 organizations.

Evan, who also received seven other scholarships, will be attending Cleveland State University where he will pursue a degree in electrical engineering.

 

Retired Cleveland Institute of Art industrial design instructor finds inspiration at Euclid City Council meetings

Richard Fiorelli Cleveland Institute of Art

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Richard Fiorelli, artist and retired instructor)

How did you first become involved with Cleveland Institute of Art?

When I was in fourth grade, I received a scholarship from Euclid’s Upson Elementary School to attend Saturday children’s art classes at Cleveland Institute of Art.

What is your best memory of CIA?

In fourth grade I discovered that the art school had a candy machine and a 10:30 a.m. morning break from the strenuous task of creating children’s art. I was pretty much hooked from that moment on. Continue reading Retired Cleveland Institute of Art industrial design instructor finds inspiration at Euclid City Council meetings

2018 F*SHO at HGR Industrial Surplus

F*SHO

 

Back for a second time at HGR Industrial Surplus, but in a different space in the front of the building in our Incoming/Receiving area, we’ll be hosting Amanda and Jason Radcliffe’s F*SHO, a contemporary and industrial furniture design show, for one night on Sept. 14 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s still free and put on courtesy of 44 Steel. There’s still beer and a DJ spinning some tunes. But, this year we will have a variety of food trucks so that the food doesn’t run out! Last year was such a success with more approximately 3,000 attendees that you won’t want to miss it. If you did, you can read about last year’s show here.

As more details become available, we’ll be posting them here on HGR’s blog and on our Facebook and Twitter sites. Stay tuned!

If you are interested in exhibiting at the show, contact Jason or Amanda at 44 Steel at info@44steel.com.

We’re having a raffle every day May 14-18 to celebrate our 20th anniversary!

raffle tickets for HGR Industrial Surplus anniversary raffle and giveaway

HGR is giving away prizes worth $20,000 every day May 14-18 in 2019. You get one free ticket each day just for walking in the door! We also will have free food on THREE days that week for our customers (breakfast burritos on Monday, ribs on Wednesday, Philly cheesesteak on Friday). Come help us celebrate our 20th anniversary.

Euclid High School robotics team gives it their all in battle bot competition

Euclid High School RoboBots robotics team 2018

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Joe Powell, HGR’s graphic designer)

Euclid High School’s robotic team, The Untouchables, set out to improve on last year’s finish, and did they ever. On April 28, 2018, teams from all over Northeastern Ohio met to do battle at the AWT RoboBots Competition at Lakeland Community College. Continue reading Euclid High School robotics team gives it their all in battle bot competition

Euclid Chamber of Commerce Small Business Breakfast

Euclid Chamber of Commerce logo

 

On May 9, 2018, Euclid Public Library and the Euclid Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to show small businesses the roadmap to success at Euclid Public Library from 8:30-10 a.m.. Hear from experts about how to get the information and guidance you need to start or grow your business.

This is a FREE event but please register here.

Goodbye pizza, hello cookout

cookout hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill

You know summer’s right around the corner when HGR puts away the pizza for the year and brings out the BBQ grill for hamburgers and Italian sausage! May 2 will be our first cookout of 2018. We’ll be grilling every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our customers through the beginning of October, weather permitting. If we’re rained out, then we’ll bring lunch inside and have pizza instead. We’ll be welcoming a new chef this year; so, make sure to let us know how he’s doing.

Bitesize Business Workshop: Accessibility for Employers

Euclid Chamber of Commerce logo

Join the Euclid Chamber of Commerce at Services for Independent Living at 26250 Euclid Ave., Suite 801, Euclid, Ohio on Apr. 18 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for an educational discussion. The last U.S. Census indicates that 20 percent of the U.S. population are people with disabilities, whether visible or invisible. The discussion will revolve around building a more diverse and inclusive work culture through the hiring of persons with disabilities. They will address myths regarding hiring people with disabilities, as well as what is required in terms of ADA, potential low-cost/no-csot accommodations, and basic disability etiquette. Time will be made to troubleshoot specific issues.

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

Please register here.

AWT RoboBots sponsors support their team: Go Euclid High School Untouchables!

HGR Industrial Surplus wears Euclid High School RoboBots team shirts Continue reading AWT RoboBots sponsors support their team: Go Euclid High School Untouchables!

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

Euclid Chamber of Commerce logo

Join the Euclid Chamber of Commerce at Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center, 21800 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio, on Apr. 17 at 8:30 a.m. EST for coffee and pastry, networking and to meet the staff and tour the facility on its beautiful campus.

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

Please register here.

What type of employer is HGR? Buyer Spotlight with Brad Coates

HGR buyer Brad Coates
Serious Brad

When did you start with HGR and why?

My start date was October 2013.  After several conversations with Brian Krueger, CEO, I felt HGR had a vision for the future and growth. I wanted to be a part of that.  It was exciting to go into a territory that HGR hadn’t touched and make it my own.  When I got the call from him, I was on my first day as a sales rep with Sysco.  I told the guy I was in the car riding with what HGR does and offered me; he asked if we needed another buyer.

What is your territory, and what do you do on a daily basis?

I cover Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.  Mondays are my office day where I’m scheduling, following up on offers and getting ready for the week ahead.  Tuesday through Friday, I’m on the road looking at deals.  After a long day on the road, I work out, grab dinner then come a few hours on the computer.

Continue reading What type of employer is HGR? Buyer Spotlight with Brad Coates