HGR In The Community

Get to Know HGR’s Bob Eucker

HGR's Bob EuckerWhat is your job title?                   

Pricer/bidder

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

I evaluate and give values on equipment that the buyers are looking to purchase, as well as pricing equipment that arrives at HGR.

What qualifications are needed to succeed in your role?   

The ability to research product and a good memory

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

Ten years in sales

How long have you been with HGR, and why?

For 19 years because it’s a solid company to work for.

What can you tell us about your family?     

I’ve been married for 21 years and have two boys who are 18 and 14 years old.

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

My family

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

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

What qualifications are needed to succeed in your role?

Patience, good communication skills, quick problem-solving techniques and a strong foundation for hard work

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

I was a former supervisor at O’Hare Airport; so, I’m used to the rush. I’ve worked in the construction industry and have operated large machinery.

How long have you been with HGR, and why?

I am going on seven years and enjoy my HGR family. The comradery is what makes you feel like you belong.

What amazing things are you doing in your personal life?

I keep it simple — date night with my wife.

What can you tell us about your family?

I am the proud father of a menagerie of fur babies and three children who have caused my hair to gray — Abby, James III and Becky. I am lucky to be married to my wife, Debi, who still loves me even though I’m not sure why.

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

My family is my heart.

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.”

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

I do not have a territory.  My territory consists of anyone/anywhere who has surplus to sell!  I help manage the procurement of all that we sell.  What I do is twofold.  First, I manage seven of our regional buyers.  I work with them daily on making sure we get everything out of opportunities that are presented to our company.  The second part of what I do is to build and maintain relationships with larger corporations that continually have surplus equipment/material that they need to move.

What do you like most about your job?

It may sound cliché, but each day is different in that each opportunity we work on is different.  Every deal we work on has its challenges and issues that need to be resolved.  My job is to figure out options and look for ways we can achieve the goals of not only HGR, but that of our customer, as well.

What’s your greatest challenge?

Working remotely with each of our buyers and our consignment partners.  Technology has certainly helped with managing and making things much easier to review.  The challenge is working remotely and not seeing firsthand what exactly the issues are that need to be resolved.  The best way to overcome this challenge is to jump in the car or on a plane and go meet personally to help overcome the challenge.  Travel, in and of itself, can be a challenge.

What’s your most interesting moment at HGR?

This is a loaded question.  Probably best to keep this to a conversation over a beer after hours one day.  Keep in mind, I work with the Buy Group.  It is made up of a cast of characters.  There are some interesting stories to tell!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

All things related to my family. I am very lucky in that I have a great wife and awesome kids.  As my kids have gotten older, my wife and I realize that we need to do whatever we can with the time we have and enjoy our time together.  With my schedule, I do miss out on things.  My kids understand this, but they know I make every effort possible to spend time with them. Everything else is secondary.

What else should we know about you?

As stated above, I have worked with HGR since Day 1.  I started out as one of our regional buyers and moved into management/ownership a few years later.  My wife and I have now been married for 22 years and have two kids.  My son is 17, is a senior in high school, and is working on figuring out his next step in life – where to attend college.  My daughter is 13 and is in the eighth grade. They both are very active in school and various activities.  For those who do not know, I live in the Great State of Michigan.  For you Buckeyes, do not worry. I am not a fan of that team out of Ann Arbor (NOT a fan at all!).  I do live about 45 minutes north of Ann Arbor, but that is really my only association with the school that resides there!

Anything I missed that you want folks to know?

I want all at HGR to know that I certainly appreciate all that they do to make HGR a success.  I am not at HGR’s Euclid office often, but, rest assured, I hear about and take notice of the great things they do to make HGR a success.

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

Euclid Chamber of Commerce logo

 

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.

HGR Industrial Surplus customer volunteers with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

CVSR engine in garage for maintenance

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.

HGR’s building used to be home to the General Motors’ Fisher Auto Body Plant. The Nickel Plate Road Railroad came into the building to pick up auto bodies en route to Detroit for assembly. The entire building, including tenant spaces, was renamed Nickel Plate Junction in 2014 to honor the site’s history. Tony’s father, uncles, cousins and brothers all worked on Nickel Plate Road in Girard, Penn., and in Conneaut, Ohio, and Tony has a caboose in his backyard on actual track that was painted this summer in the colors of Nickel Plate Road.

The railroad opened in the 1880s to transport commercial freight and passengers between Cleveland, Akron, Canton and points beyond, but became a fully passenger railroad in the 1970s. In the 1990s, the park built a repair shop at the railyard so that employees did not need to take the trains to Cleveland for repairs. CVSR has six, 12-cylinder engines that can move at speeds of up to 30 mph. The railroad operates at 29 mph to stay within regulations for passenger trains. The trains hold 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel, 700 gallons of oil and 400 gallons of water, including that for the dining car, restrooms and the water/antifreeze mix for the engines. The train’s electricity is powered with a generator.

The cars were built in the 1940s to 1960s in The United States by The Budd Company out of welded stainless steel. This company also makes space shuttle bodies. Tony shared that the manufacturing standards by which rail cars and rail line are made date back 1,000 years. In the Roman days, carriages created a rut or groove in the road from the wheels. The distance between them was 4 feet, 8 inches. That is the exact distance between the inside of the rails. Even space shuttle booster rockets are designed with those measurements in mind in order to fit on a railcar for transport.

Lisa Sadeghian, CVSR manager of donor experiences, says, “The train is a moving museum that preserves the past while being educational and relaxing. We will soon begin working with two Northeast Ohio museums to create a rolling children’s museum with permanent and temporary exhibits on one of our train cars. In addition, passengers can rent a bike for a nominal fee and get on and off the train. So can hikers.” With a music education background, she goes on to share that Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” was written on a train, and that in parts of the song you can hear sounds of city life, as well as the rhythm of the train’s wheels and tracks.

Yes, indeed, trains run through songs, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and HGR Industrial Surplus!

CVSR caboose CVSR dining car

What type of employer is HGR? Buyer Spotlight with Jason Olariu

When did you start with HGR, and why?

April 2018. I’ve known Rick Affrica, HGR’s chief purchasing officer, for a number of years and have done business with HGR during that time. I’ve always admired the company from the first time I learned the process, and I jumped at the opportunity to join the team.

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

I don’t really have a territory since my focus is to call on corporate-level contacts at multi-site companies throughout North America. I manage our efforts in supporting the resale needs of our large corporate customers, which can be summed up daily as “shaking hands and kissing babies.”

What do you like most about your job?

I love meeting new people and developing relationships. The broad reach of my role allows for me to create new connections on an almost daily basis, which is a huge motivator for me, both personally and professionally.

What’s your greatest challenge?

Coming from an automotive-manufacturing-focused sales background, I find “turning it off” after hours a challenge. Supporting the Big Three to avoid downtime for the better part of a decade has left me feeling the need to keep my phone near at all times, including at night, during family time – even on vacation!

What’s your most interesting moment at HGR?

Meeting the other buyers for the first time– quite a group of characters, and all good guys. Put them all in one house and give them a reality TV show.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

Spending time with my family is my true joy – and thankfully, we all enjoy a lot of the same things. Other things that bring me joy are reading (science fiction and old pulp detective novels), film, and spending hours flipping through albums in old, out-of-the-way record stores.

Who is your hero or greatest influence/inspiration, and why?

Without sounding cliché, my father, Paul, has been the greatest inspiration in my life. He taught me that life is about the endless pursuit of knowledge, that you should never let those in your life feel as though they are not the most important person in the world to you, and that it’s okay to laugh at yourself. From as far back as I can remember, he told me he hoped that I grew up to be a better man than he was, though I doubt I will ever be.

Anything I missed that you want folks to know?

Getting to know the great team and strong culture within HGR reinforces my feeling that I’m where I need to be, and I’m proud to be part of it!

Cleveland native comes back home to build large-scale textile printing studio

Dan Bortz textiles

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Dan Bortz, artist)

The Time Change Generator in Cleveland is a fine-art-focused, oversized textile screen printing studio being built by me and my partner. I’m originally from Cleveland, but I left home in 2008 to attend California College of the Arts in Oakland, Calif., where I met my long-term partner, Lynnea Holland-Weiss. In spring 2018, we relocated our practice to Cleveland to build our dream studio. My vision is to create small- to large-scale screen prints on fabric, repeat-pattern yardage and garment printing of my and other resident artists’ original artwork. The largest scale printing that we will be doing is 5′ by 6′. It not only would serve as a personal studio, but would bring artists from far and wide to design and print textiles. From extensive travel, I have connected with many artists who I respect and admire. My overall goal is to create a space to experiment with exciting mediums for myself and others. I’d like the ability to share the abundance of space and simultaneously bring national and international talent to Cleveland.

HGR has been a total treasure chest of studio equipment, let alone the inspiration of just walking around and looking at weird old machines. Without a full comprehension of what I’m even looking at, all I see is material and shape, thinking about how I could repurpose something into a piece of art. Or use it in my studio. We’ve found really great metal push cars for the studio, a nice light table, furniture. There also are many other things that we have our eye on for potential use. Here is an old drawing of mine to show you how a place like HGR can influence my drawings:

Dan Bortz machine drawing

 

You can follow Dan’s work on Instagram at @JBECAUZE @TIMECHANGEGENERATOR or @LYNNEAHW.

HGR’s last cookout of 2018

cookout hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill

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.

people taking pizza from a box

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.

What qualifications are needed to succeed in your role?

Be patient, a good listener, and keep HGR’s values in mind, of course.

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

Customer care. Prior to working here I worked for an electricity company in Houston, Texas. I dealt with all kinds of customers. Some were easier to deal with, and some were more difficult. It definitely helps when speaking with vendors.

How long have you been with HGR, and why?

Since August 1, 2016, so two years and a month. I really like working here. The environment is very peaceful, and everyone helps each other.

What amazing things are you doing in your personal life?

Currently, I’m trying to stay fit, go back to school soon and improve my credit so I can have a better future.

What can you tell us about your family?

They currently all live in Houston. Mom, dad, and two little brothers that aren’t so little anymore. They are the most supportive people I’ve ever known.

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

My family and friends.

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.

Local steel processor cuts rolled steel for use in automotive parts

Chesterfield Steel rolls

(courtesy of Allan Maggied, plant manager, Chesterfield Steel)

It all started in the early 1940s in an office on Dille Road when Baird Tewksbury opened Chesterfield Steel.  The original part of today’s building was an ALCOA storage shed located on Harvard Avenue.  Mr. Tewksbury had the building disassembled and reassembled, with additions, at the current 222nd and Tungsten location in Euclid, Ohio.  The facility now is 117,000 square feet.  Ed Weiner became Mr. Tewksbury’s partner in 1945.  Somewhere in the late 1950s to early 1960s Mr. Tewksbury sold his half of the business to Ernie Tallisman.  For a short time, the business was called Weiner-Tallisman.  After Mr. Weiner’s passing in 1967, the Weiner family sold their portion of the business to Mr. Tallisman, and the Tallisman family owned the business until 2008 when it was purchased by Lerman Enterprises and became Steel Warehouse Cleveland, LLC, dba Chesterfield Steel.

The business purchases .012 – .410-inch-thick flat-rolled sheet steel coils from various mills, and some from Holland.  Coils are shipped into the Port of Cleveland and trucked to Euclid where they are processed to customer specs by slitting, blanking, or sheeting.  Historically, Chesterfield has found a niche in the hot-roll pickle product.

When carbon steel coils are produced, they first come off the production line as a “black coil” due to the carbon left on the surface from rolling.  To remove the carbon, these coils are run through an acid bath called “pickling,” and then oiled.  Additional rolling and/or coating may be done to the coil depending on the end use of the customer’s part.

At Chesterfield, the end use of the customer’s part is the driver of our process.  To ensure our customers get the “right steel” to make the part, we start with the part we obtain from the customer.  The part goes through an intense and thorough examination and assessment in order to spec out the chemical, physical, and surface properties needed.  This entire process is handled by our quality department, as well as considerable collaboration with the producing mill.  Once the specs are determined, the purchasing department orders the steel.

Incoming coils typically weigh 10,000 – 50,000 pounds each.  Once in the Euclid facility, a coil to be processed will be unloaded from the truck and moved with an overhead crane to the respective bay where it will be processed.  A coil to be slit will be loaded onto a mandrel, opened, and threaded through a series of rotating knives.  Prior to running, the knives are set up to slit the coil into strips with tolerances typically holding +/-.005 inches in width.  These same strips are separated and rewound onto an exit mandrel to complete the slitting process.  Once wound, each strip, now a smaller-width coil, is secured with a steel strap around its circumference.  The smaller-width coils are pushed off the mandrel onto a packaging machine where lateral straps are fitted through the inside and outside diameters, sealed, mechanically placed on a skid, weighed and stored as finished goods until they are trucked to the customer.

The other process that takes place at Chesterfield involves taking a wide coil, loading it onto the mandrel of a different type machine.  The original coil width is threaded through a corrective leveler to shape-correct the wide strip and then progresses to a shear that cuts the strip to produce sheets to a predesignated size per the customer’s specification.  These sheets are checked for flatness and digitally checked for length, width, and squareness required by the customer.  The sheets automatically are stacked on a skid so that they end up looking like a big deck of cards.  Once completed, they also are packaged with steel strapping and stored as finished goods until they are trucked to the customer.

Customers have primarily been in the automotive sector.  As a second-tier supplier, Chesterfield sends these coils and sheets to the stampers and roll formers to make the parts that up in domestic and foreign cars and trucks.  The end-use parts may be bearings, air conditioning compressors, bumpers, engine pulleys, impellers, airbags, and transmission parts.  Some non-transportation parts include CO2 cartridges for air guns, cooking range burner bowls, casket parts, etc.

A team of 49 associates produces these thousands of tons of steel each month.  The company has very low turnover, as many of Chesterfield employees have been there for years.  “We may not be perfect, but it is a great place to work,” says Allan Maggied, plant manager.  Tried and true processes that are continuously improved by team members’ participation have sustained the company.  Things change. As we look down 222nd Street, although still the business corridor of Euclid, it isn’t the bustling manufacturing area it used to be.  In the past, Chesterfield had deliveries within a stone’s throw away.  Now, the largest shares are out of town, and even out of state.

Since most employees have been here as long as they have, there is the Chesterfield culture that has evolved throughout the years.  With 70-plus years in the business, we have much to be proud of.  As the Chesterfield family, we certainly have been through thick and thin, and will continue to do so.  Currently, we are facing the challenges of the 232 Steel Tariffs, trucking shortages, finding a maintenance tech, etc.  If there is one thing that we’ve learned, we know only by listening and working with each other will we be able to continuously improve and make our family the desired place to be.  We are proud to say we work at Chesterfield Steel in Euclid, Ohio!

Chesterfield Steel slitters

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