HGR In The Community

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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