Final Reminder – 2nd Annual Charity Football Pool

Just a reminder that the season gets underway TONIGHT with a Super Bowl rematch between Carolina and Denver. But there’s still time to sign up for our 2nd Annual Austin Hardware Charity Football Pool. The deadline to register and play is at kickoff of the 1 PM E.T. games on Sunday, September 11th.

How the Pool Works

  • There is no cost or purchase necessary to play. It is open to anyone* who receives the Pool ID (see below).
  • This is a “Survivor” style pool.
    • Players pick one (1) NFL team each week to WIN (straight up, no point spread).
    • If the player’s pick WINS, he or she continues to the next week. If the player’s pick LOSES or TIES, he or she is eliminated.
    • Player may pick EACH TEAM only ONE TIME per season.
  • Limit is one (1) entry per username and password
  • Updates will be provided weekly via e-mail, the pool dashboard at www.runyourpool.com, and on our social media sites. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

*Austin Hardware employees are not eligible.

Charities Win

Austin Hardware, along with our great partners TrimLok, Hettich America, and MIQ Logistics will make a donation in the name of the winner(s) to one, or a combination of, the following charities:

  • Wounded Warrior ProjectJon Vining - Defending Champion
  • National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Humane Society of the United States

Last season a donation in the amount of $7,500 was made to the Wounded Warrior Project on behalf of our winner, Jon Vining.

How to Join the Pool

RETURNING PLAYERS
Go to www.runyourpool.com and simply enter the username and password established last year. If you don’t remember them just click the “Having trouble logging in?” link below the username box.

NEW PLAYERS
To join the pool and make your picks go to www.runyourpool.com, click on “Join an Existing Pool” then enter Pool ID: 44351 and Password: playforcharity.

Once you’ve joined our pool follow the simple on-screen instructions – you’ll be set up for a season of fun in less than 2 minutes.

Please contact Media Manager, Rob Dell’Elmo, at rdellelmo@austinhardware.com, with any questions.

SIGN UP TODAY AND GOOD LUCK!

MIQ Logistics to Co-Sponsor Charity Football Pool

MIQ_LOGISTICSWe would like to thank MIQ Logistics for being our latest partner to co-sponsor our annual Charity Football Pool.

MIQ Logistics joins TrimLok, Hettich America, and us to sponsor the pool. Together, we’ll make a donation in the name of the winner(s) to one, or a combination of, the following charities:

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Humane Society of the United States

Last season a donation in the amount of $7,500 was made to the Wounded Warrior Project on behalf of our winner, Jon Vining.

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Just a reminder that the professional football season kicks off on September 8, 2016, but you have until kickoff of the 1 PM E.T. games on September 11 to register. Please keep reading for more details.

How the Pool Works

  • There is no cost or purchase necessary to play. It is open to anyone* who receives the Pool ID (see below).
  • This is a “Survivor” style pool.
    • Players pick one (1) NFL team each week to WIN (straight up, no point spread).
    • If the player’s pick WINS, he or she continues to the next week. If the player’s pick LOSES or TIES, he or she is eliminated.
    • Player may pick EACH TEAM only ONE TIME per season.
  • Limit is one (1) entry per username and password
  • Updates will be provided weekly via e-mail, the pool dashboard at www.runyourpool.com, and on our social media sites. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

*Austin Hardware employees are not eligible.

How to Join the Pool

RETURNING PLAYERS
Go to www.runyourpool.com and simply enter the username and password established last year. If you don’t remember them just click the “Having trouble logging in?” link below the username box.

NEW PLAYERS
To join the pool and make your picks go to www.runyourpool.com, click on “Join an Existing Pool” then enter Pool ID: 44351 and Password: playforcharity.

Once you’ve joined our pool follow the simple on-screen instructions – you’ll be set up for a season of fun in less than 2 minutes.

Please contact Media Manager, Rob Dell’Elmo, at rdellelmo@austinhardware.com, with any questions.

SIGN UP TODAY AND GOOD LUCK!

2nd Annual Austin Hardware Charity Football Pool

The professional football season kicks off on September 8, 2016 and registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Austin Hardware Charity Football Pool.

How the Pool Works

  • There is no cost or purchase necessary to play. It is open to anyone* who receives the Pool ID (see below).
  • This is a “Survivor” style pool.
    • Players pick one (1) NFL team each week to WIN (straight up, no point spread).
    • If the player’s pick WINS, he or she continues to the next week. If the player’s pick LOSES or TIES, he or she is eliminated.
    • Player may pick EACH TEAM only ONE TIME per season.
  • Limit is one (1) entry per username and password
  • Updates will be provided weekly via e-mail, the pool dashboard at www.runyourpool.com, and on our social media sites. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

*Austin Hardware employees are not eligible.

Charities Win

Austin Hardware, along with our great partners TrimLok, Hettich America, and MIQ Logistics will make a donation in the name of the winner(s) to one, or a combination of, the following charities:

  • Wounded Warrior ProjectJon Vining - Defending Champion
  • National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Humane Society of the United States

Last season a donation in the amount of $7,500 was made to the Wounded Warrior Project on behalf of our winner, Jon Vining.

How to Join the Pool

RETURNING PLAYERS
Go to www.runyourpool.com and simply enter the username and password established last year. If you don’t remember them just click the “Having trouble logging in?” link below the username box.

NEW PLAYERS
To join the pool and make your picks go to www.runyourpool.com, click on “Join an Existing Pool” then enter Pool ID: 44351 and Password: playforcharity.

Once you’ve joined our pool follow the simple on-screen instructions – you’ll be set up for a season of fun in less than 2 minutes.

Please contact Media Manager, Rob Dell’Elmo, at rdellelmo@austinhardware.com, with any questions.

SIGN UP TODAY AND GOOD LUCK!

Note: A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available. If you’re an Austin vendor interested in co-sponsoring the pool, please inquire with your regular Austin Hardware contact.

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Press Release – Martin Pruett Joins Purchasing Staff at Austin Hardware

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Martin Pruett Joins Purchasing Staff at Austin Hardware

 

Austin Hardware and Supply, Inc. has announced the addition of Martin Pruett to the company’s Purchasing Department.

Pruett will work from the company’s headquarters in Lee’s Summit, MO and willPruett Martin (002) be responsible for vendor management, purchasing, and inventory control for assigned suppliers. Pruett has spent the three previous years as a Materials Manager for two companies, Janesville Acoustics, as well as Mayer Industries.

ABOUT AUSTIN HARDWARE & SUPPLY, INC.

Austin Hardware & Supply is a wholesale distributor of specialty industrial and vehicular hardware with ten locations throughout the U.S. Since 1960, Austin Hardware has been providing innovative hardware solutions with top-quality parts, extensive inventory, fast and accurate shipping, and competitive prices — all supported by experienced, professional customer service dedicated to each customer’s success.

 

For more information, contact:

Rob Dell’Elmo, Media Manager
Austin Hardware & Supply, Inc.
rdellelmo@austinhardware.com
610.898.3403

Download PDF of Press Release

 

Reliable Latch Solutions to Meet Your Needs

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Reliable latches are a critical component to the products you provide to your customers, whether you are manufacturing truck bodies, trailers, emergency vehicles, HVAC equipment, metal fabricated tool boxes, or a myriad of other industrial equipment products.Whether you need a standard or specialty latch, require special kitting or partial assembly to speed production, Austin Hardware has expert staff to help you identify the right latch so you can stay on time and on budget. Austin’s team of in-house engineers are also available to assist you, at no additional cost, with custom applications.

Here are just a few of the types of latches in stock at Austin:

Cam and Bar Locks
Austin’s cam and bar locks provide security for many heavy duty applications, such as rear trailer doors. From weather resistant to heavy duty environments, we’ll help you choose the best cam/bar lock for your application, or help customize one to your specifications. We offer replacement parts as well as packaged and welded assembly cam and bar locks for quick and easy installation.

Compression Latches
Compression latches are found in just about every industry from railway to HVAC to industrial machinery, construction equipment and more. Our range of light to heavy-duty compression latches are durable and are available in lever style, lift and turn style, and more.

Deadbolt Latches
Our deadbolts are engineered to perform under the most extreme conditions where extra security is needed. Our heavy-duty deadbolt latches surpass the demands of most industrial and commercial applications. Deadbolt latches include barrel bolts, or multi-point center controlled, roller style, spring-loaded, locking, non-locking, padlockable, and more.

Hasps and Staples
Hasps and staples are great for chests, gates, lockers, cabinets, and more. They are available in several materials and finishes including stainless steel, plain steel, zinc plated steel, and aluminum, with or without mounting holes. They’re easy to install and provide extra security when used with a padlock.

With Austin, You Get More
Think of our team as an extension of your team. We can provide custom packaging and labeling, help reduce your freight charges, or implement a complete vendor managed inventory program.

We’re here to help you reduce costs, improve processes, and solve problems. That’s why Austin Hardware is the leading source for industrial and vehicular hardware in the country. Contact us.

Press Release – Austin Hardware Adds Jason Hicks as Key Account Manager

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jason Hicks Joins Austin Hardware as Key Account Manager

Austin Hardware and Supply, Inc. has announced the addition of Jason Hicks to the company’s Outside Sales staff in the role of Key Account Manager.Hicks Jason (002)

Hicks, a resident of Grainger, IN, will work from the company’s Elkhart, IN location, and is responsible for management and growth of key accounts in the states of Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Hicks recently spent three years in a territory sales position with ObeCo, Inc, Goshen, IN, a supplier of storage solutions to the RV/Marine and specialty vehicle market.

ABOUT AUSTIN HARDWARE & SUPPLY, INC.

Austin Hardware & Supply is a wholesale distributor of specialty industrial and vehicular hardware with ten locations throughout the U.S. Since 1960, Austin Hardware has been providing innovative hardware solutions with top-quality parts, extensive inventory, fast and accurate shipping, and competitive prices — all supported by experienced, professional customer service dedicated to each customer’s success.

 

For more information, contact:

Rob Dell’Elmo, Media Manager
Austin Hardware & Supply, Inc.
rdellelmo@austinhardware.com
610.898.3403

Download PDF of Press Release

 

3 Ways to Fuel Creativity in Your Team

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Creativity helps us generate ideas, explore possibilities, and solve multifaceted problems. Employing an innovative environment within the workspace can exponentially grow your business.

Without new ideas and an innovative sense of direction, a company can struggle with keeping ahead of the competition in today’s market. As a leader, it’s your job to inspire your team’s creativity.

Here are 3 ways you can fuel creativity in your team:

Be Collaborative and Independent

As a leader, you can help your team reach their full potential. By equipping your team with the right resources and creative environment, you can improve the success of your company. While each team member brings a certain asset to the organization, it is equally important for team members to communicate with each other and work towards a common company goal. Leaders should use their teams’ strengths while allowing them to self-manage.

Take Risks and Be Grateful
Nurture a safe environment that allows your employees to take risks and explore innovation. Not every idea or new product will be great, but as a leader, make sure the lines of communication are open.Make your team feel comfortable with recommending ideas without fear of criticism. Whether the risk is successful or not, always show your gratitude. By showing your gratitude and recognizing what your team is good at, your team will feel appreciated and willing to continue to work toward your company’s goals.

Never Stop Learning
Learn from your mistakes. There will be many challenges you will face as a company. How you approach these challenges is a major reason for the company’s success. Set aside time for creative brainstorming, hold regular team meetings, and ask questions. Track your team’s successes and failures. Whether you succeed or fail, there is always a lesson to learn.

Looking for a creative spark? Discover new ways to generate new ideas, think differently, and break thought patterns with Mind Tools.

Trailer Industry Trends to Watch in 2016

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The trailer industry is heading for a big year in 2016, with increases in highway project funding and lower fuel costs signaling industry growth. Here is a breakdown of some of the factors influencing the trailer industry in the coming year.

The FAST Act

In December of 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act into law. The law provides $302B in funding through 2020, mostly for highway and roads projects.

This will cause a trickle-down effect to equipment manufacturers, and the Associated Equipment Distributors estimates 6.4 cents in equipment industry growth for every dollar spent on infrastructure. It will also create new business opportunities with the increase in demand for trailers for construction projects.

Low Fuel Costs

The cost of gasoline has been dropping steadily in the last 4 years, reducing the overall costs for the transportation industry. Trailer manufacturers and their supply chains are benefiting from the reduced costs that give the industry more capital to work with.

Trailer Demand High

Due in part to these factors and increased spending, the market value for trailer manufacturers is at an all-time high. But with such a significant increase in demand, the productivity gains may not be able to keep pace with the higher competition from manufacturers. This will likely lead to some market consolidation as manufacturers merge with or acquire competitors.

The trailer industry works with strict safety standards, and manufacturers rely on third-party support like Austin Hardware for specialty trailer parts like hinges and latches. Smaller suppliers of these parts will need to prepare their inventory for increased demand, and the larger suppliers will have the opportunity for mergers or acquisitions as the industry adjusts to this increase in demand.

Overall, 2016 will be a dynamic year for the trailer industry and third-party distributors like Austin Hardware. If you’re in the trailer manufacturing industry, having a partner like Austin will keep your inventory stocked and ready to meet the growing demand and stay competitive in the market. Contact us today to see how we can help you.

The Austin Advantage

Since 1960, Austin Hardware has always gone the extra mile to give our customers a competitive edge in their markets. Whether you need fast delivery of parts from our huge inventory or help finding the solution for a special application – you always get more with Austin Hardware.

Austin Hardware’s entire team is focused on getting you the parts you need quickly to keep your projects on time and on budget. Check out our supply of locks, latches, hinges, fasteners, and more on our website to place your order today.