Salem Distributing Company Announces Rebranding and Restructure

Salem Distributing Company Inc. has completed a rebrand and divisional
restructure, evolving into Salem Fabrication Technologies Group (FTG) Inc.
This name change will better represent the company across all of the industries in which it offers machinery, tools, supplies, equipment and services, according to the company.

Under Salem FTG, two distinct divisions will continue to focus on technology
and fabrication solutions in the glass industry. The first division, offering tooling, surfacing supplies and equipment solutions, will be known as Salem Fabrication Supplies. This division will be headed up by president Dan Reinhart, who was previously vice president of sales and marketing for Salem Distributing.

“Customers will continue to find top-of-the-line, high quality diamond and polishing wheels, drills and router bits as well as polishing compounds, abrasives, coolants and material handling equipment. The knowledgeable and customer-service oriented sales staff servicing this division are our same employee-owners that customers have come to trust and rely on,” he says.

A second division will focus entirely on glass fabrication machinery and technical services. HHH Tempering Resources, which was acquired by Salem in July 2019, will become HHH Equipment Resources. Salem and HHH machinery engineers and technical experts will come together under this division to focus on customers’ machinery needs and will offer an even wider range of fabrication equipment, in addition to providing extended U.S.-based fabrication and glass tempering technical support and service. Mike Synon will continue as president of HHH.

“HHH will diversify our offerings and incomparable technical service beyond tempering to include additional fabrication equipment from edgers, bevelers and CNCs to washers, sandblasting units, insulated glass equipment and more,” he says. “We’re excited to better meet the needs of our customers and the industry as a whole.”

“Salem is thrilled to evolve with a cutting-edge approach to build on our fabrication industry experience. I look forward to combining this expertise with our technical knowledge, innovative equipment and superior customer service to bring a new standard to the industry,” says Salem CEO Mike Willard.

MyGlassTruck Makes Donation to Fight Breast Cancer

Breast cancer doesn’t sleep during a pandemic, and neither does the MyGlassTruck Campaign to Fight Breast Cancer. Since September 2011, MyGlassTruck has donated a portion of the cost of every glass rack, truck body or trailer it sells to its local chapter of Susan G. Komen.

“We’re proud to report that lifetime-to-date, those donations total $111,947, enough to fund 746 mammograms. And, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve raised $10,188 since March 2020,” reads a company statement.

To encourage donations beyond the company’s customer campaign, it’s also produced and given away thousands of breast cancer awareness t-shirts, bumper stickers and tote bags.

MyGlassTruck’s local chapter, Susan G. Komen New Jersey, puts most of the company’s donations to work with others in the local community to support women who need breast cancer screenings, diagnostics and support services. A portion of the donations also go toward financial assistance for treatment costs for under-insured or uninsured breast cancer patients. What’s left is added to a national pool of funds promoting prevention and medical research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer forever.

Vos Glass Expands

Vos Glass is opening a second location in Lansing, Mich., to service existing and new customers in the mid-Michigan area. This expansion comes due to demand outside of the company’s original, Grand Rapids, Mich., location, according to the announcement.

The satellite office will be led by Kenneth Emrich, an expert in the areas of project management, estimating and business development for glazing contractors. During Emrich’s 23-year-long career, he has proven a strong commitment to a modular approach to fabrication and installation, according to the company.

Vos Glass-Grand Rapids currently has residential and service components. Vos Glass-Lansing will focus solely on commercial glazing projects of all sizes.

Briefly

The North American Contractor Certification Program received the 2020 Gary E. Bird Horizon Award. Program technical director Ben Beeler accepted the honor on behalf of the Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council. His winning submission, “A Certification Program Providing Consistency, Quality, and Safety Benchmarks,” highlighted the program’s comprehensive certification process, which assesses contractor proficiency in five areas: business practices, safety, glazing processes, contract administration and quality management. … MY Shower Door recently won the Innovator of the Year Award, presented annually by SWFL Inc., a regional chamber of commerce serving businesses in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties in Southwest Florida.

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