Brendan Deely Named A. H. Harris President & CEO

West Hartford, CT – A.H. Harris, a leading distributor of construction supplies and equipment, announced Brendan Deely as President & CEO effective May 5, 2017.

Brendan Deely is a seasoned Construction Supply executive with 28 years of experience driving sales, marketing and operational efficiency in the industrial distribution sector. Since 2016 Brendan has been a key member on the A.H. Harris Board of Directors. Prior to joining the board, Brendan was CEO of L&W Supply for 10 years.  While at L&W Supply, he grew the business from $800 million to $2.5 billion at 250 locations in 40 states through a combination of strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

According to Joe Eichelberger, A.H. Harris Chairman of the board, “Brendan Deely will do an outstanding job in leading the company as we enter our next chapter.” Brendan has a unique ability to translate strategy into implementation by bringing teams together to drive strong results. His track record of success combined with his construction supply distribution background knowledge make him uniquely qualified.

“It is a distinct privilege and honor to lead the A.H. Harris team into our next phase of growth and prosperity. I am inspired by all of our associates and their steadfast commitment to serving our customers, living our values and culture and partnering with our strategic vendor partners to maximize our mutual success” said President & CEO Brendan Deely. Brendan’s past ventures and experiences combined with the Harris mission to serve customers to the full capacity will provide a bright future for A.H. Harris.

About A.H. Harris

A.H. Harris was founded in 1916 as a small, family-owned and operated trucking company in Connecticut. Over the decades, the company has evolved into the leading construction supply company on the East Coast today. A.H. Harris distributes building products to the heavy & highway, commercial, industrial and residential markets with the same goal in mind as its founding fathers: To provide “the highest quality products and professional services” to its customers. The company has a large delivery fleet, but today’s customers include state DOT’s, contractors, large construction companies, municipalities, and homeowners. With 50 locations from Maine to North Carolina, it is rapidly growing and has earned a leadership role in its industry by providing quality construction solutions, while maintaining its historical values of service and integrity. For more information, please visit: www.ahharris.com

About Frontenac

Based in Chicago, Frontenac is a leading private equity firm. The firm focuses on investing in lower middle market buyout transactions in the industrial, food and services industries. Frontenac works in partnership with proven operating leaders, through its executive-centric approach called CEO1ST®, to identify, acquire, and build market leading companies through operational excellence and transformational acquisitions. The firm has built a leading franchise working with over 225 owners of mid-sized businesses, almost always families, founders or entrepreneurs, as they address complex transition issues of liquidity, management enhancement, and growth planning. For more information, please visit: www.frontenac.com

Brendan Deely Named A. H. Harris President & CEO

West Hartford, CT – A.H. Harris, a leading distributor of construction supplies and equipment, announced Brendan Deely as President & CEO effective May 5, 2017.

Brendan Deely is a seasoned Construction Supply executive with 28 years of experience driving sales, marketing and operational efficiency in the industrial distribution sector. Since 2016 Brendan has been a key member on the A.H. Harris Board of Directors. Prior to joining the board, Brendan was CEO of L&W Supply for 10 years.  While at L&W Supply, he grew the business from $800 million to $2.5 billion at 250 locations in 40 states through a combination of strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

According to Joe Eichelberger, A.H. Harris Chairman of the board, “Brendan Deely will do an outstanding job in leading the company as we enter our next chapter.” Brendan has a unique ability to translate strategy into implementation by bringing teams together to drive strong results. His track record of success combined with his construction supply distribution background knowledge make him uniquely qualified.

“It is a distinct privilege and honor to lead the A.H. Harris team into our next phase of growth and prosperity. I am inspired by all of our associates and their steadfast commitment to serving our customers, living our values and culture and partnering with our strategic vendor partners to maximize our mutual success” said President & CEO Brendan Deely. Brendan’s past ventures and experiences combined with the Harris mission to serve customers to the full capacity will provide a bright future for A.H. Harris.

About A.H. Harris

A.H. Harris was founded in 1916 as a small, family-owned and operated trucking company in Connecticut. Over the decades, the company has evolved into the leading construction supply company on the East Coast today. A.H. Harris distributes building products to the heavy & highway, commercial, industrial and residential markets with the same goal in mind as its founding fathers: To provide “the highest quality products and professional services” to its customers. The company has a large delivery fleet, but today’s customers include state DOT’s, contractors, large construction companies, municipalities, and homeowners. With 50 locations from Maine to North Carolina, it is rapidly growing and has earned a leadership role in its industry by providing quality construction solutions, while maintaining its historical values of service and integrity. For more information, please visit: www.ahharris.com

About Frontenac

Based in Chicago, Frontenac is a leading private equity firm. The firm focuses on investing in lower middle market buyout transactions in the industrial, food and services industries. Frontenac works in partnership with proven operating leaders, through its executive-centric approach called CEO1ST®, to identify, acquire, and build market leading companies through operational excellence and transformational acquisitions. The firm has built a leading franchise working with over 225 owners of mid-sized businesses, almost always families, founders or entrepreneurs, as they address complex transition issues of liquidity, management enhancement, and growth planning. For more information, please visit: www.frontenac.com

One Team – Our Team

[By Kimberly Corwin, President & CEO]

Each year we select a thematic goal that represents our primary mission and focus. I feel that this is important to make sure every person on our team is rowing in the same direction. This year that goal is One Team – Our Team.

 Coin Designed by Josh Johnson of HarMac

Over the years we have built an amazing company. In 2016 we were fortunate enough to add Kenseal to that team. We now have 6 Regions, 52 locations and over 670 Associates.  As you grow, it becomes even more important to remember your roots and what has gotten you to the next level.

At A.H. Harris, I believe that is our culture – Harris Pride.

Corporate Culture is an umbrella term for the shared practices and values of a company’s associates. The corporate culture guides how we act, feel, and think. The culture is also the social and psychological environment of an organization.  It symbolizes the unique personality of a company and expresses the core values, ethics, behaviors, and beliefs of an organization.

We recently “gathered the pride” at our Annual Company Summit in Hershey, PA. This event requires a lot of planning and a strong attention to detail. The Summit is only possible because of our fantastic vendor partners, who support the event through a 3 hour expo during the day. It was the first large scale event since Kenseal joined our team, and a lot of associates had not yet met their Harris, HarMac, and Kenseal counterparts. It was an opportunity to step outside our roles, our departments, our regions, break down those invisible barriers that exist and more importantly break bread together. This event is our opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of 2016 and roll out the initiatives of 2017.

As I drove home from the Summit on Saturday, I was simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated. The event was monumental.  Not just because it was our largest one ever, or because many people braved Winter Storm Niko to be there, but rather because the Pride was stronger than ever before. The teams bonded, shared laughs, and celebrated together. We set the foundation for a fantastic year in 2017.  We gelled as a team. A team that will work together and help where necessary.A team that doesn’t focus on who gets credit because we win together. We are stronger together.We are better together.

The event reaffirmed my belief on what makes a great organization – it’s the culture and that is driven by the people.

One team – Our Team.

As always, I look forward to your feedback. Please feel free to contact me at kim.corwin@ahharris.com

Take 5!

[By Jennifer Vedrani]

This month kicked off our first companywide wellness campaign. Our first challenge has our associates moving! The “Take 5” challenge is a 4-week event and a very simple way for each of us to make time doing something that will benefit our overall wellness. The focus is to take 1 minute out of each day to do something for yourself. This could be exercise, meal planning, a random act of kindness, you name it! The only rule is that you focus on doing something that will positively impact your mood and/or health.

This week, I decided to carve out time to achieve a variety of exercises. I selected a few activities that could be accomplished within the week. A few of the exercises encouraged are: 1 set of squats, a random act of kindness (I gave out a blessing bag on my way to work to a person in need) and connecting with a dear friend. The best part? When my family saw me, they asked to join and now the whole household is taking 5. Watching my 3-year-old do squats was as funny as watching a comedy, but it was so much better for my health!

We all deserve to “take 5” for our health, yet sometimes that is hard to do. Our wellness initiative for 2017 incorporates many different activities into our lives, but it’s also designed to remind us all to celebrate the victories, make time for loved ones, strengthen your body and share the fun and benefits with your family and friends. Encourage those around you to make time to take 5 for themselves, they deserve it!


 

Hear it from our associates themselves on their Wellness journey!

“I have found it easy to maintain my Goal of 75 minutes of Cardio weekly, The daily and weekly tip’s have assisted me in making healthy lifestyle choices. “-James Duncan, Sales and Operations Coordinator

 

“I have always considered myself to be in good shape. But once I started tracking things I realized my activity was inconsistent. I try and eat well and after losing almost 30 pounds several years ago, I stick to a strict nutrition plan. Well usually anyway. I have began to see the benefit of regular activity like walking, biking and lifting weights. This has brought me a better level of health and wellness.”-Allyn Bonney, Inside Sales

 

“After tearing my ACL, MCL, and meniscus last May. It was easy to pack on some extra weight. The tracker has been an awesome way to keep myself motivated and focused to get back to where I was. Very excited to finally be running again, and playing sports with friends.”-James Clark, Outside Sales​

Better Together in New Haven, CT

[By Liam McGowan]

It has been 3 months since the Kenseal West Haven team joined forces with our New Haven, CT A.H. Harris crew. Todd Gregory, Liam Mcgowan, Rick Turcotte, John Ryan, and John Shugrue have been great additions to the New Haven, CT team. From new products to new computer systems, the team has worked diligently to make this move a success!

The Move-

Thanks to the combined efforts of four company trucks and Harris and Kenseal team members from West Haven and New Haven the team moved $668,000 of inventory, 80 warehouse transfers, equipment, furniture, office supplies and 30 years of dust in just 8 days during year end inventories.

Obstacles-

Entering and moving new inventory accurately to the New Haven location and updating our computer systems to accommodate the new material was a great challenge. The Harris and Kenseal teams joined together to overcome these hurdles. They worked side-by-side to better understand the products (what products are for what applications and how they go together), to accurately enter new codes into the computer system, to create new bin location set ups and to decide where to stock certain products for ease of access. This is still a work in progress, but the team is pushing forward and making great strides!

Advantages-

Bringing two great teams together to make one great team has many advantages. A huge stocking facility with multiple delivery vehicles and a giant store and showroom are just two of the many benefits. What will make us even better is not only how we plan to integrate with each other’s products and systems, but also one another. We have the most talented team and as we learn from each other’s strengths to help our weaknesses, we will continue to grow and have One Great Team, our New Haven Team –  that is an advantage our competitors do not have, but our customers will truly appreciate.

ONE TEAM- OUR TEAM!

A.H. Harris Partners with Reed & Reed

[By Michael Griffin & Tad Spiller]

The A.H. Harris team is proud to be recognized as the supplier of choice to Reed & Reed Inc. on the Bath Viaduct project. MaineDOT recently awarded Reed & Reed the $13.75 million contract to replace the West Approach Bridge in Bath. The bridge carries RT-1 traffic through Bath onto the Sagadahoc Bridge over the Kennebec River. Work includes the demolition of the old 1200 LF viaduct superstructure and 19 pier shafts. 19 new cast-in-place concrete pier shafts will be constructed on the existing footings. Precast concrete pier caps, weighing 60 tons, will be erected and grouted in place. The new superstructure consists of 80 precast concrete beams, weighing 50 tons each. Closures between beams will be made using Ultra-High-Performance Concrete, with strengths of 20,000 PSI.  The wearing surface will be membrane and pavement.

Originally expected to wrap up by Memorial Day, reconstruction of the viaduct could conclude about two weeks ahead of schedule. For the latest pictures of the project head over to Maine.gov and for a short clip check out WCSH6. The viaduct has served as a vital transportation link since its erection in 1958. In 2006, MaineDOT replaced the surface of the Viaduct in hopes of extending the life of the structure for ten years. Ten years later, MaineDOT is about to undertake the construction of a new Bath Viaduct that has been designed to last for 100 years. With 18,000 vehicles traveling across the Viaduct daily, minimizing disruption to motorists, businesses and residents is a top priority for MDOT.

According to their website, “Reed & Reed, Inc is one of northern New England’s largest and most versatile general contractors. Founded as a bridge building firm in 1928 by Captain Josiah W. Reed and his son Carlton Day Reed, the company has prospered under four generations of family leadership to build a long-standing reputation as one of Northern New England’s top heavy contractors.”

For many years, A.H. Harris and Reed & Reed have partnered on Bridge, Wind, & Hydro Projects. In fact, the Bath Viaduct is an excellent illustration of Reed’s “Partnering Initiatives” demonstrated by taking part with MaineDOT  in the design of the Viaduct replacement prior to award of the project. This effort established a cooperative effort from day one, bringing the project at this point, ahead of schedule, focused on safety, and orchestrated with precision.  Harris’ role as supplier of choice to Reed & Reed is based on trust and reliability. Daryl Harvey and team out of the Harris Augusta, ME branch provide quality and consistency for every need that Reed & Reed has on every project. (related: Harris Road & Bridge Solutions)

[Sources: Reed & Reed, Maine.gov, A.H. Harris]

 

Steel Sense

[by Pat Maillett, HarMac Steel & Rebar]

 

Positive Indicators

There are just a couple of work days remaining in the first quarter, the sentiment within the steel industry is that the tide may finally have turned, as we are seeing many positive signs for 2017. Leading market indicators that we have not seen for many years!

It has been said that the U.S. manufacturing base is on the verge of a renaissance thanks to the business friendly policies of our new Trump administration. Predictions have been made by a top steel executive that we may very well be on the verge of a new American industrial resurgence. Macroeconomic indicators such as consumer confidence, employment levels and inflation are getting pretty solid and most steel end markets in North America are “headed in the right direction”.

Some of the positive indicators mentioned above were noted by the President’s message to Congress stating that, our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled. The President went on to say that the crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our land. The time has come for a new program of national rebuilding. In order for that to happen the President will be asking congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States.  This will be financed through both public and private capital. And will create millions of new jobs. In addition to infrastructure work, pipeline projects such as Keystone XL and Dakota Access have been fast tracked by the administration. Providers of steel line pipe are optimistic that demand will improve as a result of Trump’s emphasis on energy infrastructure and his pledge to reduce regulatory burdens on drilling.

More positive news for the steel industry is the favorable ruling by the U.S. Commerce Department on imported steel.  The agency has levied preliminary anti-dumping duties of 5.29% – 7.07% on Turkish rebar imports. This will enable the domestic producers to supply additional long steel products with an improved margin.

Scrap

Since our last report scrap has climbed 34% from November to January, then in February scrap dropped  8%. Mills published increase letters to cover their substantial increases in raw material. There is speculation with all of the positive indicators within the steel industry that scrap as well as steel pricing will begin to climb upwards. Supply and demand will come into play especially with the lack of imported materials, allowing the mills profitable growth. As we have been saying for many years or at least since 2003 when basically the steel industry was redefined and restructured, volatility is a concern and we must continue to try to plan for the unexpected.

U.S. Raw Steel Production

More positive indicators for raw steel production; for the week ending February 25  raw steel production was up 0.2 percent from the previous week. Mills have produced 13,836,000 tons thus far this year, up nearly 5 percent from the same period last year. This is the first time in three years that the first quarter has outperformed the previous year. The past two years steel production lagged behind the previous years. Let’s hope the momentum continues and the steel industry has a great season.

As always we will attempt to keep our customers up to date on the latest developments within the steel industry, call our HarMac office for assistance. 207-935-3531

Steel Price Increase Notification

 

 

January 12, 2017

Dear Valued Customer,

Steel is a global commodity, and that means the price of steel can be volatile. Prices can be influenced by several factors, including the price of scrap, the strength of the American dollar, and the general condition of the world economy.

Over the last 90 days we have seen steel and steel based construction materials increasing at an alarming rate. The combination of a stronger dollar and the expansion of the global economy have caused commodity pricing to increase sharply and all signs point to further increases in commodity pricing in the upcoming months.

Prices for scrap steel, wire rod, resins, and crude oil have all increased substantially.

  • Scrap steel prices have climbed significantly. Due to higher scrap steel costs, domestic rebar manufacturers announced $115 per ton in increases over the last 90 days.
  • Concrete reinforcing wire mesh manufacturers also received notices from their suppliers that their cost for January shipments of wire rod have increased and will continue to increase in the future.
  • Manufacturers of construction chemicals continue to announce price increases due to the rising costs for solvents, polymers, and other components used in their products.

Due to price increases from our suppliers, we will be instituting price increases on steel, chemical and petroleum based products.

In addition, due to the volatile nature of raw materials costs, all existing quotes are only good for ten (10) days from date of issue. Please visit an A.H. Harris Branch or speak with your A.H. Harris Account Manager for additional details

A.H. Harris is committed to offering you value-added products and solutions to meet your construction needs.  We look forward to continuing to provide the service that you expect and deserve and trust that our business relationship will continue to strengthen in 2017.

 

Kimberly J. Corwin, President & CEO A.H. Harris & Sons, Inc. Construction Supplies

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather brings concerns about heat and maximizing its retention, frozen pipes, and access to your place of business & home. The following checklist will help you identify the areas of your business or home that are most susceptible to winter hazards and to suggest ways to minimize damage. It is a good idea to develop a plan of action for your business, your staff and your family to be ready for this type of interruption. Below you will find critical information and preparedness tools to assist in protecting both your business and your home.

Before the Storm:

  • Check your insurance coverage for protection against all types of storm hazards.
  • Add the following supplies to your disaster supplies kit: rock salt (to melt ice on driveways), sand (to improve traction), and snow shovels (or other snow removal equipment).
  • Determine your greatest risk potential: loss of heat, frozen pipes, and/or loss of access due to snow/ice.
  • Identify who is responsible for snow/ice removal, verify the how much you will be charged and in the case of a very large snowfall any additional charges that maybe accrued for heavier equipment needed to clear or move snow off site.
  • Are portable heaters or other emergency equipment needed/available?
  • If snow and/or ice prohibit access to your home or business via the main entrance, are there alternative ways to enter your premises safely?
  • Seal all openings with caulking and insulation where cold air can enter.
  • Repair walls and roofs to prevent drafts; inspect roof drains for debris.
  • Make sure storm windows are effective, if appropriate.
  • Make sure heating and heat-producing process equipment is in good condition and operating efficiently.
  • Provide proper lubrication on equipment for cold weather operation (i.e., emergency generators, snow blowers).
  • Mark hydrants near your home & business for ease in locating and clearing after a heavy storm.

During the Storm:

  • Heaters, snow blowers, generators, and cold-weather equipment should be located where it is most likely to be used.
  • Keep driveways, walkways, and doorways clear of snow and ice.
  • Open water faucets slightly to let them drip in order to keep water flowing through the pipes that are vulnerable to freezing. Ice may still form, but the open faucet helps prevent the pipe from bursting by allowing relief for any built up pressure.
  • Names and phone numbers of your heating contractor, plumber, fire department, insurance agent, should be easily accessible.

After the Storm:

  • Assess any and all damaged.
  • Stay away from downed power lines!
  • Call insurance agent if needed.
  • Clear all sidewalks, driveways and fire hydrants.

Winter storms may range from a moderate snow in a short amount of time to a blizzard lasting for days. Some storms are regional and may affect several states, while others are more localized, depending upon geography and terrain.  Common characteristics of winter storms are dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, ice, sleet, and freezing rain.

Common Terms to know:

  • Winter storm watch > be alert, a storm is likely
  • Winter storm warning > take action, the storm is in or entering the area
  • Blizzard warning > snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Seek refuge immediately!
  • Winter weather advisory > winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.
  • Frost/freeze warning > below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops and fruit trees.

Follow news on the most recent winter storm “Fortis” on weather.com

View our Harris & Kenseal Fall and Winter Flyer here. Stay Safe!

Tell Congress to OPPOSE the Timber Innovation Act

Earlier this year, the Timber Innovation Act (S. 2892/H.R. 5628) was introduced authorizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to place ‘mass timber’ as the material of choice for all tall building structures exceeding 85 feet or above. The bill advocates the acceleration of research and development, education, marketing, technical assistance, and training and promotion of engineered, cross-laminated wood otherwise known as mass timber. This bill will give the timber industry a market share advantage above all others in tall building structures. We believe The Timber Innovation Act unfairly authorizes the USDA to:

  • Provide federal funding to place CLT’s as the materials of choice in the tall building market
  • Fund a Tall Wood Building Prize Competition at the USDA
  • Fund grants to state, local and private sectors for education, R&D, promotion and marketing;
  • Fund technical assistance programs to architects and building designers for mass timber applications in tall building structures 85 feet and above.

Congress shouldn’t pick winners and losers at the taxpayer’s expense. They should be promoting fair competition in the marketplace, which will drive innovation while reducing consumer costs for all material selection in the built environment. The wood industry already benefits from the federal Softwood Lumber Check Off program, which would make authorizing these new programs duplicative.

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“I oppose H.R. 5628, the Timber Innovation Act (TIA), which could undermine the safety and soundness of the built environment – including tall wood buildings – and also provide an unfair advantage to one building material over all others.

Specifically, the legislation directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a research and development program “advancing” the use of wood in tall buildings more than 85 ft an above. It also creates a grant program for state and local communities to promote the use of wood materials in construction of these buildings over other materials and establishes a competition for tall wood building design. Furthermore, this legislation creates an imbalance in the marketplace by allowing the federal government to choose winners and losers.

I also have serious concerns about the safety of extensive wood use in tall building construction.  Model building codes, including the International Building Code (IBC), classify mass timber as a combustible construction material with longstanding limitations on building height and area to mitigate the inherent risk to firefighters, first responders and building occupants.  Recent code proposals sponsored by the wood industry seeking to amend these limitations have been considered and rejected.  The code development process provides the appropriate consensus mechanism for interested parties and building science experts to evaluate changes in the interest of public safety.  I encourage the federal government to allow the code development process to continue to evaluate the risk associated with timber construction in a comprehensive manner without the appearance of a preference for any one construction material, as suggested by the TIA legislation.

Again, I believe it is inappropriate for the federal government to pick winners and losers for building materials in the construction industry – especially at U.S. taxpayers’ expense. The wood industry already benefits from a federal checkoff program, which is entirely appropriate.  Putting the federal government in the position of promoting one industry at the expense of others would be inappropriate and counterproductive for job growth. The federal government should instead be promoting fair competition in the marketplace.  It is critically important to allow the engineers, architects, general contractors, material suppliers and other interested and affected parties to determine the best practices for designing and constructing buildings based on sound science and engineering standards.

As Congress considers this, or similar legislation, I ask you to consider my thoughts and concerns and oppose this legislation.”

 

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