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

The Bradley Apartments

[By Alyssa Miller]

Just steps from the Metro lines in Old Town Alexandria, The Bradley Apartments are well connected to the metro DC area. This new residential building features gourmet kitchens and oversized balconies.

During construction of The Bradley, storage space was very limited at the project site which caused a great challenge for a valued Kenseal Construction Products, A Division of A.H. Harris customer, JD Long Masonry. Our customer did not have room to put a silo on site and needed to use 80lb bags of colored mortar. With a location in near proximity to the project and multiple delivery vehicles, Kenseal was able to step up and help our customer. We made frequent deliveries to the job site to keep production moving smoothly.

The project also called for the use of Roxul CAVITYROCK®. The product was subject to a 6-8 week lead time. In order to ensure consistent availability for the project, Kenseal stored over 40,000 square feet of Roxul Cavity® Rock MD 2” and delivered the material to the job site when needed. Our customer was very happy with our attentive and timely service!

Kenseal is a tremendous help. They delivered everything on time and as promised,” says Jack Victor from JD Long Masonry. “We are always pleased with Kenseal’s service – they go above and beyond.

Products supplied:

Henry Blueskin® TWF
Henry 925
Henry 573 LVC Primer
Spec Mix® Products Custom Color Mortar
Spec Mix® Corefill Grout
Spec Mix® Masonry Cement & Sand
Roxul CAVITYROCK® MD 2”
Hohmann & Barnard, Inc. Insulation Washers

Remember Kenseal the next time you have a challenging project – our qualified sales team is here to help!

Kenseal Construction Products has been serving contractors since 1977 and in this time has built trusted relationships with the industry’s top manufacturers. We are proud to offer some of the most complete lines and largest selections of specialty materials in the industry including quality names in masonry and air and vapor barriers. For more information, view our masonry linecard

Kenseal Construction Products distributes quality innovative product lines to the waterproofing, sealant, glazing and concrete/masonry restoration markets. Founded in 1977, Kenseal has become one of the largest specialty construction product distributors in the country. Kenseal has 13 stocking locations located along the East Coast to ensure rapid order fulfillment. Our sales team is thoroughly trained to find solutions to the most challenging construction projects.

Dust Storm

[By Bruce Wardwell]

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic pulmonary disease and kidney disease by limiting exposure to respirable crystalline silica, and to take other steps to protect workers. There are two standards for this rule, one for the Construction industry, and one for General Industry and Maritime.

The new standards take effect June 23, 2017 for the Construction industry and contractors have one year to comply with most requirements. Exposure to crystalline silica can occur during common construction tasks such as using masonry saws, grinders, drills, jackhammers and handheld powered chipping tools. OSHA has published a standard for Respirator Requirements (see below) associated with each of these tools. Requirements are based on Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL’s) and spell out the personal protection equipment required, and the associated Dust Management Systems.

Anyone that attended the World of Concrete this past January knows the importance this initiative could potentially have on our industry. Almost every tool manufacturer and safety products producer displayed new products to help their customers be compliant with the new regulations.

Information on the OSHA Silica regulations can be attained from the experts at your local Harris, and our associates will find an informative power point presentation on the A.H. Harris/Kenseal ‘learn & earn’ training portal. Keeping our customers informed and educated on changes in the industry is what makes the A.H. Harris/Kenseal team a value added business partner.

OSHA Silica Standard

Table 1 Respirator Requirements

Tool / Equipment
Dust Management System
Outdoor: Under 4 Hrs
Outdoor:4 Hrs or More
Indoor: Under 4 Hrs
Indoor:4 Hrs or More
 

Handheld Power Saw

Any Size Blade

 

Cont. Water Mist System

 

None

 

APF 10

 

APF 10

 

APF 10

Handheld Saw 8″ or Smaller

cutting Fiber Cement Board

Commercial Dust Collection System None None Outdoor Use ONLY Outdoor Use ONLY
Walk Behind Saw

Any Size Blade

Cont. Water Mist None None APF 10 APF 10
Rig Mounted Core Drill Cont. Water System None None None None
Hand Held Drill

Impact & Rotary Hammer

Commercial Dust Collection System None None None None
Jackhammer & Powered Demo Tools Cont. Water or Comm. Dust Collection System None APF 10 APF 10 APF 10
Grinder –

Mortar Removal (Tuckpoint)

Commercial Dust Collection System – 25 CFM or Greater APF 10

Half-Mask

APF 25 APF 10

Half-Mask

APF 25
Grinder –

Other Than Mortar

Cont. Water or Comm. Dust Collection System – 25 CFM or More None None None APF 10
Walk Behind Floor Grinder Cont. Water or Comm. Dust Collection System None None None None
 

Heavy Equipment –

Abrade or Fracture (Demo)

 

Enclosed Cab for Operator Water Mist System if additional workers are engaged in task

 

None

 

None

 

None

 

None

Heavy Equipment –

Uses other than Demo

Enclosed Cab for Operator Water Mist System if additional workers are engaged in task None None None None

 

Information is based on OSHA Table 1 standards as of 3/1/17 (see here). ANY operations that are not covered by the OSHA Table 1 Standards MUST use either Scheduled Monitoring or Performance Method for monitoring Silica Exposure to workers.

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