The Products You Need This Construction Season

While it seemed like warm weather would never get here, it’s finally feeling like spring and summer. Though many people are looking forward to vacations and downtime this time of year, there are certain sectors where things are just heating up. In fact, we’ve officially entered construction season.

Construction Worker
Construction Season 2017

For travelers and consumers, construction season may simply indicate delays and detours. But for industrial pros and folks in the construction industry, it’s a time for growth and reinvestment.

In-Demand Products for Construction Season

DUODISC® Combination Cutting & Grinding Discs

For professionals looking to boost efficiency this summer, the DUODISC® lets operators perform cutting, light deburring and surface grinding all with one wheel . These wheels conform to US and international safety standards and are perfect for cutting and grinding steel and stainless steel. For full details, see the product page.

CHOPSAW Cut-Off Wheels for Electric Chopsaws

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Chopsaw cutting through metal

If you’re using electric chopsaws, make sure your cut-off wheels are in good condition. There are a number of options to choose from, and can vary depending on the type of material that will be used.

PFERD chopsaw wheels are available in a wide variety of reinforcement styles and bond types, making it easy to cut anything from sheet metal and tubing to heavy rebar and solid metals.

Cut-Off Wheels for Circular Saws

Just like your chopsaws may benefit from new cut-off wheels, so too can your circular saws. Check to see if your current wheels are in good condition. If they’ve seen a lot of wear, consider replacing them. We supply a number of high quality cut-off wheels for circular saws, which include diamond-shaped bores as needed. Look for products that are designed for your specific material needs, including those for masonry or stainless steel.

Heavy Duty Maintenance Brooms

Brooms and cleaning supplies are an important “tool” in construction and contracting, since keeping a clean work space is key. Depending on the type of surfaces

Heavy Duty Maintenance Broom
Sweeping Up Debris

you’re working on, or the types of debris you’ll encounter, you’ll want to choose a broom made to accommodate that job. For example, fine floor sweeps are recommended for cleaning smooth concrete, while heavy floor sweeps are better-suited for rough pavement and factory floors.  Make sure you’re using the right type of broom for each job.

With the right tools and supplies, you can keep things moving smoothly this construction season. Don’t wait for things to break down before you put in an order for new equipment. Have an ample supply with back-ups ready, or better yet, replace old components before a break down occurs. You’ll be saving time, money, and stress by planning ahead. For more information or any questions, feel free to contact us so we can assist you in your product selections.

PMB New Building Update

I enjoyed the opportunity to visit the new PMB facility in Milwaukee, WI in August and September of 2011. Because all marketing and training materials were sent to the new facility, it was necessary for me to locate and organize the department resources.

Sam Birel and his entire team has been hard at work for several months to make this new facility “home”. By the time I arrived, it felt like the plant had been there for years. All production equipment was up and running smoothly. The warehouse  looks like Leominster used to, only on steroids. The racks are taller, the rows are longer, and since the consolidation of all inventory, I was really struck by how much product we have. Employees in their new workstations and offices seem comfortable and going about business as usual.

It is remarkable to walk in and see the hustle and bustle, and to think that a few short months ago, the business was entirely different.  The PMB team has clearly accepted the challenge to bring the organization to the next level.

I am confident that you will be equally impressed by the facility and the staff on your next visit. Please see the website for some photos and additional information on the opening of the new facility.

Jim Ballou

PFERD Christens New Wisconsin Facility!

PFERD INC., the American subsidiary of August Ruggeberg GmbH and Co. of Marienheide, Germany, a 212-year-old world leader in the design and manufacture of abrasive tools, power brushes, maintenance brushes and power tools, has completed its consolidation of all U.S. production and distribution operations into a 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility located at 9201 Heather Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The building was purchased by PFERD in January and all production equipment and inventory have already been moved to this location and have, in fact, been operating there for several weeks. Advance Brush products had previously been located in Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin while PFERD distribution operations and production work had been handled at the PFERD INC. headquarters location in Leominster, Massachusetts.

The PFERD Massachusetts building has been sold but executive headquarters with financial, marketing, and customer service staff remaining in that state will move to new offices located in a nearby community.
In making the announcement, PFERD President, Gene Huegin, pointed out all the advantages this investment brings to customers and to PFERD business operations.

“First, this consolidated facility means that our distributors will have one-order, one-shipment,one-invoice service they require to reduce their costs. Second, our combined inventory of abrasive tools and brushes is now more centrally located for distribution purposes, making for quicker and easier shipping to our customers. Finally, with the company’s strong growth in recent years, we needed a larger and more leading edge facility. When the opportunity arose to buy the 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Milwaukee it just made sense to purchase it and have ownership equity value along with a permanent and significant upgrade in capabilities,” he concluded.

Veteran PFERD executive, Sam Birel, led all details of the consolidation move and will remain as Vice President, Operations in charge of the new Wisconsin facility. He will continue to report to company President, Gene Huegin.

“This is a major investment by PFERD to put our company in the best position to serve our distributors now and in the years to come. This is our permanent home and we equipped and stocked it the way we know will enable us to meet the abrasive and brush product needs of the metalworking, welding and construction markets well into the future”, Birel said.