Kansas State SAE Team’s Car Competes in Canada

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Sporting wire and cable products donated by Allied Wire and Cable, Kansas State University’s Society of Automotive Engineers formula race car and the talented academic design team, Powercat Motorsports, behind it competed in Formula North in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, on May 31 against some of the highest-ranked North American teams.

Thanks to Allied Wire and Cable’s donation, Powercat Motorsports’ car, named Ocelot, benefited from high-quality wire and cable products as opposed to off-the-shelf parts from years past. In writing Allied Wire and Cable last fall in its request for wire and cable products, the team expressed its desire to raise the bar in terms of quality and performance.

“This year, we want to … have a thoroughly designed electrical system with state-of-the-art equipment that meets or exceeds industry standards,” the team wrote in an email. “The electronics team’s goals are to create a reliable, high-quality harness that cuts down on weight, and meets Mil-Spec standards.”

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At the Formula North, Ocelot successfully made it through a series of static events and received tech stickers after passing thorough inspections by a team of judges. These inspections encompassed a brake test, sound test and tilt test, the latter to ensure the car doesn’t leak liquids. The vehicle also successfully competed in Formula North’s first three dynamic events: skid pad, acceleration and autocross. Ocelot didn’t finish the overall competition because of a non-wire-related issue.

“We are already working on better design options for next year’s car and have used the experience to better our understanding of weak links and how to prevent failures,” wrote Brett Cook, Powercat Motorsports president, in a letter following Formula North.

“Thank you so much for your help!” Bailey Martin, Powercat Motorsports’ electronics design leader, wrote in an email to Allied Wire and Cable in late June. “As a first-year leader, it was a huge help! It is difficult to find wire in the small quantities we need for each year. Thank you for being so helpful and flexible.”

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Each year, Allied Wire and Cable supports a number of college and university design teams by supplying wire and cable products to help power their cars. The company supplied GXL, SXL, TXL, Expando and HST products.

“The experience gained from the process of designing, building and competing for Formula SAE is incredibly valuable for aspiring engineers,” Cook wrote. “… As sponsors of this team, you are helping to prepare us students to succeed and propel our career as engineers.”

Allied Wire and Cable Receives Presidential “E” Star Award for Exports

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Allied Wire and Cable has received the Presidential “E” Star Award for Exports, representing the premier recognition any U.S. company or organization can receive for significantly contributing to the expansion of U.S. exports. Tim Flynn, Allied Wire and Cable co-owner and co-president, was presented the award by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at a ceremony May 21 in Washington, D.C.

The Presidential “E” Star Award for Exports signifies to our overseas customers that Allied Wire and Cable has a proven track record of shipping wire and cable products—and a lot of them—globally. Only 43 U.S. companies and organizations were given the President’s “E” Award this year for their role in strengthening the U.S. economy by sharing American ingenuity outside our borders. Of those, just eight received the prestigious Presidential “E” Star Award for Exports.

“Our company is marking our 30th anniversary, and it’s remarkable to look back and consider that Allied Wire and Cable has grown from a basement operation to not only a sizeable organization with sales and warehouse locations across the country but making a major impact in international trade,” Flynn said.

Allied Wire and Cable has enjoyed past recognition for its trade impact. The company received the Presidential “E” Award for Exports and a Pennsylvania Faces of Trade award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, both in 2014.

Looking for this kind of expertise? Get in touch with one of our helpful Sales Rep’s or order online today!

Allied Wire & Cable Is Recognized for Commitment to Supporting BLOCS

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Support Helps Many Receive Catholic School Education

Allied Wire & Cable was recently recognized by the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles J. Chaput, for its longtime support of Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools, commonly known as BLOCS. Allied Wire & Cable has donated more than $1.2 million in the past five years in support of Greater Philadelphia’s Catholic schools.

Allied Wire & Cable received a letter from Archbishop Chaput in mid-April 2018 thanking the company for its support. “On behalf of administrators, teachers, parents, and students, I want to personally thank you for your generosity and commitment to Catholic education,” Archbishop Chaput wrote. “Without the assistance from local area business leaders like yourselves, many families would be denied the opportunity to take advantage of a faith-based, Catholic education.”

Allied Wire & Cable has funded more than 100 scholarships for students in need at schools such as Pope John Paul II and St. Francis of Assisi. Allied has also supported the GESU school, located in one of Philadelphia’s most marginalized neighborhoods. Most students currently enrolled at the GESU school would be forced to attend one of the poorest-performing schools in the city if left in the public school system.

Company Has Had ‘Enormous Impact’ on Education

With the support of BLOCS and companies like Allied, more students have access to high quality, values-based education, helping them succeed not just in academics, but in becoming well-rounded, active members in their communities.

Founded in 1980, BLOCS is supported by individuals, companies, firms, and foundations throughout Philadelphia and Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. BLOCS has helped as many as hundreds of thousands of children throughout Greater Philadelphia receive high-quality, values-based education. BLOCS reaches more children in more communities than almost any other private education charity in the region.

“You and your colleagues throughout the area have made an enormous impact which has allowed the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to continue our great tradition of educating thousands of area children in the morals and values of our Catholic faith, and for that, we are most grateful,” Archbishop Chaput wrote.

Lock in Allied Wire & Cable’s Best Prices on Teflon Products

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Avoid sticker shock and lock in Allied Wire & Cable’s best prices on Teflon products now through Friday, April 20. A number of suppliers have informed us in recent weeks that they have had shouldered commodity price increases and are compelled to raise the cost of their Teflon wire and cable products. As a result, Allied Wire & Cable must also raise its prices on these Teflon wire and cable products.

Allied Wire & Cable is grateful to be your leading distributor of Teflon wire and cable products and is reaching out to give you an opportunity to lock in our best prices on Teflon products through April 20. We’ve increased our inventory by 30 percent to help our valued customers buy now to beat the price increase!

We are extending this special opportunity to all our valued customers to lock in our best price on Teflon products through April 20. We encourage all our customers to think strategically and save thousands of dollars down the road by making blanket orders through April 20. Allied Wire & Cable’s inventory of Teflon products is bountiful and able to meet your needs. Make your orders through April 20 to lock in our best price on Teflon products and receive large-volume shipments from Allied Wire & Cable when your business needs them. We will hold firm pricing through July 31 on blanket orders.

Allied Wire & Cable, whose headquarters are located in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, has served global markets—including the aerospace, automotive, commercial, industrial and mil-spec—since 1987. Our company’s owners and sales representatives—located in Arizona, Florida, New Hampshire, New York and Wisconsin—boast a combined 500-plus years of experience and are ready to address your needs. The Allied Wire & Cable team prides itself on providing outstanding pricing, quality and service, assigning individual sales representatives to each customer.

Contact an Allied Wire & Cable sales representative today to lock in the best price on Teflon wire and cable products for your company now and for the foreseeable future.


Supplier Letters and Emails

Following are letters and emails we’ve received from our suppliers about recent price increases they’ve faced.
We would like to bring to your attention changes to the pricing for the following base metals: Tensile-Flex (A135), Cadmium Copper (C162), HPC-80EF, HPC-35EF, and 40% Copper Covered Steel. During an annual review of internal manufacturing costs and supplier pricing it was revealed that gaps exist between published pricing and actual costs. As a result, [we are] forced to pass along price increases related to these metals. These changes are effective January 16, 2018.


Having held off from price increases for several years now, and this in spite of increased cost incurred by our company to provide you the known levels of product quality, service and innovation, we are obliged to raise your fabrication prices in 2018.

Our quality records, on-time delivery performance and overall responsiveness in service have been continuously high and our goal is to keep it that way and secure future growth, performance and excellence in everything we do for you.

We thank you for your understanding in this matter and look forward to continuing and growing our business relationship with you next year.


As a valued customer, we want to make you aware of the fact that the following products are in very tight global supply:

PTFE: all grades
FEP: some grades
PFA: all grades
ETFE: all grades

We request that you work closely with your account manager to enter your forecast and purchase orders in a timely manner so that we can ensure our continued excellence in product quality, reliability, delivery and service.

We value your business and strive to meet all your fluoropolymer needs. Your account manager will contact you within the next few days to discuss your specific situation, product availability and timing.


Sustained inflationary pressures have forced us to evaluate our pricing. We have absorbed and sheltered from our customers the impact of constant rising raw material and labor costs over the last 10 years but unfortunately, we can no longer absorb the impact and continue to provide the quality and service that our company is known for without implementing a price increase.

Effective 5–1–2018, our company will implement a 3% price increase on all standard products with the exception of our identification products. Any standard products purchased within standard published volumes after this date will be subject to the price increase.

Our company remains committed to providing our valued customers with the broadest offering while maintaining a high level of service.


In recent years, we have seen meaningful increases in our cost of manufacturing. So far, we have delayed passing these costs on to you in order to offer the most competitive quality product possible.

As an example, energy and freight make up a growing portion of our cost of goods sold and is more impactful to costs than for most polymers, particularly for the smallest batches. In addition, we have incurred increased costs for regulatory compliance and personnel as we continuously work to provide our customers with the best service over the long term.

More recently, we have seen our raw material prices (fluoropolymers up +2% to +15% depending on the grades, high-temperature polymers up +6%, and pigments particularly whites and blues) start to increase as of a few months ago.

Market dynamics are currently strong and supply of some products has tightened. We find ourselves having no choice but to share the burden of these increases, and announce a price adjustment effective April 1, 2018.

We hope for your understanding and cooperation by supporting us through this time as we move to adjust our pricing in order to remain a trusted long-term supplier.

Allied Wire & Cable Is Celebrating Its 30ish Anniversary

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We’re celebrating in 2018 at Allied Wire & Cable our 30ish anniversary! You might ask, “What the heck does ‘30ish anniversary’ mean?” Well, truth be told, we’ve been so busy growing as a company and serving you, our valued customers, that we’re a bit late in getting around to properly mark our 30th anniversary. Hence our adoption of the “30ish” name. We think it’s better to be late with this kind of thing and rather get your orders to you on time and with stellar accuracy.

Starting out in a Family Basement

A bunch of Allied Wire & Cable team members got around a large conference table in mid-February 2018 to tell some colorful stories about yesteryear and take a good look at where we were, where we are and where we’re going. Allied Wire & Cable launched in 1987 in the family basement of the Flynn family in Wayne, Pennsylvania, along Philadelphia’s Main Line and was incorporated the following year. At the time, the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Mario Brothers were booming in popularity, Michael Jordan was taking off sky high, Mike Tyson was the reigning heavyweight champion, Madonna was racking up four Top-10 hits and Dirty Dancing was the talked-about recent flick.

And the U.S. stock market crashed in October 1987. Just out of college, Tim Flynn left Wall Street and, before long, he and brothers Dan and Mike, all in their 20s, along with family friend Chris Burke started out by doing anything and everything—from ordering materials and making sales calls to spooling wire—to build their fledgling wire and cable business. The Flynn’s mother, Jean, helped type documents, and father, John, nicknamed JJ, helped with deliveries. Legend has it that Jean also prepared some incredible meals for the young men to help fuel them in their pursuit of making it.

Growth Propels Moves to Bridgeport, Phoenixville and Collegeville

Allied Wire and Cable moved to a warehouse and office facility in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, in 1992. Because money was tight and to ensure they could continue to receive bank loans, the owners had to prove the depth of their inventory, and this led to many deep-into-the-night workdays. When the team finally thought they had a day off because of a blizzard, longtime sales representative Pat Wilson arrived at work after trudging in by foot. “I guess we have to work,” recounted Tim Flynn, Allied Wire & Cable co-owner and co-president, with a chuckle.

Come 2002, Allied Wire & Cable moved to a state-of-the-art facility in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. By this time, the company was hitting its stride, maturing and refining its approaches. It was also growing by leaps and bounds. By 2008, the company outgrew this location and moved to its existing home in nearby Collegeville, Pennsylvania. It was a brand-new building, and still growth came quickly. A 2012 addition to the 80,000-square-foot facility brought Allied Wire & Cable’s headquarters to more than 101,000 square feet. Four years later, the company purchased a building across the street and completed an expansion project, creating an additional 22,000 square feet of production and warehouse space.

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Allied Wire & Cable Family: We Serve Our Customers with 250 Team Members

Today, Allied Wire and Cable employs about 250 employees nationwide and operates sales offices in Arizona, Florida, New Hampshire, New York and Wisconsin. The company also operates warehouses across the United States, enabling for the quickest delivery times in the industry. Allied Wire & Cable boasts a $50 million inventory of wire, cable, tubing, accessories and hard-to-find parts. The company serves a wide scope of markets and provides customized services. Allied Wire & Cable is dedicated to serving its many thousands of global customers, who simply are the company’s lifeblood.

Allied Wire & Cable owners have long recognized that their customers come first and that their customers are part of the Allied Wire & Cable Family. They’ve also known that their staff members, or team members, are the heart of the Allied Family. The owners are grateful for the commitment, dedication, vision, knowledge and hard work their team members bring to the company to provide customers with outstanding quality, service and pricing.

Allied Wire & Cable’s owners have been guided by the credo of “Common sense, not dollars and cents.” During and since the Great Recession of 2007–09, most companies cut staff, adjusting to slimmed-down employee rolls. Allied Wire & Cable owners, however, have always believed that their employees are nonexpendable. The company has not only provided job stability but continued to grow employment levels at all its warehouses and sales offices. This growth has and will continue to enable Allied Wire & Cable to improve its operations and customer service.

Giving Back As Part of AWCares

There’s something else that makes Allied Wire & Cable special, and it’s the owners’ commitment to philanthropy. Allied Wire & Cable mission as part of AWCares, its philanthropic branch, is to support local and national charities that advocate powerful causes. The company’s owners were joined by Pennsylvania State Senator Bob Mensch on March 2, 2018, in handing a $50,000 check to two National Breast Cancer Foundation representatives who flew in from outside Dallas, Texas. This milestone moment in Allied Wire & Cable’s history capped a record-breaking Charity Week in which customers helped the company raise $42,000—more than doubling previous fundraisers.

In recent years, Allied Wire & Cable has also raised money for American Diabetes Association, Autism Speaks, Make–A–Wish Foundation, Pets for Vets, Toy for Tots and the YMCA. More than $160,000 has been raised during all 12 annual Charity Weeks alone.

All of us at Allied Wire & Cable are grateful to have served you for 30ish years and look forward to being your leading source for wire and cable products for many, many more years.

Thank you!

New EZ-240-NMH-RA-X Connector by Times Microwave

We are pleased to announce the newest product from Time Microwave Systems, the EZ-240-NMH-RA-X connector. The EZ-240-NMH-RA-X includes an N-Male (plug) crimp right angle (non-solder pin) hex/knurl nut, along with no braid trim. This new connector also features: a combination hex/knurl coupling nut, tri-metal plating instead of nickel, chamfered cable entry hole for ease of termination, ridged landing area on the aft end for better grip and sealing of the heat shrink boot, and optimized impedance matching for low VSWR. In addition, this connector can be used with the WSB-240 boot and LMR 240 Cable line, and striped using the standard CST-240A cable prep tool. Contact your Allied Wire sales rep or request a quote to purchase the newest exciting product from Time Microwave Systems.

Clarkson University’s Zero-Emission Snowmobile SAE Team Update

 Last month you read how Allied Wire & Cable helped the Clarkson University Zero Emission Snowmobile SAE Team prepare for the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The challenge took place at Michigan Technical Institute in Houghton, MI.

Allied’s contribution has greatly helped the Clarkson Electric Knights reach their goal of placing in the top three at the 2017 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. We are happy to report that The Electric Knights placed 2nd overall.  This ranking has been their personal best since 2010.

The Zero Emission category at the Clean Snowmobile Challenge consisted of twelve events that took place from March 6th – 11th 2017. The events were listed as follows: Design Paper, Static Display, MSRP Report, Subjective Handling, Range, Oral Presentation, Noise, Draw Bar Pull, Cold Start, Vehicle Weight, Objective Handling, and Acceleration Under Load. At this year’s competition the Electric Knights took 1st place in both the cold start event and draw bar pull. They had a max pull of 627 lbs and a vehicle weight of 858 lbs. The team also finished with the fastest time (55.16 seconds) in the objective handling event. The acceleration under load event requires one snowmobile to pull another snowmobile 400 feet as quick as possible.  The Electric Knight’s sled finished in 1.29 seconds right after the 21.27 seconds of the winner.

Unfortunately, The Electric Knights ran into some complications with their battery pack leaving them unable to finish the noise and range events. However, this was the first year The Electric – Knight competed in all events since 2011.

Allied could not be more proud of the accomplishment from Clarkson’s Electric Knights. Job well done to everyone involved!

 

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