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Articles by Mike Miazga

For Team Alloys owner Bill Bootz, employees and customers mean everything

Team Alloys shows what a true master distributor can really do.
February 11, 2014

Bill Bootz, owner of Houston-based industrial PVF master distributor Team Alloys, didn’t know much about the business when he first started as an outside salesman back in the 1980s. “My first sales call to SMS of Texas was on Sept. 18, 1989,” he recalls in vivid detail. “They told me my price was higher than domestic. I said, ‘What’s domestic?’ I knew absolutely nothing about the business — completely zero.”


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Master distributors continue to play a key role in the industry

Master distributors starting to rise in importance.
February 11, 2014

Trends and forecasts always are frequent topics of discussion in the PHCP/PVF industry. That definitely holds true for the master distribution end of the equation. A group of master distribution executives recently spoke with Supply House Times on a variety of topics related to their companies’ roles in the industry.


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ASA Roundtable 2013: Part 1

PHCP distributors talk about the economy, health care and e-commerce in the first of a two-part series.
January 16, 2014

Now more than ever, legislative and regulatory decisions play a major role in the way PHCP and PVF distributors conduct business. A blue-chip panel of distributors had plenty to say about that and many other hot-button topics during an exclusive roundtable interview conducted by Supply House Times and the American Supply Association during NetworkASA 2013 at the Renaissance Marriott DC Downtown Hotel in Washington.


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KBIS and IBS hope to be bigger and better

Optimism abounds for first combined KBIS-IBS show in Las Vegas.
January 16, 2014

If the preshow buzz is any indication, the co-locating of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the International Builders’ Show already is a smash hit. The two major industry trade shows go under the same roof for the first time Feb. 4-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of what is being billed as Design & Construction Week.


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Looking forward in the new year

Signs point to another improving year.
January 16, 2014

I trust everybody had a fun and safe holiday season. I know some folks north of the border certainly enjoyed theirs thanks to some outstanding customer service. Canadian airline WestJet had a virtual Santa ask passengers at airports in Toronto and Hamilton what they wanted for Christmas. Once those planes took off, WestJet employees went on a shopping spree and delivered the specific presents to those same passengers when they arrived at baggage claim in Calgary.


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Winning formula for Equity Plumbing buying group

Equity Plumbing buying group excited about its future.
December 16, 2013

The Equity Plumbing buying group celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this year and recently held its well-attended first annual national meeting.


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Take it to the bank

There never is a shortage of good advice in this industry.
December 16, 2013

Back in my middle- and high-school days I was caught more than once substituting the sports page of the Chicago Tribune for a textbook. Three decades later I’ve fully embraced Twitter as a one-stop-shop for learning new things.


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The Global Group of Companies takes master distribution to the next level

One stop PVF at the Global Group of Companies.
December 16, 2013

In the ever-evolving world of master distribution, anything a company can do to gain efficiencies can be a game-changer.


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Affiliated Distributors’ North American Meeting provides look into group’s future

Long-term security.
December 16, 2013

Affiliated Distributors Chairman and CEO Bill Weisberg sees a bright future for the Pennsylvania-based buying group. And he’s taken steps to ensure the group’s long-term viability.


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ASA incoming president John Strong brings strong legacy

ASA incoming president John Strong is ready to help the association reach even greater heights.
November 26, 2013

It doesn’t take long to notice John Strong’s laidback and fun-loving approach to life. A conversation with the tell-it-like-it-is Strong almost always contains some type of humor.


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BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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How To Use Your Strengths To Fight The Threat Of Amazon Supply

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND A new 8,000 lb. gorilla, Amazon Supply, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Supply House Times columnist Dick Friedman, an authority on business planning and the strategic use of inventory, warehouses and technology will present strategies and tactics for you to compete with Amazon Supply.

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April 2014

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In the April issue of Supply House Times, there is much focus on young professionals in the distribution industry. Find out who is being recognized as this year's Young Executives for the American Supply Association and read who will be taking over Aaron & Co. when it's current owners retire. Read about Central Plumbing Specialties' recent expansion, catch up on the latest news from the distribution industry as well as the latest products!
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