Salem Distributing opens doors
By Patrick Flannery
May 25, 2015 – Salem Distributing invited local members of the glass industry to its new location in Concord, Ont., for a grand opening celebration from May 20 to 22. Guests were treated to refreshments and Salem-branded giveaways, as well as a chance to meet the staff and management of this North Carolina-based glass products distributor.
“We wanted to open a location in Canada to facilitate pickups,” explained Dan Reinhart, vice-president of sales and marketing. “Many of our customers want their order delivered, but a significant number still like to be able to drop by and get what they want right away.” Reinhart was visiting the facility for the open house – Salem’s Canadian glass product specialist is Cameron Fiermont, formerly of Trulite and ProTemp. He is one of the three staff stationed in Canada.
With over 3,000 SKUs available in North America and an inventory valued at around $4.5 million, Salem has mastered the logisitical challenge of getting items to customers fast. Consumable products for the glass industry such as abrasives, polishing wheels, diamond tooling, cerium oxide (Salem is one of the largest distributors of cerium oxide in the world), sealant, dressing sticks and corner protectors (and much more) can be picked up at the 2,000-square-foot warehouse or delivered next-day from North Carolina. Larger machinery is delivered directly to the customer. Salem sells bevelers, CNC work centres, cutting tables, drills, edgers, laminating lines, digital printers, sandblasting units and tempering ovens from such notable names as Bovone, Cefla and Intermac.
Salem is a 100 per cent employee-owned company.
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