currentconnection 2ndquarter2013 this issue Market Levels market levels Copper wire: Price Changes Copper prices have recently been falling. The short term outlook indicates lower copper wire prices. This market is too volatile to project more than a week or two out. Bridgeport Cooper Lighting Cully Aluminum Wire: e-Business There was a price increase on aluminum building wire in late May. The new prices are holding and we don’t anticipate any significant changes in the near future. e-Fill Ideal Industries Ilsco Industrial Sales Steel Conduit: IPEX We have seen a slow but consistent increase in steel conduit pricing of approximately 12% since early April. Projections are for additional price increases of 2 to 3%. Klein Tool Reelcraft PVC Conduit: Thomas & Betts Wiremold PVC conduit prices have not changed over the past several weeks, nor do we expect them to for the foreseeable future. XHHW Winners Skills USA Veterans Airlift Command St. Paul College Graduates manufacturers’ price changes Price change information is provided for your convenience to adjust your costs in a timely manner. ManufacturerIncreaseDate www.vikingelectric.com Arlington CRC Danaher Greenlee Hubbell Killark Hubbell Premise Wiring Hubbell Wiegmann Hubbell Wiring Devices Pass & Seymour Pre-Tied Ceiling Wire Seagull Lighting 5 - 10% 08/05/13 3.40%04/01/13 Various05/03/13 2.50%05/01/13 3.50% 1 - 3% 4% 1 - 3% 5 - 10% 10% 3 - 5% 06/01/13 06/26/13 05/31/13 06/26/13 06/24/13 06/01/13 04/01/13 currentconnection 2NDquarter2013 product information Rolling Tool Bag If you liked the Klein tool backpack (KLE 55421BP), you’re going to love the new Tradesman Pro™ Rolling Tool Bag. It doesn’t get much easier than this! The rugged 6” monster wheels can handle nearly any type of terrain. The bag is strong enough to carry up to 200 lbs. of gear (100 lbs. inside, 100 lbs. stacked on top), and a molded kickplate protects the bag from the elements. Save your back – order yours today! KLE 55452RTB V500 & V700 Grab & Go kits Each kit includes an assortment of the standard raceway fittings, fasteners and accessories needed to complete a typical raceway installation. Avoid the hassles of missing parts! Fittings come in a convenient recloseable container that easily fits in your service trucks. The individual compartments are separated by part number for easy res-stocking. WIM V500GGKIT – V500 series kit WIM V700GGKIT – V700 series kit Quadcast Parking Garage and Canopy Luminaire Cooper Lighting’s Quadcast fixture is now in stock at Viking. This is an LED top-mounted fixture that is ideal for garages and canopies and IP66 Rated for damp locations. Fully adjustable, locking and rotatable optical panels allow for precise illumination control. Optical panels adjust in 15 degree increments. 4365 lumens, 4000K CRI. This fixture may also be factory ordered with a photo control. CPL QDCAST1A Lumark Crosstour Maxx Wall Mount Cooper’s Crosstour Maxx replaces 250W and 400W traditional ID wall mounts. Both refractive and full-cutoff lenses are in stock. These units are competitively priced. Contact your Viking representative to place your order. CPL XTOR5A - 50 Watt full cutoff CPL XTOR5ARL - 50 Watt refractive lens CPL XTOR5APC1 - 50 Watt refractive lens w/photo control CPL XTOR9A - 85 Watt full cutoff CPL XTOR9ARL - 85 Watt refractive lens CPL XTOR9APC1 - 85 Watt refractive lens w/photo control Sure-Lites PathLinx LED Emergency Light This thin profile emergency light unit blends into the environment with expanded egress light spacing between units, providing a cost effective and unobtrusive emergency egress system. The external battery disconnect and easy connection features make the PathLinx LED emergency light uncomplicated and efficient throughout installation. • (2) 1.4 watt LED optics • 83 Lumens per LED • 6-1/2”W x 6-1/4”H x 2”D • Spacing up to 40 ft • 5 year warranty CPL LEM ALL- PRO™ LED Dusk-to - Dawn For a quality solution to LED dusk-to-dawn applications look to the Cooper ALL-PRO™ AL2050LPC series. • Over 10 years of maintenance-free operation with LED life span of 35,000 hours • Exceptional large area light coverage that is equivalent to 200W incandescent or 100W mercury vapor or 65W CFL • NEMA replaceable photo control provides nighttime ON / daytime OFF • Perfect for lighting dark, secluded areas CPL AL2050LPCGY - Fixture head, gray with photo control CPL EA24 - 24inch arm www.vikingelectric.com | 2 product information Safety • Performance • Ease - of - Use SureTrace™ Circuit Tracer Kit CertainCircuit™ for Safety After you identify and trip the correct breaker, the transmitter senses the loss of power and sends a different signal back to the receiver to give you confidence at the panel that the right circuit was de-energized. Performance Four defined ranges of the new Circuit Tracer let you quickly select the proper sensitivity for your specific job. Numeric value and audible signal provide quick and easy-to-understand tracing feedback. Use on circuits from 0-600V AC/DC Ease-of-Use SureTrace™ features the only rotating display in the industry. Regardless of the receiver position, the display will orient itself so that the reading stays upright. The IDE 61-957 comes in a rugged hard carrying case: Transmitter TR-955 Receiver RC-959 Tracer Test Lead Set TL-956 STAINLESS STEEL FASTENER We have expanded our STAINLESS STEEL FASTENER offering to include: • Flat Cut Washers • Fender Washers • Hex Head Cap Screws • Hex Nuts • Lock Washers • Round Head Machine Screws Is the size or style you require not in stock? Let your Viking sales representative know and we will be happy to add it to our inventory. 3 | www.vikingelectric.com Industrial Sales Viking Electric – Your Solutions Provider A large-volume panel shop recently asked for Viking’s help in updating their labeling and identification capabilities. This shop has grown over 400% in the past five years and was in the process of rethinking every portion of their business from the way they handle material to actually building the panels. Ease-of-use and simplicity were paramount while maintaining the highest level of quality. We presented solutions based on the Brady line of industrial labeling products. The customer selected Brady BMP71s for wire marking, identifying terminal blocks and to use in the field. They also purchased IP300s for larger panel identification labels and danger/warning labels. The printers and Brady’s LabelMark software were placed on the customer’s network. The software allowed easy modification of labels, significant reduction in label waste and, most importantly, allowed the operator to group various sizes and types of labels together; combining all the labels needed for a single job. Labels can now be printed from any computer within the facility, greatly increasing efficiency. This is just one example of how Viking Electric can help an organization become more efficient. As you analyze your organization, be sure to include Viking Electric sales professionals in the conversation. Let Viking Electric be your total solutions provider! currentconnection 2NDquarter2013 product information Sta-Kon kit While supplies last! Get your 2013 Thomas & Betts StaKon kit while they last. The sturdy, convenient carrying case contains over $500.00 of splices, terminals and disconnects – all for only $185.00. This is a limited time opportunity. Ask your Viking Electric representative for a copy of the T&B Sta-Kon flyer which lists all the materials contained in the kit. T-B STAKIT PVC Conduit Repair Kits These clever and innovative conduit repair kits from IPEX are the first total repair system for broken and damaged PVC conduit and duct – and they are in stock at Viking! They offer fast and easy repairs for damaged conduit caused by earth excavation, horizontal and core drilling. With their unique interlocking joints, EPR Kits two half shell bell-by-bell pieces simply close around the installed wire and cable. Using standard PVC solvent cement, EPR Kits are quickly and easily assembled and connected, restoring the conduit to its original form. EPR Kits are available in 1-1/4” to 6” sizes. They are made of high-impact, non-conductive PVC for a life-long quality repair. Viking is stocking the following sizes: IPX EPR25 - 1-1/4 inch IPX EPR30 - 1-1/2 inch IPX EPR35 - 2 inch IPX EPR40 - 2-1/2 inch IPX EPR45 - 3 inch IPX EPR55 - 4 inch heavy- duty spring retractable reel For the finest in light cord, power, cable and hose reels you can count on Reelcraft! Ask your Viking Electric sales representative for a catalog of Reelcraft products. Viking has recently added Reelcraft’s new heavy-duty spring-retractable reel to stock. This power cord reel carries 45 ft of 12/3 SJEOOW 125V 15 amp cord, has a molded triple-tap cord end and is GFCI protected. WINNERS! You could be one of the next big winners at Viking! During July, purchases of Pass & Seymour or Wiremold products qualify for automatic entry into the drawing for Weber gas grills and deck heaters. A gas grill and a deck heater will be given away at every Viking location – 44 winners in all! Pictured are a few of the 22 Sony Blu-ray™ player winners from February’s Let us Entertain You promotion. WIN THESE GREAT PRICES! RLC L4545-123-9G # ÿ # ÿ' ÿÿ" ÿ'ÿ ÿÿ& ÿ# ÿÿ' ÿ# ÿÿ www.vikingelectric.com | 4 product information ® ILSCO® ADDS NIMBUS 4FLEX SHAPES XHHN Aluminum Wire with Super Slick Elite Jacket in COLORS In - Stock at Viking Minneapolis! Only Encore offers XHHW aluminum with a fully-colored no-lube jacket! Pick up a copy of our Encore XHHW Aluminum In-Stock Guide at any Viking location or, download a copy from our online literature library at www.vikingelectric.com Have your wire cut, paralleled and delivered within one to two days! ® SuperSlick EliteAluminum XHHW In stock at our Minneapolis Distribution Center Prefix= WIR WIRE SIZE BROWN ORANGE YELLOW GREY BLUE RED WHITE 6 - - - - - - - - 6XHHWALBLACK 4 - - - - - - - 4XHHWALGREEN 4XHHWALBLACK 2 - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - 1XHHWALGREEN 1XHHWALBLACK 1/0 - - - - - - - 1/0XHHWALGREEN 1/0XHHWALBLACK 2/0 - - - - - - - 2/0XHHWALGREEN 2/0XHHWALBLACK 3/0 - - - - - - GREEN 2XHHWALGREEN Exclusive and Unique Configurations Ideal for Work in Tight Spaces – in stock at Viking The Nimbus 4Flex series is the only dual rated, insulated connector that accepts both fine stranded and building code conductor. The patented set-screw is a unique feature in that it compresses the strands of the conductor without damage. Applications include motor leads, control panels, wire troughs, industrial/commercial construction. BLACK 2XHHWALBLACK - 3/0XHHWALGREEN 4/0 4/0XHHWALBROWN 4/0XHHWALORANGE 4/0XHHWALYELLOW 4/0XHHWALGREY 4/0XHHWALBLUE 4/0XHHWALRED 4/0XHHWALWHITE 4/0XHHWALGREEN 4/0XHHWALBLACK 250 250XHHWALBROWN 250XHHWALORANGE 250XHHWALYELLOW 250XHHWALGREY 250XHHWALBLUE 250XHHWALRED 250XHHWALWHITE - 250XHHWALBLACK 3/0XHHWALBLACK 300 300XHHWALBROWN 300XHHWALORANGE 300XHHWALYELLOW 300XHHWALGREY 300XHHWALBLUE 300XHHWALRED 300XHHWALWHITE - 300XHHWALBLACK 350 350XHHWALBROWN 350XHHWALORANGE 350XHHWALYELLOW 350XHHWALGREY 350XHHWALBLUE 350XHHWALRED 350XHHWALWHITE - 350XHHWALBLACK 400 400XHHWALBROWN 400XHHWALORANGE 400XHHWALYELLOW 400XHHWALGREY 400XHHWALBLUE 400XHHWALRED 400XHHWALWHITE - 400XHHWALBLACK 500 500XHHWALBROWN 500XHHWALORANGE 500XHHWALYELLOW 500XHHWALGREY 500XHHWALBLUE 500XHHWALRED 500XHHWALWHITE - 500XHHWALBLACK 600 600XHHWALBROWN 600XHHWALORANGE 600XHHWALYELLOW 600XHHWALGREY 600XHHWALBLUE 600XHHWALRED 600XHHWALWHITE - 600XHHWALBLACK 750 750XHHWALBROWN 750XHHWALORANGE 750XHHWALYELLOW 750XHHWALGREY 750XHHWALBLUE 750XHHWALRED 750XHHWALWHITE - 750XHHWALBLACK Three configurations are available: PBTT PBTX 05/13 www.vikingelectric.com Contact your Viking Electric sales representative for more information or to place your order. the distributor you can depend on... Encore SuperSlickElite XHHW ISG.indd 1 5/7/13 3:31 PM Veterans Airlift Command PBTL Representatives from Viking Electric and the MRL Company recently had the pleasure of presenting the Veteran’s Airlift Command with a check for $10,000 on behalf of Legrand (Pass & Seymour and Wiremold) and Viking Electric. A few facts about the Veterans Airlift Command: • They have flown 6,915 wounded warriors and family members over 4,054,000 miles since their first mission in November 2006. • Over 2,200 pilots and aircraft owners participate - ALL VOLUNTEERS! • Over 1,700 passengers have been flown in the past 12 months alone. • They operate with only a staff of three plus a combat-wounded intern. • Based in Minnesota! For more information about this great organization, go to www.veteransairlift.org. Split-Grounding Bushings SGB Series •C an be installed before wire pull or after. • Hinged design delivers installation flexibility. • Adjusts & aligns easier – even in tight spots. • Adjustable grounding lug (Alum) accepts wire easier. • Zinc die-cast alloy construction. In stock in ¾” to 4” sizes. 5 | www.vikingelectric.com currentconnection 2NDquarter2013 TOOL TIME Bending Pipe? Let me count the ways! There are several different types of conduit and a number of ways to bend each type. PVC pipe gains popularity when warmer weather arrives. Contractors use a variety of tools to bend PVC to the angles that are needed. For smaller sizes, there is a spring Dan Lukitsch, system that is placed inside the Corporate Tools Specialist pipe and the PVC is bent by hand. p: 612-627-1202 e: email@example.com Another method is to use a torch to heat up the pipe until it becomes flexible enough to bend. This can be dangerous because of the open flame. A third method of bending PVC pipe uses a heat blanket. The blanket is plugged in and wrapped around the pipe until the PVC is warm enough to bend. A hot box is the best and most expensive way to bend PVC pipe. It rolls the pipe around heat coils which produces an evenly heated pipe and makes bending much easier. Hot boxes are particularly helpful when dealing with larger sizes of pipe. EMT, IMC and Rigid conduit have a variety of bending options as well. The first is the hand bender that goes up to 1-1/4” EMT or 1”Rigid. Hickey benders bend rigid pipe from ½” to 1”. The Little Kicker will bend offsets in ½” & ¾” EMT. Mechanical benders are for ½” to 2” pipe. EMT, IMC, Aluminum and Rigid can be bent in these types of benders. The next style of bender is the electric conduit bender. These are powered benders that work with 1/2” to 2” conduit. The Greenlee 555, commonly called the triple-nickel, is an example of a popular powered bender. For 2” to 4” pipe, a table bender is the preferred tool. Ask us about the new bending cart – keep all the pieces in one place! Hydraulic benders and one-shots are additional options for bending conduit. Contact your Viking sales professional or your local Tool Champion if you would like to discuss what bending equipment to have on hand that will make your jobs faster, easier and more profitable. Tool champions by location: Blaine Kevin Donovan firstname.lastname@example.org Baxter Dave Riegert email@example.com Burnsville Fred Hansen 952-890-8420 Duluth Tim Glackin firstname.lastname@example.org Eau Claire Randy Smith email@example.com Grand Rapids Al Jylha firstname.lastname@example.org Green Bay Tom Graf 920-494-5777 Kenosha Dan Sittig email@example.com La Crosse Matt Trautsch 608-796-1761 Madison Tony Ciebell firstname.lastname@example.org Mankato Todd Hansen email@example.com Milwaukee Dave Kraus firstname.lastname@example.org Minneapolis (DC) Dan Lukitsch email@example.com Bruce Quinn firstname.lastname@example.org Oshkosh Brian Heidl 920-236-6040 email@example.com Plymouth Rodney Leininger 763-383-2929 firstname.lastname@example.org Rice Lake Steve Hansen email@example.com Rochester Matt Newell 507-280-9900 St. Croix Falls Mark Mckenzie firstname.lastname@example.org St. Paul Kevin Mishler 651-298-0666 email@example.com Sheboygan Mark Sprangers 920-917-6325 firstname.lastname@example.org Sturgeon Bay Mike Starr 920-743-5505 email@example.com Wausau Joe Matter 715-261-4960 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.vikingelectric.com | 6 e-fill Have you tried eFill yet? Customers who are using eFill say that it is saving them a ton of time, plus it ensures accuracy. One of the ways to make the most of the eFill app is to have us create an order book for you. This is particularly useful for job trailers, service vans, or applications where you are ordering a specific list of items. The book has index tabs (i.e. EMT fittings, Conduit, Wire, etc) for easy navigation. Behind each tab are the appropriate labels for ordering your list of materials. You can scan in orders from your smart phone. We can get you started with one of our templates or create a fully customized order book based on your specific requirements. Talk to your Viking sales representative today about setting up an appointment with a Viking eBusiness specialist. e-business Introducing Kyle Hynes Over the past few years Viking Electric has expanded the number and scope of electronic tools available to our customers. Our eSolutions suite of E-Business products are tailored to meet the varying needs of our customers by making it easier for them to transact with us in a manner and time frame that fits their particular business model. Many of you have worked with Brady Kerr, along with your Viking sales professional, to help your organization with training, support and/or implementation of our various eSolutions offerings. With the size of our geographical territory and the number of people requiring assistance, it is no longer feasible for us to provide support with a single person. Therefore, Viking Electric Supply is pleased to introduce Kyle Hynes, our newest E-Business Specialist, with responsibility for Viking’s Eastern Region. The Eastern Region territory covers all of Viking’s locations in the state of Wisconsin with the exception of Eau Claire, La Crosse, Rice Lake, and St. Croix Falls which fall in our Western Region territory. Brady will continue to support those locations as well as our customers located throughout Minnesota. Kyle began his career with Viking Electric on June 24, 2010 following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay. He spent his first nine months on the job in the warehouse at our Milwaukee, WI location learning the ins and outs of the logistical aspect of our industry. Following his stint in the warehouse he was offered and accepted a position in our Madison, WI location as an Electrical Distribution Trainee and was quickly promoted to the position of Account Representative. In his two plus years in the account representative role, he learned how customers interact with distributors, the products and services supplied by Viking to its customer base and became familiar with Viking’s systems and capabilities. In his new role Kyle will be based out of our Milwaukee location but will be available to help throughout the Eastern Region. Please feel free to work through your Viking sales professional or contact Kyle directly for anything you need in regard to E-Business related support. His contact information is as follows: Direct Dial: 414-773-4421 Cell: 262-957-6177 Email: email@example.com If you would like to learn more about any of the electronic tools Viking has available to assist in streamlining your business, please ask us for a copy of our eSolutions brochure, contact your Viking sales person or contact your EBusiness Specialist. 7 | www.vikingelectric.com Kyle Hynes, E-Business Specialist p: 414-773-4421 c: 262-957-6177 e: firstname.lastname@example.org BAXTER, MN 56425 7650 Goedderz Road PH 218-828-0151 FX 218-828-0399 ROCHESTER, MN 55901 1440 Industrial Dr. NW PH 507-281-2232 FX 507-280-7700 OSHKOSH, WI 54904 2755 Atlas Ave. PH 920-236-6040 FX 920-236-6050 BLAINE, MN 55449 8844 West 35W Service Dr. PH 763-572-0250 FX 763-572-0367 ST. PAUL, MN 55101 500 Broadway PH 651-298-0666 FX 651-298-0665 RICE LAKE, WI 54868 600 West Ave. PH 715-234-3003 FX 715-234-2662 BURNSVILLE, MN 55337 2601 West Hwy. 13 PH 952-890-8420 FX 952-882-0201 EAU CLAIRE, WI 54703 2215 Truax Blvd. PH 715-834-7786 FX 715-834-0078 ST. CROIX FALLS, WI 54024 2090 US Hwy. 8 PH 715-483-3203 FX 715-483-1723 DULUTH, MN 55807 4531 West 2ND St. PH 218-624-2200 FX 218-624-0209 GREEN BAY, WI 54311 1936 Donbea St. PH 920-494-5777 FX 920-494-5575 Sheboygan, WI 53081 4228 High Tech Lane PH 920-459-4500 FX 920-458-3255 GRAND RAPIDS, MN 55744 807 Lily Lane PH 218-326-5802 FX 218-326-5875 Kenosha, WI 53144 9016 58th Place PH 262-605-6915 FX 262-657-4854 STURGEON BAY, WI 54235 1416 South Neenah Ave. PH 920-743-5505 FX 920-743-2285 MANKATO, MN 56001 320 Lundin Blvd. PH 507-345-1210 FX 507-345-8877 LA CROSSE, WI 54603 646 Breezy Point Road PH 608-796-1761 FX 608-796-0998 WAUSAU, WI 54403 100 East Bridge St. PH 715-845-7312 FX 715-842-2189 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55413 451 Industrial Blvd. PH 612-627-1300 FX 612-627-1313 Madison, WI 53718 5265 Femrite Dr. PH 608-216-3000 FX 608-216-3010 PLYMOUTH, MN 55441 13870 Industrial Park Blvd. PH 763-383-2929 FX 763-383-2930 Milwaukee, WI 53222 2900 N. 112th St. PH 414-475-6900 FX 414-475-6607 Viking Electric Supply is an EEO/AA employer. currentconnection 2NDquarter2013 Skills USA 2013 www.vikingelectric.com Saint Paul College Graduation On Saturday, April 6th Viking Electric was host to the Minnesota state SkillsUSA championship. This is a competition in electrical construction wiring and industrial motor controls. There were 27 contestants representing seven Vo-Tech colleges in the state of Minnesota. The winner of each wiring contest advances to the national contest in Kansas City, MO. The contest is divided into three parts; a written exam, an interview, and a mock-up wiring contest. The contestants had a fourhour time limit and were judged by Minnesota electrical inspectors and electrical contractors. A special thanks to Kathy Green, Viking Product Manger and Dan Lukitsch, Viking Tool Specialist for their help in working with our vendors to donate door prizes for the participants and awards for the winners. Gary Shantz of Ideal Industries (right in picture), awarded Ideal tools in recognition of perfect attendance in the electrical program to Jason Doll, John Peltier and Devin Lee (left to right). Jason was also the top student in the class. The mission of Saint Paul College is to provide: Education for Employment…Education for Life.