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Get the Correct Hardware, Every Time

Although we focus on serving and supplying precasters/prestressers at the plant level, we also receive calls from erectors and contractors who are working with precast elements at the jobsite. Often, they are looking for the lifting apparatus to lift a piece that has been fabricated using either our Lifting Pin or QuikLift™ anchors, but they are not sure which size lifting hardware is required for their particular application.

A Common Misconception

A common misconception is that the overall weight of the precast piece will dictate which size Lifting Eye (for Lifting Pin) or Ring Clutch (for QuikLift™) is needed, as these are referred to by their rated capacity (1T, 2T, 4T, 8T, 20T), however, that is not necessarily the case. The proper Eye/Clutch is determined by the actual anchor that the precaster has embedded in the element in question, and there are several methods to determine that answer. The most common way is to contact the manufacturer and ask which specific anchor was used in the precast component, but that is not always possible, especially on a piece that has been in place for some time.

A Reliable Solution

There is another reliable method, and that is to measure the void left by the recess in the casting process, which is the area around the anchor where the Eye/Clutch will engage:

For Lifting Pin anchors (which look like a nail head in a circular hole), measuring the diameter of the hole and the diameter of the head will give us the information needed to determine the correct Lifting Eye for your application.

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Measuring the diameter of the head on a Lifting Pin anchor

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Measuring the diameter of the hole for a Lifting Pin anchor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For QuikLift™ anchors (which leaves an oblong or oval-shaped void with a piece of flat steel centered), you will need to measure the length and width of the void at the surface of the piece to be lifted. These measurements will determine the proper Ring Clutch to be used for your job.

Measuring the width of the void

Measuring the width of the void

Measuring the length of the void

Measuring the length of the void

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once you have the measurements in hand, you can cross reference against our technical data sheets for the recess members, or call us to verify that you are ordering the correct material to get your job done. Doing so will help eliminate returns and costly delays and keep you moving on your project.

 

Customer tip provided by Inside Sales Representative, Tony Cuttone

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POSITION DESCRIPTION
ALP Supply Marketing InternWe are seeking an enthusiastic intern to join our marketing department and offer creative ideas and a “get-your-hands-dirty” work ethic to help achieve our goals. This internship will have administrative, creative and operational duties. Expect to collaborate with our marketing team on a variety of campaigns including events, print and digital.

This paid internship will help the right person acquire and strengthen their marketing skills, provide knowledge of various marketing strategies and gain broad experience in the industrial distribution space.

INTRODUCTION TO ALP SUPPLY
For over 40 years, ALP Supply has provided a one-stop shop for manufacturers of concrete products for steel lifting/reinforcement systems and architectural materials. We are a leader and innovator in the industry and are well-respected for our product quality, engineering solutions and customer service.

WORKING HERE
ALP Supply boasts an atmosphere of family, comradery and meaningful opportunities. In fact, many of our employees have spent over 10+ years with us. We emphasize community, fitness and personal growth. Our headquarters in Bucks County provides a stocked community kitchen, gym/locker room and weekly workouts with a personal trainer. Summer BBQs, holiday parties and celebrations are part of the norm.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of marketing campaigns
  • Manage and update company database and customer relationship management systems
  • Help organize sales events and respond to team inquiries
  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data from marketing campaigns
  • Perform market analysis and research on products, competition, new opportunities
  • Support the marketing team in daily administrative tasks

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Passion for marketing with a strong desire to learn and take action
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office
  • Familiarity with marketing software and online applications (CRM tools, Social media platforms, Google AdWords, Google Analytics)
  • Current enrollment in marketing programs/classes

COMPETENCIES

  • Character — Exhibits integrity, practical judgment, and a positive attitude; demonstrates perseverance and initiative when facing problems and challenges; must be able to take direction and accept constructive criticism.
  • Results-oriented — Able to make timely or planned decisions appropriate to the circumstances or situation.
  • Teamwork — Self-starter but also effective as a member of a team

If you or someone you know is interested, please explain your interest and send a resume to: MarketingIntern@alpsupply.com

 

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A.L. Patterson, Inc. Honors its 75 Year History and Legacy of Founder by Rebranding to ALP Supply

CONTACT
Michael Neil, Executive Vice President, Marketing
ALP Supply / A.L. Patterson, Inc.
215-310-2136 | mneil@alpsupply.com

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA, March 1, 2017 — A.L. Patterson, Inc., the leading “single source supplier” to producers of precast and prestress concrete products, announces it has evolved its brand and has changed its name to ALP Supply.

ALP Supply reflects our company’s heritage and pays homage to founder Albert Lester Patterson. Patterson was known as the first prestressed strand salesman in America. Over 75 years ago, Patterson started his career at Roebling Wire which introduced the new technology of prestress strand in the United States. He traveled the country and helped precast manufacturers expand their business by educating them on how to produce prestress products. In 1972, Patterson founded his own business distributing products to manufactured concrete producers and contractors.

Since that time, the company has evolved from a regional distributor to a leading national manufacturer and supplier. The familiar “ALP” stamp found on the products engineered and manufactured by the company honors the legacy of A.L. Patterson to its thousands of customers.

“Our commitment is to be a critical partner for our precast and prestress customers, helping them improve their bottom line by offering the highest quality products, innovative and practical engineering solutions, ease of doing business, and exceptional customer service,” said Chief Executive Officer, Barry Fleck.

“This is more than just a brand name change. We are simplifying our experience,” said Fleck.

“The new name, logo and presence streamlines how we do business and provides a consistent identity to our customers,” said Christian Rescate, Chief Operating Officer.

“The evolution to ALP Supply represents our key values geared to provide an unmatched level of personal service found only in privately-owned, family-based businesses. This is combined with advanced technological capabilities focused on serving our customer’s needs,” said Rescate.

ALP Supply demonstrates the company’s broad and growing product inventory, its engineering and technical solutions center and its drive to provide exceptional customer service.
For more information, visit: www.alpsupply.com


About ALP Supply
ALP Supply is a leading national manufacturer and supplier to producers of manufactured concrete products. The company has a 75-year heritage supporting the precast and prestress industries. With distribution centers in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Minnesota, Nevada and Texas, combined with a 24/7 e-commerce website, ALP Supply provides 1-to-2 day delivery, an engineering solutions center and an unparalleled ease of doing business. The company is headquartered in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex located in Fairless Hills, PA.

 

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We’re growing and seeking the next amazing person to join the A.L. Patterson family. Read below for more information.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to:

careers(at)alpatterson.com

INTRODUCTION TO THE COMPANY – A.L. PATTERSON, INC.
For over 40 years, A.L. Patterson has provided a one-stop shop for manufacturers of concrete products for steel lifting/reinforcement systems and architectural materials. We are a leader and innovator in the industry and are well-respected for our product quality, engineering solutions and customer service.

WORKING HERE
A.L. Patterson boasts an atmosphere of family, comradery and meaningful opportunities. In fact, many of our employees have spent over 10+ years with us. We emphasize community, fitness and personal growth. Our headquarters in Bucks County free parking, provides a stocked community kitchen, gym/locker room and weekly workouts with a personal trainer. Summer BBQs, holiday parties and celebrations are part of the norm. As part of the A.L. Patterson team, full benefits (medical/vision/dental) are offered along with a 401k plan and corporate profit-sharing plan.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
After an expansion to a fifth distribution center, the position of Purchasing & Inventory Assistant was created to assist the Purchasing Department in maintaining efficiency of operations. The Purchasing & Inventory Assistant is responsible for supporting the Purchasing Department with tasks related to purchasing, inventory and database management, warehousing and logistics. This person will report directly to the Purchasing Manager. This is a full-time position. M-F, 8AM – 5PM.

PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES
• Create Purchase Orders for stocked inventory
• Submit Purchase Orders to vendors
• Track fulfillment of Purchase Orders
• Follow-up with vendors for PO acknowledgements and lead time confirmation
• Update ERP system data as pertains to Updates to: existing product information, new product setup, price list updates, updating warehouse batch number reference
• Enter overseas container manifests for tracking
• Receive purchased material into stock
• Perform regular maintenance to ensure accurate stock levels across 3PL warehouse locations
• Perform audits against 3PL warehouse invoices

QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent work experience
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
• Must be proficient in Excel
• Previous experience with ERP and data management systems preferred
• Must have a knack for detail and dedication to organization and accuracy
• Must be process-oriented, but willing to take on a variety of tasks

COMPETENCIES
• Character — Exhibits integrity, professionalism, practical judgment, and a positive attitude; demonstrates perseverance and initiative when facing problems and challenges; must be able to take direction and accept constructive criticism.
• Results-oriented—Able to make timely or planned decisions appropriate to the circumstances or situation.
• Teamwork—Self-starter but also effective as a member of a team
• Organizational ability—Can organize resources to prioritize and get projects completed; and has a strong ability to keep order in a fast-paced work environment.

COMPENSATION
• Competitive salary
• 401k w/profit sharing
• Medical, with up to 90% health insurance premium paid
• Dental/Vision/Disability

A.L Patterson, Inc
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Patterson has been a top supplier in the precast/prestressed industry for over four decades.  After years of offering same day service, excellent customer interaction and supplying our growing customer base, it was time for Patterson to expand. CEO Barry Fleck wanted a building that exposed Patterson’s abiding dedication to the industry and precast was the answer.  In 2007, the new Patterson headquarters broke ground in the middle of winter to start the erection of its current 31,000 sq. ft. building. When it comes to precast, weather conditions are no barrier; the walls were up in less than two weeks. Built to environmental standards and constructed to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Deign) certified, nine years later the building is still maintenance free and its benefits are unchallenged.

Our precast building has a lot to show off and be proud about.  We didn’t just stop at retaining walls and prestressed insulated wall panels.  The building holds precast manholes, pipe, a 20,000 gallon holding tank for the sprinkler system, box culverts, precast steps, benches, and our BBQ cooking wall with thin-set brick detail (where all the famous ALP BBQ’s take place).  To put it briefly, our building is pretty cool, especially in the summer!

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This years Precast Show took place in Nashville, TN and wow what a town. The Gaylord Opryland Resort was filled with exhibitors and attendees ready to absorb all the different wonders of the concrete world. Filling a 20×20 space in the middle of aisle 800 was your very own Single Source Supplier, A.L. Patterson along with Nycon and Kraft Curing.

How to dominate your space and captivate your audience? A talk of the show triangle backdrop accented by three informational booths, a sharp team, and top it off with a spinning sign nice and high so everyone in every direction can see your brand! Check out our pictures below. The PCI and NPCA partnered together this year making the 2016 Precast Show a big success and Patterson is always happy to be part of it. With PCI and NPCA’s partnership we have no doubt that the 2017 Precast Show in Cleveland, OH holds great things!

3d Printer photo
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Paving the way and changing the way we invent! We are excited to introduce a new addition to the ALP Team. Our Markerbot 3D Printer!  3D Printing is a process in which a printer transmits a digital design into a tangible model, therefore creating a professional, high quality, and realistic prototype.  This makes it possible for our engineers to not only see but also touch their designs.

Bringing a prototype into play at the beginning stages in the development process allows more time for customization.  Our engineers can save and review individual files, which allows them to go back and make specific adjustments reducing product and development costs.  Our Makerbot 3D Printer cuts down on the time that is required to build and test models by hand.  This results in less waste, less energy, rapid prototyping and more fun. To keep up with our more efficient product development cycle we had some time to experiment with some enjoyable designs.  In the spirit of Halloween

3D Skull

Happy Halloween!

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Thanks to our friends at Gainey’s Concrete Products, we’re happy to share this video of Skip Francies’s Lifting Session. Skip reviewed safe working loads and how they are calculated, lifting equipment and transfer of load, placement and use of inserts/hardware as well as the basic dynamics of lifting.

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about lifting and handling at your own plant or place of work. Just give us a call or send an email and we’ll be sure to have one of our engineers get in touch with you and answer your inquiry.

800-332-7090
sales@alpatterson.com

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Once upon a time, the sea lions at the 17th Street Dock in Astoria, Oregon caused a real uproar! In an article published by KOIN 6 news last year, it was reported that the estimated 1,600 sea lions that came to sunbathe at the port continuously break  “water lines, electrical lines [and] dock connections” costing the port somewhere around $100,000 to fix and maintain. With the original dock made of timber, it’s no wonder the repairs were needed! The structure needed to be accessed by Coast Guard ships in need of refueling as well as forklifts and cranes used to access and repair ships.

The solution? Precast. Precast deck panels were made, saving lots of time and helping the port to meet their project deadline. In an article written Sarah Fister Gale for the PCI Journal, she says, “The newly completed dock features 125 precast concrete deck panels on steel piles”. The up-to 1,000 lb sea lions now have a place they can sunbathe without breaking the port’s bank that just so happens to help the incoming ships’ needs.

Image & information taken from: Koin.com

Sources: Koin.com & PCI Journal (Jan-Feb 2015 Edition)

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We are excited to share Kraft Curing’s commercial on Concrete.Tv! The video reviews Kraft’s custom curing solutions that deal with the typical challenges of precast concrete production, improving product properties while saving cement and speeding up production cycles. You also get a chance to “meet” Michael Kraft, Managing Director of Kraft Curing Systems GmbH in Germany. Watch the video and let us know what you think!