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MHEDA 2018 MVS Awarded to SpaceGuard Products [Press Release]

MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award for 2018

SpaceGuard Products has earned the prestigious MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award for 2018. The MVS Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association), to less than 5% of the Association’s member companies.  This is the second year that SpaceGuard Products has earned the MVS Award. This industry Award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees, and their community.

Qualification for MVS Award

SpaceGuard Products was required to meet a series of criteria in a number of areas important to the distributor companies who do business with them.  In addition to confirming an on-going commitment to safety and documenting a program that “gives back,” MVS Award winners have demonstrated an overall commitment to business excellence by documenting programs in the following areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Distributor Advocacy
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

“On more than one occasion SpaceGuard has responded to my unusual/non-standard application requests. Their customer service group goes to great lengths to provide information that I need to secure orders that are out of the standard offerings. On many occasions, I have received calls from production managers and engineers with product solutions for our clients. SpaceGuard employees are encouraged to think outside the box and provide the extra service that I value.”  —Kenneth L. Booe, Eastern Lift Truck, Sales Manager / Systems Specialist / Southern Region

About SpaceGuard Products

SpaceGuard Products is a leading manufacturer of wire mesh partitions and area guarding products including wire mesh storage lockers, rack safety panels, aisle guarding and mezzanine rail guarding. With over a 100 years of product experience, SpaceGuard Products is the most experienced wire company in the market today. All of SpaceGuard products/brands are proudly manufactured in Seymour, Indiana along with all the raw materials purchased locally. We are committed to providing excellent products and service to our dealers and customers. For more information, visit www.spaceguardproducts.com.

“As a member company of MHEDA, we are thankful for being awarded the prestigious MVS Award 2018 for the 2nd year. It’s an honor to be recognized as an Industry Leader. We are committed to business excellence by providing our dealers and customers with products and services in a highly professional and courteous manner. Again, thank you to MHEDA and to our dealers who’ve made it possible for us to display this award as a highly marked achievement.”—Eddie Murphy, President, SpaceGuard Products

About MHEDA

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling distributor.  MHEDA represents close 650 companies in the material handling equipment business.  Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices.  For more information, visit www.mheda.org.

“MHEDA’s MVS Award winners represent a commitment to excellence in managing their business and in providing outstanding support to the distributor,” said Buddy Smith, MHEDA’s 2017 Chairman of the Board and CEO of CMH Services in Columbia, SC.  “MHEDA is proud of all the MVS winners.”

A Jaw-Dropping Behind the Scenes Interview

Let me tell you about an employee at SpaceGuard Products who likes to fly under the radar but is essential to our customers and our business. So…he’s 6’4” with a strong jaw, and almond eyes, athletic and loves long walks on the beach while sipping champagne…

Just kidding—but meet Matt Sipe, Quality/Safety Manager (and sorry ladies, he’s married!).

What Matt loves most, besides his wife, is giving our customer’s complete satisfaction and he goes the extra mile to ensure it.

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work smarter—not harder with SpaceGuard Products

Adobe Spark

work smarter—not harder with SpaceGuard Products
pre-installation planning

Representatives of Shell Office Systems and SpaceGuard Products worked together to collectively supply wire mesh caging to a new Pre-engineered Metal Building (PEMB) at the Naval Air Station near Jacksonville, FL. The three cages will secure mobile shelving units for several departments.

This order was the first for Shell Office Systems as a SpaceGuard distributor, and a first wire mesh caging project for its in-house installation team.

SpaceGuard’s engineering team scheduled a meeting with both sales and installation representatives from Shell Office 2 weeks before the materials delivered to the job site.

The meeting, held virtually via Citrix’s GoTo Meeting platform, covered everything required to receive and install the product, including a review of the packing slip, how the materials were to be packaged, the hardware included, and detail of every step from the first bolt connection to the final anchor in the floor.

Life is Good! BeastWire

It’s a hot summer’s day, and you check-in on an install for one of your best customers. They ordered a BeastWire Tool Cage.

And of course, you hired the best installers because it’s important that everything goes as smooth as possible.

You sign in at the front desk and your customer hears you’re there. He flies around the corner—red in the face with his eyebrows curled together—screaming and spitting every other word.

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Shout-Out To Two SpaceGuard Winners!

Let’s give a big shout out to two SGP employees—Alex Oak and Matt Sipe! They competed in the Legion 9/11 Memorial 2-Gun Match this past weekend and were awesome.

Even though this was Alex’s first Run ‘N Gun competition, his performance was amazing. He took 12th place in the overall competition and 5th in his Class. We couldn’t be more proud of him!

Matt Sipe has competed in several of these competitions and once again he came in 1st place overall and took 1st place in his class—just outstanding!

Please help us congratulate these two on their dedication and commitment in completing such a strenuous competition. We look forward to seeing more from them!

Check Out Our Redesigned FordLogan Website!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly improved Ford Logan website. With a fresh new look, we hope you find FordLogan easily accessible and filled with relevant content to help you on your next woven wire project.

ALSO, ENTER TO WIN A $100 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

The first 5 people to find the word “Preposterous” hidden in the newly redesigned FordLogan website will win a  $25 Amazon Gift Card.

To be eligible, email a picture of the word’s location to sales@spaceguardproducts.com, and then post “I Found It” #FordLogan on Twitter.

But, don’t stop there…

Respond before Friday, September 15th  and you’ll be entered to win a  $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Here’s the Deal…No Compromises

”Here’s the deal: we landed the project, but the customer MUST have this installed by the end of the week No compromises!”

Those were the final words our supervisor said to all of us on the installation team as we loaded up our tools. We looked around nervously wondering how we would be able to meet the deadline knowing we had to install multiple wire mesh cages, 15 tenant storage lockers, and an entire warehouse full of pallet rack safety panels.

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The Queen of SpaceGuard Products

As the Queen of SpaceGuard, Lola Post is at the heart of all we do. She exclusively manages every order that leaves our factory for accuracy and consistency. She’s our “quality/control” program that automation can never replace.

When FordLogan Wire first opened 27-years ago, Lola was hired to maintain and prepare all the hardware packages for shipped orders. Today, Lola continues to make those kits, but now she manages the Shipping Department and loves doing it.

“My job is far from boring. There’s always something to do, and I enjoy it,” commented Lola.

Read More: https://indd.adobe.com/view/3fae1238-accb-4cb5-a0d0-307960230378

Did You Know? GSA Schedule

SpaceGuard manages its own GSA Schedule GS-07F-9907H which we’ve proudly held since 1999. Controlling our contract allows us to prudently manage the detail and compliance requirements of the U.S. General Services Administration. These prices, available to Federal agencies as well as many other qualifying entities, are pre-negotiated and the most competitive we offer.

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MHI Roundtable Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Eddie Murphy, President of SpaceGuard Products, has been elected to the MHI Roundtable Advisory Committee for a 4-year term.

MHI is an international trade association that has represented the Material Handling Industry since 1945. SpaceGuard Products became a member of MHI in 1997 and during that time has participated yearly in either the Promat and MODEX shows.  We are, also, a member of the MHI Industry Group, ProGMA (Protective Guarding) Industry Group.

Read More: MHI Roundtable Announcement-Eddie Murphy

Woven Wire: A Flexible Advantage

The Challenge

An International leader in Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) was evaluating different protective guarding technologies to include a large custom designed system.  The solution not only needs to meet OSHA machine guarding specifications that properly prevent personnel from coming in contact with the automated equipment, but it also needed to provide a safety barrier should an item fall or slip from the machines. With a variety of mesh infills and framing members to choose from among these technologies, the solution would need to absorb the kinetic energy of any falling items.

One final consideration for this particular system was that space in the facility was limited. Therefore a barrier guarding solution that has minimal growth due to the posts would allow them to work within the contained space while still maximizing the number of standard components used to keep price and lead times down. In fact, they needed a guarding system that would be ready as soon as possible.

The Solution

The customer chose FordLogan woven wire partitions, a proven industry standard manufactured by SpaceGuard Products, an active member of the Woven Wire Products Association (wovenwire.org).  FordLogan utilizes a 10-ga diamond woven wire mesh that meets all code requirements by not allowing a 2-inch diameter ball to pass through the mesh with 50-lb of lateral force applied.  The woven wire is stronger than welded mesh options due to its shape and the triple intermediate crimp between wire intersections.  The design also makes the mesh more flexible to better withstand and absorb side impact.

Being that both time and space were limited, FordLogan was the perfect solution as its posts have minimal growth to the overall dimensions of the system, unlike many welded wire systems. As a bonus, all of the doors can be reversed in the field (just in case the floor plan turns out to be different than was originally planned). The entire customized cage was designed to use all standard sized doors, panels, and posts. Doing this kept the price low and also allowed us to ship the material in 48 hours!

As Above, So Below: Complete Mezzanine Protection

The Situation
The customer with a two-level mezzanine needed a way to protect their materials and equipment on both levels.  Their biggest concern was timing; they needed a way to lock up the upper level immediately. The enclosure beneath the mezzanine would need to be a custom height in certain areas in order to fit properly within overhead structures.  The last key item was having a hinged door with emergency egress in one area of the mezzanine structure.
The Solution
With standard sized systems stocked and ready for quick shipment, the upper-level enclosure was able to be shipped within 48 hours!  In order to meet proper OSHA safety protocols, a hinged door with a panic bar was equipped at one end of the mezzanine.  For the areas beneath the mezzanine, custom height partitions were supplied in a few different areas while other were able to utilize the standard 10’h material.
With FordLogan woven wire systems being inexpensive, easy to install, and available for quick shipment, the customer was able to protect their products AND their people. Contact SpaceGuard Products today to get your quote on a secured storage cage for your mezzanine.

Keeping Servers Safe

Data centers and colocation facilities have some of the highest security available. They utilize motion-activated cameras, biometric locks, 24-hour security guards, and that’s just to enter the building!  Upon making your way into a server room, you’ll undoubtedly cross additional security measures to prevent any unauthorized access. After passing through all of these safety measures, you’ll face the final frontier for securing all that equipment….wire mesh partitions!

With stringent requirements for air quality, FordLogan woven wire systems are a perfect fit as they do not require field cutting or drilling like some cheap alternatives.  Instead, all parts (doors, panels, posts) simply bolt together in the field through pre-punched holes.

The benefits go beyond the cleanliness. In fact, one of the best reasons for sourcing FordLogan woven wire cages is that they are stocked for quick shipment. That means as you get a contract for floor space, we can get you the materials you need in 48 hours (when painted in the standard gray finish).

Get the RIGHT wire mesh security enclosure for your data center or colocation facility TODAY!

FordLogan in Chicago!

THE SITUATION

A nationally recognized hospital in Chicago had been storing outdated patient information in their “storage area” also known as their basement. With multiple doors leading downstairs to their storage site, they were in need of a quick way to securely lock up and organize all of the various medical documents.

The debate was on: what type of enclosures would they need? At first glance, they considered going with chain-link fencing. After speaking with a local SpaceGuard Products distributor, however, they quickly realized that chain-link simply wouldn’t make the cut.  As the conversation continued, there were a few key factors shaping the purchasing decision:

  • The cages would need to be easily modified and added onto as they cleared space in their basement.

Advantage: FordLogan Woven Wire

  • Even though the documents were being stored in the basement out of plain sight, the hospital was concerned with the overall look of the fencing. This was a hospital after all, not a farm.

Advantage: FordLogan Woven Wire (resilient powder coat vs. cheap galvanized finish)

  • Due to the severity of the situation, the hospital needed the materials onsite within the week.

Advantage: FordLogan Woven Wire (stock material available in 48 hours or less!)

THE SOLUTION

After coming to the decision to use FordLogan, the local dealer took field measurements and sent his sketches to the exceptional sales team at SpaceGuard. The team put a quote together along with approval drawings within a few short hours. By utilizing standard sizes, the SpaceGuard team and their distributor were able to get the materials produced and shipped in 2 days!

At the job site, the installation team took over getting all of the cages erected on the same day. With the easy modular design and reversible doors, the installers made quick work of the secured enclosures. This was a project designed for FordLogan systems: easy to install, visually appealing, readily available, and inexpensive to fit within any budget. FordLogan…TRUE AMERICAN CRAFTSMANSHIP!

August Coach’s Corner

Tamper Resistant Hardware by Scott Jump

So, you sold a cage to a company requiring extra security due to the requirements of institutions like DEA, Homeland Security, Military, or a Police Department. The requirements ask for “Tamper Proof” hardware at all connections.

What does this mean for you and your installers regarding time and material?

Fortunately, you bought BeastWire!

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Alex Oak—The SpaceGuard Configurator Man! [Announcement]

Alex Oak joined the SpaceGuard family as an Account Manager in July 2016. His primary role was to provide support to customers and dealers throughout the quoting process. He has recently been given additional responsibilities and the new title of Account Manager / Configurator Specialist.

Alex is a Southern Indiana man—he grew up in Scottsburg but currently lives in Crothersville with his beautiful wife. He also volunteers as a Firefighter for Vernon Twp. Fire District.

“Helping people is my passion, which makes me good at being an Account Manager/Configurator Specialist with SpaceGuard. I love helping people solve issues, whether it be on emergency scenes or day-to-day with SpaceGuard Products,” said Oak.

Soon after he started with SpaceGuard, Alex’s proficiency with computer software became apparent. “I see and learn things differently, and for me, the Configurator was a new and interesting challenge. I found myself learning quickly and teaching my co-workers its capabilities. Due to my quick takeoff with the 3-D configurator, I was asked to become the main point of contact for suggestions throughout the beta testing on ways I thought the system could improve.”

The BeastWire Configurator is a real-time, 3D, online quoting resource, and with Alex’s guidance, the 2nd phase is set to tentatively launch on August 21st, 2017 to select dealers. Dealers will be able to give their customer’s live and accurate quotes in the field or during meetings by using this innovative new software.

We are excited to begin our dealer training program as part of the BeastBuilder launch on August 21st, 2017. Part of Alex’s new role as the Configurator Specialist is to provide required dealer training either through videos or in-person. He is considered our expert on anything Configurator related.

So, if you need a sales quote for a BeastWire cage or you want to get scheduled for training on the BeastWire Configurator, reach out to Alex at coak@spaceguardproducts.com. He’s waiting to hear from you!

 

A Recipe for Success: Shea Gardner [Announcement]

Excellent customer service is one of the things we do best, and Shea Gardner exemplifies this company standard. Shea joined the SpaceGuard family in April 2017 as an Account Manager and works directly with customers and dealers to provide customized solutions for their wire mesh needs.

Shea was born and raised in Seymour, IN and graduated from Seymour High School in 2013. Since then she has worked in the sales and customer service industry.

With an extensive background in sales, Shea brings fresh, new ideas to the table. She believes that excellent quality and service makes all the difference, and is always striving to go above-and-beyond to give our customers a good experience with SpaceGuard.

This is one customer’s experience working with Shea—

“SpaceGuard provides excellent products with top notch dealer support—Shea Gardner!” —Chapman, Materials Handling Equipment

Experience the SpaceGuard difference—call or email sales for a free quote today! sales@spaceguardproducts.com

Effective September 1, 2017, Shea Gardner resigned from SpaceGuard to marry her fiance, who is in the Marines and stationed in another state. We wish her and her husband all the best, and are excited about their future together!

[Announcement] Who’s Who At SpaceGuard—Carri Kaplan!

Carri Kaplan

Carri Kaplan—a devoted wife, mother of three, and a life-long resident of Jackson County—has been with the SpaceGuard family for over 6-years. Her career began on the factory floor as the Assistant Floor Supervisor and later advanced to Leader of the Shipping Department and Powder Line. Eventually, Carri moved into the front office to manage the reception desk where she excelled in customer service and as a result, was promoted to Customer Service/Account Manager.

With her experience in the factory and knowledge of our products, along with her friendly and welcoming demeanor, Carri has become the “go-to” person with many of our dealers and customers.

Here’s what a few had to say—

 “We were shocked…pleasantly…at how fast Carri responded to our RFQ. And not only did she send us a price, she provided a layout and 3D drawing that we were able to pass on to the customer…so they were just as pleasantly surprised as we were.”—Glen Starks, FedSource

 “I want to thank you for following up on this with the freight company and the dispatcher… I know I can always count on you to see to the details.”—Lorraine Dittmer, Superior Support Co.

If you need a quote and someone who will manage your request from beginning to end, email Carri—ckaplan@spaceguardproducts.com. She’ll take good care of you!