January 2019
2019 Membership Dues
2019 membership dues were emailed a couple of months ago to the main contact we have on file for you. If you haven't paid your membership dues, take a moment to login to your AHTD account and pay online. Thanks for those members who have already responded. No clue what we're talking about? Contact Leigha Schatzman or Nancy Shirley with questions.
ITR 1st Quarter 2019 Economic Report
US Industrial Production, up 4.0% during the 12 months through November compared to one year ago, is in an accelerating growth trend. The Mining, Electric and Gas Utilities, and Manufacturing sectors of Production were up 12.5%, 4.7%, and 2.6% year over year, respectively. The ITR Checking Points™ system suggests that each sector is either nearing or beyond its business-cycle peak.

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Spring Meeting 2019 Registration is Now Open!
We look forward to seeing you at the
Welcome Reception on Wednesday, April 10.
For more information, including hotel, product showcase,
and optional tours, visit our website .
Promo Code
Any AHTD member company that has already paid the 2019 membership dues has received a separate email with your prepaid meeting registration promo code. Have that number handy if you'd like to use it for Spring Meeting 2019. One person per member company may use this code for one (1) conference in 2019. No clue what we're talking about? Contact Leigha Schatzman or Nancy Shirley with questions.
Balluff High-Temp Sensors Battle Heat of Welding, Stamping Applications
Florence, KY (December 14, 2018): The latest line of extended-temperature proximity sensors from Balluff doubles the maximum temperature rating of standard sensors. This makes them ideal to battle the heat found in many industrial automation environments including robotic weld cells, where localized temperatures increase due to radiant heat from frequent weld flashes and conducted heat from molten welded materials.

Carlo Gavazzi's 3-Phase SSRs for Panel Mounting
 November 27, 2018 - Buffalo Grove, IL – Carlo Gavazzi has launched the newest addition to its portfolio of 3-phase RGC3 Solid State Relays (SSRs). The RGC3.…48 Series, is a 48 AAC per phase rated device with a panel mount or thru-wall mount, natural convection heatsink.

Guy Adams Joins Centro in Birmingham, AL
Centro is pleased to welcome Guy Adams to Centro as Territory Manager in the Central Alabama territory. Guy has outstanding experience in nearly all of Centro product lines plus more than 20 years of experience in outside sales of technical products and customer solutions. Guy will be part of the Birmingham sales team and will be responsible for the six Centro product divisions.
Community Impact Awards: Jo-Kell, Inc.
 Jo-Kell’s values-based leadership approach encourages and empowers employees to give back to the local community, and the culture of community engagement and service begins at the top. Suzy Kelly, Jo-Kell’s CEO, completed her second term as a member of Chesapeake City Council and is current chair of the board of directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Flexible Holding System for Collaborative Robots
Collaborative robot technology continues to grow. Compared to industrial robots, collaborative robots have hardly any mounting options for attachments. What to do then if routing to the tool is needed?

Piab's New End-Of-Arm Tooling Line
Hingham, MA – Piab is introducing a new line of robotic End-Of-Arm Tooling (EOAT) products, enabling customers to build automated systems that perfectly fit their specific applications. Piab’s complete set of off-the-shelf standard components can be used to solve the real automation challenges facing manufacturers.

Sales Professional Training
Learn more about the annual sales training from Don Buttrey.

Don is a no-nonsense, powerful teacher who relates sales skills so effectively that both rookie and veteran respond immediately and never get bored. He is a gut-level coach with extensive real-world sales and territory experience. He uses no corny or hokey techniques - just hard work on the proven basics...sales fundamentals! Front-line sales professionals always give him high marks and indicate that his sales training is “the best they have EVER attended!” 

AHTD Strategic Business Partner Program
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A More Productive 2019

If your goal in 2019 is to hit new revenue targets, improving the productivity of your channel partners and distributors can help get you there. In fact, nearly 80 percent of sales executives believe increasing the productivity of an existing sales force is critical to reaching revenue goals.

MRA - The Management Association
Are Your Independent Contractors Properly Classified?

Using independent contractors can be good for business. However, many employers have classified workers as independent contractors, who should be classified as employees. 

There are big risks for employers who misclassify contractors, such as an audit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), other federal agencies, or state tax or labor agency.

Spring Meeting 2019

Wednesday, April 10 -
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, FL
Fall Meeting 2019

Wednesday, October 9 -
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Marriott Orlando World Center, Orlando, FL
Please share your company milestones, news, and events with us by emailing promotions@ahtd.org to be in an upcoming newsletter. We'll publish one article per member company each month. Don't fret if you don't see your article right away. We publish articles in the order received.
Contact Leigha Schatzman, Executive Director at 262.696.3645 or email Leigha.Schatzman@ahtd.org .