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Hammond PowerHammond Power Solutions Inc. announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2015. Sales for the quarter-ended March 28, 2015 were $63,137,000, an increase of $3,184 or 5.3% from Q1, 2014 sales of $59,953,000. The company has been lifted by a modestly improved, construction, alternative energy, and project market segments. International sales for Q1, 2015 finished at $7,336,000 versus $8,276,000 in Q1, 2014, a decrease of $940 or 11.4%.

The company increased bookings 14.8% over Quarter 1, 2014 due to stronger bookings in both the distributor and direct channels in North American and International markets. Booking rates in the distributor channel increased 11.4% over Q1, 2014. On a direct channel basis, bookings exceeded

Q1, 2014 by 17.8%. Backlog increased 16.6% over Q 4, 2014 and finished higher by 15.8% when compared to Quarter 1, 2014 due to higher booking rates in several markets including the Canadian and U.S. OEM markets.

HPS CEO Bill Hammond commented, "We are enjoying the largest growth in bookings and backlog across all of our global operations since 2012."

Q1 2015 earnings from operations was $1,446,000, an increase of $143,000 or 11.0% from $1,303,000 for the same quarter last year. The improvement in the quarter is a result of higher sales, increased gross margin dollar contribution and a higher foreign exchange gain.

In Q1, 2015, the company announced that it had completed the formation of a new joint venture company, Corefficient S. de R.L. de C.V. ("Corefficient"). Corefficient will design, manufacture and market energy efficient electrical cores, a major component used in the manufacture of dry type and liquid filled transformers. Corefficient will be based out of Monterrey, Mexico, where a state of the art manufacturing facility is currently under construction and will be fully operational by Q4 2015.

Hammond commented, "Corefficient is an exciting venture and is reflective of the strong, long-term relationship between Hammond Power Solutions Inc. and National Material LP. Both partners bring the value of people, technology and financial strength to Corefficient. The manufacturing operation will be world class."

Hammond concluded, "We are cautiously optimistic about our growth going forward. This is supported by our growing bookings and backlog and we continue to expand our penetration of the geographies we serve. We are confident that our financial strength, core competencies and long term strategies will accelerate our growth as markets start to improve."

 

 

Wholesale SalesWholesale sales rose 0.6% to $64.1 billion in June, partly offsetting the 1.9% decline in May. Sales were up in four of seven subsectors, representing 54% of total wholesale sales.

In dollar terms, two subsectors — miscellaneous, and machinery, equipment and supplies — contributed the most to the increase in June, while the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories subsector posted the largest decline.

 

 

 

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Investment In Building ConstructionTotal investment in building construction decreased 0.9% in June to $15.1 billion, the first decline in eight months. A slight increase in non-residential investment (+1.0% to $4.8 billion) was offset by a decrease in the residential sector (-1.8% to $10.3 billion). On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), investment in building construction decreased 1.1% to $12.7 billion. Despite the monthly decrease, total investment grew 1.6% year over year in the second quarter.

 

 

 

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Lori BagazzoliBy Blake Marchand

Lori Bagazzoli, Regional Sales Manager for Viscor, is a 20-year industry veteran that has built an interesting career from the bottom up. Beginning as a 19-year old just out of college in customer service with EXM, she gained an intimate knowledge of the electrical and lighting supply business by working her way through various organizational levels.

“I was definitely able to learn the different roles, and understand all the different aspects of the business,” she said, “starting so young, I really had to put in my time to be able to move up.”

 

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Louis BeaulieuBy Line Goyette

Neither a Millennial nor a Baby Boomer, Louis Beaulieu embraces new technologies and new markets, but remains faithful to family traditions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in management from Laval University and is the General Manager of Ouellet Canada. A perfect profile for a career in the family business.

When I ask him if, as is often the case in a family business, he had always known that he was going to join the company, he replied, “Not at all. When I was young, I spent my school holidays at my older brother’s farm at Ile d’Orléans.

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