ISA Scholarship – Rusty Steele

Our HR Manager, Rusty Steele, has been named a recipient of the ISA Foundation’s Allan W. Chartier Professional Development Scholarship. This is awarded for the pursuit of professional development within the industrial supply community. ISA stands for the Industrial Supply Association (http://www.isapartners.org/) Industrial Supply Association (ISA) is committed to bringing channel partners together and fostering an environment that allows for …

Holiday Gifts: Don’t Forget the Batteries! + Tips & Tricks for Best Battery Life

Batteries may be small, but they play a big role, especially in the holiday season.  How many times have you watched a child or friend excitedly open their new gadget, only to find that they can’t enjoy it until they buy new batteries? Be prepared when you give this year. This may seem like a no-brainer but before pronouncing a …

Neill-LaVielle in Detroit: Toyota Opportunity Exchange

On November 9, Neill-LaVielle enjoyed participating in the Toyota Opportunity Exchange at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.  This year’s event provided us with numerous new connections during the 2-day exchange that was filled with engaging seminars and a phenomenal tradeshow. Since 1990, the Toyota Opportunity Exchange has provided M/WBEs (Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprises) a dynamic forum to build relationships and encourage productive conversations …

Taps, Reamers and Threads: Percentage of Success

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By Jim Rowe with Arch Global Precision, a Neill-LaVielle valued supplier This article is a fitting follow-up to the previous one, the topic of which was utilizing the proper spot drill in order to cut a straight hole. There, I mentioned subsequent tools (taps and reamers) that enter the hole created by the drill and the typical issues these tools …

Neill-LaVielle Lexington Moves to Georgetown

Neill-LaVielle is proud to announce the successful transition from our Lexington location to our newly constructed Georgetown branch. After many months of planning, the final move week was flawlessly executed. This exciting move is integral to our continued commitment to providing exceptional service and personal attention to our growing customer base while allowing us room to grow in the coming …

Drills: Getting Straight to the Point

By Jim Rowe with Arch Global Precision, a Neill-LaVielle valued supplier In a previous article, I wrote about the damage incurred by solid carbide twist drills when spotting with incorrect angles – compared to the angle on the drill. There, I mentioned that the damage will most often lead to the drill cutting in a spiral. If trouble is then …

Centerdrills Don’t Center Drills

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By Jim Rowe with Arch Global Precision, a Neill-LaVielle valued supplier Some of the most frequent abuses to a carbide twist drill comes from using a spotting tool with too sharp of a point angle compared to the drill point angle. I’m going to discuss the 2 largest contributors to damaging a high-performance carbide drill – the centerdrill and the …

Customer Appreciation with GearWrench and NASCAR

This June Neill-LaVielle partnered with Apex Tool/GearWrench, offering customers a chance to win NASCAR tickets and Pit Passes for the July 8th race at Kentucky Motor Speedway. The lucky winners were chosen and we all had a great time supporting Jamie McMurray as he drove the #1 car sponsored by GearWrench. We also had the pleasure of touring the Chip …

Most Overlooked Hazards in the Workplace

When we think about safety issues in the workplace, the usual suspects are slip-and-fall accidents, falling objects, and machinery malfunction; But there are many others that are important to recognize. It is vital to stay aware and be proactive when it comes to anything at all that could threaten the well-being of your employees or colleagues. Of course, the worst …