News and Events
Salem Distributing Wishes Everyone a Happy Easter
COVID-19 has presented all of us with challenging times and a new normal. We are thankful for the opportunity to help you keep your fabricating process running smoothly and without worry.
EASTER HOLIDAY HOURS:
Our US and Canadian offices will be closed on Friday, April 10th in celebration of the Easter holiday.
We are stocked and ready to serve you with tooling, supplies and equipment. For your convenience, please continue to place your orders online and we will process them on the next business day.
Salem Distributing's CEO Featured on Podcast
Salem Distributing's CEO, Mike Willard, was recently interviewed on the USGlass Podcast about the glass industry during the current business climate. Titled Glass Industry Podcast; the Coronavirus - with Mike Willard, the podcast looks at the COVID-19 crisis from the machinery standpoint. Mike Willard shares how the company is faring and he reports on a special company milestone. The full podcast can be listened to on USGlass Magazine's website by following the link below.
Coverings 2020 Has Been Cancelled
SALEM Stone was planning to attend Coverings 2020 as an exhibitor. Unfortunately due to recent circumstances, Coverings has decided to cancel their event this year. We hope all of the Coverings staff stay safe and healthy and we look forward to exhibiting at Coverings 2021.
Salem’s Doug Mangus Tapped as Bovone North America General Manager
Bovone, a global leader in the production of glass and stone processing plants, has chosen its American managing director. Bovone and Salem Distributing Company, Inc. (Salem) are pleased to announce that Doug Mangus, longtime Machinery Sales Director with Salem, has been selected to head up the soon to open Bovone North America (Bovone NA). Mangus was selected as General Manager based on the important experience gained over numerous years of working side by side with Bovone's Italian headquarters.
Thanks to his deep knowledge of the Bovone company, its history, its values, and its processes, combined with experience as machine sales director for Salem, distributor of Bovone machinery in the North American market, Mangus will take up the challenge of achieving the many important goals in a strategic market like North America. “As one of our own, Doug is the obvious choice for this position as General Manager for Bovone NA. He has assessed operations, consulted on and sold machinery and is the pivotal contact for Salem’s customers”, says Mike Willard, CEO/Owner of Salem.
Bovone is known for its quality glass and stone fabrication machinery and robotics, and has been selling machinery in the North American market, through Salem, for 45 years. In fact, Bovone chose to have its American headquarters located close to Salem’s headquarters to guarantee a widespread presence, more timely assistance, and quick and personalized answers to American and Canadian customers who have proven to prefer the excellence of Bovone's “Made in Italy” solutions. “We are excited about this new venture,” says Federica Bovone, CEO of Elettromeccanica Bovone Srl, “and the time has come that we expand into this market with a physical location and staff so we can continue to effectively and efficiently meet the demands of our loyal customer base.”
Bovone N.A. is strategically located in North Carolina, one of the states most suited to the development of new industrial projects. It intends to be fully operational starting in 2020 with a complete management and operational team. This move is intended to make it easier and faster to integrate data for robotics, prepare and install machinery, and service our customers in the entire North American market. “With Mangus in his new position, and through this collaboration, Salem and Bovone will continue to provide excellent customer service to existing customers along with actively developing new prospects”, agrees Willard and Bovone.
About Salem Distributing Company, Inc.
Salem Distributing Company, Inc. is a certified 100% employee-owned company founded in 1934 with sales representatives and support staffs strategically located throughout the United States and Canada. Salem is an industry leading supplier of glass fabrication equipment, materials and technical expertise. Building on a wealth of product and process knowledge unique to a single company, along with recent company acquisitions, Salem continues to further grow its machinery and technical service offerings. Salem is headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC and maintains an office and warehouses in Santa Fe Springs, CA and Toronto -Ontario, Canada. https://www.salemdist.com
About Elettromeccanica Bovone Srl
Bovone, a family owned company founded in 1954, is a world-renowned manufacturer of solutions and technologies for the second processing of flat glass and natural and synthetic stones. Bovone has always stood for excellence and lasting value. The company's offerings are structured into two main distinct production areas consisting of stand-alone machines - for grinding, beveling and washing, and the customized lines dedicated to complete plants for silvering and layering. Technologically advanced and answering the demands of Industry 4.0, is the Bovone Robotic System (BRS). This robotic system allows the integration of Bovone machinery into fully automated production islands. Bovone is headquartered in Ovada, Italy. Bovone NA will be located in North Carolina. https://bovonenorthamerica.com
Salem Distributing Company, Inc. Announces the NA Expansion of Flagship Partner, Ellettromeccanica Bovone, Srl.
Salem is excited to announce the US branch of Bovone will open in 2020 close to Salem’s headquarters in NC. The expansion to the US of the Italian company will streamline exchanges between the glass fabrication machinery manufacturer Bovone and its distributor-partner, Salem. Within the product lifecycle management process, this move will make it easier and faster to integrate data for robotics, prepare and install machinery, and service customers in the entire North American market.
This expansion provides an enormous opportunity for Salem, through two of its divisions -SALEM Flat Glass & Mirror and SALEM Stone, to better serve customers and provide innovative machinery solutions to the glass and stone industries. Doug Mangus, Machine Sales Director for Salem, states: “Bovone is known in the marketplace to be the heavyweight when it comes to glass processing equipment and robotics. Its expansion to the US will enable our teams to become more efficient and responsive in both sales and technical support.”
The intended benefit of the expansion is to significantly enhance Industry 4.0 development in which Salem has been involved for years. Numerous robots and glass processing cells have been installed across the US reducing labor costs and risks for fabricators. With forecasts of increased interest and sales into 2020, Mike Willard, CEO of Salem, says “Together on US soil, our companies can more fully leverage and integrate new and existing machinery with enhanced technology. This will benefit our customers in streamlined processes for faster production and little downtime -exactly what they’ve been asking for these past years. “
Salem, itself has recently grown with the acquisition of HHH Tempering Resources. With an expanded line of equipment and tooling offerings, along with a growing technical service and support presence, Salem is one of the largest companies of its kind in the industry.
About Elettromeccanica Bovone Srl
Elettromeccanica Bovone Srl, a family owned company founded in 1954, is known for its commitment to quality and constant innovation in the glass and natural/synthetic stone processing industries. From bevelers and edging machines to laminating lines and robots, Bovone has always stood for excellence and lasting value. Bovone is headquartered in Ovada, Italy.
Salem's Food Drive Comes To A Successful Conclusion
Salem Distributing Company is always looking for ways to give back to our communities. Salem’s ESOP team spearheaded a company-wide food drive, with donations going to the Clemmons Food Pantry in North Carolina and the Interfaith Food Center in California. Our employee owners stepped up, donating just under 2,000 lbs of food. We are proud of our employee owners and glad to be part of such wonderful communities.
Salem's National Sales Meeting Comes To A Close
April 22nd, 2019
Salem’s National Sales Meeting concluded last week. It was great to have our Regional Account Managers at headquarters again in addition to other Salem staff and visiting vendors. Now the RAMs are back in the field ready to assist you with your fabrication needs!
SmartLift US Announces New Distributor Partnership With Salem Distributing Company, Inc.
January 30, 2019
Frankfort, Illinois – SmartLift US continues to grow! We are excited to announce an agreement with Salem Distributing Company, Inc. to act as a distributor for our line of SmartLift intelligent glass handling and lifting machines. Together, we look to make life easier on the labor market. These intelligent lifting devices are engineered to streamline work processes and, in particular, focus on improving the work environment where heavy lifting and hazardous working postures risk worker injury.
Salem Distributing Company, Inc., founded in 1934, is an employee-owned, American based business with headquarters located in Winston-Salem, NC. They serve four industries; Glass, Stone, Precision Optics and Ophthalmic. Through their glass division, SALEM Flat Glass & Mirror, they distribute the finest fabrication and material handling products available. Salem maintains 3 warehousing centers located in Winston-Salem, NC, Los Angeles, CA and Toronto, CA. They are the primary resource for these products here in North America. SALEM Flat Glass & Mirror may be contacted by calling 800.234.1982 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
SmartLift US is the North American Representative of SmartLift Glass Handler of Denmark. Founded in 2015, SmartLift US has rapidly grown from its original service center in Chicagoland, IL to operating warehousing and service centers in New York, NY, Phoenix, AZ and Tampa Bay, FL. With an extensive line of models and options to serve the glazing and glass fabrication industry, the SmartLift machine is the favorite choice of glaziers and flat material designers and contractors. For more information, SmartLift US may be contact by calling 815.931.4825 or emailing email@example.com.