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- IMPACTO Hosts Iternational Delegation (by Aron Bell, Aug 16, 2013)
Ed Lehtinen understands how important face-to-face contact is to the growth of his business – even if it means travelling across the globe.
Lehtinen is the president of Impacto, a local manufacturer and distributor of protective and safety products. Impacto distributes their products in 213 countries all over the world, including England, the U.S., South Korea, Japan and China.
But this week, Lehtinen has invited his sales staff, suppliers and customers to Belleville to enjoy some of our hospitality and talk business.
He said that face-to-face meetings are critical to his operation – especially when he is working with people from different cultures.
"It’s so easy to get misrepresented in email, just by being too short or not saying the right thing,” said Lehtinen, who travelled to Korea with Mayor Ellis in April to attract new business. “Lots of times email ruins business. When you’re face-to-face with someone, you know what they meant."
Lehtinen will get the chance to demonstrate new products and show off his facility on Dussek Street, which includes a 10,000 square foot expansion made last year to accommodate their business growth.
The week also includes a day of golf at Timber Ridge Golf Course in Brighton.
Lehtinen said that he’s proud to show off the region to his guests.
"I love doing business from here because I love to live here," said Lehtinen, who employs 40 people in Belleville and also makes products in Markham, ON and Watertown, NY.
"It might make more sense for us to be in an area like Toronto because we have to travel everywhere for our sales. It might have made more sense to have the business there. Once we moved to Belleville – almost 40 years ago – I just love the area. It’s why we stayed here and continue to stay here."
Hans Wijnants is here from Holland representing his family’s business Akta Trading. He said that Impacto offers products that they don’t have access to in Europe and that he’s looking forward to doing more business with the Belleville manufacturer.
"What attracted us is that Impacto is a family business," said Wijnants, who first came in contact with Impacto at a trade show in Birmingham, England. "My company is a family business that goes back to 1919. It’s always a good thing to work together with people that are family businesses."
Increasing business across the globe provides a direct economic impact in Belleville says Lehtinen.
"The more the business grows, the more people we will hire here."
Photo: (from left) Mayor Neil Ellis, Ed Lehtinen (President Impacto), Koang Hyeng Cho (Ergotech Co., Korea), Hans Wijnants (Akta Trading, Holland), Simon Kang (Belleville-Gunpo Twinning Ambassador, City of Belleville)
- IMPACTO Acquires the ERGO MATES line
Impacto Protective Products Inc. (IMPACTO) has acquired the exclusive rights to market the ERGOS (ERGOMATES) product line. The transfer became effective May 1, 2013.
Ergos was previously supplied by Simply Sales, Inc. an Edmonton, AB, Canada based company. Simply Sales customers should be assured of the continuation of a quality product and the technical support to which they are accustomed. John Kupchenko CEO of Simply Sales will be consulting with Impacto to ensure a smooth transition.
With the additional support from IMPACTO staff, customers will now enjoy regional service throughout North America as well as having access to a large variety of related new products.
Contact information remains the same to ensure no interruption of service. Calls to Simply Sales Inc. are now routed through IMPACTO’s corporate office.
Visit www.ergos.ca for full information on the Ergo Mates range of products.
Press Release - Ergos
- IMPACTO Announces New Rep in Quebec and Kingston to Ottawa, ON Area.
We are pleased to announce Dave Vallieres & Associates as new Impacto Sales Representative for the Ontario region from Kingston to Ottawa and the Province of Quebec as of Nov 1, 2012. See full announcement.
Their full contact information,
Dave Vallieres and Associates
101 Columbus, Pointe-Claire | Montréal, Québec H9R 4K3
www.davevallieres.com | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 514.630.6848 | Fax: 514.630.6322
Feel free to contact them in your area or National Sales Manager Christine Eckert, email@example.com.
- On Jun 11, 2012 we officially launched our new Facebook and Twitter pages. This type of social media will allow us to keep in touch with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders in real time. We will be sharing information such as Tradeshow participation, New product information, Impacto News and events and Articles of interest.
Take a look at our Facebook page and Like us on Facebook and Follow-us on Twitter.
- IMPACTO Announces new Rep in Western USA
IMPACTO is excited to welcome Clark & Associates as IMPACTO's Manufacturer's Representative in Western USA.
Official start date was May 1, 2012.
Team Clark covers the states of AK, WA, OR, MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, NV, CA, AZ & NM.
CLARK & ASSOCIATES
13606 Pumice St. | Santa Fe Springs | CA | 90670
Phone: 800-424-0474 | Fax: 800-734-1021 | www.teamclark.com
Feel free to contact Team Clark in your area or the Regional Sales Manager Dave Svoboda, firstname.lastname@example.org
- IMPACTO Announces new Rep in South East USA
Effective May 1, 2012 Ron Wallace & Associates Inc. has become IMPACTO's Manufacturer's Representative in South East USA.
RWA will be cover the states of MS, TN, AL, GA, FL, SC and NC
RON WALLACE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
PO BOX 235 | 1201 OLD NORTH MAIN ST | CLOVER | SC | 29710
Phone: 803-222-3562 | Fax: 803-222-1338 | www.rwamktg.com
Feel free to contact RWA in your area or the Regional Sales Manager Liz Rivera, email@example.com.
- Feb 2012 - Ontario Ministry of Labour Blitz on Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in the Workplace
The Ministry of Labour will be conducting a month-long blitz on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace. The MSD blitz will concentrate on manual material handling, especially in the industrial, construction, mining, and health care sectors.
If your workplace is visited by the Ministry the inspector will likely perform an administrative review including looking at how your workplace lives up to its roles under the Internal Responsibility System, your MSD injury statistics, your JHSC minutes, written procedures and training on MSD hazards, and workplace controls that you have implemented or they feel should be implemented.
To prepare have a well-documented MSD Prevention Program in place, know and understand the MSD hazards in your workplace, perform an audit or Ergonomic Risk Assessment, have MSD-specific strategies to reduce risk, conduct training on MSD prevention to all levels of your organization. Review the MSD program, Full guideline can be obtained at,
MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario.
IMPACTO Summary of MSD Prevention Guideline.
- IMPACTO Announces new Rep in Maritimes Canada
Effective Feb 1, 2012 Hooton and Hooton Sales and Marketing will be manufacturer representative for the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland. The Hooton team brings over 20 years’ experience in the industrial market.
Contact: RALPH HOOTON
HOOTON & HOOTON SALES AND MARKETING
122 Carmarthen Sreet, Saint John, NB E2L 2N8
Tel: 506-642-7291, Fax: 506-642-7295, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to contact Ralph Hooton for inquiries in the Maritimes area or contact our Canada Sales Manager Christine Eckert, Christine@impacto.ca or the head office team.
- New Sales Manager in Western USA
As of Feb 1, 2012 Dave Svoboda is the new Regional Sales Manager for West USA. He covers the States of AK, WA, OR, MT, ID, WY, CO, UT, CA, NV, AZ and NM.
Dave comes to IMPACTO with a tremendous amount of experience in the safety and industrial field. We are very excited to have him on the IMPACTO team.
Dave Svoboda, Sales Manager
1142 Rainbow Drive, Martinez, CA 94553
Cel: 925-788-0919, Email: email@example.com
Feel free to contact Dave for your inquiries in his area or contact our USA V.P. Sales Lou Tornes, firstname.lastname@example.org or the head office team.
- IMPACTO Joins IDI Independent Distributors Inc.
Effective Oct 1, 2011 IMPACTO became the newest safety vendor of IDI Independent Distributors Inc. Oct 2012 IMPACTO is so pleased to be a part of the IDI team and looks forward to participating in the upcoming Summit this Jan 2012.
- IMPACTO Acquires Ergotech Protective Devices Inc.
Impacto Protective Products Inc. (IMPACTO) a privately owned Canadian manufacturer and distributor of specialized personal protective equipment has acquired Ergotech Protective Devices Inc. a Markham Ontario based manufacturer and distributor of shock-absorbing and vibration reducing products.
The purchase became effective April 18, 2011 and expands IMPACTO’s business footprint in the industrial ergonomics and safety fields. Ergotech will operate as a division of IMPACTO. Ergotech’s customers should be assured of the continuation of a quality product and the technical support to which they are accustomed to. With the additional support from IMPACTO staff, Ergotech customers will now enjoy regional service throughout North America as well as having access to a large variety of related new products.
Calls to Ergotech are now routed through IMPACTO’s corporate office. Contact information remains the same to ensure no interruption of service.
Visit www.ergotech.ca for full information on Ergotech's range of products.
Press Release - Ergotech
- Impacto Holding Stock in the UK Warehouse
Impacto has been planning to hold stock in the U.K. to support our distributors in U.K. and Europe as well as their clients.
As of January 2010, we are happy to report that orders for top selling products are shipping out of our warehouse facility in East Midlands, U.K. The location was chosen because of its central location and to ensure the quickest delivery times for our entire distribution network.
Although we encourage distributors to hold their own stock for specific accounts that demand very quick turn around times, the UK Warehouse should help to reduce overheads significantly as well as speed up delivery. Orders can be placed as normal via fax or email through our Canadian office.
List of products in stock at the UK Warehouse
- IMPACTO Acquires Viscolas Inc.
IMPACTO Protectie Products Inc. a privately owned Canadian manufacturer and distributor of specialized personal protective equipment has acquired Viscolas Inc., a Chattanooga, TN, based manufacturer and distributor of shock-absorbing and vibration reducing products.
The purchase became effective November 2nd, 2009 and expands IMPACTO’s business footprint in the industrial and medical safety field. Viscolas will continue to operate under the same name.
Viscolas Customers should be assured of the continuation of a quality product and the technical support to which they are accustomed to.
With the additional support from IMPACTO staff, Viscolas’ customers can now enjoy regional service throughout North America as well as having access to a large variety of related new products. Contact information remains the same to ensure no interruption of service. Calls to Viscolas are now routed through Impacto’s corporate office in Canada.
Visit www.viscolas.com for full information on Viscolas range of products.
- German Section on IMPACTO Website
We are working on updating our new GERMAN section.
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IMPACTO is exhibiting at a number of Tradeshows in 2013. Come visit our booth or our Representative's booth. New products will be introduced at every show.
- Jan 22 - 25 - IDI Supplier Summit
Toronto, ON - Booth #53
- Mar 23 - 25 - Atlanta Shoe Market
Atlanta, GA - Booth#R32
- Apr 4 - 6 - GOSH Oregon Governor's Occup Safety & Health Conf
Portland, OR - Booth#R32
- Apr 11 - 15 - Indica Sell-A-Rama
- Apr 17 - 18 - Health & Safety
Scotland - Booth#101
- Apr 19 - 20 - AEC Applied Ergonomic Conference
Dallas, TX - Booth#415
- Apr 20 - 22 - DPA Buying & Networking Conference
Nashvill, TN - Booth#31
- Apr 30 - May 1 - PIP Partners in Prevention
Toronto, ON - Booth#926
- May 14-16 - Safety and Health Expo
Birmingham, UK - Stand #F60
- Jun 24- 27 - ASSE Safety 2013
Las Vegas, NV - Booth #1369
- Sep 15 - 18 - CSSE Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
Montreal, PQ - Booth #59
- Sep 30 - Oct 2 - NSC National Safety Council
Chicago, IL - Booth #4517
- Oct 9 - 10 - Health & Safety North
Bolton, UK - Booth# 45
- Nov - 6 - 7 - Le Grand Rendez-Vous (CSST)
Montreal, QC - Booth# 409
- Nov 5 - 8 - A+A Trade Fair
Düsseldorf, Germany - Booth#E36-3, Hall 3
Check out our new great Anti-Vibration and Anti-Impact hand protection as well as other innovations in safety products.
Let's talk about solutions to improve worker’s safety at your company.
See you at the show!
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