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Vendor Feature: Baldwin Filters

Introduction Baldwin’s longevity has resulted in a sophisticated level of understanding across a broad range of industries. In 1936 J.A. Baldwin was one of the first to recognize the importance of improving mobile filtration. He designed a better lube filter and began production in Wisconsin. The company moved to the nation’s heartland in 1953 to take advantage of the central location, eventually building on 42 acres of the former Kearney, Nebraska World War II Air Base. From 1963 to 1981,…

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Vendor Feature: RIDGID

Introduction With the introduction of the now-iconic RIDGID pipe wrench, Ridge Tool Company was incorporated in 1923. For the next several decades, RIDGID tools have been at the forefront of quality and innovation in multiple industries. This includes drain cleaning products in 1967, aluminum pipe wrenches in 1969, vacuums in 1998, and more. At Northern Metalic, we carry a wide range of RIDGID products to match the various needs of our customers. Threading & Pipe Fabrication If your job depends…

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Vendor Feature: Rust-Oleum

Introduction Although now famous for their industrial strength paint, Rust-Oleum didn’t start that way. Back in the early 20th century, sea captain Robert Fergusson noticed that an accidental splash of fish oil had stopped the relentless spread of corrosion on his rusty metal deck. After a few years, the Captain managed to create the world’s first rust-preventative paint, creating Rust-Oleum in 1921. At Northern Metalic we offer a wide variety of colours available in aerosol and 1-gallon options.   Turbo…

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Vendor Feature: Milwaukee

Introduction Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee Tool has led the industry in developing innovative solutions that deliver increased productivity and unmatched durability for professional construction users. Whether it is through their world-leading M12™ and M18™ cordless systems, the ground-breaking performance of their M12 and M18 FUEL™ products, job site lighting, time-saving accessories, or innovative hand tool and storage products, they are dedicated to delivering a continuous flow of advanced, trade-specific solutions. M18 vs M12 At Northern Metalic, we…

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Vendor Feature: MSA

Introduction For over 100 years, MSA has developed a wide range of safety equipment to keep workers alive and well. Starting with an electric cap lamp to reduce mine explosions, they have grown to make gas detectors, fall protection, respirators, and more. At Northern Metalic, we know we can recommend MSA products to our customers to get the job done and return home safely. For the month of April, we are showcasing MSA’s gas detection and harness technology. Gas Detection…

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Vendor Feature: Continental

Introduction Starting in 1871 in Hanover, Germany, Continental originally specialized in technical rubber products such as pneumatic tires and hot water bottles. Over the decades, it has expanded into multiple products and industries, establishing itself as a leader in innovation and quality. At Northern Metalic, we have been partnered with Continental when it comes to hose and hose fittings for several years. Here are some interesting facts about Continental products and how they can provide solutions to your hose needs.…

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Forced-Air Heaters

When working on a job site during the winter months, a forced-air heater is a great way to keep yourself and your equipment warm. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that you select the correct heater for the jobs and how best to maintain it. Picking the Right Heater When it comes to deciding on what size of heater is best for you, it’s important to keep in mind how big of an area you are trying to…

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LEARN HOW THE LOCTITE® BRAND WAS BORN

Loctite’s origin is a modern industrial fairy-tale. It is the story of Vernon Krieble, a retired chemistry professor, who persuaded his son Robert in the 1950s to leave a well-payed management job and become co-founder of a start-up. Their business model was based on a technical discovery for which no apparent need existed: a substance that solidifies within minutes in the absence of air. They called the new technology “anaerobic” and their vision was to introduce it into the metalworking…

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LOCTITE® – Eliminating Fastener Loosening. Preventing Failure.

Traditional fastening methods leave gaps. LOCTITE®  threadlockers fill them. Mechanical locking devices (such as split washers, nylon nuts, etc.) were invented to solve the common problem of loosening that happens in most threaded assemblies. The reality is, however, that they don’t maintain clamp load as assemblies “locked” with mechanical devices often loosen under vibration, thermal expansion and/or improper torque. Why? Because mechanical devices don’t fill the gaps between the engaging threads. By bonding the thread roots and filling all of…

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Tire Chains

Tire chains are important items to have readily available when you live in Canada. While useful all year when working off-road, they are even more necessary during the winter months when the roads start getting icy. Tire chains are available for a wide variety of vehicles including ATVs, skid-steers, pick-up trucks, sand trucks, graders, and more. While Northern Metalic does carry a wide range of tire chains, we also offer the option to customize them to match your specifications. Not…

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