BDI Expands in the Pacific Northwest

BDI continues to grow! Earlier this year, we acquired 100-year-old, Portland, Oregon-based Munnell & Sherrill, a successful regional Mill and Industrial Supplies distributor with five locations in Oregon, two in Northern California and one in Western Washington.

With our addition of Munnell & Sherrill, BDI customers have access to a greater range of Mill, Industrial and Safety products, as well as a larger U.S. branch footprint from which to purchase and receive them.

For additional details, please click on the following link: BDI Acquires M&S

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BDI Opens New Branch in Hannibal, MO

Our new branch is open and servicing manufacturing facilities throughout the Hannibal market.  Branch #17 is located at 7 Northport Plaza, Unit C, Hannibal, MO 63401; Telephone: 844-607-5071; Fax: 844-392-6243


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BDI Opens New Branch in Tulsa, OK

BDI is now delivering unconventional supply chain solutions to manufacturing customers in the Tulsa market.

For more information about our new location there, please open the following link: BDI Opens in Tulsa

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Happy New Year!

All of us here at BDI hope that you have had a wonderful holiday season.

2013 was a fantastic year for us, and we couldn’t ask for better customers and supplier fireworkspartners. We want to take a moment to say thank you for your business in 2013.

Looking forward to 2014, we are excited to build new relationships and nurture our existing ones. Please stay in touch with us throughout the year. We will have a lot of news and information to share!

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In Packaging, Innovation is Everything

In the world of packaging, a lot has changed in a short time. Today’s packaging is not the packaging of a generation ago, and if you ask anyone in the industry why, the reason you’ll hear over and over again is the same: innovation.

In a recent Packaging World article, several industry pros discussed the role of innovation, with one stating, “Innovation is an imperative business choice to compete in the global economy.  If you are not competitive with new ideas, you are not going to win.”  Another stated the need to “challenge everything that was done in the past…so we together innovate and create packaging solutions that can preserve and contribute to…creating a sustainable future.” Challenging, indeed—but it seems the industry is up for the challenge.

At BDI, we are huge proponents of innovation and technology, in every industry, and we love taking a look at products and companies that represent this well.  Take, for example, the magnetic capping headsets that Warner Electric has created for bottle capping applications. Serving a repair and product development function, as well as helping to reduce the width of a bottle cap, they are great examples of the innovative capping technology this company is known for.  Benefits of this specific product include smooth torque technology that prevents over-tightening, reduced wear on bottling line equipment, maintenance savings, longer service life, and no damage to closures.  Many Warner Electric clients have benefitted from the technology and innovation of this product.

It’s just one example of a company taking the innovation bull by the horns, and marching to the future of the industry.

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Food Contamination Prevention: The Number One Priority

In a previous blog, we talked about the importance of energy efficiency and greener practices in the food and beverage industry, while touching upon the priority of food safety. Anyone in the food production, processing, or packaging industry knows that clean, safe, contaminant-free conditions are of utmost importance, and that this is the most imperative issue, one that rules every single company’s objectives.

In January, the FDA proposed a new set of broad-sweeping rules that would change policies regarding the prevention of food contamination.  These would include requiring better record keeping, more contingency plans for outbreaks, and better prevention methods across the board.  While any changes to any rules governing an industry can be overwhelming, no one in the industry would disagree with wanting to keep consumers and customers safer.

Methods and prevention plans, in and of themselves, can be broad and sometimes confusing. Often times, it’s best to take it one step at a time, and start small. This might mean using products from the very beginning that have built-in safety features to protect equipment from contamination and prevent possible recalls.

LPS Detex, for instance, is a food-grade lubricant that reduces the risk of foreign object contamination during food and beverage processing, should any components fall into the food.  The aerosol caps, actuators, and grease caps are metal and x-ray detectable, and therefore easily identifiable as non-food objects. While meeting FDA requirements as acceptable products for food processing use, they prevent contamination risk in several innovative and unique ways.  Choosing a product such as this ensures compliance and reduces worry from the very beginning—which can make a world of difference in an industry where prevention is key.

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Choosing Efficiently

The food processing industry provides roughly 60% of the foods consumed by U.S. households, and approximately 93% of the food purchased by U.S. wholesale suppliers.  Furthermore, almost all of that food contains packaging of some kind, making the reaches of the food and beverage processing and packaging industries enormous.  And while anyone knows that the number one priority of the food and beverage industry is food safety, and that this can never be compromised, the industry is increasingly aware of more efficient practices and ways for making energy and water savings more mainstream.

Facilities that process food and beverage, as well as those that package them, typically consume a significant amount of water. And since safety is the top priority, it can prove tricky to reduce water use at times.  The EPA recommends energy and water savings plans such as cogeneration, solar process-heating systems, implementation of green infrastructures, and use of water-saving products.

While combining and effectively implementing all of this can be a challenge, the use of more efficient products might be the easiest way to get started. For instance, choose a product such as Emerson Industrial’s System Plast Nolu-S, which features UHMW impregnated solid lubricants to reduce friction.  It makes very high speeds possible, even while running dry, leading to decreased water use and increased energy efficiencies.  While the operational benefits of Nolu-S—including extremely low coefficient of friction, extended chain life/reduced chain pull, and no damage to the PET’s surface— are appealing, the reduction of energy and water consumption have environmental benefits that are critical for us all.

In this day of smarter, greener business practices, when we now know the impact we all have on our planet, it’s important to be efficient whenever possible. And while it can seem daunting, there are plenty of small but significant ways to contribute to the cause.  Choosing more efficient products is one of them.

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