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View Profile: Member ID #14052

Manufacturers Rep or Independent Sales Rep

Prior Lake, MN, United States
Industry Expertise
Target Customers

Since 2005, I have called on customers in the following industries or categories: Manufacturing (OEM, metalworking, electronics, medical, food products, etc.); Distributors (industrial, automotive, electrical supply, hydraulic/pneumatic parts & equipment, etc.); Hydraulic repair services; Educational institutions (post-secondary); Government agencies.

Key accounts (partial listing) called on:

Manufacturing (all categories): KLN Family Brands, St. Jude Medical, Team Industries, Daikin Applied, Emerson Electric, and Alexandria Industries.

Distribution (all categories): FleetPride, MFCP (Motion & Flow Control Products), Pirtek Hose & Assemblies, Fastenal, MSC Industrial Supply Co., Digi-Key, Acme Tools, Central-McGowan, and Border States Electric.

Educational Institutions: University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Minnesota State Community & Technical College, and Northland Community & Technical College.

Transportation: Delta Airlines (Twin Cities maintenance facility).

Product Lines

Since 2005, I have represented companies that offer the following products and services:

Manufacturer of lubricants, metalworking coolants, and greases for industrial, automotive, and agriculture markets.

Regional/national distributor and installer of industrial grade work-benches, work-stations, lab stations, other 'technical furniture', and raised floor cable (electric, telecom, data) management systems.

Manufacturer of proprietary protective coverings for industrial hose/cable assemblies, hydraulic cylinders, etc.; compressed air system filtration components and systems; automatic lube dispensing systems.

Regional sales/service dealer for manual and CNC metal machining & fabricating machine tools, parts, tooling, and accessories (with a special emphasis on all types and many brands of industrial saws).

Manufacturer of specialty gloves for industrial, commercial, and construction applications.

Manufacturer/Distributor of optical & digital microscopes, video inspection systems, precision hand tools, electronic assembly specialty tools, and accessories.

National telecom/data engineering firm that provides WAN system/network design, functional efficiency improvement, and technical consulting services.

Regional service provider of (on-site) compressed air and industrial gas system performance inspections (which included ultrasonic leak detection), plus energy efficiency auditing and reporting.

(Please note: Not all of the companies listed above are currently represented by my agency).

Additional Info About This Rep
Join Date: March 21, 2005
Update Date: April 24, 2019
Last Login: April 24, 2019

Year Started: 2005
Monthly Sales: Unspecified
 Multi-Rep Agency 

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 Services Product 

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Territories Covered By This Rep
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
Customer Categories
  • 221   Utilities
  • 236   Construction of Buildings
  • 238   Specialty Trade Contractors
  • 311   Food Manufacturing
  • 321   Wood Product Manufacturing
  • 326   Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • 331   Primary Metal Manufacturing
  • 332   Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • 333   Machinery Manufacturing
  • 334   Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • 336   Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
  • 339   Miscellaneous Manufacturing
  • 423   Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
  • 4237   Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • 4238   Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • 611   Educational Services
  • 811   Repair and Maintenance
  • 8113   Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance

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