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Tent Event attracts hundreds to distributor’s Mississauga location

Mississauga, ON -- Tenaquip Industrial Equipment & Supplies of Montreal held a Tent Event at its Mississauga, Ont.,...


Mississauga, ON — Tenaquip Industrial Equipment & Supplies of Montreal held a Tent Event at its Mississauga, Ont., warehouse June 11, 2004, at which local customers and prospects could view the latest products from more than two dozen of the distributor’s vendors.

Products on display included power tools, fall protection equipment and maintenance supplies.

Called “The Power of One Source,” the event was intended to highlight the company’s growing role as a single-source supplier in the industrial supply chain.

The Tent Event was first introduced in 2001 at the company’s Montreal head office — which earlier this year saw over 50 vendors display their wares to 580 prime buying prospects. Free purchasing and spill control seminars were highlights of both events.

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This year’s Mississauga and Montreal events also raised over $5,000 for The United Way via silent auctions of vendor-supplied products. “We used to give away door prizes provided by our vendors, but then came up with the idea of having a silent auction to raise money for charity,” says Tenaquip’s Andy LeCouffe. “It’s a great deal for the buyers of the items and everybody helps in supporting the charity.”

“We are truly excited about the success of our first Toronto Tent Event,” said Tenaquip president and founder Ken Reed. “I’d personally like to thank the 28 suppliers and 427 visitors for spending a little time with us. Next year, we’ll be even bigger and better.”

The day saw the participation of almost all staff members, with senior managers directing traffic and shop floor staff flipping burgers.

The event will be repeated again in June 2005.

Tenaquip employs more than 260 people operating out of more than 250,000 sq ft of offices, warehouses and showrooms in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Cornwall, Belleville, Brantford and Cambridge, and distributes over 110,000 brand-name products.

For details, visit www.tenaquip.com.