U.S. Tariffs Are Increasing

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And what that means for us.

…and for you.

Recently, the U.S. President announced an increase in tariffs on goods imported to the U.S. from China, from 10% to 25%. While you may think this trade war and the associated tariffs are only affecting our neighbours to the South… you may be in for a surprise.

As you know, we import most of our products from U.S. manufacturers and even if the finished product is made in the U.S., many of them source materials and components from Chinese factories. Our U.S. vendors are being hit hard by these tariffs and simply cannot absorb the extra costs. As a result, they’re passing them along in the form of price increases or material surcharges.

We are very thankful that all of our U.S. Vendors have been working proactively to reduce the impact of the tariffs by making changes to their supply chain wherever necessary. We will be doing our best to identify specific products that are impacted and will work with our customers to mitigate the effects of the increased tariffs.

The good news is that the increase isn’t taking effect immediately.

The link below is the updated communication from the USTR on May 9th that pushed the effective date of the tariff increase to June 1, 2019. See below:

“Under this implementing modification, and as specified in the Annex to this notice, products of China that are covered by the September 2018 action that were exported prior to May 10, 2019, are not subject to the additional duty of 25 percent as long as such products are entered into the United States prior to June 1, 2019. Such products remain subject to the additional duty of 10 percent for a transitional period of time before June 1, 2019. The covered products of China that are entered into the United States on or after June 1, 2019, are subject to the 25 percent rate of additional duty.”

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EA-BT – BLUETOOTH® Controller from Southco

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EA-BT – BLUETOOTH® Controller

Looking for an electronic lock controller but don’t want all the hassles of wiring, installation, and management?

Southco’s EA-BT BLUETOOTH® Controller provides full access control and remote monitoring of intelligent locks without having to wire into a network, or install, manage and maintain software. When connected to a secure, cloud-based platform, the EA-BT Controller allows BLUETOOTH® enabled devices such as smartphones and tablets to be used as a credential for wirelessly actuating an electronic lock.

For more information, or to see a demonstration, use our handy Contact Form to reach us!

Gas Springs Now Available from Steeves Agencies

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Gas Springs, Uncategorized

Steeves Agencies carries a complete line of gas springs, lifts and dampers, with a wide assortment of end fittings and mounting brackets! With hundreds of available options, we can provide you with the exact spring, lift or damper to suit your specific application requirements.

Want to know more about our gas springs? Want to see a product catalog with all the available options? Click on the link to download a copy of our Gas Spring Catalog.

Do you have a different question? Need more information? Use our handy Contact Form to reach us and we’ll get back to you right away!

Not sure what size you need? Want some advice on picking the correct pressure? We can help there too! Just fill out our brief Application Information Form and we’ll do the legwork for you! Easy as that!

Gas Spring Application Information

Safety Should Be Easy!

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First Aid Kits


Are you prepared for a workplace injury?  Did you know that every company is required to maintain at least a first-aid kit on hand at all times?  Did you also know that there are specific guidelines for the number of first-aid kits you need, based on the number of staff you have and the size of your facility?

We can help.

We can supply you with provincially approved First-Aid kits and any other workplace safety equipment you might need to comply with workplace safety requirements.  Whether you need medical kits, eye wash stations, safety equipment or refills for your existing consumables, we can help.

Want to learn more about the medical and safety equipment we can help you with? Call us today or use our handy Contact Form to reach us!


Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News, Uncategorized

My_Cool_IdeaSo you have a great new idea and you’re still working out the details. Maybe you’re still in the “brainstorming” stage or the “drawing on a napkin” stage.  If your design incorporates things like latches, locks, drawer slides, gasketing, or any component you won’t be fabricating yourself,  you’ll want to consider those components early in the design process and not at the very end.

One of the common pitfalls in designing products is overlooking these seemingly little things.  If this happens, the designer is often left looking for what we call the “Houdini Latch”*.  The Houdini Latch is one that’s never been made, or perhaps functions in a way that no latch* is designed to function and is simply not available.  It doesn’t exist. What generally happens next is that the designer is forced to do one of two things:  design a completely new latch, which is time-consuming and costly or make significant changes to the design of their product, which is also (you guessed it) time-consuming and costly.

What’s the answer?  Identify the hardware components you’ll need early in the design process.  You’ll have the specifications and design requirements early, so you can adapt your product to make them work.  Even if you have to adjust your original design, it’s easier to do it now than to make significant changes later.  Don’t worry if there are no off-the-shelf products that fit perfectly.  Hopefully, there’s time to work with your supplier or parts distributor to come up with a custom solution.  Again, it’s better to do this early on, especially if you’ll have to consider longer lead times.


Even if you’re a little beyond the “drawing on a napkin” stage, we can still offer you practical advice and world-class solutions that will work for you.  Call us today or use our handy Contact Form to reach us!

*..or hinge, or fastener, or drawer slide, or lock, or whatever. 

Hinges With A Built-In Safety Switch!

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© Copyright 2016 ELESA S.p.A.The new CFSW Hinges from Elesa with built-in multiple switches are designed to shut off machinery (or any electrical device) if the door is opened. Designed in a range of configurations, these hinges are tamper-proof, corrosion resistant and rugged for use in high-impact applications.  They’re also UL and IMQ approved! Available in a range of sizes and wiring configurations to suit enclosures of any size! If you’re looking for an easily adapted safety switch or if you’re adding or replacing safety switches, these are an easy solution! Would you like more information?  Use our Contact Form to reach us!

Fighter Jets, RC Jet Boats and Recycled Outdoor Furniture…

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What do these things have in common?

All three of these things (and many more) require a customized threaded insert from Yardley Products!  Whether it’s the C-130 Hercules instrument panels or the cooling system on a new RC jet boat, Yardley has the capability to meet your requirements for just about any application… and they do it quickly, too! Yardley has the expertise and the tooling to get you prototypes fast.  But just as importantly, they have the right people on their production team to get your newly-designed parts out the door and on their way to you very quickly.
When I first approached Ken Grady at Yardley Products about the custom part, I was expecting a much higher price and a longer production time. Yardley was able to provide the custom parts in a timely manner and at a very fair price. The customer service through the entire process was amazing as well. -Scott Pennestri, Streamline RC
Check out some of Yardley’s success stories here!  If you want to be one of those success stories, call us today with your application details and we’ll help  you get started.

New E3 Vise-Action Latch From Southco

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Compression Latches, Latches, Products, Uncategorized

New Product Announcement

New Adjustable Grip Compression Latch Meets Fire Safety Standard Southco’s new E3 VISE ACTION® Compression Latch series features lightweight, aluminum construction and is ideal for rugged outdoor applications that require higher strength, without adding additional weight.The adjustable grip E3 Compression Latch is tested to EN45545, the European fire resistance standard for railway applications, and is suitable for a wide variety of industries where robust vibration resistance is required.
  • Tested to European Standard EN45545 for fire resistance
  • Compliant with EN61373 for shock and vibration
  • Lightweight, high-strength aluminum construction
  • Meets NEMA 4/IP65 standards
  • Highly modular and configurable
  • Cost effective, easy to design and install
Learn more about Southco’s E3 Latch

Southco Offers a Wide Range of Handles

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p9Southco offers a wide range of handles and pulls too!  Whether you need something aesthetically pleasing or robust and rugged, we can help. Need to see one up close?  We can do that too!  Samples are just a call or click away.  Use our Contact Form to let us know a little about your application, or call us toll-free at 1-800-318-1119, and one of our factory trained people will gladly help you.