Jim Clark President, J. Clark & Associates

Alliance, OH – The firm of J. Clark & Associates will now represent the material handling products and services of Winkle Industries, serving a four-state area in the Midwest.

Joseph T. Schatz, President of Winkle Industries, announced that Winkle has finalized agreements naming J. Clark & Associates as business development agents in Illinois, Indiana, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa.

J. Clark & Associates was established by Jim Clark, President, in 2007, to specialize in the sale of engineered products for the steel and scrap industry. Clark is best known to steel mills in the region through his nearly 20 years with Technical Weighing Services, most recently as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In announcing the appointment, Schatz said, ‘We have known Jim as an industry professional for many years, and we’re very proud to have his experience supporting Winkle in one of our key market regions.’ According to Mark Volansky, Director of Sales at Winkle Industries, “Jim and his organization will bring a great deal of insight to our customers as they develop Winkle solutions for the material handling needs of mills and recyclers in the area.”

Based in Griffith, Indiana, J. Clark & Associates currently fields a staff of seven sales representatives. As agents, Clark will represent the complete range of Winkle engineered mill-duty products for “above-the-hook, below-the-hook and on-the-ground” material handling systems as well as consulting services and aftermarket parts supply. The agreement also authorizes Clark to represent LiftTech Industrial Services, an affiliate of Winkle Industries providing technical field support, repair services and maintenance management to the steel, scrap and mill related industries.

“Representing Winkle products is really like taking on five or six other product lines,” says Jim Clark. “Winkle is a leading innovator in the industry, but most customers are unaware of the true scope of the company. Anyone we’ve talked to has been pleasantly surprised by how much we can offer from a single source. Our people are receiving training on Winkle capabilities on an ongoing basis. As we get more familiar with the full extent of Winkle services, we’re getting a deeper appreciation of what a truly unique resource this company can be. And we look forward to taking that story to our customers.”

Building on a 60-year history in the manufacture and remanufacture of mill-duty equipment, Winkle has become a leading name in engineered lifting devices as well as crane maintenance products and ground-based material transfer devices used by steel mills, aluminum mills, foundries and scrap recyclers. Recently, Winkle launched its own lines of OptiCon maintenance-free magnet controllers and OptiGen compact generators. Winkle’s extensive engineering department, as well as developing and upgrading Winkle products, provides expert consultation and design for specialized material handling requirements.

Winkle also serves as master distributors for brand-name component manufacturers such as Cutler-Hammer, Gleason Reels and Hubbell Controllers, and provides managed aftermarket parts supply services for virtually any heavy-duty lifting and material handling application. The recently expanded Winkle manufacturing facility in Alliance, Ohio, is one of the industry’s most respected remanufacture and recertification operations.

About Winkle Industries

Winkle Industries is a worldwide leader in engineered solutions for users of mill-duty material handling equipment. Capabilities include below-the-hook lifting devices, electrical & mechanical crane products, ground-mounted material handling equipment, engineering services, aftermarket services, machining and fabrication. Winkle’s experience and resources are “raising customer expectations” on a wide range of needs, from innovative product design to customer process improvement.

For information about Winkle Industries, contact:

Mark Volansky
Director of Sales
2080 West Main Street, Alliance, Ohio 44601
Tel: (330) 823-9730 Fax: (330) 823-9788

For information about J. Clark & Associates, contact:
Jim Clark
317 N. Oakwood, Griffith, IN 46319
Tel: (219) 576-2570

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September 2009

For more information on Winkle Industries and their complete portfolio of products and services, contact:

Mark Volansky
Director of Sales

Winkle Industries

2080 West Main Street
Alliance, Ohio 44601
Ph: (330) 823-9730
Fax: (330) 823-9788
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