Defense Logistics Agency : Approval Letter 2019

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Apr 3, 2019 9:00:00 AM

DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware has approved the audit conducted at High Performance Alloys, Inc. (cc 0HKZ1) to remain a qualified Distributor of Bulk Metals under the Qualified Suppliers List for Distributors (QSLD).

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Topics: DLA, QSLD, 0HKZ1, 64C86

The difference of Working to work & Working to win

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Mar 14, 2019 6:40:19 AM

So I'm currently having another round of sleeplessness, and decided to work on some reports. While going through the report, one of the columns of data is Lead-time. It is an important detail that every salesperson uses daily, and with every quotation a lead-time is to be advised.

Looking through the data, I see the typical 1-2 days. Some specify work days, as in 1-2 work days. Again, very typical for HPAlloy. Even 2-3 days is not horrible. We usually do not work weekends, but we do run extra shifts.

(Did you know that we do offer same day shipping? Of course you have to call early to get a spot... And it has to be able to be pulled, cut, inspected, labeled, packed, cert pulled, packing slip made, package labeled, billed and picked up)

Occasionally I'll see a creative 10-12 days, (this is actually 2-2.5 weeks). Always work in the smallest numbers possible.

A lead time is sometimes negotiable, and should never be ambiguous. If you see a lead-time that is unclear or unacceptable, the quote stage is when you should bring it up to the sales person or their manager.

PROTIP: If you know they day you need it by, tell the salesperson that it is your 
dock date that you need On or Before "OOB", otherwise known as No Later Than "NLT"

More insight into the quoting process?  DYAS is supposed to mean DAYS, and sometimes misspelled as DAUS. 

WKS is weeks, occasionally denoted weejs, clearly a typo though.

ARO is After Receipt of Order

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Topics: HPA sales team, small quantity specialist, metals purchasing tips

NACE Corrosion 2019

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Feb 28, 2019 12:19:19 PM

Nashville in March - We will be exhibiting at NACE Corrosion 2019, so please stop by and say Hello to Russ and Derek. Pick up a brochure, drop a business card. Talk about your latest corrosion issues and challenges - we may have something to offer to help with the situation.

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Topics: NACE Corrosion 2019

2019 Happy New YEAR!

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Dec 31, 2018 11:59:00 PM

It's that most wonderful time of the year to reflect where we have been, and where we are going next year.

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Topics: HD plasma

2018 Holiday Hours

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Nov 6, 2018 9:47:21 AM


HPA will be closed on November 22nd & 23rd in observance of Thanksgiving. We will return Monday November 26th. 

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Topics: holidays

Westward Bound!

Posted by September Kirchner on Oct 29, 2018 4:59:24 PM

Grant Kirchner is relocating to California, where he will continue to work for High Performance Alloys. Grant is our third outside salesperson (working remote), he is joining Rick Jenkins and Glenda Nicholas.

During his move, please continue to be patient as he will not have access to phone/internet. Grant will return to work Thursday, November 1st. 

While Grant is out of the office, please contact Derek Boruff with any questions and RFQ's. Derek can be reached at 1-765-945-8230 or by email:


Grant's Territory is still: New York, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont 

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Topics: NorthEast sales notice

Cobalt Alloy 6B, AKA HS-6B, STELLITE 6B

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Oct 25, 2018 10:54:54 AM

Did you know that we make our own 6B now?

DFARS: Melted in the USA, forged and finished in Tipton Indiana.

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Topics: cobalt 6B, self mated galling and wear resistance, stellite 6b, buying stellite


Posted by September Kirchner on Oct 4, 2018 1:03:08 PM

Starting Friday October 5th and going through Friday November 16th - HPA will be collecting canned/dry goods for Tipton and Howard County. 

Non perishable goods such as canned meat, boxed meals, canned vegetables/fruit, breakfast items and soup are acceptable. Bulk items preferred (i.e. 1 - 10# can of green beans).

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Topics: Canned food drive

New $100 minimum order

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Sep 13, 2018 12:29:36 PM

After 34 years, we changed our minimum order from $75 to $100.

It was overdue. Consistent increases in costs incurred of cutting, packaging, material certificate storage and retrieval, packing list and invoices (generating a record of all these details) has risen over the years.

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Topics: maximum for the minimum, PMI, metals purchasing tips

HD Plasma coming to High Performance Alloys

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Aug 14, 2018 9:47:38 AM

HD is High Definition, allowing laser like quality without the additional lead time.

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Topics: HD plasma

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