April 4, 2017
Christopher Balleine has been appointed Stelpro’s Sales Representative, Maritimes, responsible for the province of Nova Scotia, effective March 20, 2017. Chris will report to John-Daniel Chabot, Director, Sales – Electrical – ATL/ONT/WEST.
Chris has been with Stelpro for five years working in the Customer Service Department. He did multiple tasks within the department allowing him to explore many different facets of the business.
Teaming up with Jeffrey Balleine, currently Stelpro's Sales Representative in the Maritimes, the two will provide Stelpro with a stronger presence in the market and help the company continue to grow.
For the past couple of years the industrial segment has been “challenged.” Much of this was driven by the decline in the oil and gas market, which had a significant ripple effect. Concurrently, a strong U.S. dollar hurt exports for many OEMs and the agriculture market was soft, further hurting that segment’s equipment market.
Overall, the industrial decline significantly impacted distributors and manufacturers. And a key product category, industrial automation and control, was the most impacted.
But according to manufacturers and distributors in many parts of North America, the industrial market appears to be turning. Growth, compared to last year, is coming back. Some is due to increased investment in energy projects.