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Background Information

Employment History


Commonwealth Supply Company


Board Member
York County Chamber of Commerce

York County Chamber of Commerce

Board Member
York County Schools

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Commonwealth Supply Company, welding equipment and gases [cached]

President:Mary Shanaman

That was when Reinecke hit Ames “with a ton of bricks.” Says Ames, “Clare asked me to take Commonwealth Supply Company to its next dimension and eventually partner with his daughter, Mary Shanaman.” It didn't take long for Ames to decide to take the risk and cross over from the manufacturer's to the distributor's side.
President Shanaman and Executive Vice President Ames became strong business partners.
Shanaman handles the administrative side of the business, while Ames handles operations and sales.
At Commonwealth Supply Company, the partnership extends beyond Ames and Shanaman.
Commonwealth Supply Company President Mary Shanaman and Executive Vice President Bob Ames provide complementary skills that have helped their 23-year-old company achieve significant growth.
Commonwealth Supply Company President Mary Shanaman and Executive Vice President Bob Ames provide complementary skills that have helped their 23-year-old company achieve significant growth.

Board of Directors [cached]

Mary Shanaman Commonwealth Supply Company

Welding Industry Background [cached]

"The gross profit in hardgoods is not likely to experience a significant increase," says Mary Shanaman, president, Commonwealth Supply Co. (York, PA). Although she doesn't anticipate an influx of new manufacturers to move into the area, Shanaman does believe that the current climate for existing manufacturers will be better than it has been during the past two years, resulting in a 4-5% growth of her overall sales. "Our sales will continue to be supported by a sales force who have hands-on experience. Our sales personnel have all worked as welders at one time or another," says Shanaman.

Mary Shanaman, President Commonwealth Supply Co.

"In a tongue-and-cheek way, they told ... [cached]

"In a tongue-and-cheek way, they told me they might not be here in the winter," said company president Mary Shanaman."And that got me thinking, 'How did PennDOT get their home addresses?'"

A member of the York County Chamber of Commerce, Shanaman made a call to the group's executive vice president, Bob Jensenius.
Shanaman said the two drivers who received recruitment letters have a decade or more of experience driving.
"They would be very tough to replace," she said.
Commonwealth Supply Co. manufactures industrial gas and also is a distributor of welding supplies.When recruiting new drivers, Shanaman said, the company now considers people without a license and then works with those people to get licensed.
"Some of these guys that have licenses get opportunities with larger companies and take them.That makes it hard for a small businesses," she said.

Mary Shanaman, president of ... [cached]

Mary Shanaman, president of Commonwealth Supply Co., a distributor of welding supplies and equipment based in Manchester Township, said she asked the chamber to look into the matter after a few of her drivers brought the fliers in to work.

"Everyone who's in the trucking business understands there is a real shortage of drivers," Shanaman said."But they were targeting people who were working for somebody else.

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