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Tru Weld Stud Welding Product and Equipment Agents


A.C. Associates is an agent for Tru Weld Products as well as a Project Management team specializing in metal decking projects. We offer assistance with material procurement, specification and drawing analysis, detailing review and value engineering as they relate to metal deck and shear studs.

We have a rental machine fleet of Stud Welders, both truck mounted and trailer mounted, diesel and electric machines, complete with all accessories.

We have our local warehouse stocked with the most commonly used shear stud sizes and appropriate ferrules. We can usually get them ready for pickup at our facility or have them delivered to you within a day or two.

As distributors for Tru Weld Stud Welding Equipment and Supplies, we provide a full line of studs in mild steel and stainless steel; in fully threaded, partially threaded, shear, headed, and other styles for both Drawn Arc and Capacitor Discharge machines. We also stock stud welding equipment and accessories that work with Tru Weld studs as well as our competitor brands. We service the New York & New Jersey area as well as New England.

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A.C. Associates has been supplying and servicing customers throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, into New England and Canada with stud welding supplies, equipment, and general support since 1972. We take pride in serving General Contractors, Subcontractors, Steel Fabricators & Erectors and Industrial Fabricators. Our experienced team can supply our customers with anything from shear studs and welding units to training and consultation. 

We also offer a valuable service that many of our competitors do not: Shear stud welder training for you crews. While not difficult to install, stud welding does require some proprietary knowledge that many workers are unfamiliar with. Should you decide to rent or purchase equipment through us, we will make sure that your crew is well acquainted with the process before they begin your project.

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After attending Westchester Community College, Mr. Robert A. Samela began his career in the construction industry, working for a general contractor and real estate developer. In 1966, Mr. Samela became involved in the siding and decking industry, while working with one of the major siding and decking manufacturers in the United States. For the next few years, he worked for several other major decking and siding manufacturer, and finally came to rest at AC Associates in 1978. In 1985, Mr. Samela became Vice President, and in 1989 become President. In 2008, Mr. Robert A. Samela became the sole owner of AC Associates.
As an active member of the construction community, Mr. Samela is a past President of the Subcontractors Trade Association (STA), Past-Chairman of the Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA), and Past-President of the Allied Building Metal Industries. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Steel Institute of New York, served as a non-member advisor of the American Society of Civil Engineers on the Steel Deck with Concrete Standards Committee, and is the Co-Chair Employer Trustee on six different funds for the Iron Worker Local 40, 361 & 417 Union Security Funds. Mr. Robert A. Samela has been listed in Who’s Who in US Executives, and Who’s Who in US Business.



Sales and Project Manager

James Samela has been working for AC Associates in a part time capacity since 2001, in parallel operating a busy photography studio. In 2016, James sold the majority of his business, and joined AC Associates full time. James is a key member of the AC Associates team, developing and evolving new sales initiatives and strategies to capture our key demographics.

James has a firm knowledge of the stud welding process, equipment and consumable parts. He regularly consults our customers on their equipment needs, application specifics and delivery schedules. He serves as contact point to the customers offering equipment operation support, troubleshooting equipment and process issues and training crews.  James is frequently “in the field” guiding manpower in the proper methods of completing the task at hand, accounting for material, weather conditions, and budget restrictions.  


Warehouse and Trucking Manager

Gene is in charge of deliveries and the warehouse. If there's something you need, Gene will know where it is in the warehouse and get it out the door to you. Gene is also well versed in the operation of all our rental Stud Welders and can assist in training if our customers need help with stud welding procedure.



Leslie Samela has worked in the construction industry, including a scaffold company, a concrete company, and window treatment company, since the 1970’s. Leslie is a graduate of Montclair State University, possessing a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She has worked at AC Associates on and off since the mid 1980’s, performing various functions including payroll, accounts payable, and taxes, insurances, and governmental paperwork. 

Currently Leslie acts as AC’s “pinch hitter”, taking over for others as vacations interrupt their workflow. A well-rounded individual, Leslie is “always happy to help out and keep things running, no matter what it entails”.

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We stock a number of sizes in our Lyndhurst, NJ warehouse and can usually have product delivered within a day or two.

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We have a number of units in stock for sale or rental. Our fleet of equipment is always ready for work and meticulously maintained by our in house technicians.

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We stock a wide variety of consumables in our Lyndhurst NJ warehouse so you will never be without the parts needed to complete a project.

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Shear Studs
Stud Rails
Punch Shear Resistors
PSR Studs
Concrete Anchors
Deformed Bar Anchors
Threaded Studs
Headed Anchors
Headed Concrete Anchors
Thru Deck Shear Connectors
Stud Welding Consumables
Stud Welding Equipment Rentals
Stud Welding Equipment Sales
Stud Welding Training
Stud Welding Certifications
Tier 4 Diesel Stud Welders
Electric Stud Welders

A.C. Associates is here to supply you with all the materials needed associated with Shear Stud Installation. We are also available to provide training for your team if needed.

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Building Trades Employers™ Association (BTEA)

Subcontractors Trade Association (STA)

Allied Building Metal Industries, Inc. (Allied)

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Clifton, NJ 07011




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