April 2011 News

Stanley Black & Decker sales up 9%
Stanley Black & Decker said its first quarter sales increased by 9 percent to $2.4 billion compared to the same period last year.

RIDGID Donates Over $8,000 to PHCC Educational Foundation
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors association benefits from design competition.

Activant Promotes Getty to Vice President, Product Development
Was part of original Prophet 21development team.

Ergodyne Named Supplier of the Year at Evergreen
Wins Award in Tier 3 Catagory at Evergreen Marketing Group Annual Meeting.

RSC posts Q1 Earnings Report
Grows total revenue 25 percent over Q1 2010.

USG Issues Q1 Report, sees commercial market stabilizing
New residential construction market remains soft.

United Rentals Announces Q1 2011 Results
Promotes Matt Flannery to Executive Vice President, Operations and Sales.

STAFDA Announces Sully Sullenberger will Keynote 2011 Convention
"Miracle on the Hudson" hero pilot will speak November 14 in San Antonio.

Construction Employment Falls in 27 States and DC Between February and March
Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Dakota, Missouri Led Monthly Gains; Maine, Connecticut, Idaho Had Worst Losses.

New Residential Construction Trends Up in March
Housing permits and starts improve month over month but still lag behind 2010 rates.

Commercial Real Estate Market Exceeds Forecasts
The commercial real estate market is bouncing back with a vengeance and exceeding forecasts from analysts.

Exclusive: Catalog Power: Print reasserts its value
New technology helps print catalogs reemerge as effective sales drivers.

Wells Fargo Releases Q1 Construction Quarterly Survey
Report sees executive optimism improving and a sense that construction spending has bottomed out.

Delta Names Craig Walls National Sales Manager
Industry veteran Walls "comes home;" worked for Rockwell/Delta for 25 years.

Norton/Merit Issues New Metal Fabrication eCatalog
New design provides user-friendly navigation and streamlined selection of popular products.

Activant Offers Real-time Delivery Verification on Mobile Phones
Proof of Delivery Application for Apple and Android OS.

Delta move progresses on schedule
DELTA Power Equipment transitions to new ownership and new facility in Anderson, South Carolina.

Self Healing Concrete
Biological concrete could usher in a new era of self-healing civil structures.

Google adds $168M to solar power plant
Google has invested $168 million in a solar power project in northeastern San Bernardino County.

Fastenal sales up 23 percent
The Fastenal Company reported sales climbed 23 percent to $640.6 million in the first quarter.

Saudi Arabia plans the world's first mile-high skyscraper
Projected cost is $30 billion.

The Home Depot Foundation Pledges $30 Million to Veterans Housing Issues
Grants to be supported with associate volunteers from The Home Depot; Initial partners to include Fisher House Foundation, Volunteers of America and The Mission Continues.

KNIPEX-Tools Promotes Todd Shumate to North America Sales Manager
Will drive all sales growth in Canada and wholesale distribution channel in North America.

MSA Issues Fall Protection for Residential Construction Bulletin
Bulletin helps users comply with the new OSHA directive on residential construction.

MSC Industrial Direct Launches New PRO-SAFE Catalog
New comprehensive safety products catalog features special monthly promotions.

Wind turbines to generate power for new UNT football stadium
UNT is the first college stadium designed to incorporate onsite renewable energy.

AEM launches I Make America campaign
National effort combines the voices of 850+ member companies to promote job growth in U.S. construction, agriculture, forestry, mining and utility industries.

National Gypsum Announces Dismissal of Attempted Class Action Lawsuit
Suit attempted to tie American-made drywall to problems caused by Chinese products.

United Rentals to Acquire the Venetor Group in Canada
Seven-store rental company has a strong presence in Ontario.

Advance Website Features Improved Design
Website allows users to quickly access product information, service manuals and parts lists by product category or market.

Gateway Safety Announces Spanish Version of Full-Line Catalog
Catalog is currently available only as a pdf file.

CSDA Rolls Out Concrete Cutter Certification Program
Program will certifiy concrete cutting and drilling companies in cutting and business operations processes, with goal of achieving ISO9000 compliance.

NAED Launches Branch Manager University
Training program focuses on four categories: Customers, Operations, Financials, and Employees.

Construction employment ticks up, but overall conditions remain weak
Construction employment increased in 141 out of 337 metropolitan areas between February 2010 and February 2011.

Senate passes repeal of 1099 reporting rule for small businesses
Rule would have required Form 1099s for every vendor paid more than $600 in a year.

Adding hydropower to Fed dams in the West could power 85,000 homes
Bureau of Reclamation report lists 70 dams with potential to generate power.

CSDA reports 30% increase in Convention Attendance
Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association's 2011 Convention also draws 24% more exhibiting companies. 

LINE-X Donates $10,000 to Louisville Police Dog Kennel
Louisville Kentucky metro Police K-9 unit still needs help.

IronPlanet Releases April Equipment Auction Schedule
Need tools and/or toys? More than 3,000 items are up for auction.

Mid Continent Nail Corporation files Antidumping petition on steel nails from UAE
Petition requests antidumping duties be imposed on imports of steel nails from the United Arab Emirates. and American Subcontractors Association Form Alliance
Deal allows ASA members to list surplus inventory on construction-only, online proprietary classified advertising marketplace.

AmeriSus Partners with HomeSphere
Home development coalition to utilize rebate management systems, industry connections.

BeA Fasteners USA Opens New York Office
German pneumatic tool and fastener manufacturer BeA-Group set to expand US operations by opening New York office.

Atlas Copco Compressors Names New U.S. GM
Andrew Walker named General Manager for U.S. operations.

Building that would grow its own skin planned
New concept for Dubai tower will use salt water to grow its own skin.

Construction Spending in U.S. Decreased More Than Estimated in February
Construction spending in the U.S. fell more than forecast in February, indicating the economic recovery has not yet spread to the building industry.

Affinity Tool Works Becomes Exclusive North American distributor of FISH Tools
Premium Austrian cutting tools now available to North American distributors.

U.S. Construction continues slide in February
$760.6 billion annual rate is 6.8 percent off  February 2010 pace.

Rayovac Announces Industrial Distributor Award Winner
Winner Bartle & Gibson serves western Canada.