April 2014 News

Victor Technologies Launches Open Training Site
Provides full range of training resources with no log-in required.

Report: More than 63,000 U.S. Bridges are Structurally Compromised
Highway projects face reimbursement slowdowns if Highway Trust Fund is not reauthorized.

ISA to Welcome More Distributors to 2014 Convention
Event is set for May 17-20 in New Orleans.

AD Q1 Report Shows 4 Percent Affiliate Growth
Sales for AD Affiliates grew by 4% in Q1 2014 to $7.1 billion.

AEM Commends Transportation Bill Proposal
Says multi-year legislation needed.

ACPA Launches New Website
American Concrete Pavement Association unveils new industry portal.

PLS Founder Dies
William Halstead Hersey founded PLS Pacific Laser Systems.

Titan Giving Away Five Customized Cargo Trailers
Contractor contest runs until June 30.

Evergreen Fetes 2013 Distributors and Suppliers of the Year
Stanley Black & Decker, Reed and Certified Safety take top manufacturer honors. Launches Retail Site for Mobile Users
Uses IBM Smarter Commerce platform.

Construction Jobs Increase in 38 States Since March '13
Hard winter and weaker than expected home-builder hiring slow job growth.

David Weekley Homes Expands into Chicago Market
Names John Morgan division president for Chicago market office.

U.S. Leading Indicators Point to Improving Economy
Conference Board index sees strongest gain since November 2013.

$10B Houston Area Nuclear Plant Expansion Clears Hurdle
NRC had raised question of partial foreign ownership.

Radians Hires Bob Brohl as Central Region Sales Manager
Qualified Safety Sales Professional joins Radians from HexArmor.

CSDA Testifies on OSHA Silica Rule
Association and contractors urge OSHA to revamp proposed silica guidelines.

New Home Sales Slide 14.5 Percent in March
Winter hangover, higher home prices and interest rates weaken activity. 

DDI System Appoints Aung Latt VP of Corporate StrategyERP veteran has worked with Infor and Prophet 21.

Thomas & Betts Issues 2014 NEC Code Changes Reference Guide
Free guide covers T&B, ABB LP and ABB Power Products items.

Drillco Cutting Tools Adds New Director of Sales
Industry veteran Michael Howcroft joins Drillco management team.

Milwaukee Tool to Acquire Empire Level
Jenni Becker will serve as president of Empire, a business unit of Milwaukee Tool.

Rockler Earth Day Contributions Aid 65-Year Reforestation Plan
Rockler to plant 7,000 hardwood trees.

Inside Klein Tools' Texas Manufacturing HQ
Klein opens new heat treating plant and prepares to break ground for more.

Atlas Copco Acquires Two Compressor Distributors
National Pump & Compressor and McKenzie Compressed Air join Quincy Compressor family.

PFERD Names Tool Mobile Program Leader
Jeffrey Kwasny will lead mobile training program.

Housing Starts Climb 2.8 Percent in March
Single-family starts surge 6 percent.

Bosch Tools Becomes ACDI Vendor Partner
Associated Construction Distributors International welcomes Bosch as a preferred supplier.

STAFDA Issues Profitability DVD
DVD contains 10 chapters on gross margin, inventory, cost of goods and more.

Techspray Introduces 2014 Product Catalog & Application Guide
Covers cleaners, coatings, repair supplies and AK-225 phase-out replacement products.

Senators reach bipartisan deal for long-term transportation bill
Draft work begins after Easter break.

Parex USA Hires Kevin Elrath as Technical Service Manager
Joins Parex from Stonhard.

Kemper System Appoints New Exec for Eastern Canada
Chris Hunter brings roofing and waterproofing expertise to Kemper.

Panasonic Names Dan Silver President of Eco Solutions
Will also lead air conditioning division.

Map: U.S. Wind Farm Growth Since 1975
Today, nearly 1,000 wind farms generate enough power for 15 million homes.

Commercial Property on Track to Top 2006 Volume
Survey says commercial tranactions will hit $430 billion in 2016.

SPI Names Carbary Warehouse Manager
Screw Products, Inc. adds Kaizen/Continuous Improvement Director to Tacoma staff.

Crescent Electric Celebrates 95 Years
Dubuque-based distributor has 141 branches in 27 states.

Construction Adds 19,000 Jobs in March
National unemployment rate holds at 6.7%

U.S. Tape Company Acquires Stringliner
Stringliner Pro and LevelWiz lines join U.S. Tape portfolio.

NetPlus Alliance Welcomes Four New Suppliers
Shark Pressure Washers, 48WS, Unilog Content Solutions and Sales-i join buying group.

Trends: Cargo Container-Based Construction
Shipping containers are the new Legos for innovative builders.

New House and Furniture, all from a 3-D Printer
Project in Amsterdam aims to design and build a 13-room house and furnishings from 3-D, adding only concrete supports.

Skilled Worker Shortage Threatens Petrochem Industry
Nearly $100 billion worth of petrochemical projects are at risk.

Radians Names Silver VP of Industrial Sales
Russ Silver joins Radians from HexArmor.

Simpson Strong-Tie Partners with On Center Software
Simpson products are now available for contractors using On Center Quick Bid.