April 2017 News

Diamond Products adds Sid Kilgore to management
Kilgore becomes North East Regional Sales Manager.

Festool hires new Chief Sales Officer
Aaron Brading appointed to spearhead growth in the USA and Canada.

Blogs: Bartell Terminator Ride-on Floor Scraper Comparison — T3000EI vs. Infinity
Similarities and differences between legacy and latest generation ride-on Innovatech floor scrapers.

Topcon expands Solutions Store network
Distributor Solutions Stores grow to 11 locations across the U.S.

Klein Tools State of the Industry report shows electricians working to close skills gap
Electricians value mentoring and on the job training to support a new workforce.

Projects: Wynn Resorts floats $1.5 billion expansion in Las Vegas
Wynn Paradise Park would feature white sand beach surrounding a 38-acre lagoon.

NAHB: Proposed lumber duties will hurt U.S. builders and consumers
NAHB estimates tariff will cost the U.S. nearly $500 million in wages and salaries, $350 million in taxes and more than 8,200 full-time U.S. jobs.

Rhodius USA acquires Sundisc Abrasives-managed business
North American subsidiary of German industrial group acquires Rhodius-branded business of former exclusive importer Sundisc Abrasives.

OSHA recognizes Workers’ Memorial Day
April 28 events renew commitment to making safety a priority.

U.S. new home sales surge 5.8 percent in March
Average selling price is $388,200.

Dodge: March construction starts climb 5 percent
Public works lifted by two large pipeline projects; multifamily housing, offices and airport terminals also advance.

Merit Saw expands global reach
Adds new distributors in Canada, New Zealand and Spain.

Justrite acquires Italian safety manufacturer
Environmental protection, material handling and workplace safety manufacturer expands Justrite.

ECCO Safety announces new president of Americas
John Ducharme takes role after joining from Warn Industries.

DENSO announces new Senior VP of OES sales
Veteran DENSO executive Norihito “Jack” Tanahashi takes new post.

Cool Stories: Feeling Fit? Try Hudson Yard's coming 150-foot staircase
The biggest real estate development in American history will have a 15-story maze of stairwells.

Kiewit wins Oroville Dam repair contract
$275 million bid was lowest for job but still exceeded original state estimate.

Building material costs keep rising
Softwood lumber prices climb 7.2% in the first three months of 2017.

U.S. housing completions rise 3.2 percent in March
But land and labor shortages crunch starts down 6.8 percent for month. 

Festool issues Spring 2017 “Finish Line” for professional painters
Magalog features case studies, techniques and products.

Free Distributor's Guide To Surviving Amazon Business While Thriving
Free guidebook offers strategies for establishing your e-commerce capability.

Fastenal Q1 sales up 6.2 percent
Fastenal reported sales increased 6.2 percent to $1.0 billion in Q1.

Weiler names new VP of sales for U.S. and Canada
Chad McDonald brings more than 18 years of experience in sales and marketing.

Thomas & Betts provides new Web analysis for 2017 NEC
Web analysis helps users select T&B and ABB products that comply with this year’s changes.

AgoNow joins AFFLINK as a Preferred Supplier
AgoNow offers AFFLINK’s 300 independent distributor members a full suite of industrial MRO products and channel services.

Lackmond Products introduces Beast/B+BTec core drills, rigs and core bits
Products are first from a new venture with European manufacturer BB+Tec.

Klein Tools honors fallen linemen with donations and limited edition pliers
Donates $12,000 to linemen charities ahead of National Lineman Appreciation Day April 18.

Dodge Momentum Index springs forward in March
Continued upward trend signals increased construction activity for the rest of the year. 

OSHA delays construction crystalline silica standard
June 23 enforcement date is rolled back to Sept. 23, 2017.

Nilfisk offers complete floor-to-ceiling dust control solution
Company is also hosting a silica dust compliance webinar on April 26. 

Follow App keeps drivers from losing each other during trips
Keeping up with the driver in front of you has never been easier.

JCB names new North American president
Richard Fox-Marrs is named president and CEO.

Mazzella merges with FHS Inc.
Deal expands material handling distributor's Southeast U.S. presence.

U.S. construction spending ticks up in February
Residential activity buoys private sector as education and highway work both rise. 

Cool Stories: Big Bertha breaks through
Massive earth boring project nears completion in Seattle.

Weiler Abrasives names new Managing Director, Americas
Bill Dwyre has been with company since 2013.

STAFDA announces Concierge Customer Service Manual
Book will highlight key customer service challenges facing STAFDA Distributor members. 

STAFDA announces 2017 Convention Keynote speaker
John Ratzenberger will star at STAFDA in Austin, Texas on November 13.

This is National Work Zone Awareness Week
Objects and vehicles striking workers are the leading cause of roadside-related construction deaths.

Nilfisk offers silica dust compliance webinar
Silica Dust: Understanding the Requirements & Provisions for Construction Industry Compliance.