August 2017 News

Mayhew Tools earns ISO 9001:2015 certification
Company meets next-level international manufacturing quality standard.

In wake of Harvey, NAHB urges action on lumber supply
Building association advocates opening more U.S. public lands to logging and delay of tarriffs on Canadian lumber. 

Rockford Systems and Master Lock form partnership
Alliance aims to speed safety adoption in manufacturing facilities.

HD Supply Waterworks changes name to Core & Main
New company name marks final step in recent acquisition.

Simpson Strong-Tie supports Hurricane Harvey disaster relief 
Donates $50,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

After devastation, Harvey will bring construction jobs
As the waters recede, thousands of new construction jobs will bloom.

Hurricane Harvey hammers Houston home builders
The nation's largest new home market faces a major reset.

Distribution One delivers Amazon connectivity
New tools allow distributors to use the Amazon network to expand sales.

AGC: 70 percent of contractors can't find enough skilled workers
New survey finds chronic skilled labor shortage is nationwide.

Exclusive: Disaster season preparedness
Six steps to maximize your company’s insurance recovery before a natural disaster strikes.

Calpipe Industries expands sales team
Appoints new regional sales managers and national director of sales.

3M launches online silica tool kit
Resource aims to help safety managers address silica hazards for workers in construction and general industry.

NetPlus Alliance sales up 11.2 percent year-to-date
Buying group members drive 11 percent increase in Q1 and 11.4 percent in Q2.

New home sales slide 9.4 percent in July
Low inventories are putting the brakes on sales. 

Fleet Maintenance: The benefits of a complete brake job
Careful attention to complete brake system ensures top performance and safety.

STAFDA show adds more exhibit space
More booth space opens up in the Austin Hilton, across the street from the Convention Center.  

Texas is winning America's homebuilding race
Dallas, Houston and Austin rank in the four busiest cities. 

Axxis opens new Chicago warehouse
New facility will enable better service for Klinch-Pak, Complete, Apach, Josef Kihlberg and Bostich brand products.

Fairbanks Scales distributor named one of Michigan's best
Grand Rapids Metrology wins award for best workplace.

Colorado mandates intro to skilled labor in public high schools
New program will expose students to career opportunities in trade schools and the military.

Home Depot sales grow 6.2 percent in Q2
Company now predicts 2017 sales will grow 5.3 percent year over year. 

Casella launches Airwave App for dust and noise monitoring
Casella’s latest products—including the Apex2 personal dust sampling pump and dBadge2 personal noise dosimeter—are supported by the Airwave App.

Metabo mobile safety training/job site event trailer hits the road
Metabo tours the U.S. to promote tool productivity and safety.

Strong U.S. retail sales boost Q3 growth outlook
U.S. retail sales recorded their biggest increase in seven months in July.

U.S. residential building dips in July
Permits, starts and completions all fall month over month.

Alert: New STAFDA convention scam appears
Unauthorized email offer promises a list of STAFDA attendees.

Southwire completes Sumner Manufacturing acquisition
Acquisition adds material lifts, jack stands, welding tools and material carts to Southwire’s product offering.

Labelmaster to host 12th annual dangerous goods symposium 
Event is set for September 6-8 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.

General Equipment appoints new vice president of sales
Randy Dahl brings more than 20 years of industry experience to new position.

Indian River Consulting Group expands distribution and events team
Justin Stewart, Dan Horan and Christina Towers join leading industry consulting firm.

NoteVault releases new construction compliance features
New features provide compliance tracking and export capabilities by account, project or user. 

Flowcrete Americas names new Vice President 
Ben Smith steps up from National Manager for Canada.

Indiana to get $2.8B fertilizer plant
Project could create 2,500 construction jobs.

U.S. records lowest level ever of infrastructure spending
Many states have stopped construction projects to save money.

AZ Lifting Hardware teams with Desert Distribution Sales
Agency will rep AZLH lines in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

Kyocera acquires SENCO 
SENCO staff, management and global headquarters will remain in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

ConstructConnect revises U.S. 2017 total construction starts projection slightly downward
Adjusted rate for 2017 is 4.5 percent growth; 2018 growth is revised to 5.9 percent.

Toyota and Mazda plan to build $1.6 billion U.S. plant in joint venture
Plant will build 300,000 vehicles annually and employ 4,000 workers.

STAFDA adds two more Austin convention hotels
Hyatt Place and Holiday Inn offer rates for STAFDA attendees.

STAFDA trade show sold out; but registration is open!
Show has been enlarged three times and event adds two new hotels. 

MC Services offers Mac OS Sierra 101+201 Bootcamp
Camp is set for Aug. 14-18 in Pewaukee, Wisc.

Huttig Building Products announces Q2 results
Company delivers 21.2 percent gross margin on sales of $198.7 million.

Dodge: June construction starts climb 4 percent
Nonresidential building and electric utilities advance while housing recedes.

U.S. construction spending dips 1.3 percent in June
Private construction trends flat as public construction slides 5.4 percent for month.