February 2017 News

Enerpac Integrated Solutions changes name to Heavy Lifting Technology 
New name better reflects company identity and goals.

McCann Industries adds Pullman Ermator vacuum line to all branches
McCann and Pullman Ermator will help contractors meet new OSHA silica standards.

New home sales rise 3.7 percent in January
Average new home price rises to $360,900.

U.S. GDP grows 1.9 percent in Q4 2016
Rate dips from 3.5 percent in Q3, due in part to lower exports, higher imports and less government spending.

Construction Supply Holdings names Mitch Williams President and CEO
CSH includes former Brock White, Border Construction Specialties and Stetson Building Products companies. 

Construction for Hudson Tunnel to last seven years in Manhattan
Amtrak's $24 billlion project will expand its northeast transportation corridor.

Expo F 2017 international hardware trade fair to debut in Panama
Inaugural show is set for October 24-26, 2017.

PIP adds Mosely and Melo to sales team
Matt Mosely joins as a national account manager; Carlos Melo is new regional sales manager.

Metal Roofing Alliance names Ramey executive director
Ramey joins MRA with 20 years of industry experience.

The Home Depot announces Q4 and fiscal 2016 results
Increases quarterly dividend by 29 percent and announces $15 billion share repurchase.

Hyde Industrial Blades earns ISO 9001:2015 certification
ISO standards assure consistent, world-class product specifications.

Industry veteran Dennis Brown joins AgoNow master wholesaler
Brown joins AgoNow from Weiler Corp., and will work with CEO Larry Davis. 

American Eagle moves Vertin up to assistant product manager and inside sales
Vertin has been with American Eagle division of Stellar Industries for seven years. 

Trump infrastructure budget talks to begin
President has pledged $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over next 10 years.

Roadtec outperforms 2016 goals, predicts stronger 2017
New technologies, products and distributor model are driving growth. 

SolarOne Solutions acquires Inovus Solar
SolarOne Solutions provides solar lighting solutions for street, roadway, parking and advertising applications.

Congressman Farenthold introduces Innocent Sellers Fairness Act
Bill would protect dealers from unfair and unfounded lawsuits.

Blogs: What does IP55 really mean on the job site?
Larson Electronics presents an overview of IP ratings, waterproof protection and submersibles.

Custom Equipment appoints Schneider director of sales
Dan Schneider returns to company with more than 25 years of manufacturing industry experience.

Sonnhalter updates comprehensive list of nation’s vocational education programs
Agency adds nearly 1,000 programs and other new features to list of more than 20,000 technical programs across the country.

Streamlight names Marzin international regional manager for Europe
Philippe Marzin brings more than 20 years of experience managing international sales programs.

Brent Grover: A Whale of a Whale Curve
What is your whale curve telling you?

NAWIC celebrates Women in Construction Week March 5-11
National Association of Women in Construction promotes role of women in the industry.

Shurtape acquires Syntac Coated Products
Syntac will be renamed Shurtape Specialty Coating, LLC.

McCann Industries celebrates 50th anniversary
McCann provides heavy equipment and contractor supplies in Illinois and Indiana.

U.S. payrolls add 227,000 jobs in January 2017
Construction industry added 36,000 jobs in January 2017.

Home prices are hitting new highs
Tight home inventories prevail everywhere except in the Northeast U.S.

NLBMDA releases 2017 National policy agenda
Agenda promotes interests of nation's home builders and national pro-business policy goals.

2016 AD member sales up 9 percent to record-breaking $34.4 billion
Building materials division distributor members grew 16 percent.

New credentialing portal provides construction career opportunities for veterans
Build Your Future program allows veterans to receive NCCER credit for skills and training received in the service.

Southwire welcomes first class to maintenance apprenticeship program
New two-year apprenticeship program is a partnership with local technical education institutions.

E-Z drill offers concrete dowel drill and dust collection system rentals
Program will help rental house customers comply with new OSHA regs. 

Dodge Momentum Index moves higher in January
Index climbs 3.9% on strong institutional project planning.

CUSTOM introduces mobile app for floor and tile
New app features floor and tile products, colors, a material calculator, links to distributors and more.

NetPlus Alliance promotes Zach Brado
Brado becomes Business Development Director for buying group.

Dodge recaps 2016 construction starts
Starts rose in most top U.S. metro areas, but New York pulled back from its 2015 surge.

The Home Depot invests in Texas wind farm
Power purchased from farm will power 100 HD stores for a year.

Sonnhalter publishes 11 tips for marketing to contractors
Article offers tips for high-energy, effective marketing programs. 

Wildeck receives Most Valuable Supplier award
Commitment to business excellence earns award from MHEDA.