March 2010 News

Federal backing sought for midwest pipeline
Bipartisan bill introduced to fund massive $3.5 billion, 1,800-mile project.

Ideal Acquires Tool Manufacturer Pratt-Read
Ideal reaffirms "Made in America" tool strategy with purchase of 212-year old Connecticut company.

Weiler Offers New Catalog for the Construction Market
Catalog includes Vortec Pro abrasives and the new Pro-Flex Sweep.

NCFI Spray Foam Helps U.S. Army Build Better, Healthier, More Comfortable Housing for Soldiers at Ft. Bragg
Housing is designed per new Corps of Engineers standards for efficient building enclosures.

Danaher and Cooper to merge tool businesses
Danaher Corporation and Cooper Industries plc announced they have reached an agreement to combine their respective tool businesses, Danaher Tool Group and Cooper Tools, in a joint venture.

Report: U.S. Gross Domestic Product Q4 2009
Corporate profits grow $109 billion in Q4.

MSA Updates Logo Express Customization Service
Includes latest information on logo artwork, reflective striping, customizing options and add-ons for any MSA hardhat.

StreamWorks Names ART Safety Exclusive Canadian Distributor for PlugsSafety
Successful debut of Zip-Outs prompts expansion of North American sales force.

Moody's: Commercial Real Estate Prices up in January
Moody's sees gain in commercial real estate prices for 3rd straight month; still far off peak.

MAPI: Manufacturing leading recovery
The recovery in the U.S. domestic manufacturing sector is stronger than the general economic recovery,according to a new report from the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI.

Clayco to build $65M Caterpillar distribution center
Facility will employ 500 to 600 people.

Construction ready to roll on $187M U-Arizona health sciences building
Project will create 2,000 construction jobs.

White Flint begins to take shape
Redevelopment project could span 20 years.

House OKs small business, construction aid
Bill is designed to boost investment in small businesses.

GE Capital Expands Offerings for Construction Equipment Dealers
Kristi Webb To Lead Combined Wholesale and Retail Finance Initiative.

NetPlus Alliance to host Annual Member Meeting at ISA Product Show & Conference
Buying group serves 385 industrial and contractor supply distributors and has combined annual sales of $5 billion.

OSHA to 15,000 U.S. Employers: Ready or Not, Here We Come
Wave of safety inspections expected soon.

Florida Marlins stadium taking shape
The new Marlins baseball stadium is rising over East Little Havana, with the work on track to hear 'play ball' in 2012.

Report: Recession Not Over for Commercial Contractors
Glimmers of hope, but no real growth.

Sonnhalter to Hold Free Digital Media Webinar
Digital media: Top 10 tactics manufacturers should be implementing.

USP Structural Connectors Joins HomeSphere
Partnership to expand USP brand in the residential construction industry.

SawGear to Stage Demonstrations at JLC Live Residential Construction Show
Users work faster and see 30% increase to their bottom line.

Skanska, Granite Sign World Trade Center Deal
$542 million contract will build new Port Authority Trans Hudson rail station at the site of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Report: New Residential Construction, February, 2010
Categories dip from January but show improvement over 2009 rates.

Housing Experts Say Real Estate is Recovering
Some of the nation’s top economists believe the housing market has turned and better days are on the way for the housing industry.

Builders Say Business Is on the Upswing
Home builders report increasing interest among move-up buyers.

M. K. Morse Recognized as Outstanding Supplier by Grainger
Award recognizes excellence in responsiveness, information integrity, on time shipping, management commitment and fulfillment.

Grainger's February sales grow 12%
Grainger reported February sales increased 12% versus Feb. 2009.

ProBuild opens Utah, Virginia locations
ProBuild Holdings Inc. is opening two new locations, one in Orem, Utah and one in Winchester, Va.

Flying Leap: Panama City opens first new regional airport in U.S. in more than 10 years.
Backed by Florida landowner, airport is part of a plan to create “a new national and international destination."

Index: Construction costs dip in 1Q
Construction costs have decreased 13 percent since their peak at the end of 2008.

Plans in Place to Enclose 100-year-old Provo Canal
$150 million project to enclose all 21 miles of the Provo Reservoir Canal.

Transportation Bill Clears Kentucky House
Proposes $3.4 billion in work over next two years.

AGC: Construction Employment Declined in Every State in 2009
38 states and D.C. saw double digit drops.

Report: Stimulus supports thousands of Kansas construction jobs
88 more Kansas projects are scheduled to begin construction soon.

Ground Zero Construction Workers Urge: 'Build It Now'
Rally urges officials to resolve standoff over financing three proposed office towers at site.

KBR Subsidiary Awarded Contract for Piedmont Newnan Hospital Replacement Facility
Metro Atlanta project includes parking, central energy plant and medical office building.

Ray Lopez Joins Tarco as Field Technical Service Manager
Tarco creates position to focus on LeakBarrier products.

Topcon names Umino director of sales support
Will be responsible for domestic and international sales support groups.

Hercules Sealing Products Releases Same Day Seals On Demand
Program manufactures and ships seals the same day of order.

Buy In — At the Heart of Training’s ROI
Pre-learning assessments and benchmarking ― the “high octane” of learning success.

MovinCool Launches Online Product Selector
Helps users quickly determine which equipment they need.

Autodesk University 2010 Conference and Exhibition
Conference will take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, November 30–December 2, 2010.

New Guide to Construction Project Legal Hazards
Atlanta attorneys co-author Georgia’s first A-Z construction reference guide.

Construction Begins on Fayetteville Express Pipeline
Pipeline expected to be in service by late 2010.

Shelving Inc. Names Kusky Marketing Manager
Will lead marketing for commercial, industrial and home storage systems supplier.

Registration Opens for Next Generation of Solar Success!
North America’s largest professional solar training and business development event.

JCB Pledges $100,000 Worth of Support for Chilean Earthquake Victims
Donating a 3C backhoe loader, attachments and spare parts to help with reconstruction in Concepcion.

Q4 2009 Real GDP Rises 5.9% over Q3
Beats initial estimate by 0.2 percent.

IDEAL Promotes David DiDonato
Becomes General Manager of Wire Termination business unit.

Kwikset Sues Schlage Lock for False Advertising and Patent Infringement

Company defends award-winning SmartKey Re-key technology.

Grainger Recognizes Top Suppliers with Partners In Performance Award
Company names first Sustainability Supplier of the Year.

Activant Chooses Element Payment Services as Preferred Provider
Credit Card Processing Solution Offers Distributors Greater Security and Simplified PCI DSS Compliance.

MK Diamond Named Most Preferred Brand of Wet Saws and Diamond Blades
Award announced at 2010 Surfaces show.

Ericson Manufacturing Names Johnson Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Jim Johnson will lead national sales for electrical safety manufacturer.

Port Everglades plans $2 billion, 20-year expansion
Expansion is needed to prepare for an expected increase in cargo, fuel and cruise passenger traffic.

Alaska pipeline feud heats up between key players
The two main Alaska pipeline proponents on Tuesday continued to trade barbs over who will build the world's largest private construction project.

Tenaska Ill. Taylorville Plant to Cost $3.5 Billion
Coal-to-gas plant to enter service in 2014; project would create about 2,400 jobs during construction.

Report: Construction spending, January 2010
Construction spending dips 0.6% from December 2009.

Emhart Teknologies Acquires Fastener Innovation Technology, Inc.
Deal creates an integrated single-source company for the global aerospace market.

Topcon names Smith director of GNSS product management
Geomatics engineer pegged to head product strategies for Topcon and Sokkia brands.

Economic Indicators: Manufacturers Shipments, Inventories and Orders, January 2010
New orders for manufactured goods in January increased 1.7 percent to $378.4 billion.

Beige Book: Economy Is Improving
Fed: Nine of 12 regional districts report improved economic activity.

MAPI report: Expect muted growth through 2011
Alliance predicts GDP to grow 2.8% in 2010, then 3% in 2011.

Kaman to acquire Allied Bearings Supply
Acquisition of Tulsa-based distributor is second this week for KIT.

White Paper: 2009 Retrospective and Early Outlook for 2010
New Sonnhalter White Paper provides 2009 retrospective from contractors and an early outlook for 2010.