Industry News

The latest news for the construction supply channel, including distributors, suppliers and manufacturer's rep firms.

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Gordon Brush acquires Spectrum Paint Applicator Corp.

Spectrum's operations will be relocated to Gordon's City of Industry, CA location.

BuildFax report shows fourth straight month of single-family permit declines

However, recent low mortgage rates may signal a coming burst in remodeling.

Southwire awards half a million dollars in scholarships to employees

Contributions are a portion of the company’s $9 million investment back into the lives of employees.

Bon Tool releases 2019 catalog

Catalog includes over 5,000 parts and 350 new products.

Construction spending ticks up slightly in January

Only residential construction dips slightly for the month. 

General Equipment names new national sales manager

Greg Kunderman joins General Equipment from Heat King.

Roy Brown joins ERB Safety as RSM

Will lead safety sales in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas.

Ballard Industrial announces executive leadership changes 

Greg Hartje and Doug Freyberg become co-CEO’s; Steve Berger becomes president and COO.

Husqvarna opens new Lenexa, Kansas DC

New 150,000-square-foot distribution center triples the capacity of its current location. 

Dynabrade celebrates its 50th anniversary

Company was launched in 1969 with the invention of the Dynafile pneumatic power tool.

Southwire unveils new website

Site features current product information, video highlights, industry apps and more.

Milwaukee upgrades entire M18 system with New HIGH OUTPUT batteries

Upgraded M18 system also includes and M18 & M12 Super Charger.

Rockler celebrates National Woodworking Month with Make-and-Take Projects Throughout April

Participants will learn new woodworking skills while handcrafting items they can take home.

The Home Depot  launches program to hire 80,000 associates for spring

New hiring technology will drive this spring's hiring season.

Hoffmann Group’s GARANT GridLine workshop cabinets receive iF DESIGN AWARD 2019

Award for product design given to Hoffmann Group USA’s GARANT GridLine cabinets and locking tape measure.

New convention to celebrate U.S. manufacturing

More than 30,000 attendees expected at the Indiana Convention Center, October 3-6, 2019.

Huttig Building Products announces Q4 and full year 2018 results

Company saw 2018 sales growth of 11.5 percent last year. 

NEFCO acquires Blume Supply

Acquisition brings NEFCO to 11 distribution centers up and down the east coast.

IFS named to Constellation ShortList for Field Service Management

For the sixth time running, IFS is recognized as one of the FSM industry's most advanced vendors.

DT Seminar: Turning branch managers into business managers

The Distribution Team's next two-day seminar is set for May 2-3, 2019 at the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare.

New home sales climb 3.7 percent in December

Average sales price was $377,000.  

Steven Singer named CEO at Rockler Companies, Inc.

Singer was a Rockler board member for 10 years and joins the company from Taylor corporation.

NetPlus Alliance welcomes Robert Louden as new marketing director

Buying group also promotes Melissa Obenshain to operations manager.

U.S. construction spending dips in December 

Nonresidential construction was the month's bright spot with a slight increase over November.

Wells Fargo predicts a solid year ahead for construction industry

Report and it's title, A Year of Continued Optimism, paints a positive picture. 

Dynamic Systems releases Advanced Checkmate Mobile

Now manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors have access to real time inventory counts.

OMG FastenMaster names Web Shaffer SVP and GM

Web joined OMG Roofing Products in 2015.

Scott Filion becomes Phillips Screw Company president 

Filion holds 22 patents and brings 30 years of experience to Phillips. 

The Home Depot reports 2018 sales growth of 7.2 percent

Q4 2018 sales of $26.5 billion tracked 10.9 percent over Q4 2017.

U.S. housing metrics show some strain in 2018

SC Fastening Systems celebrates 20 years

Macedonia, Ohio-based distributor focuses on hardware and industrial supplies.

STAFDA announces Nashville performers and State of the Industry Speaker 

Big & Rich will perform and Glenn Knowlton, VP for Norton|Saint-Gobain Abrasives North America, will deliver Associate State-of-the-Industry address.

Albion names new VP of Sales

Dean Hammel steps up from National Sales Manager. 

McCann Industries builds new facility in Marne, Michigan

Facility will expand service bays and parts inventory for McCann's CASE line.

Next Wave Automation launches new website

Dealer locator, videos and project information among new and improved elements.

Exclusive: 2019 predictions for propane use in the construction market

Q&A with Jeremy Wishart from the Propane Education & Research Council.

BuildFax report reveals third consecutive month of housing activity declines

Nevada, Oregon and Florida experience highest declines in maintenance activity, a trend that correlates to dips in consumer confidence.

RugGear RG725 phone wins international design award

Phone takes telecommunications category award at international event.

NAHB: Headwinds will limit single-family gains in 2019

Affordability challenges and limited inventories will keep a lid on home market growth.

Dynamic Safety, USA changes name to Optimum Safety

Name change reflects company reorganization to better serve customers and expand offering.

NAHB creates national housing affordability maps

New feature of the NAHB Housing Portal helps illustrate the severity of declining affordability.

Endries International acquires Industrial Products Company

IPC provides fasteners and production components to the OEM market. 

IDI merges with AD

IDI Independent Distributors Inc., will merge with member-owned buying/marketing group AD on April 1.

Walter Surface Technologies names Tisdell VP of U.S. Sales

Jeff Tisdell has been with Walter since 2008.

Simpson Strong-Tie releases 2019 wood connectors catalog

Catalog aligns with 2015 and 2018 I-Code changes and showcases robust product lines and innovations.

Optel partners with Light for the World to help restore vision

Purchase of special-designed panoramaxx welding helmets to help fund 3,000 eye surgeries.

Big Wipes video pulls big numbers

Video has raked in 32 million views and counting.

Free Webinar: Building a Visual Workplace

Free 20-minute webinar covers common visual signals and provides practical tips to maximize the value of visuals in your facility.

Exclusive:  A better method for reducing your truck order backlog

Applying a flexible lease model will be help managers plan better and avoid current backlog pains.

UDG president Darrell H. Cole announces retirement

Cole has been with United Distribution Group since 1976.

MAX USA names Brett Miller 2018 Team Player of the Year

Southeast RSM Brett Miller is lauded for his outstanding work in building the MAX brand in his region.

Jon-Don acquires Quest Building Products

Jon-Don has acquired Quest Building Products, an Anaheim-based distributor of concrete surface prep products, equipment and service.

PIP to acquire West Chester Protective Gear

Protective Industrial Products announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire West Chester Protective Gear.

Klein Tools acquires Wattmaster and Alco brands

Klein Tools announced the acquisition of the Wattmaster and Alco brands, based in Carrum Downs, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Kyocera Senco to acquire Van Aerden Group

Kyocera Corporation's subsidiary Kyocera Senco Industrial Tools has agreed to acquire Van Aerden Group BV, a European pneumatic tool manufacturing and sales company.

Exclusive: Quick ladder safety tips for suppliers to remember

Little Giant reminds distributors to share ladder safety awareness with customers. 

Exclusive: Quick ladder safety tips for suppliers to remember

Little Giant reminds distributors to share ladder safety awareness with customers. 

Turtle & Hughes names business development manager

Jack Bartoszek has joined Turtle & Hughes as manager of business development.

Private construction leads spending in November

Residential construction led the market again with a 3.5 percent gain over October.

Custom Equipment appoints Terry Dolan President & CEO

Dolan brings Custom Equipment nearly 30 years of experience in the rental, construction and equipment industries. 

55+ housing market ends Q4 on strong note

Builders in the 55+ market report continued strong demand nationwide. 

New home sales climb 16.9 percent in November

Average sales price was $362,400.

Dynamic Systems introduces Advanced Checkmate Mobile

New app uses barcodes to manage inventory and upload information to any accounting system.

Dynapac partners with Syncron to maximize machine uptime

Leading compaction and paving equipment provider enhances customer experience through best-in-class fill rates.

Wright Tool names two new RSMs

Adam Sloat steps up to Northeast/Midwestern RSM; Will Bazela joins Wright as Southestern RSM.

Scott Bardreau joins Midland Metal Mfg as Chief Sales Officer

Bardreau joins Midland from Matco-Norca.

OSHA issues final rule on injury and illness reporting requirements

Ruling becomes effective Feb. 25, 2019.

Ritchie Bros. to auction 11,500+ items in six-day Orlando event

20+ acres added for additional equipment merchandising for this year's February Orlando auction.

ExxonMobil to begin construction on Beaumont refinery expansion

Expected to start up in 2022, the expansion will increase the refinery's capacity by 250,000 barrels per day. 

Construction jobs grew in 273 out of 358 metros in 2018

Demand was strong but labor shortages prevented greater gains.

Dodge: New construction starts in December decline 10 percent

Annual total for 2018 edges up 0.3 percent to $789 billion.

ELFA announces top 10 equipment acquisition trends for 2019

ELFA forecasts generally positive economy and solid capital investment with building headwinds and moderated growth by year end.

Hypertherm expands Spark Something Great grant program

Program expands to 12 North American schools.

New LEED v4 requirements for student housing shift environmental responsibility to end-users

New guidelines emphasize four major areas of change.

ASV names 2018 Dealer Award winners

Regional Tractor Sales of Ontario is named 2018 Dealer of the Year.

Andy Multerer becomes CEO and President of MBW

Bert Multerer is named MBW's new COO.

MAX USA promotes James Sullivan to Sr. Midwest Sales Executive

Sullivan has been with MAX for four years. 

Kirk Henningsen retires from Mid Continent Nail

Jason Kennedy and Bruce Kennedy will replace Henningsen as channel managers. 

Kryton launches Krystol T1 smart concrete solution at WOC

Surface-applied concrete waterproofing product simplifies and speeds construction.

Weiler Abrasives raises over $68,000 for United Way

Funding will support community programs in Monroe County, Pa.

PTI announces afforts to augment durability of post-tensioned bridges and other structures

Post-Tensioning Institute issues updated Specifications and Certification programs announced in response to feedback from the bridge industry.

Optronics unveils new website and 2019 vehicle lighting catalog

Website and catalog have been designed to enhance user experience and make products easier to identify, specify and order.

Rockler partners with American Association of Woodturners

Rockler stores to host turning and learning sessions on February 9th.

Western Specialty Contractors offers free parking garage inspection checklist

Visual guide and checklist helps identify damage and hazards in parking structures for repair and maintenance programs. 

Topcon upgrades MAGNET Collage Web

Web-based service allows users to import BIM models, CAD and GIS data.

Existing Home Sales Down Sharply in December

Sales for month hit lowest level since November 2015.

2019 State of the Woodworking Industry survey now available

Wide-ranging report includes tools, equipment and brand implications.

California public sector spending to bolster construction industry

Major water and infrastructure projects are set to come online this year. 

IFS introduces IFS Field Service Management 6

Cloud field service solution includes a new user experience, additional planning and scheduling capabilities and more.

Vortex Companies promotes Ryan Graham to VP of sales

Graham will assume sales and marketing responsibilities for Vortex trenchless infrastructure repair services.

Lower interest rates stabilize builder confidence

The recent half-point drop in rates is predicted to bouy the housing market going into 2019.

Steve McClatchy: Make your New Year's goals stick!

Don't let another year go by without progress, growth and improvement.

Klein Tools “State of the Industry”: Popularity of Sustainable Energy Jobs Continues to Rise 

Electricians increasingly prefer to work on challenging systems and new technology applications in the alternative energy sector.

Lincoln Electric appoints Geoffrey Allman senior VP, Strategy & Business Development

Allman has been with Lincoln since 1997.

MBW president Frank Multerer retires

Andy Multerer steps up to CEO/President; Bert Multerer becomes COO.

Dodge Momentum Index moves lower in December

Index falls 4.9 percent for month, due to a 7.6 percent drop in commercial buildings.

Contractors Helping Contractors event moves to January 11 and 12

Relief event for contractor victims of the California Camp Fire has already raised more than $500,000 worth of tools.

Rob Moe is named Sphere 1 President & CEO 

Moe takes mantle as Carol Shackelford retires.

Amazon will soon offer to deliver packages to your garage

Amazon has a new way to prevent thieves from stealing packages.

Exclusive: CEP looks at the 2019 lighting market

The latest products consume less power, provide better light and help clean up cord-strewn work-sites. 

Point of Rental launches EPIC vision

Company's new mission brings core values front and center. 

Makinex teams up with Stephenson’s-Lowe’s Rentals

Makinex Jackhammer Trolley & Tile Smasher Head combo are featured in 23 stores now with more to come.

Boon Edam announces 2019 technical training program

Ambitious training schedule supports resellers in installing and maintaining security turnstiles and revolving doors.

LA-CO Industries names new president

Steven R. Smith joins LA-CO from JBT Corp.

Apex Tool & Fasteners joins SouthernCarlson

Apex has stores in Ft. Myers, Hudson and Orlando, Florida. 

Nine best practices renting out equipment

Rental operators — or those exploring equipment rental — should pay heed to these nine tips.

Salaries are rising in the construction industry

Average annual salaries range from $47,700 to $92,500.

NAHB: What the Fed rate hike means for housing

With affordability at a 10-year-low, experts predict lower rate increases next year.

Aqua-Hot appoints new supply chain manager

Erin Cable was previous supply chain manager for Outlast Technologies.

AGC sponsors Warrior Canine Connection facility renovation

Renovated historic dairy barn in Boyds, Maryland will be new national healing quarters. 

Simpson Strong-Tie lists its top products of 2018

Innovators and award winners highlight a banner year for new connectors, adhesives and decking products.

California homebuilders face big backlogs in 2019

In the aftermath of the Carr and Paradise fires, construction workers are in high demand and short supply.

Servitization: Manufacturing's new thrust for 2019

Syncron white paper predicts a push into servitization strategies this year.