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

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MiTek installs award-winning retail displays

Roadside Lumber and Hardware, Inc. gets hot new retail product displays.

Epicor announces latest version of Epicor ERP

Launches powerful cloud-based analytics and global electronic compliance.

Briggs & Stratton opens noise and vibration lab

Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Lab incorporates automotive-grade technology to accelerate testing and create high performing, long-lasting engines. 

Makita opens new training center and DC in Dallas

New center is built to meet increased demand, with room for future growth.

Hitachi wins Sphere 1 award for Highest Sales by Brand

Wins cooperative's sales award for fifth consecutive year.

Sphere 1 announces 2016 award winners

Nu Way is Member of the Year; Stanley and Freud take supplier honors.

Walter Surface announces Test Drive Flexsteel contest

Grand prize is a 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

U.S. housing pace dips in April

Single-family permits drop 4.5 percent and starts slide 2.6 percent month over month.

Rockler stores to host free classes on June 10

Users will learn how to make unique and fun wooden bow ties.

New home sales dip 11.4 percent in April

Meanwhile, luxury home builder Toll Brothers reports best spring selling season in 10 years.

NetPlus Alliance records 7.5 percent growth in 2016 

Buying group approaches 400 distributor members. 

IKEA picks contractors for Oak Creek, Wisconsin store

Pepper Construction is named construction manager.

Construction job openings grow 81 percent but where are the workers?

Industry faces severe lack of skilled professionals. 

Safety Works adds three new brands

PIP division acquires Mud, West County Gardner and Brahma work gloves.

Fairway names new sales managers

Company names new VP of sales and director of marketing.

Top cities for construction wages

How much do construction workers earn in your market? 

Bon Tool moves Spray Sok manufacturing to Pennsylvania

Move follows Bon's acquisition of California company last year. 

Werner to train tens of thousands during OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down

Fall protection & ladder safety trainings planned to keep construction workers safe.

Atlantic Forest Products partners with James Hardie Building Products

East Coast distributor picks up James Hardie lines.

Calbond Form 8 fittings earn NEMA 4x certification

Form 8 conduit bodies earn cerification for protection against the elements. 

Blogs: Steve McClatchy — Be Fearless!

Don't let fear make you settle for less than excellence.

Festool announces 2017 Roadshow tour dates

Precision power tool manufacturer is going on a tour of the U.S. and Canada.

FastenMaster launches new PAMFast AutoFeed line

FastenMaster acquired PAM Fastening Technology in Q4 2013.

U.S. adds 211,000 jobs in April

Construction adds 5,000 jobs as unemployment rate falls to 4.4 percent. 

4th National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down begins May 8

OSHA and partners announce week-long initiative.

Husqvarna revs up to serve global floor grinding industry

Recent acquisitions of HTC Floor Grinding Solutions and Pullman Ermator strengthen company's solutions and expertise.

Stetson Building Products announces acquisition

Stetson and Brock White will absorb five Gerdau Construction Products branches.

Construction Defect Center urges U.S. homebuilders to use only U.S.-made copper or Pex pipe in new homes.

Dan Judge wins ISA Lifetime Achievement Award

NetPlus Chairman receives association's John J. Buckley Lifetime Achievement Award.

U.S. construction ticks upward in March

Residential and highway work are month's leaders.

ELFA promotes leasing during National Small Business Week

For small businesses acquiring equipment, ELFA offers reasons most firms choose financing.

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.

Blogs: Epicor on ecommerce and the fear of missing out

Taking advantage of services in a changing digital economy.

CLA releases sixth annual Manufacturing and Distribution Outlook

Report compiles insights from 700 U.S. manufacturers and distributors.

PPG receives John Deere Supplier Innovation Award

Award recognizes PPG's client-focused creativity, feasibility, collaboration and bottom-line impact.

Report: Amazon's impact on the hardware industry

New report sees a booming DIY home improvement market turning online for products.

Walter Surface Technologies opens Dallas location

New distribution and training center in Dallas, Texas occupies 22,000 square feet.

Rockler announces 7th Annual Hardwood Forestry Fund donation effort

Rockler HFF donation matching program will run through April 30.

Bosch REAXX table saw update

Bosch continues to fight for customers’ ability to buy its REAXX Jobsite Table Saw.

Point of Rental releases new solution for E-signatures

Rental eSign provides a huge savings on E-signature services.

New home sales rise 6.1 percent in February

Average selling price is $390,400 as sales rate hits seven-month high.

Blogs: Larson Electronics on skid-mount light towers

Versatile and flexible features can really add some serious value to a lighting system.

Exclusive: Topcon — Taking control of the future brings success

Training and access to resources are key.

STAFDA names 2017 convention State-of-the-Industry speaker

Joe Smith of Metabo will deliver address to STAFDA convention audience in Austin, Texas.

Moody’s: Progress on U.S. infrastructure likely to be slow

Despite calls to action, investment will be slow to ramp up due to funding, regulatory and workforce hurdles.

Dodge: February construction starts advance two percent

Public works and electric utilities strengthen after a subdued January.

Milwaukee Public Schools adopt innovative roof drainage system, extending building life

Milwaukee Public School System partners with Atlas Roofing Corporation and local contractors to design innovative drainage system, extending roof lives to 30+ years.

Premier Building Solutions names new Director of Sales

DJ Dickinson moves up from sales manager.

Bosch releases free MeasureOn App

App offers end-to-end project management for Bosch BLAZE GLM 50 C and Bosch GLM 100 C laser measures.

Channellock names new director of sales and account manager

Mark Yoder is new director of sales, North America and Ken Burchill is new account manager.

AEM: Equipment manufacturing supported 1.3 million jobs in 2016

New report shows equipment manufacturers generated more than $416 billion in sales activity in 2016.

MAX USA hires new national accounts manager

Bruce Panveno brings MAX 30 years of distribution sales expertise.

Arizona to place first prefabricated bridge 

Route 66 bridge is predicted to save money and go up faster. 

Housing permits dip in February but starts and completions rise

Single-family housing starts rise 6.5 percent for month; multi-family starts rise 3.0 percent.

Trimble announces Tekla 2017 software for the construction industry

New releases advance more collaborative construction workflows.

HD Supply sales grow 4.4 percent in 2016

Construction and industrial sales grow 6.8 percent for year. 

Mechanix Wear expands into Asia Pacific

Company opens headquarters in Perth, Australia.

Eiffel Trading updates online surplus equipment marketplace 

Platform removes need for intermediary procurement support, delivers cost-savings.

Enter the RIDGID Experience contest

You could win a ticket to tool heaven — plus fishing and a facility tour! 

Arizona Polymer Flooring moves into state-of-the-art facility

New 50,000-square-foot campus to serve as international hub for APF production, distribution, training and R&D.

MiTek releases USP adhesive anchor design program

Design tool optimizes epoxy connection solutions for threaded rod and rebar anchors with CIA-GEL 7000-C.

Lackmond names Steve Leeper President

Leeper has been with Lackmond since 2007.

Peterson adds new sales agencies

Peterson manufactures vehicle safety lighting and related products.

Shurtape joins Sphere 1 cooperative as Preferred Supplier

Pressure-sensitive tape manufacturer will deliver enhanced programs, education, and field training to Sphere 1 members.

Stanley Black & Decker completes purchase of Craftsman Brand 

Purchase from Sears Holdings brings Craftsman brand into Stanley family.

Lackmond appoints Justin Thomas Tile Channel sales manager

Thomas joins Lackmond from the Boy Scouts of America. 

Husqvarna to acquire HTC floor grinding machinery

Deal follows up on recent acquisitions of Pullman Ermator and Diamond Tool Supply.

Dodge Momentum Index climbs 22 percent year over year in February

Commercial project planning is trending up 28 percent over 2016 levels. 

Dorner appoints new territory manager

Mike Herrick will serve customers in Western Pennsylvania, Southern Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Sonnhalter publishes expanded vocational program list 

Listing now covers more than 21,000 vocational education programs across the country.

Rockler celebrates National Woodworking Month with Make and Take projects

Weekly classes and projects in April cover wood turning, cutting and finishing.

Mechanix Wear adds Mark Rolfes as director of global sales

Rolfes joins Mechanix Wear from Pelican Products.

Little Giant will do 500 ladder safety trainings during National Ladder Safety Month

Company will unveil new safety videos daily.

Wells Fargo: Construction industry executives expect increased activity in 2017

Forecast reveals third highest optimism rating in 20 years.

New ELFA infographic shows why businesses lease equipment

Chart covers eight reasons why it is smart to lease.

Brighton Best launches new Proferred.com website

Site combines complete product listings and a distributor locator.

Werner Ladder sponsors first Spanish broadcast of NCAA Men's Final Four

First ever Spanish language coverage debuts April 1.

Sonnhalter renews college construction scholarship program

Agency supports Cuyahoga Community College program for third year running.

March is National Ladder Safety Month

Learn more, get involved and help save lives one step at a time.

AGC: Infrastructure investments tumble in January

AGC urges Congress to enact President Trumps' trillion dollar infrastructure measure.

TigerStop opens new office in Mexico

Gregorio Aspeitia will manage new location and business development.

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.

STAFDA names new warehousing consultant

Kenneth Ackerman replaces Bob Footlik, who is retiring.

Blogs: Brent Grover discusses profitable growth

Interview explored frequently overlooked and unexplored profit opportunities in distribution businesses.

Tempe distributor Greg Fisher dies at 49

Fisher died in an accident in Phoenix on January 22, 2017.

New home sales drop 10.4 percent in December

Overall 2016 new home sales increased 12.2 percent YOY.

GAF launches roof-integrated solar system at IBS 

DecoTech solar system provides an attractive, low-profile alternative to typical rack-mounted solar panels.

OX Tools names new VP of sales and marketing - USA

David Reimann will manage OX Group USA’s tiling, drywall and masonry categories. 

Diamond Products names new VP sales and marketing

Keith Ripley has been with DP since 1990.

Safety Works strengthens sales and marketing leadership team

John Quinn becomes VP of marketing; Bill Verzole is named sales manager.

Bosch names Acme Tools online partner of the year

Acme Tools is the first certified online partner to receive new award.

TigerStop hires new CEO 

Rakesh Sridharan joins TigerStop as CEO of worldwide operations.

CSDA announces 2017 calendar

Full-year calendar covers training programs and association meetings.

Viega promotes Scott Rea to RSM for Pacific Northwest

Rea replaces Matt Bohmer, who now leads Viega’s new Great Plains region.

Kemper System celebrates 60 years of success

Inventor of cold liquid applied reinforced membranes continues to innovate.

Point of Rental creates industry-first customer rewards app

Loyalty programs help gain and retain customers.

ORBIS’ Norm Kukuk to serve as RPA chairman

Kukuk becomes Reusable Packaging Association chairman of the board for 2017.

Omega to showcase new Siena products at Surface Show

New products include Floor Patch patching and finishing material and Presto accelerating admixture for portland cement products.

KKR to acquire Hitachi Koki

Investment firm KKR announced a tender offer to acquire a majority of shares of power tool and life science equipment manufacturer Hitachi Koki Co. Ltd.

Eagle Industries – Largest Selection of Debris Protection

Offering safety debris tarps, netting and fall protection safety nets in stock and logo imprinted versions.

Airmaster announces personnel promotions and additions

Manufacturer adds new positions for inside sales and product development.

MiTek acquires DIY Technologies

Design software provider serves the residential construction industry.

Exclusive: Improving efficiency in counting applications

Fairbanks Scales' Terry Clark discusses ways to improve accuracy and reduce overhead.

Simpson Strong-Tie acquires CG Visions, Inc.

Residential BIM consulting firm will strengthen Simpson's partnerships with major home builders.

MiTek names new CEO 

Mark Thom named new Chief Executive Officer.

Roadtec announces winter training schedule

Technical training programs cover asphalt paving and milling.

STAFDA announces Phoenix inside sales & service pro workshop

Event with Paul Reilly is set for April 5-6, 2017.

Epicor acquires docSTAR

Acquisition expands Epicor's cloud-based solutions portfolio.

Simpson to unveil new products at 2017 Builders’ Show

Event will include a guest visit from HGTV star Mike Holmes.

November 2016 construction spending rises 4.1 percent year-over-year

Year to date trend is 4.4 percent over 2015 levels. 

Radians opens new distribution center in British Columbia

New facility enables same-day shipping across Canada.

MAX USA hires new northern Mid-West RSM

Danny Mack Hale brings MAX 25 years of consumer products sales expertise. 

U.S. real GDP grows at 3.5 percent annual rate in Q3 2016

Real gross domestic income (GDI) increased 4.8 percent in the quarter.

Atlas Copco acquires Air Power of Nebraska

Acquisition strengthens Atlas Copco's Midwest presence and distribution.

New residential sales rise 5.2 percent in November

Rate trends 16.5 percent above November 2015.

Legrand raises $112,540 for the Red Cross 

Company raises funds through employee and company contributions for natural disaster relief efforts.

MBT offers spill kit tips

How to determine the right spill kit contents for any location.

MiTek opens new Atlanta warehouse and DC

New 45,600 square-foot facility enables rapid distribution of MiTek building products to customers within a 500-mile radius.

Viega announces 2017 first half training schedule

Training sessions to be held in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Southwire acquires Sumner Manufacturing

Acquisition strengthens and expands Southwire’s product offering.

ACPA names Tiefenthaler Chairperson of the Board

First woman to lead Concrete Pavement Association.

Mortar Net Solutions introduces Quick Tips video series

Videos provide short, informative tips for using Mortar Net products.

Residential construction starts slide in November

After hitting nine-year high in October, permits and starts fall as completions rise.

Common Ground Alliance names Sarah K. Magruder Lyle president

Becomes second president in organization's 16-year history.

Lowe's to rename 40 Rona stores in Canada

Store openings and more changes are on the way.

Hyde hires Gerald Overstreet as category manager

Overstreet will lead drywall and masonry products within for Hyde's construction division.

Arrow Fastener unveils new interactive website

Site matches tools to project needs, delivers how-to advice and new ideas.

PPG issues new industrial finishes brochure

Coatings products and technologies are highlighted for nearly two dozen industries.

MAX USA mourns the loss of Scott Ross

Midwest Sales Executive worked with MAX since 2012.

Intercorp opens new branch in Fairfield, New Jersey

New branch will offer same-day pickup for the New Jersey/New York area and one-day shipping throughout the Northeast. 

Viega names Matt Bohmer RSM for Great Plains

Bohmer brings 12 years of Viega expertise to new position. 

Yamaha acquires Subaru Industrial Power Products

Acquisition reinforces Yamaha's expansion into the multi-purpose engine market. 

PIP acquires Century Glove

Acquisition brings PIP president full circle: Joe Milot worked for Century until he launched PIP in 1984.

HD Supply 3Q sales up 3.4 percent

White Cap net sales increased 5.7 percent to $499 million, compared to Q3 2015.

Walter Tools to close Wisconsin production facility

Administration, sales, engineering and marketing functions will remain in Waukesha.

Lackmond appoints Jonathan Brock as Southeast territory sales manager

Brock has been with Lackmond since 2005.

Larson offers tax deduction tips for commerical lighting

Help your company and your customers take maximum advantage of Section 179D tax write offs for energy efficient commercial interior lighting systems.

AP Poll: Economists see 2.2 percent U.S. growth in 2017

Business economists say slow economic growth is the new normal.

Kaspersky Lab offers free cybersecurity eBook

How to train employees to avoid cyber threats.

U.S. GDP grows 3.2 percent in Q3

Corporate profits increase $133.8 billion in the quarter.

TECSYS reports Q2 2017 results

Recurring revenue rises 15 percent, dividend increases by 50 percent.

Dorner launches brand unification program

Unveils new umbrella corporate logos and taglines.

International Hardware Fair 2018 will be a four-day show

Positive consensus leads promoters to select four-day schedule again.

Mortar Net Solutions launches new website

New, easy-to-use website redesign provides tailored web services for designers, contractors and distributors.

Industrial Supply provides 97,708 meals to Utah families

Company donates $25,000 to Utah Food Bank to help feed families in Utah.

Point of Rental launches Opportunity International campaign

Software company pledges $5 donation per social media share.

Viega announces Viega MegaPress promotion

Purchases of select tool kits and jaw kits are eligible to receive more than $750 in Viega MegaPressG fittings.

Case Studies: QuietRock keeps the peace at Calgary airport

Architect overcomes design challenges in $2B airport project.

Generac to acquire Motortech

Celle, Germany-based Motortech manufacturers gaseous-engine control systems and accessories.

MAX hires new Northeast regional sales executive

Robert lampietro brings MAX 25 years of building products and distribution experience.

Existing home sales surge again in October

Pace rises 2 percent to 5.6 million annual rate.

Dodge: October construction starts recede 4 Percent

Nonresidential building pulls back after a strong September.

The Home Depot announces Q3 results

Sales increase 6.1 percent from Q3 2015.

Viega names Santanu Debnath VP of sales and marketing 

Debnath has worked for Kaydon Corporation, Rexnord and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Legrand offers Trash Madness toolkit

Kit helps organizations advance employee recycling and waste reduction efforts.

L.B. White wins Wisconsin business achievement award

Award honors the recipient for its positive impact and support of the Wisconsin economy. 

QC Software receives ConnectShip / iShip lifetime platinum status award

Award recognizes a decade of successful partnership and innovation.

Intercorp publishes new product and submittal catalogs

Product catalog covers more than 500 items. 

Southwest Fastener expands sales and marketing group

Ron Stas joins Southwest team as Business Development Manager.

Sonnhalter announces Marketing Minute video series

Video series offers quick, easy-to-understand marketing advice on a variety of industry topics.

Snap-on acquires Sturtevant Richmont

Torque wrench manufacturer joins Snap-on family of companies.

Legrand updates Wattstopper software

Update features expanded commissioning, product support and UI capabilities.

Labor shortages prompt builders to try prefab

Major homebuilders use prefab components to ease worker shortfall.

Introducing The Euclid Group: A world leader in construction chemicals

Rebranding combines major industry brands under one roof.

IronPlanet launches allEquip with make-an-offer feature

Fixed and negotiated price format compliments online and onsite auctions.

Larson publishes UL 1640 white paper

Understanding and explaining the UL 1640 standard to contractors.

Surface Shields partners to launch charity campaign for veterans

Surface Shields and Anvil Builders partner to benefit Sentinels of Freedom veterans' charity.

Former Garvin Industries president passes away

George Robert Garvin Jr. dies at 80 years of age. 

CSDA announces World of Concrete class schedule

Five courses are set for Jan. 16 to 19 in Las Vegas.

FEIN names new president and CEO

Attila Madarasz takes helm at Fein US.

Viega announces MegaPress promotion

Event offers free MegaPressG fittings.

Dodge Momentum Index moves higher in October

Commercial index rises 6.1 percent for month; institutional advances 1.4 percent.

Honeywell announces online electrical safety training

Accredited classes focus on complying with NFPA 70E standards.

IronPlanet to hold “All-Humvee” auction

Auction is set for November 15, 2016.

Larson issues forklift lighting white paper

Paper details benefits of blue LED warning lights in reducing forklift accidents.

Buyers Products hires Joshua Davis as DSM

Davis will serve customers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

NetPlus Alliance announces award winners

Group names Distributor of the Year, Supplier of the Year and the Dan Judge Founder’s Award winner.

PrimeSource acquires Northeast Wholesale 

Acquisition strengthens PrimeSource network in New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Stanley Black & Decker Q3 sales up 2 percent

Quarterly year over year sales tally $248.9 million, compared to $228.7 million in Q3 2015.

3M Personal Safety Division launches new blog

"Safety Now & Next" provides relevant, easy-to-understand information on worker safety, training & technical resources, and regulatory news.

Bentley Systems and Topcon partner on constructioneering cloud services

Connected data environments will span survey and construction processes for comprehensive project delivery benefits.

Kaspersky Lab offers free ebook on business cybersecurity

eBook, "Top 6 Things Small Businesses Need to Know about Cybersecurity," looks at specific risks to that small- and medium-sized businesses.

84 Lumber named 2016 distributor of the year by D.R. Horton

Award recognizes 84 Lumber’s commitment to the nation’s largest homebuilder.

Prebena brings soccer ball promo back to STAFDA

Popular promotion last ran in 2014.

BlueTarp hires new sales manager for Southern California, Southern Nevada and Arizona

Bill Spencer brings 25 years of experience to the position.

Border and Brock White join new distributor group

Equity partners The Sterling Group announces acquisitions to form new company.

Tesla's hot new model: Solar roofing

Elon Musk unveils his grand unification of Tesla: Fast cars, big batteries and solar roofs.

U.S. construction spending slips 0.4 percent in September

Residential and highways are only bright spots.

Blogs: Bartell explores wet vs. dry grinding and polishing

The pros and cons run deeper than just "to slurry or not to slurry." 

Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions names new controller

Richard Howard brings Hyde Group companies over 30 years of industry expertise.

Southwire wins industry innovation awards

Best-in-class products receive recognition for innovation, power and value.

Sales of new residential homes rise 3.1 percent in September

Monthly sales rate outpaces September 2015 by 29.8 percent.

TCA releases second edition of tilt-up guide

New, bilingual volume covers the planning, process and strategies of building with tilt-up concrete. 

NetSuite offers webinar on cloud platform advantages

Are QuickBooks and manual processes holding back your growth?

Contractor groups sue New York City to stop new crane regulations

Petition alleges that proposed regs will decrease safety and reduce productivity. 

Simpson Strong-Tie supports Hurricane Matthew disaster relief 

Donates $10,000 to American Red Cross fund for Hurricane Matthew relief.

IronPlanet sells record $99 million in equipment during September 

Month sees 23 auctions and nearly 10,000 items sold.

Dixie Diamond merges with Concut

Top U.S.-owned diamond tool manufacturers have united.

New home starts shift to single-family in September

Single-family starts rise 8.1 percent while privately-owned starts slide 9 percent for month.

Harrington Hoists unveils new corporate logo

New logo is part of KITO Group brand unification program.

Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman to retire

Jim Umpleby elected as next CEO; Dave Calhoun to become non-executive Chairman of the Board.

Case Studies: Beating street noise with acoustic windows

Engineers of new soundproof windows use recording studio expertise to reduce sound pollution.

Case Studies: Canada’s Dry

Ontario hospital additions avoid water issues with W. R. MEADOWS waterproofing products.

Custom Equipment adds new sales manager

David Carlson brings 18 years of experience in regional sales development.

BLS spotlights workplace injuries, illnesses and employer costs

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance workers suffer more injury and illness related missed work days than other groups.

Aqua-Hot hires new Work Ready channel manager

Chris Hinojosa will drive sales for Aqua-Hot hydronic vehicle heating systems.

Q.E.P. named master distributor for Bissell Commercial

Becomes master distributor for western hemisphere. 

Propane mower incentive program returns for 2017 buying season

Program has helped grow propane mowers as long-term solution for landscape contractors.

Industrial Supply names new VP of finance

Michelle Lakin joined Industrial Supply in 2015.

Labor Rules Lead to Fastenal Closures

Fastenal closed 65 stores in Q3 and plans to shutter 32 more in Q4.

Stanley Black & Decker to acquire Newell Brands tools business

$1.95 billion cash deal includes Irwin and Lenox brands.

Complying with the new lease accounting rules

Eight steps to help you transition.

Newell Brands to sell majority of its tools business

Tool brands include Irwin, Lenox, hilmor and DYMO.

RIDGID announces 2017 limited edition calendar

Calendar will feature original art from popular tattoo artists and illustrators.

Magswitch Technology’s first magnetic drill wins award

MagDrill Disruptor 30 takes innovation award in online rankings.

Liftex acquires Unitex Group USA

Acquisition adds in-house weaving and dye range capabilities.

Tevens to retire from Columbus McKinnon

After 25 years with the company and 18 at the helm, Tevens announces next step. 

UFPD partners with Selena USA

Now offers TYTAN foams, sealants and adhesives to customers.

Sandvik issues Ifind product app

App includes all online solutions from Sandvik Coromant.

Legrand releases LEED product guide

Guide is designed to help architects, designers and owners reach certification goals.

Brady names new Arizona sales manager

Bryon Church replaces Marv Manley, who will now focus on new business development and special projects.

Coxreels expands UL-approved product line

PC19 and PC24 Power Cord Series reels earn UL approval.

U.S. construction dips in August

Private and public work categories both decline for month. 

Festool HK/HKC carpentry saws win industry recognition

Saws win Editors’ Choice and Best Corded Saw awards.

Mid Continent Nail makes key staff additions

Changes focus on expanding company's sales reach in the pallet sector.

Guardair appoints new director of sales

Elizabeth Courtwright brings 20 years of experience to Guardair.

Case Studies: Filling the need for fast turn-around, durable concrete control joints

With quick return to service, ability to withstand years of foot, cart or forklift traffic, polyurea meets the requirements of many industries.

MAX USA hires new Mid-Atlantic regional sales executive

Brett Miller brings over 16 years of construction distribution channel experience to MAX.

A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060

By 2060, U.S. population will grow by nearly 100 million, including over 64 million immigrants.

Hispanics will make up nearly 20 percent of the labor force in 2024

In 2014, the Hispanic labor force had risen to 25.4 million workers, 16.3 percent of the total U.S. labor force.

MAX USA hires new Midwest Product Specialist

Cliff Tucker has over 25 years of experience in the wood flooring distribution business.

Radco names Scott Mondi new account manager

Mondi will focus on serving military customers.

Shurtape welcomes new SVP of sales

Rob DeVries joins Shurtape from Apex Tool Group.

Blogs: Construction Marketing 101

Bartell Morrison presents tips for identifying and cultivating prospective customers.

Bon Tool acquires Spray Sok, Inc.

Production of popular protective head covers will continue uninterrupted.

Mortar Net Solutions' Steven Fechino enters Hall of Fame

National Masonry Instructors Association selects Fechino for Hall of Fame induction.

NAWIC installs 2016-2017 national president and Board members

Connie M. Leipard, CIT leads National Association of Women in Construction.

Ericson to exhibit at NECA

NECA show is set for Oct. 8-10 in Boston. 

Housing starts slide in August

But single-family permits climb 3.7 percent, signalling ongoing demand.

Hyundai Heavy Industries and CNH Industrial ink deal for mini-excavators

Ten-year deal allows CNH Industrial to market mini excavators for Hyundai.

Airmaster names new director of sales and marketing

Airmaster, a manufacturer of air circulation and ventilation fan solutions, named Greg W. Helbling as its director of sales and marketing.

Southwire acquires United Copper Industries

United Copper is the third largest manufacturer of building wire in the United States.

Plasticade hires new Midwest RSM

Vlad Kotel will serve traffic safety customers across the midwest. 

Klein Tools pledges $2 million to training programs

Klein partners with IBEW-NECA and the Electrical Training Alliance for training and educational programs.

Lackmond welcomes back Erric Jackson as Southeast RSM

Jackson returns to the region he once served.

Airmaster names HVAC sales director

Robert Zellhoefer becomes director of HVAC sales. 

Blogs: CFM vs. water lift in dust extraction equipment

Bartell's Josh Locke discusses their real-world meaning.

BANG! 3M offers free webinar on impulse noise hazards

Webinar is set for Thursday, Sept. 22 at noon CST.

Ericson appoints John Ericson III as new president

Ericson steps up from operations manager in fourth generation family company.

New features highlight CIHS 2016

The China International Hardware Show runs Oct. 21-23 in Shanghai.

Mechanix Wear names Michael Hale CEO

Former CEO James Hale assumes titles of Founder and Chairman of the Board. 

Exclusive: Returning hazardous goods

How to return dangerous goods safely.

Lackmond appoints Scott McCoy West Coast Territory Manager

Mccoy joins Lackmond from Tajima.

HD Supply releases Q2 2016 results

Sales rise 4.1 percent in quarter; projects 3 to 6 percent growth for year.

Task Tools founder Michael Oswald Caplan passes away

Caplan emigrated to Canada from England and worked on the country's Distant Early Warning radar system before launching Task Tools.

Rockler launches gift-making season with classes

"Make and Take" project classes will be offered at Rockler stores and online.

Study shows 60 percent of OPE dealers will sell propane equipment within three years

Currently, one quarter of dealers surveyed offer commercial propane mowers.

KKR acquires Epicor

Investment group plans to expand Epicor's international scope.

Flowcrete Canada opens new Vancouver DC

New 4,000 square-foot center will be a regional hub for Flowcrete polymer flooring materials and specialty coatings.

Parksite appoints Jim Coulter to Director of Supply Chain

Coulter moves up to head 10-store group's supply chain.

Pioneer Equipment Company becomes Barko dealer 

Pioneer will carry Barko forestry line in Wisconsin and Michigan. 

Wanco names Pam Meyer NSM

Meyer joins Wanco from Subaru Industrial Power Products. 

Lackmond Products Canada appoints Kevin Sullivan RSM

Sullivan brings 25 years of industry experience to Lackmond Canada. 

OSHA appoints new construction director 

Dean McKenzie has been with OSHA for seven years.

July construction rate holds steady over June

Year to date construction spending trends 5.6 percent above 2015.

Point of Rental returns to Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing companies list

Company posts three-year growth rate of 76 percent.

MiTek names new director of national accounts for Lowe’s

Chris McCorkle has worked for Jarden Applied Materials and Valspar.

J.D. North America recalls all portable generators

The fuel tank can leak, posing explosion, fire and burn hazards.

Acme Construction Supply icon Bob Brady dies at 92

Brady also cofounded the Evergreen Marketing Group.

Harrington Hoists promotes Brett Kunin

Kunin becomes Midwest Regional Sales Manager.

Ritchie Bros. to acquire IronPlanet 

IronPlanet sold $787 million in vehicles in 2015.

Emerson to buy Pentair valves and controls business

$3.15 billion deal expands Emerson's footprint in global control valve market.

General Insulation Company partners with Selena USA

Distributor now offers TYTAN brand foams, sealants and adhesives to its customers.

MaxLite announces 10-year warranty for hazardous location fixtures

Warranty covers 140-watt and 170-watt models.

MiTek releases version 1.5 of USP Specifier Software

For dealers, contractors, engineers and estimators, USP Specifier automates the connector selection process.

Omega hosts boxing on Friday, Aug. 26

Event marks 13th year that Omega has held boxing events at its facility.

Klein Tools announces 2016 Electrician of the Year regional winners

Six regional winners recognized for their dedication to improving the trade and their communities.

New home sales jump 12.4 percent in July 

Monthly sales rate trends a whopping 31.3 percent over July 2015.

Simpson Strong-Tie aids Louisiana flood relief through Red Cross

Donates $10,000 to Red Cross relief fund.

MBW names Chip Martinson RSM for the South

Martinson will serve MBW customers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico. 

Minnich Manufacturing names Rick Gramoll utility sales representative

Gramoll joins Minnich through a partnership with MBW.

The Home Depot Foundation donates to Louisiana recovery

Commits $700,000, supplies and volunteers to gulf flood relief efforts.

Ironclad Performance Wear posts small 2Q loss

Glove maker also reaches an agreement in principle to settle lawsuit with ORR Safety Corporation.

Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence improves in August

Forty percent of executives surveyed plan to increase hiring and spending over the next four months.

New Makita website goes live with added features and content

All new CMS back-end gives users more online solution-finding tools. 

Epicor announces Epicor Commerce Connect for Prophet 21

Cloud-based offering is a full-service digital commerce solution for distributors and wholesalers.

Residential metal roofing market share jumps to 11% in U.S.

Over 750,000 U.S. homeowners chose metal roofs for their homes in 2015.

Interstate Plastics to merge Alabama branches

New facility will improve manufacturing and shipping efficiencies. 

Housing bumps along in July

Permits and completions both slip for month but starts improve over June.

Hercules names new National Business Development Manager

Darrin Mann brings sealing products company 28 years of sales experience.

Job Sites: W. R. MEADOWS delivers virtuoso performance on new University of Iowa Music building

Architect, contractor cite MEADOWS products and support.

Viega sets radiant training seminars for Boston and Anaheim

Events are set for September 13 in Boston, Mass., and November 29, in Anaheim, Calif. 

Macpherson to become Grainger CEO

COO DG Macpherson will become chairman as current chairman, president and CEO, Jim Ryan retires.

CSDA is "cutting classes" this fall

October slab, wall and wire sawing courses will by hosted by Diamond Products.

Dorner appoints Southern Mexico regional manager

Maria Sandoval brings Dorner severn years of material handling industry experience.

U.S. DOD renews contract with IronPlanet

GovPlanet marks two-year anniversary and receives contract extension to sell government vehicles and rolling stock.

SolaHD boosts East Central and West Central regional sales team

Frank Geib becomes manager of East Central region; Jim Wagner becomes West Central manager. 

Bartell Global acquires CONTEC North America

Acquisition expands Bartell's surface preparation product range.

FASCO America names Chad Giese National Sales and Product Manager

Accelerating product innovation prompts new emphasis on product and customer education.

Blogs: Rolair offers 5 Steps to Achieve Maximum Air Compressor Efficiency

Focus on your entire pneumatic system.

Gerber named new ISA president/CEO

Edward Gerber, formerly with Hagemeyer-Industrial Distribution Group, takes helm in September.

Metabo introduces Limited Edition gold grinders

Golden tools celebrate 50 years of the industry’s first safety slip-clutch.

Point of Rental Software launches customer contest

2016 International Innovative Award includes Dallas Cowboys tickets.

MAX USA fetes top salesperson for 1st half of 2016

Regional Sales Executive Matt Johnson wins honors.

SubLoc PRO SCRAIL earns approval for use with Norbord OSB subfloor panels

Norbord produces wood-based panels in the United States, Europe and Canada. 

NAWIC announces 2016 award winners

National Association of Women in Construction names this year's leading women in the industry.

Viega promotes Evans to Director of North American Sales

Mark Evans has been with Viega since 2007. 

All Jenny electric compressors are now UL Listed

New certification covers Jenny's entire lineup of electric air compressors. 

Honda launches new Generator

Will showcase new model at GIE+EXPO 2016.

Case Study: A command unit to tackle any project

TDIndustries experiences the versatility and durability of KNAACK DataVault.

Simpson Strong-Tie wins homebuilder partner award for 12th year running

Receives David Weekley Homes’ coveted “Partners of Choice” Award. 

The Construction Credit Report: One report does it all

The Construction Credit Report is a new single-source report providing critical construction related data.

SubLoc PRO SCRAIL fasteners receive approval for AdvanTech flooring

Huber Engineered Woods approves Fasco SubLoc PRO SCRAIL fasteners for use in AdvanTech flooring panel installation.

Bartell releases new EBook on small concrete grinders

Tips to get more profit from your concrete grinder rentals.

Stanley Black & Decker names new CEO

James M. Loree will become CEO effective Aug. 1.

Harrington Hoists names new VP of Sales 

Jim Small steps up from Midwest Regional Sales Manager & International Sales Manager.

Larson Electronics donates to Asian elephant refuge 

Donated lighting products help sanctuary staff locate animals for rescue.

MiTek opens new Indianapolis DC 

New 52,700 Sq. Ft. facility warehouses MiTek truss connector plates and USP structural connectors and epoxy.

June new home sales rise 3.5 percent month over month

Sales trend is 25 percent above June 2015 rate.

Atlas Copco Construction names new U.S. division president

Scott Carnell will lead construction tools, portable energy and road construction equipment divisions.

STIHL celebrates 90th anniversary

Company hosts 8,000 guests in Germany.

Makinex names new Australian NSM

Stuart Reynolds joins Makinex with 30 years of industry experience.

Toro names Richard Olson CEO 

Current chairman and CEO, Michael J. Hoffman, will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

MAX USA hires new Southwest Regional Sales Executive

Gary Tharp brings 30 years of industry experience; is based in Corno, Calif. 

Bosch issues silica ruling Infographic

Downloadable PDF highlights recent changes in OSHA's silica ruling.

Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence holds steady in July

Most industry leaders expect a steady or modestly improving market ahead.

CSDA picks Puerto Rico for 2017 convention

Association's 45th annual event is set for March 14-18, 2017.

Cool Stories: San Diego to get a new icon

SkySpire Tower will anchor a $1.2 billion redevelopment of a 70-acre bayfront site.

Higher OSHA fines kick in August 1

Maximum penalties will go up 78 percent. 

Teletrac Navman launches DIRECTOR fleet management platform

Platform drives productivity and safety for fleets around the world.

APA releases 2016 Structural Panel & Engineered Wood Yearbook

Engineered wood product production projected to increase 19–28 percent by end of decade.

Sonnhalter launches seventh annual tool drive

Agency partners with Habitat for Humanity once again to help eliminate substandard housing.

KNIPEX Tools announces leadership changes

Alan Sipe retires; Todd Shumate is appointed president.

Alleer updates workshop schedule

Time management and leadership events set for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

Residential construction trends up in June

Permits, starts and completions all improve over May.

Lackmond names Russell Ayers Director of Customer Service

Ayers brings Lackmond extensive logistics experience from UPS. 

FAA to lift manned aircraft pilot license requirement for drones

New ruling goes into effect in August. 

Simpson Strong-Tie renews Habitat for Humanity Sponsorship

Habitat Strong program builds stronger, more resilient homes.

Gemtex Abrasives issues 2016 catalog

New catalog is available in hard copy or online. 

Prospecting call tips from a rock star sales trainer

Skip cold calling: focus on developing leads.

DEWALT wins design award for metal folding sawhorse

International Red Dot Awards highlight industry’s highest-quality designs.

DEWALT Transitions Powers Brand 

Launches range of anchoring solutions as Powers brand transitions to DEWALT.

MAX USA hires new national marketing coordinator

Denene Williams brings 10 years of experience to MAX marketing role.

Next Wave Automation moves to new facility

Award-winning CNC manufacturer nearly triples its size.

Mill-Rose hosts 56th annual golf outing

Brush manufacturers and suppliers from around the world attend.

3M launches 3M Center for Respiratory Protection

Online resource is designed to help employers protect workers.

Point of Rental acquires Syrinx Higher Concept Software

Merger makes Point of Rental one of the largest rental management software companies worldwide.

TECSYS reports record revenue and earnings for fiscal 2016

Declares 20 percent dividend increase.

Acme Tools Launches DEWALT FLEXVOLT system online

ACME is taking preorders on the entire FLEXVOLT 60-volt lineup. 

Mortar Net introduces new installation videos

How-to videos provide a simple, easy-to-use resource for installing Mortar Net Solutions’ products.

PREBENA builds new manufacturing plant

New facility is 33 percent larger and adds a customer training center and an extended show room.

Simpson Strong-Tie aids disaster relief for West Virginia floods

Makes $10,000 donation to emergency response and relief efforts in West Virginia.

Point of Rental Software integrates with Xero online accounting software

Integration provides customers with new cloud-based accounting options.

May construction starts rise 5 percent

Public works, power plants, multifamily housing show strong gains.

Blog Posts: Three things distributors get wrong

Three things most distributors are getting wrong about their sorbent buyers.

Dewalt Changes the Game

New 60-volt battery platform promises to revolutionize the cordless jobsite.

BECK Fastener Group acquires ET&F Fastening Systems

Ohio steel-to-steel fastening specialists join BECK portfolio.

HD Supply breaks ground on new headquarters

New eight-story facility in Atlanta will accommodate 500 more jobs.

Hughes resigns as ISA president/CEO

Incoming board chairman John Wiborg will lead transition.

New home sales dip 6.0 percent in May

Rate slips from eight-year high in April, but still exceed May 2015 by 8.7 percent.

PIP names David Wilkes Regional Sales Manager

Wilkes will serve PIP customers in Michigan and Northern Ohio.

Dorner commemorates 50th anniversary

Leading conveyor systems manufacturer caps off 50 years of business with celebration and major expansion.

Evergreen Marketing Group welcomes Power Tool & Supply

Ohio-based distributor becomes newest distributor member.

Game Time: U.S. Bank Stadium construction completes

Mortenson Construction delivers $1.1 billion stadium six weeks ahead of schedule.

nexAir to move HQ to Crosstown Concourse

Historic Memphis building will be nexair's new home. 

Q.E.P. acquires XPS Foam Limited

Extruded polystyrene underlayment maker joins Q.E.P. family.

Housing completions lead residential in May

Permits and starts run level month over month.

NLBMDA pushes for full repeal of Health Insurance Tax

Tax places undue burden on employers and employees. 

Dodge Momentum Index moves higher in May

Company has been contributing to the Utah economy since 1916.

Kapersky offers cybersecurity webinar

Webinar takes place Thursday, June 16.

Simpson Strong-Wall Wood Shearwall wins innovation award 

Product will be featured at Pacific Coast Builders Convention.

Southwire launches 2015 Sustainability Report

Second annual report details Southwire's sustainability progress.

SureWerx acquires KP Industries

KneePro brand joins Sellstrom and other SureWerx brands.

Emerson promotes Lednicky to Director of Strategic EPC accounts 

Kyle Lednicky steps up at Appleton.

Bartell posts new blog on OSHA silica regulation changes 

Blog clarifies changes that contractors need to know.

HD Supply sales up 7 percent

Despite sales gain, debt payment results in loss of $14 million for the quarter.

What do dads want for Father's Day?

Rockler surveys the top 10 gifts.

Hitachi wins Sphere 1 award for fourth consecutive year

Company recognized for highest sales by brand. 

SSP named exclusive SE U.S. supplier 

Becomes exclusive manufacturer of USG Shaft Wall and Area Separation Wall framing components.

MeltBlown Technologies and HalenHardy team up to offer new spill cleanup product

Companies are welcoming new distributors.

DPA Buying Group welcomes new distributors and suppliers

Group adds nine new distributor members and six new preferred suppliers.

Bosch unleashes REAXX table saw

Long-awaited saw featuring safety technology is now available.

JCB delivers largest shipment yet to Savannah

Latest single shipment eclipses previous record set in February 2015.

Sphere 1 announces 2015 award winners

Stanley Black and Decker is Supplier of the Year, Makita and Freud take Vendor Partner honors and Tighton Tools is Distributor Member of the Year for 2015.

Video: $500M renovation continues at Dolphins stadium

Stadium renovation is on pace for season opener in September.

New data shows 39 percent of road contractors suffered car crashes in work zones.

AGC calls for better safety measures.

Minnich Manufacturing adds Jaworski to R&D team

Paul Jaworski brings Minnich 37 years of concrete vibration technology expertise.

Francesca Vaughn joins New Holland

Becomes company's new Brand Marketing Communications Manager.

APA offers free webinar on residential I-joist fire protective assemblies  

Program describes options that meet IRC provisions for fire protective membranes.

Flowcrete appoints Craig Brookes president

Brookes steps up from vice president and international managing director.

Makinex wins product design award

Powered hand truck wins Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design.

U.S. construction dips 1.8 percent in April

Residential sector slides 1.5 percent for month; highways drop 6.6 percent.

Dorner appoints Northwest Regional Sales Manager

Hank Baptiste will serve conveyor system users throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Subaru to close Industrial Power Products division

Subaru elects to focus on cars.

ROLAIR Compressors introduces redesigned website

New mobile-friendly site features blogs, social media, service center locator and more enhancements.

Pending home sales soar to highest level in decade

West and South lead the nation in April pending home sales.

Erickson Wheel Chock Tie-Down Kit Takes NHS Award

Product wins Retailers Choice Award at National Hardware Show.

BlueTarp adds suppliers at strong pace

B2B credit management services provider has added more than 100 locations so far this year.

Teupen Group names new North American EVP

David Kesser promoted to Executive Vice President of Teupen USA.

Simpson Strong-Tie aids disaster relief in Ecuador and Texas

Company will donate $25,000 to earthquake and flood relief efforts. 

Achieve USGBC LEED credentials in four weeks

Green Building Research Institute (GBRI) prep courses help green building professionals ace USGBC LEED exams with in-person, live online and on-demand education.

DDI System issues new white paper

Paper covers advanced demand forecasting for distributors.

MMD launches improved online parts system

New system is on 24 hours a day and features enhanced email confirmation.

Emerson names new vice president of Appleton Canada

Dane Dreher now responsible for Canadian sales, marketing & operations.

Intercorp to be featured on Innovations TV show

Show hosted by Ed Begley, Jr. explores the latest advancements in technology.

Coxreels offers custom products

Coxreels can produce a custom solution for any hose, cord and cable reel need.

New single-family home sales leap 16.6 percent in April

Sales rate trends 23.8 percent over April 2015.

Kubota to purchase Great Plains Manufacturing

Farm implement manufacturer will join Kubota family.

HD Q1 sales grow nine percent

Raises fiscal year 2016 estimate to 6.3 percent over 2015.

Simpson Strong-Tie research and testing lab opens at WSU

Lab is part of Simpson's annual $100,000 pledge to Washington State University. 

Viega announces 2016 second half training schedule

Sessions will cover press systems, radiant, fire, snow and ice melt systems and more. 

Makita named Vendor of the Year 

Wins Sphere 1 Vendor Partner of the Year for the second year in a row.

Spee-Dee appoints Steven Cihlar product manager 

Cihlar joins Spee-Dee from Rexnord. 

Speak up during Infrastructure Week

Urge congress to support infrastructure investment.

New Bartell video: Shotblasting vs. Grinding

Bartell product expert Mike Huggings talks about when Shot Blasting is More Desirable than Using a Floor Grinder. 

Husqvarna Group acquires Diamond Tool Supply

Michigan-based DTS is a leading producer of polishing and grinding diamond tools.

Barko launches new website

New site offers simplified navigation and extensive information on Barko hydraulic products.

Hyde Tools names Susan Wytrych Channel Manager

Wytrych will represent Hyde’s Professional Products division.

Southwire breaks ground on Thorn Customer Solutions Center

New facility will highlight innovation and product education.

SureCan named Edison Awards winner

SureCan is recognized in internationally renowned Edison Awards for product innovation.

Festool USA releases “Finish Line” magalog for professional painters

Includes articles on training, surface prep, techniques and product catalog.

MBW names new Western RSM

Jill Falconer becomes Western Regional Sales Manager.

Simpson Strong-Tie sponsors ICC Building Safety Month

Safety Month campaign aims to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. 

ET&F Fastening earns second evaluation report this year

Company earns IAPMO ER-335 report for pneumatically driven pins.

U.S. construction spending ticks up in March

For first three months of 2016, spending trends 9.1 percent above the same period last year. 

Evergreen recognizes members and suppliers of the year

Acme Tools is tier 1 distributor member of the year; Milwaukee Tool is top tier 1 supplier.

Trimble introduces enhanced QuickMark layout system

BuildView Software automates the layout of interior points and walls.

Construction job market continues to improve

Industry adds jobs in 44 states over the last 12 months; 28 states add jobs between February and March 2016.

Acme Tools named distributor of the year

Acme takes top honor at Evergreen annual meeting.

Viega to move U.S. HQ to Broomfield, Colorado

Company is building a new headquarters and training facility in Denver area.

STIHL names Stephen Ballenger VP of Operations

Veteran manufacturing executive makes move to STIHL.

Exclusive: MiTek offers Soft Story retrofit solutions 

Structural and engineering solutions comply with California ordinances.

PIP names Robbins national account manager

Samantha Robbins has been with PIP since 2007.

ProCon to host open house April 28

Event will take place at ProCon facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

New single-family home sales dip 1.5 percent in March

23.6% slide in the West offsets gains in the Midwestern and Southern markets.

April 25 is World Malaria Day

Join Hudson in defeating Malaria, Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.

HailStrike releases mobile storm app

OneSite Mobile app allows users to access hail reporting data from the field.

Makita named official power tool of 2016 Copa America Centenario soccer

Makita joins eight industry-leading companies as an Official Partner of soccer tournament's 100th year of world class competition.

Leica Geosystems reorganizes Solutions Center retail stores

Appoints Tracy Foran to manage all eight Leica Geosystems retail stores.

3M VHB partners with Project Vision Dynamics

New partnership offers first-in-class customer support.

Rockler teams up with Hardwood Forestry Fund

Donates $11,000 to forest restoration project in Texas.

Southwest Fastener names new GM

Alfonso Ramirez is promoted to General Manager of Sales.

Leasing foundation: Equipment investment will grow 2.7% in 2016

Group lowers estimate from 4.4 percent, published in December.

ClarkDietrich launches steel framing “EQ-IQ" educational campaign

National campaign includes new website, social media outreach and video series.

Honda snow blower earns industry award

Honda HSS1332ATD dual-stage snow blower wins in lawn and garden equipment category for 2015.

Epicor expands cloud support for distributors

Epicor cloud-first platforms help distributor productivity and customer service with mobile, e-commerce and business intelligence tools.

Home construction slides in March

Housing starts drop 8.8 percent for month; permits slide 7.7 percent.

Acrilex launches online factory store

Site offers designer acrylic sheets with no minimum purchase.

Walter Surface Technologies issues new metalworking white paper

Paper deals with metalworking in the age of connectivity.

MSA opens new safety training center

Three-story indoor training complex allows MSA to simulate worker safety scenarios.

Webber acquires Pepper Lawson Waterworks

Purchase will enable Webber to develop a new commercial construction division and expand its existing water services.

Ball State dedicates Hunt Center for construction management

New learning center will prepare students for careers in construction management. 

APA video briefs cover framing with engineered wood

Topics include joist spacing, wall bracing, advanced framing and using I-joists.

Drillco names new Director of Sales, Central States

Randy Beck will lead Drillco sales teams in Upper Midwest.

Subaru launches dealer loyalty program

Dealers can earn and redeem points for Subaru products, apparel or marketing materials. 

HD kicks off season with Spring Black Friday event

11-day event starts today.

Festool announces national Roadshow tour dates

Tour runs from Charleston to San Diego, with more U.S. and Canadian dates to be added.

Bosch GTS1041A REAXX table saw is coming in June

Long-awaited saw takes safety to the next level and also saves the blade.

CSDA elects new Board members

Six new board members begin two-year terms.

Calpipe names Core4 as upper Midwest rep firm

Core4 will represent Calbrite, Calbond and Calconduit in ND, SD, MN, and western WI.

Simpson Strong-Tie donates to WSU engineering research

Pledges $800,000 over next eight years to program.

Harrington Hoists promotes key leaders

Carlo Lonardi is new president, Ned Hunter becomes EVP; four more company veterans move up.

Southwest Fastener opens Dallas location

Phoenix-based distributor opens fourth branch, in Grand Prairie, Texas. 

Continental Abrasives hires new National Sales Manager

Frank Humphreys joins Continental from Granquartz.

CIS welcomes new sales manager

Contractors & Industrial Supply, Inc. names Michael Fleming sales manager across all branches. 

Bon Tool issues 2016 master catalog

New catalog features over 400 new products for masonry, landscape/hardscape, paving and general contracting.

Jimmy Johnson and Herm Edwards to Keynote at STAFDA

Football coaching legends will speak during STAFDA's general session on Monday, November 7.

2016 National Safety Stand-Down is set for May 2-6

Goal for 2016 event is to have over 5 milion workers participate.

Kleis Equipment named Barko Hydraulics dealer for New York

Kleis will carry the full line of Barko forestry equipment.

Sonnhalter publishes national vocational education program listings

Downloadable file lists more than 20,000 programs nationwide.

BECK Staples — Much more than just "Out of This World"

Products meet exacting standards for fastener usage in outer space. 

Registration opens for STAFDA Congressional Fly-In

STAFDA’s 4th Annual Congressional Fly-In is set for June 8-9, in Washington, D.C. 

First-time attendees up 36% at 2016 CSDA convention

2017 convention will take place in Puerto Rico. 

Point of Rental Software adds kiosk functionality 

Kiosk feature allows customers to self-serve. 

101 Hacks for Smart Tool Organization

Simple tips to make your shop and tool boxes smarter and more efficient. 

Exclusive: Understanding production rates in reversible plate compactors

One key question to ask when evaluating reversible plate compactors.

DDI System releases Inform ERP v.21.0.15

Update adds improved cycle count analysis, expanded inventory visibility and 20 new dashboards.

NetPlus Alliance grows 12 Percent in 2015

Buying group added 30 new distributor members and 26 new suppliers in 2015.

Sherwin-Williams to acquire Valspar

Deal is worth $11.3 billion. 

Second annual CNC project contest announced

CNC Shark and Piranha Fx users invited to participate.

OSHA silica rule — Make your voice heard

CSDA creates letter that companies can send to their congressional representatives. 

APA updates engineered wood construction guide

Guide is available as a free download.

New single-family home sales rise two percent in February

Tight inventories constrict market activity.

Rockler celebrates National Woodworking Month

Hands-on project kits and classes aim to introduce new people to woodworking and DIY.

Calpipe promotes Jerome Korthase

Moves him up to Manager – Corporate Standards and Specifications.

Mercer Abrasives becomes Mercer Industries

New name reflects company's expanding range of products.

STAFDA to offer new educational programming

WayPoint Analytics video series features industry leaders on supply chain subjects.

Atlas Copco appoints new rental managers

Steve Nelson is named business development manager.

Exclusive: Answering customer power trowel buying questions

How to answer the top contractor questions about power trowel purchases.

STAFDA convention hotel scams reappear

STAFDA convention rooms will not be available until June 27. 

Acme Tools Wins ADDY Award

DO YOUR BEST WORK campaign wins advertising award.

February housing starts surge

Single-family starts gain 7.2 percent for month.

STIHL remembers Southeast President

Bob Noble, Jr. passes away. 

Propane mower incentive program ends soon

Funds of up to $1,000 rebates are available for each propane mower purchase.

Lackmond appoints Brian Newman Territory Manager

Newman will manage sales and business development in the Northeast.

U.S. adds 242,000 jobs in February

Construction industry gains 19,000 jobs for month; sector gains 250,000 jobs in last 12 months. 

TigerStop growth yields promotion and new hire

Mike Anderson is now Saw Systems product manager; Kevin Trowell is new SE RSM.

DDI System Releases Inform ERP 

Refines cycle counting and adds 20 decision-driving dashboards.

Point of Rental Software Introduces ERP Solution

New software provides customized rental platform for enterprise level companies.

NetPlus Alliance adds MP Pumps as Preferred Supplier

MP brands include Flomax, Chemflo and Tempuflo.

IronPlanet announces Spring 2016 Cat auction schedule 

Adding first Cat Auction Services U.K. sale to expand offerings in Europe.

Subaru expands product line with axles

Now offers hydrostatic and mechanical axles to OEM customers. 

Kett Tool names Rozumovich VP

Alex Rozumovich replaces Rick Fowkes, who has retired.

Southwire announces organizational changes

Jack Carlson, Southwire North American president, will retire.

Industrial Supply launches Spanish-language website

New site makes it easy for Spanish speakers to access products and training.

Simpson Strong-Tie teams up with celebrity contractor Mike Holmes

Partnership will promote deck safety awareness.

ARA forecasts stable growth for 2016

Projects 6.6% growth this year, 5.6% next year.

Lackmond appoints Mike Clemente VP of Sales

Clemente joins Lackmond from Simpson Strong-Tie. 

Construction spending ticks up in January

Only education bucks upward trend, dipping 1.7 percent for month.

Flowcrete introduces seminar on polymer floor failures

AIA CES Lunch & Learn seminar reviews industrial flooring finish failures.

Acme Tools names new GM of E-Commerce

Loretta Buse has been with Acme since 2013.

TugForce launches new commercial shipping service

On-demand trucking services app connects shippers and carriers. 

Minnich announces top dealers for 2015

Logan Contractors Supply, Inc. is named top overall dealer.

AMES companies launch new global and regional websites

New sites unify company image and build on company's heritage to 1774.

Firestone EPDM roofing system turns 35

Since 1980, 6.5 billion square feet of Firestone RubberGard EPDM have been installed globally.

Radians issues high-vis white paper

Paper covers the new ANSI/ISEA 107 2015 Standard for High-Visibility Apparel.

Construction employment highest since 2008

Industry unemployment falls to 17-year low.

The Home Depot announces record Q4 and fiscal 2015 results

Increases quarterly dividend by 17 percent and provides fiscal 2016 guidance.

Kubota Engine America and SmartEquip announce partnership

Partnership will expand Kubota's reach and improve efficiency in the rental market.

PIP acquires Safety Works

Glove and PPE manufacturer will do business as Safety Works, Inc.

STAFDA announces 2016 Associate StateoftheIndustry Speaker 

Southwire's Brandon Moss will deliver address at STAFDA's 40th Anniversary Convention.

CSDA graduates up 83 percent at World of Concrete

115 students graduate from four CSDA training programs at the show.

Point of Rental Software offers Rental Show specials and giveaways

Promotions include software discounts and Samsung Galaxy tablets.

January housing permits advance 13.2 percent year over year

Single-family starts dip 3.9 percent for month.

Dodge Momentum Index rises in January

Nonresidential construction index improves 2.4 percent over December 2015.

Case Studies: Growing a window manufacturing business with automation

Florida company grows from three to 72 employees with help from TigerStop.

CSDA fetes innovative member projects at WOC

Awards ceremony recognizes most challenging projects completed by members in 2015. 

Steve McClatchy to appear on The Today Show

Author, UID faculty member and 2015 STAFDA presenter will appear on Feb. 18.

Green Seal seeks stakeholders for new insulation standard

Industry professionals can participate in developing new standard.

Wacker Neuson announces new North American Regional President

Johannes Schulze Vohren takes helm. 

R.M. Lucas hires Mike Taylor for Florida

Taylor becomes Florida market technical sales manager.

RIDGID to showcase latest tools at WWETT Show 

Booth visitors can enter to win one of six MR-10 Magnetic Locators in a show giveaway.

MAX launches YouTube video channel

New channel showcases MAX pneumatic and rebar tying tools in action.

STAFDA prepares for 40th anniversary convention in Atlanta

Opening party be be at the College Football Hall of Fame.

True Value picks Point of Rental software for all stores

Converts 4,500 stores worldwide to Point of Rental software.

World of Concrete hits seven-year high

Attendees reach 60,000; exhibitors exceed 1,530. 

Hypertherm invites grant applications

Ten schools in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will win plasma systems.

QUIKRETE observes industry trends at WOC

Advanced technology drives change in the concrete industry.

Minnich Manufacturing announces key personnel changes

Company hires and promotes three into key positions.

Stihl sponsors America’s Main Streets contest

Route 66 road trip and $25k cash prize bring attention to America’s Main Streets.

JCB North America hosts annual dealer training event

Hosts 163 dealers in week-long construction equipment training event.

Festool launches Power Select cordless tool program

Program offers interchangeable batteries, chargers and purchase options.

Walter launches abrasives selector app

App for Apple and Android phones helps users select the best abrasive for any application.

Guardian Building Products opens new DC  

Belcamp, Maryland DC encompasses 110,000 square feet.

Channellock celebrates 130 years

Meadville, Pa., hand tool manufacturer was founded in 1886.

PIP realigns outside sales organization

Company refocuses sales in regional offices as each product specialist becomes a Regional Sales Manager.

ACI expands Concrete Craftsman book series

New books cover fundamentals and decorative concrete.

The Home Depot to hire 80,000 for Spring season

Company is also adding staff in distribution centers.

MiTek announces two new key hires

Patrick O’Malley is new Director of National Builder Accounts and Supply Chain; Brent Kreutzer is named PM for Fasteners, Anchoring Solutions and Tools.

Dorner appoints Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Lincoln Frazier will replace Bob Southard, who is retiring.

Atlas Copco breaks ground on new South Carolina facility

180,000-square-foot facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina will be LEED-certified.

U.S. construction tops $1 trillion in 2015

Private construction grows 12.3 percent over 2014; public construction grows 5.6 percent for year.

Jenny electric air compressors are now UL and CSA certified

Every electric compressor is now UL 1450 and C22.2 No. 68-09 certified.

Weiler acquires SWATYCOMET

Slovenian abrasives manufacturer has been in business since 1879.

Mill Steel Co. consolidates Steel Structural Products' Louisville operations to Jeffersonville, Indiana

Move will bring up to 40 Jobs to Jeffersonville, Indiana plant.

3M teams up with Capital Safety at WOC

Will exhibit latest products and services in personal protective equipment and fall protection products.

Calpipe expands in Hobart, Indiana

New 85,000-square-foot facility will hold offices, warehousing space, a training center and product testing labs. 

ABB appoints Sullivan to lead U.S. electrification products business

Franklin Sullivan will lead sales efforts in U.S., Canada and Mexico. 

ET&F Panelfast pins earn new ICC-ES evaluation report

Pins comply with 2015, 2012 and 2009 IBC and IRC.

IDEAL ramps up sales efforts in Illinois

Electrical division promotes two sales managers, hires new rep in Chicago.

Alex Lyon & Son brings Seven Days of Kissimmee auction to Proxibid

Live auction begins January 30, 2016.

Jobs and housing boost consumer confidence in January

Consumer confidence rises despite stock market downturn.

STIHL names Mark Scavillo VP of Finance and Information

Former director of strategic planning and controlling is promoted.

Evergreen Marketing Group announces 2016 workshop schedule

Sets events for Chicago, Baltimore and Dallas.

Atlantis plans $2B aquarium resort for Hawaii

Project stalled since 2005 is back on track.

IronPlanet adds fifth day to Florida Cat auction

Ring Power hosts largest Cat auction services event ever, February 8-12.

Wilton celebrates 75 years

Company will honor the brand throughout the year with promotions and giveaways.

Sphere 1 announces newest Preferred Suppliers

Wyco Tool, Albion, Mi-T-M, Karcher/Shark, Spotnails and EMI Construction Products join Sphere 1.

U.S. residential permits and starts top 1 million units in 2015

965,700 housing units were completed in 2015, up 9.3 percent from 2014.

Los Angeles to build world's most expensive stadium

$2.6 billion complex shows off flowing lines.

NCCER credentials lead Job Corps grads to construction careers

Job Corps reclassifies NCCER Core Curriculum as a prerequisite to higher level career training.

Simpson Strong-Tie wins Vendor of the Year five years running

Do it Best Corp. gives Simpson honor for Building Materials Products.

Tiger Stop launches weekly blog

“Tiger Shop” aims to empower manufacturers to be globally competitive.

AGC: Highways, housing will lead U.S. construction in 2016

AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson predicts a solid year for housing and highways but a weak oil and gas market.

NetPlus Alliance enhances Growth Plus sales planning program

Relaunched program now offers online functionality.

JCB names Tim Witter VP of manufacturing

Witter will direct manufacturing operations in JCB's Savannah, Ga. facility.

AZ Lifting Hardware teams with Beron Associates

Agency will rep the AZLH line in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, metro New York and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Calpipe appoints Mark DeSantis Northeast RSM

DeSantis joins Calpipe from TPC Wire and Cable.

Simpson to feature new products and Mike Holmes at IBS

HGTV star Mike Holmes, Sr. will appear Tuesday, January 19.

Morgan Stanley predicts strong economy through 2020

But other experts paint a less rosy picture.

Rockler announces Robert Sorby Tools pro tour

Woodturning expert to visit many retail locations.

Pinnacle Products International is now Pinnacle Climate Technologies

New name reflects company's growing leadership in heating and cooling solutions.

Cologne Show to host distributor reception

Event will take place in the North American Pavilion during the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany.

U.S. construction dips to $1.12 trillion in November

Year-over-year activity trends 10.5 percent higher than 2014.

nexAir adds 25 new branches

Gas and welding distributor increases footprint across Florida and Georgia.

Simpson Strong-Tie acquires EB-TY and Lumber Loc

Blue Heron Enterprises and Fox Chase Enterprises join Simpson family.

Exclusive: Install-A-Door Door Holder 

New tool shaves time and effort from door installations.

Outgoing STIHL president Fred Whyte to remain Chairman of the Board

Whyte will continue to serve in advisory capacity.

DEWALT announces Together We Build sweepstakes

Asks contractors and construction professionals to show their American pride.

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