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

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Exclusive: GPS Tracking of Light/Medium Duty Fleets

Increasing profitability through driver accountability.

Shurtape Technologies joins IBC

Manufacturer and marketer of pressure-sensitive adhesive tape products joins industrial buying group as preferred supplier.

RSA Solutions Introduces EagleEye ERP

Cloud-based solution links with commonly used cabinet software.

Next Wave Automation Introduces Virtual Zero Unlimited

Software allows CNC Shark users unlimited material mapping reference points - just named Visionary Award finalist.

Scott Marshall Joins EVERWIN USA as West Coast Regional Sales Manager

Marshall has worked with Duo-Fast, Spotnails and ISM.

Aerosmith Fastening names new VP of sales for Forced Entry products

Dave Cannon brings Aerosmith 30 years of industry experience.

WernerCo gives distributors a lift with ladder learning

WernerCo partners with Bluevolt on e-learning ladder safety course.

PFERD names new VP of sales

Rafael Astacio joins Pferd from Construction Robotics.

PIP acquires Dynamic Safety

Dynamic Safety is a global supplier of personal protective equipment.

Jeff Durgin Becomes Flooring Director for Makinex

Durgin will lead the company's mission in the rapidly growing flooring industry.

Metabo HPT launches Multi-Volt Bare Tool Pricing Model

Online rebate runs through the month of July.

GSSI Appoints Amber Onufer as New Technical Sales Support Team Member

Onufer brings more than seven years of GPR experience to GSSI.

Industry Veterans Form New Rep Group

The Arrowhead Group serves the industrial and construction markets across the Southeast.

Amazon is Now Its Own Biggest Shipper

Amazon now carries 48 percent (and counting) of its own shipments. 

Southwire Lands Consecutive Appearance on Forbes List of America’s Best Employers

Company’s strong focus on diversity & inclusion and employees’ pride in products and services key contributors to high score for 2019.

Report: Almost 60 Percent of the U.S. Construction Project Pipeline Value is Concentrated in 10 States

California leads the country with1,302 projects worth $524.6 billion.

U.S. Construction Spending Dips 0.8 Percent in May

Greatest drop for month was a 3.2 precent decline in highway construction. 

Ideal Tridon Acquires ZSi Foster

ZSi-Foster manufactures pipe, hose and conduit support and fastening solutions.

NetPlus Alliance Welcomes Molly Greene as Digital Marketing Manager

Greene brings Netplus Alliance state of the art marketing and promotional planning experience.

Dakota Supply Group Invests in Customer Experience with Epicor Eclipse

Electrical, plumbing, waterworks, and HVAC distributor selects Epicor. 

David Milner Joins Wildeck as VP of Sales and Marketing

Wildeck manufactures structural steel mezzanine platforms, manual and automated vertical lifts and related products.

Strong Man Remembers Founder and President Jay Kinder

After 40 years at Strong Man, Jay Kinder passes away.

Evergreen Elects New Board of Directors and Supplier Advisory Council

Keith Turtenwald is named chairman of Board of Directors; Robert Varzino becomes chairman of Supplier Advisory Council.

Harvard: U.S. Housing Production Lags Far Behind Demand

New study shows that new home construction remains depressed even in our strong economy.

#SHRM19: Giving a second chance to people with criminal records

One in three Americans has a criminal record — the same percentage as Americans who have college degrees. 

Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Enhanced Online Deck Planner Software Center

Software for deck builders, homeowners and DIYers features 3D software, design guides and tutorials.

New Home Sales Slide 7.8 Percent in May

Sales for month drop 35.9 percent in the West and 17.6 percent in the Northeast. 

Continuing Education: The Lifeblood of Electrical Contractors

As an experienced generation of electricians retires and new technologies emerge, ongoing education is required to satisfy NEC Code and win jobs.

Virgin Trains breaks ground in Orlando

170-mile project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Air Systems International releases 2019 master catalog

Catalog features ASI's complete line of filtration, ventilation, air cart and explosion-proof fan products. 

What if ICE comes calling?

NAHB issues new immigration guide for employers.

Grabber welcomes Brett Steinheider as Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Steinheider will oversee Grabber's Midwest, Missouri and Ohio branches.

ID magazine publisher shuts down

Advantage Business Media, parent company of Industrial Distribution magazine, has ceased operations.

Dodge: May construction starts advance 10 percent

Nonbuilding construction and nonresidential building rebound after a weak April.

Technology: The world's first 3D printed neighborhood is planned

Project hopes to become a long term solution to the global housing crisis. 

U.S. Dept. of Labor upgrades prevailing wage website

Users can now create an account and receive email alerts when changes or modifications are published.

Emerson to host first "We Love STEM Day" on June 21st

Event at Ridge Tool headquarters in Elyria, Ohio will be a day of hands-on learning for local students.

Metabo introduces 2019/2020 North America Catalog 

Power Tools and Accessories Catalog covers metalworking, cordless, concrete and masonry dustless solutions, woodworking tools and accessories.

Exclusive: Preventing IT disasters

How a preventable IT issue turned catastrophic.

NAHB: May housing report signals stabilizing builder confidence

Although starts decline for month, single-family permits see first increase since November 2018.

Analysis: BuildFax May housing health report reveals five metros with rising remodeling activity

Philadelphia and Chicago experience largest increases in remodeling.

Housing starts and completions dip in May

Single-family permits rise 3.7 percent for month.

Cyber criminals have you in their crosshairs

Construction is the second most targeted industry for email fraud attacks.

Exclusive: Crescent — Much more than a wrench

Synonymous with adjustable wrenches, Crescent has quietly grown into a brand of category-defining tools.

FastenMaster hosts panel for vocational students

Discussion encourages high school students to stay the course with careers in the trades.

Channellock announces historic expansion project

Company increases capacity, continues legacy of fifth-generation family owned business.

STAFDA releases 2019 pre-convention video

New video features personal messages from David Goggins and Big & Rich.

Milwaukee Tool blows the doors out

At its 2019 New Product Symposium, Milwaukee Tool envisions a new world order for the tool industry.

Concrete paver contractor revenues grew 8 percent in 2018

ICPI predicts worker wages for the segment will rise 5.2 percent this year. 

Bullard celebrates 100 years of the hard hat

Bullard observes the centennial of its signature invention.  

ORS Nasco supports Workshop for Warriors

Workshop for Warriors 16-week program offers veterans classes in CNC machining and welding/fabrication.

NAHB offers resources to help builders address opioid abuse 

One in four people who are prescribed opioids for long-term pain become addicted. 

Knipex Tools expands sales team

Patrick Mooney is new national sales manager for Canada, Brian Nolan is territory manager and Craig Kosik is account manager.

TE Connectivity promotes Melissa Kladder to sales director

Kladder has been in the connectors industry for 18 years. 

OSHA: Tips for protecting workers operating and working near forklifts

Tips and resources support National Forklift Safety Day, June 11.

MSA issues product inspection notice

Company has found isolated instances of unflared top eyelet rivets in MSA V-Edge 2.4m Twin Leg Cable PFLs.

Sphere 1 appoints new Board Chairman

Ron Foltz becomes new Chairman as George Morgan retires.

Channellock to participate in SkillsUSA conference in Louisville

June 24-28 event supports future skilled trade workers where career and technical education students compete in 103 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

DOD study finds new aerosol air sealing method is highly effective in bulding renovations

Tests show AeroBarrier sealed up to 80 percent of envelope leakage.

The Home Depot Foundation commits $250,000 to tornado and flood response efforts

HD Foundation is working with relief agencies in affected areas across the country.

Trades student Dylan Cates receives Kinnunen Salute to the Skilled Workforce Award 

Dylan Cates is the recipient of this year’s Salute to the Skilled Workforce award from Kinnunen Sales and Rental.

Next Wave Automation hires new president

Rudy Simondi joins company, bringing operations and retail channel experience.

MAX USA CORP. unveils 2019 ad campaign

Innovative "What are you waiting for?" campaign pairs a teenager and MAX tools. 

Construction employment grew in 250 out of 358 metro areas between April 2018 and April 2019

Demand for work outpaces supply of workers. 

Sphere 1 celebrates 20 years and announces 2018 award winners

Attendees lauded award winning member companies and suppliers and paid tribute to former President & CEO of Sphere 1, Carol Shackelford, who founded Sphere 1.

Simpson Strong-Tie renews lead sponsorship for Habitat Strong

Habitat Strong is designed to promote the building of homes that are more durable, resilient and physically stronger.

MBW, Inc. announces new Engineering Manager

Christy Matuszewki brings MBW 20-plus years of engineering and management experience.

Motion Industries names John Watwood SVP — Southeast

Watwood has been with Motion Industries since 2008. 

PIP announces 600,000 square-foot DC in Mississippi

New facility will increase efficiencies and expand area employment.

Acme Tools names new director of store operations

Bob Feeley will be responsible for all 10 Upper Midwest stores.

Central Florida apartment building is red hot

Here's a fire no one is rushing to put out. 

New home sales dip 6.9 percent in April

Average sale price is $393,700.

BAHCO issues 2019 Industrial Metal Sawing Bandsaw Blades catalog

Catalog lists cutting solutions for machine shops, foundries, aerospace and general-purpose applications.

Evergreen honors top trainers

Winners include Bill Ley of JOBOX – Apex Tool Group and Jon Finch of Milwaukee Tool.

Roofr releases free satellite roof measurement tool

Roofr delivers cost-saving alternative to traditional measurement software.

Stanley Black & Decker to build Texas Craftsman plant

New plant will manufacture Craftsman mechanics tools; sockets, ratchets, wrenches and general sets.

Dodge: April construction starts retreat 15 percent

Nonbuilding construction and nonresidential building slide after sharp gains in March.

Melanie Bisson joins Grabber as National Sales Manager for LBM

Bisson joins Grabber from ROCKWOOL.

MSA Safety completes acquisition of Sierra Monitor Corp.

Sierra Monitor provides fixed gas and flame detection instruments and Industrial Internet of Things solutions. 

Weiler Abrasives donates $25,000 to Workshops for Warriors

Continued partnership builds on success of 2018 campaign. 

The Home Depot sales grow 5.7 percent YOY in Q1

Company predicts 3.3 percent sales growth in 2019.

Encore Wire celebrates 30th anniversary

Encore manufactures electrical building wire for commercial and industrial buildings, homes, apartments and manufactured housing. 

Steel King expands Quick Ship program

Wide range of products now available with 48-hour delivery.

Evergreen names Member and Supplier of the Year award winners

Colony Hardware is Tier 1 Member of the Year; Milwaukee Tool takes Tier 1 top Supplier honor.

Jorgensen Conveyors picks The Whittemore Co. for Midwestern representation

Whittemore will rep Jorgensen Conveyors in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Indiana.

Simpson Strong-Tie promotes Deck Safety Month

Company offers an updated online deck resource center.

Gear Keeper issues free 2019 Safety Engineer’s Guide to ANSI 121-Compliant Tool Tethering

New 16-page guide covers tether selection, usage and new ANSI 121 - Compliant tethering products.

JCB wins contracts to equip three Canadian government agencies

Large excavators and wheel loaders are valued at more than CAD 2.5 million.

Construction material prices continue to climb

ABC survey reports nearly 1 percent rise in material prices in April.

Strong Man opens new Miami DC

New 20,000 square-foot facility will enhance Strong Man's delivery efficiency to domestic and international customers.

Case Studies: Simpson Strong-Tie Timber SS screw keeps $8.7M Pismo Beach Pier project on track

Strong-Drive SDWS Timber SS Type 316 stainless-steel structural screws enabled timber decking work to be done in much less time than with traditional spikes and lag screws.

ABC Report: Safety best practices can make construction companies 680% safer

2019 Safety Performance Report shows that proactive safety practices can reduce recordable incidents by up to 85%.

National Safety Stand-Down kicks off with event in Texas

Acting Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt spoke at the construction site for the Texas Rangers' new stadium.

Weiler Abrasives kicks off 75th anniversary celebration

Company focuses on customers, coworkers and community as thanks for their support.

Rockler stores offer free wooden bow tie making class

"Make and Take" classes on June 8th are a gift making opportunity for Father's Day.

Kyocera to acquire SouthernCarlson

Kyocera Corporation announced that it has concluded an agreement to acquire 100 percent ownership of SouthernCarlson Inc., a distributor of tools, fasteners, packaging and facility supplies.

CSDA's St. Petersburg convention sets new records

Attendance soars 15 percent for best-ever main land U.S. event.

Calculated Industries introduces Construction Master EZ app for Android 

New app brings the power of Construction Master EZ to Android.

NAHB: 55+ housing market opens Q1 2019 with record high

Housing Market Index hits its highest point since its creation in 2008.

PaintLine to show new products at the National Hardware Show

New cabinet finishing solutions are featured in PaintLine Booth #4736 in Las Vegas, May 7-9.

Exclusive: Four ways to future-proof your construction business

Contractors and distributors alike can utilize these strategies for adapting to today's market challenges. 

U.S. construction spending dips 0.9 percent in March

Nonresidential construction is the bright spot, ticking up 0.5 percent.

Simpson Strong-Tie renews STEM education support

Partners with Habitat for Humanity playhouse build for third straight year.

HD's Carol Tomé retires

McPhail steps up to executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer.

Huttig Building Products announces Q1 2019 results

Company tallies net sales of $197.4 million for quarter.

Amazon announces new freight trucking platform

Trial freight platform is reportedly undercutting prices by up to a third.

MSA offers free webinar: Leading Edge SRLs and Fall Clearance

Webinar is set for Thursday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Estwing to launch sledge hammer line at Hardware Show

New striking tools will be shown at booth 7233.

Metabo HPT joins movement to rebuild the skilled trade workforce

Lowe’s launches Generation T program to help job seekers and companies close the skilled trades gap.

Makita launches Rule the Outdoors OPE national media campaign

Campaign promoting cordless outdoor power equipment will appear across television, digital and more.

Chris Berry, “Paint Life TV” YouTube Star at National Hardware Show

Berry to appear in PaintLine Booth #4736 – Las Vegas May 7-9.

ITR Webinar - U.S. Housing and Nonresidential Construction: A Tale of Two Sectors

Webinar is set for April 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST with Taylor St. Germain.

STAFDA offers ultra-relevant Nashville workshop speakers

2019 STAFDA sonvention offers seven must-see sessions on marketing, leadership, women in business and technology.

CSDA elects 2019 Officers & Board of Directors

Matthew Finnigan becomes 2019 president; Mike Orzechowski is vice president.

Epiroc USA appoints Jon Torpy new general manager

Torpy steps up from VP of marketing.

AD adds Amerlux as ‘Best-in-Class’ supplier

New Value line caters to distributors and design-build firms.

New home sales rose 4.5 percent in March

Average selling price was $376,000. 

OSHA announces 6th Annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down

Event runs May 6-10 and will focus on preventing falls in construction.

Exclusive: Technology is integral to concrete paving 

Millimeter GPS from Topcon raises the bar.

U.S. housing market permits slip 1.7 percent in March

But single-family completions surge 11.9 percent for month. 

Kennedy Manufacturing launches new website

Improved site adds configuration and shopping tools, system ideas and more.

OLFA announces annual program to support diversity and inclusion efforts

‘Build Diversity’ program will provide cutting solutions to organizations who support a diverse group of makers and professionals.

Simpson Strong-Tie renews Habitat for Humanity sponsorship

Company has supported charitable effort for 13 years.

MBW names Cavalier Industries as new rep for Canada

Cavalier is based in Alberta and has warehouses in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

Weiler wins ISA Innovation Award

Weiler Abrasives received the People's Choice Innovation Impact Award at the 2019 Industrial Supply Association convention.

Midland Metal Mfg. named 2018 Supplier of the Year at IDCO Expo

IDCO is a premier co-op for independent hose distributors.

More than 1,200 specialty contractor companies now rely on Procore to manage their business

Industry leaders such as ABLe Communications and Green Mechanical utilize Procore.

Southwire welcomes John Wirtz and Dan Stuart to leadership team

John Wirtz to serve as company’s SVP Utility and Dan Stuart to join as SVP of Information Technology Services.

Exclusive: Carbide 101: A Primer on Tungsten Carbide

Bosch Power Tools accessories group manager Tom Grego answers questions about carbide use in the concrete industry.

Builder confidence edges up in April

NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index creeps up one point to 63 in April. 

CHANNELLOCK announces second annual Trade School Trade-Up competition 

Video contest features a top prize of $5,000 cash, tools and a classroom makeover. 

2019 Economic Outlook forecasts 4.5% expansion

Equipment Leasing & Finance also predicts 2.2% GDP growth.

Mastip Technology appoints new General Manager

Plastics and injection molding veteran Jeff Ribley hired to manage North American operations.

Shurtape launches year five of Mission: HVAC, Educating for Success program

Program showcases journey of three students; adds instructor for new point of view.

Huttig Building Products expands Florida warehouse

Expansion adds more than 200,000 square feet to existing facility. 

Dodge Momentum Index inches higher in March

A 2.8 percent increase in commercial building drives March uptick. 

PIP acquires QRP Gloves

QRP is a leader in gloves and finger cots for clean and controlled environments.

Hoffmann Group USA optimizes web-based eForm Configurator for rigid foam Inlays

Customers can design customized rigid foam inlays for tool cases, drawers and cabinets.

Exclusive: Prioritizing opportunities using four levels of focus

Try this exercise in prioritizing goals by "strategic proximity."

Grabber Construction Products announces new President and CEO

Robert Waterhouse joins Grabber from L&W Supply.

NetPlus Alliance 2018 group purchases grow 27 percent over 2017

Group predicts that member purchases will grow 12 percent in 2019.

KINSHOFER acquires Hammer SRL

Gains hydraulic breaker line with acquisition.

U.S. construction spending ticks up 1 percent in February

Only nonresidential work dips 0.5 percent for month. 

US LBM acquires BM Windows

Building products leader expands specialty product offering in the Las Vegas market.

Topcon announces enhancements to 3D dozer system

3D-MCMAX system now supports 4-way pusher class dozers.

Rockler introduces folding Adirondack chair plan and templates

Kit includes step-by-step instructions and full-size cardboard templates.

SOLEC-Solar Energy celebrates 45 years

Heat reflecting and absorbing optical coatings manufacturer began business in 1974.

Industrial Bolt & Supply patriarch passes away

John "Jack" Butcher was father of Derek Butcher and 2018 STAFDA president Michelle St. John. 

Handling Systems International adds new manufacturing facility

Crane, gantry and hoist company will triple its manufacturing space. 

IPS acquires Tough Pans

Diversified Products Division adds drain pan line to its roster.

Western Specialty Contractors creates "7 C Strategy for Cost-Effective Preventative Maintenance"

New program model focuses on seven key components of effective maintenance programs.

Report: Recovering from a hurricane takes an average of 11 months

BuildFax U.S. Hurricane Recovery Report looks at recovery and prevention activities following major storms.

Cerrowire launches new raceway fill calculator app

App helps electricians determine what size conduit to use for copper and aluminum building wire.

TrueLook, Autodesk BIM 360 integration offers real-time view of construction projects

Integration allows TrueLook construction camera users to livestream videos on Autodesk’s home dashboard.

Minnich Manufacturing announces Stinger concrete vibrator giveaway

Contractor promotion runs now to April 23, 2019.

Weldcote introduces new website

New site features responsive web design, easier navigation and more.

Housing starts slide 8.7 percent in February

Pace declines after January numbers hit a post recession high.

David Goggins to keynote STAFDA’s Nashville convention 

The "toughest man in the world" will address STAFDA on Nov. 11.

Report: Compensation trends into the 21st century

New Bureau of Labor Statistics report looks at private industry compensation, health insurance and benefit history and trends. 

Link Manufacturing adds two key sales executives

Anthony Ermitage joins as OEM account manager and John Adami will lead sales for PACCAR and Daimler Trucks.

Exclusive: The future is now for construction vehicle LEDs

Upgrading LED hazard/warning strobe lights is now a no-brainer. 

HD Supply sales grow 18.1 percent in 2018

Q4 2018 sales grow 22.2 percent.

Construction is second most targeted industry for email fraud attacks

Recently quarterly report looks at industries and employees most at risk of attack.

T. J. Bland named GM and COO of Adhesives Technology Corporation

Bland joined ATC in 2014 from Stanley Black & Decker.

Labor shortage is builders' top challenge in 2019

NAHB/Wells Fargo report lists top headwinds facing builders this year. 

Midwest flooding puts more than 200 miles of levees at risk

Cropland soil could take decades to recover.

ITR Economics announces March 26 webinar

STAFDA's economists look at the linked economic traits of Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.

MRA report highlights top regions driving metal roofing growth

Popularity is growing in states threatened by climate extremes, and residential metal roofing contractors are in high demand.

Superior Aluminum Products issues new catalog

Literature details Superior's full line of multi-housing products.

ACPA supports Interstate Renewal Plan

Plan includes 10 key recommendations to Congress on spending levels and related programs to maintain and improve the transportation-construction industry.

DT Seminar: Turning branch managers into business managers

Two-day event is set for May 2-3, 2019 at the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare.

EPA bans consumer sales of methylene chloride paint removers

Agency also plans to limit chemical's commercial use.

Case Studies: Utah landfill shuffles, gains space

GPS rover and level/slope measuring system help relocate garbage to gain 2.3 million yards of landfill space.

Hypertherm acquires waterjet leader OMAX

OMAX to join forces with Hypertherm, strengthening its waterjet industry leadership position.

Exclusive: Smart LEDs are here

The built-in solution that could help future-proof your facilities.

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.

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