April 2012 News

ERB Safety receives Evergreen Marketing Group Supplier of the Year Award
Also announces distribution agreement with Ashtead Technology.

DDI System Releases Inform Software Version 77
Free upgrade for DDI System Inform subscribers includes warehouse specific pricing, consignment warehousing functions and more.

DMT Wins Global Trade Award; Secures Grant to Increase Export Sales
Enhances worldwide recognition and respect for “Made in the USA.”

U.S. GDP Grows 2.2 Percent in Q1
Personal consumption climbs 2.9 percent in quarter; real residential fixed investment advances 19.1 percent.

March Pending Home Sales Rise, Market Recovering
Pending home sales increased in March and are well above a year ago, another signal the housing market is recovering.

Toro Acquires Stone Construction Equipment, Inc.
Toro will use acquisition to expand its rental market presence.

General Tools & Instruments Celebrates 90 Years
Company recaps its role in the first National Hardware Show in 1946.

Amazon launches AmazonSupply
New online business offers 500,000 products across 14 industrial categories.

MovinCool Names New Manager
David Keller to head DENSO Sales California, Inc.’s Heat Management Department.

Epicor to Host Its Largest Global Customer Conference
Conference to draw 3,000 to Las Vegas May 6-9.

New home sales slide 7.1% in March, but February Totals Get Revised Up
Pace of sales remains 7.5 percent above March 2011 level.

Bosch Bulldog Xtreme Max and Bosch D-tect150 Wall/Floor Scanner Named Most Innovative Products at World of Concrete
Tools receive Industry Choice awards at annual tradeshow.

Barker Named Executive VP at ERB Safety
Jacqueline Barker, 20-year ERB veteran, will lead sales and business development.

Grainger Q1 sales up 16%
Sales of $2.2 billion led by a strong increase in heavy manufacturing and natural resources.

Industry Veteran Haag Passes Away
John A. "Jack" Haag of the SGS Tool Company was ASMMA president in 1995.

IDEAL Mourns Passing of Former Vice President of Sales Bob Bukowsky at Age 71
Retired from Ideal in 2008; received Honorary Life Membership in NAED.

Klein Tools Promotes Mark Klein to VP, Domestic Sales
Most recently served as Director, North American Sales.

Subaru's Pam Meyer Elected to ARA Board of Directors
Industry veteran has been active in the rental industry for more than 30 years.

High Demand for Igloo's Yukon Cold Locker Spurs Increase in Domestic Manufacturing Capacity
Manufacturing expansion includes new rotomolding lines and 20 new factory associates.

Bullard Abrasives Acquires Marvel Abrasive Products
Deal broadens Bullard's product portfolio for the welding, construction, and fabricating industries.

AIH Opens New Alaska Superstore
New 53,000-square-foot superstore incorporates the latest in sustainable energy designs.

IDEAL Lowers Cost of Certifying & Documenting LAN Cabling
Special promotional savings of up to 65% on SignalTEK gigabit ethernet certifiers.

Bonsal American Acquires TXI Package Products of Texas
TXI lines include dry mix concrete, cement, bulk mortar and private-label products.

New Residential Construction Shows a Shifting Market in March
Privately-owned multiple housing unit permits climb 4.5 percent; single-family permits slide from February. 

The April/May 2012 Contractor Supply is Here!
Our largest regular issue to date features a load of extra articles and a special guest consultant story you won't want to miss. 

Nowlin promoted at Acklands-Grainger
New president named for Grainger's Canadian subsidiary.

EquipRent Launches Embeddable Rental Quote Widget to Rental Operators
Widget enables any Web site to offer local rental quotes to contractors.

Thomas & Betts Launches Redesigned Website and Social Media Program
New site is easier to navigate and offers more application tools and product information.

Free Webcast: Practical Marketing Considerations for Construction Brands
May 15 Webcast will cover three critical areas of construction marketing.

Home Buyer Urgency Improves, More See Now Good Time to Buy
Survey: 73 percent of Americans say now is a good time to buy.

Simpson Strong-Tie Renews Partnership with Habitat for Humanity
Reaches $1.5 million in donations.

Manasquan Premium Fasteners Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Company grew from local need to source quality stainless steel fasteners.

AmEX Offers Free White Paper on Tax Planning
Free paper covers 2012 tax changes, retirement planning and more.

Mike Holmes Lends Support to Building Safety Month
Month-long campaign in May aims to raise awareness of energy, fire, disaster and backyard safety.

ISK Industries acquires Fleming Safety Group
Acquisition adds safety and fire lines to ISK rep presence in 13 states.

Caterpillar Hiring, Largest Maker Of Construction Machinery, Mounts Quick Recovery
CAT expands quickly to meet demand; dealers, buyers cite shortages of machines.

Lenox Launches Speed Slot Hole Saw Sweepstakes.
Lucky contractors can win a trip for two to Jackson Hole.

Will Housing Prices Soar By 2014?
Real estate economists and analysts are increasingly optimistic that the housing market will have a dramatic recovery in the next two years.

Copper State Bolt & Nut Co. Goes Solar
Chooses Green Choice Solar installations for three Valley locations.

HD SUPPLY Exec Named a CFO of the Year
Brett Brown is named a CFO of the year by the San Diego Business Journal.

Construction Companies Recruit Trainees from Other Fields
As demand increases, field broadens its search.

2012 RIDGID Reputation Roadshow in Full Gear
Roadshow offers product demos, sneak previews of new products.

Australia to Lure More U.S. Construction Workers
Need a job in construction? Go west -- way west!

U.S. Construction Dips in February
So far in 2012, construction exceeds 2011 by 7.4 percent.

Stuart Mechlin Joins Board of Advisors of Machinery Systems/Machinery Tooling & Supply
Joins MT&S from Affiliated Distributors Industrial Supply Division.