April 2015 News

OSHA issues final confined space construction rules
Protections now match those in manufacturing and general industry.

U.S. construction spending slides in March
Commercial segment climbs 1 percent for month; all others slip.

New Distributor's Warehouse Guide offered
Guide covers quick, inexpensive fixes for warehouse problems.

The next weird thing: Exoskeletons for construction workers
Suit makes heavy power tools feel weightless.

AD member sales up 7% to $7.9 Billion in 2015 Q1
Electrical and HVAC sales grow 7 %; building materials climb 12%.

Stanley Black & Decker sales rise 1 percent in 1Q 2015
Q1 sales hit $2.6 billion.

Topcon construction drones are cleared for takeoff
Company earns FAA exemption for Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Atlas Copco appoints new management team for road construction equipment division
Five new managers take helm.

Sonnhalter agency completes transition of ownership
Matt Sonnhalter becomes sole owner of B2T marketing communications agency.

OSHA unveils new "It's The Law" poster
New safety poster informs workers of their rights, and employers of their responsibilities.

Walter Surface Technologies wins Supplier of the Year
Indica Marketing Group Canada names Walter top supplier for fourth time.

IronPlanet Names Jeff Holmes VP, Government Solutions
Army and defense industry veteran will lead GovPlanet division.

CSDA elects 2015 officers and Board of Directors
Kevin Baron becomes CSDA president; Jack Sondergard is named VP.

NetPlus Alliance welcomes five new suppliers
Accuform Signs, Bon Tool, C-Line Products, ArmorToes and ProBuilt Professional Lighting join buying group.

Klein Tools conducts State of the Industry survey
Survey finds significant gaps in experience, training and preferences between generations.

IronPlanet sets spring sales for April 29 - May 1
Sales to feature approximately 2,500 items from CMG Construction, Rud Construction, Sunbelt Rentals and Chevron Questa Mine.

Topcon announces new website for positioning professionals
Site covers construction, geopositioning, agriculture, OEM, BIM and more.

Construction jobs increased in 41 states over last 12 months
But 29 states and D.C. lost jobs between February and March. 

Atlas Roofing releases ProAPP mobile tool for contractors
App includes CRM functions, a Shingle Visualizer, lead generator and estimates manager.

Atlas Copco distributor Air Technologies receives energy efficiency award
Company helped American Electric Power (AEP) Ohio save more than 5 million kWh hours of energy.

Honda Power Equipment turns 40 -- million
Company marks the sales of 40 million power products in the U.S.

Bosch Lead the Charge Power Tour revs up for six-month run
Interactive mobile power tool technology display moves across U.S. and Canada.

New home sales slide 11.4 percent in March
Rate still trends 19.4 percent ahead of March 2014.

Weiler Corporation expands headquarters
Company announces new brand identity, revamped website and capacity and headquarters expansion.

U.S. hotel construction heats up in March
Hotel construction for March 2015 trends 13.7 percent over 2014.

Danielle Mohn Joins as Chief Marketing Officer
Joins online home improvement retailer from Petco.

Pentair acquires Bylin Engineered Systems
Deal expands Pentair's ice and snow-melt portfolio.

Enerpac launches Enerpac Academy
Promotes safety with in-house training on high-pressure hydraulic tools.

Grant Howe Joins ECi as Chief Technology Officer
Howe brings 21 years of software development and management experience to ECi.

New NYC tower could be world's tallest residential building
Plans show future Nordstrom Tower to be 1,775 feet tall.

U.S. demand rises for construction cranes
Trend indicates a healthy commerical market ahead.

Cool Stories: Austin could get tallest building west of the Mississippi
58-story condo tower looks like a white Jenga stack.

Hyde Tools celebrates 140 years
Company honors milestone with commemorative tools.

Simpson issues new Strong-Wall bracing selector Web app
Makes it easier to specify equivalent Strong-Wall Shearwall solutions for wall bracing.

Rockler helps plant 10,000 trees for Earth Day
Partnership with Hardwood Forestry Fund to benefit Indiana, Ohio forests.

Klein Tools announces loyalty rewards program
Customers can earn points and swap for Klein merchandise.

Dynabrade acquires National Detroit
Pneumatic abrasive power tool manufacturer joins Dynabrade family.

Single-family residential construction inches up in March
Permits, starts and completions all rise for month.

Radians is named exclusive supplier of DEWALT heated jackets
DEWALT heated jacket line adds 18 new styles to Radians’ cold weather arsenal.

Alex Lyon & Son announces Proxibid construction equipment auctions
Eight heavy equipment auctions are set through May 8.

Simpson Strong-Tie sponsors The Tech Challenge 2015
Engineering competition challenges middle and high school students.

NetPlus Alliance names Shirley Weiland Assistant VP of Operations
Weiland has been with NetPlus since 2002.

Housing market posts double digit sales gains in March
Realtors see sustained market recovery underway.

OSHA and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication renew alliance
Partnership will work to reduce and prevent worker exposure to chemical hazards.

Hyde Tools and Danny Lipford team up for national home improvement media event
Two-Day Curb Appeal program will feature Hyde Pivot Pro washer wand.

CribMaster releases new software solutions
CribMaster 10, CribMaster Web and CribMaster Mobile Plus will help users manage inventory more effectively.

CSDA reports contractor profits up 54%
New member survey shows a thriving concrete sawing and drilling category.

Group forecasts 5% growth in equipment and software investment in 2015
Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation predicts overall GDP growth of 3.1% for year.

Plans move ahead for $10 billion Union Station expansion in D.C.
Expansion plans to triple the station's passenger capacity.

Viega announces two radiant training seminars
Semiars are set for Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

Cool Stories: Australia's third tallest building is going up
Structure will feature a glass curtain wall designed to take advantage of Brisbane's weather. 

Pentair acquires Nuheat
Electric floor heating systems expand Pentair's thermal building solutions portfolio.

Radco Industries names Stephanie Kotsios Account Manager – Military Products
Kotsios has been with Radco since 2006.

Sphere 1 "cements" concrete membership at World of Concrete
Group has best member turn out ever for 2015 show.

Ameripipe Supply, Inc. to launch Atlanta operation
Company taps Gary Singleton as manager.

Job openings rise to 14-year high in February
Openings hit 5.1 million for month.

Wendt USA announces new leadership roles
Shane Miller joins as NSM; Chris Cecchettini becomes Director of Sales and Marketing.

Arrow Fastener launches Plier 22 Business Replenishment Program
Small businesses can now have staples auto-ordered monthly.

Wacker Neuson continues to grow in North American construction market
Doubles U.S. revenues in four years.

PIP names Tim Kane national account manager
Kane will manage HD Supply, Staples and Airgas business.

Rocker adds SawStop Jobsite Tablesaw
Portable saw is first to feature SawStop's safety technology.

VETO PRO PAC Names 2014 Sales Award Winners
Gunder Associates, Midwest Environmental Products named top sales agencies in 2014.

Rockler launches Woodshop Calculator web-based design app
Provides step-by-step guide for designing and building frame-and-panel cabinet doors.

Insite Software partners with Dell to deliver B2B eCommerce solutions
Partnership combines hardware and software leadership to benefit key vertical markets.

Epicor releases Eclipse v9.0 Wholesale Distribution ERP
Features refreshed user interface, rebate tracking and messaging.

HD Supply announces fiscal 2014 full-year and Q4 results
HD Supply White Cap ends 2014 with sales of $1.5 billion, up 15 percent from 2013.

"Spring cleaning" safety tips
Cintas offers tips for reenergizing your safety programs this spring.

AMES and Razor-Back launch new websites
Sites feature reorganized product sections, integrated video and social media.

Walter Surface Technologies appoints new President and COO
Michael Christodoulou joins Walter from Cummins.