April 2016 News

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.