April 2018 News

Rockler releases DIY cabinet pullout shelf project and videos
Quick Fix videos cover cabinet improvements and maintenance.

Werner to train 25,000 construction pros in May
Fall protection and ladder safety trainings planned for annual safety event.

Contractors Supply Inc. acquires Driscoll Sales & Distributing
Deal expands CSI's reach in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

ERB Safety names new RSM
Leslie Hugo will serve the Northwest Region.

Phil Thompson wins ISA lifetime achievement award
Industrial Supply Company Chairman wins John J. Buckley Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Proxibid sees record breaking month in March
Shatters online sales and GMV records to achieve most successful month and quarter in company history.

New home sales rise 4 percent in March
Average sales price was $369,900. 

Rex-Cut Abrasives celebrates 90 years in business
Leading abrasives manufacturer was founded in 1928. 

PrimeSource names Tom Koos President and CEO
Consumer brands, global sourcing and distribution veteran joins building products distribution leader.

Emerson to acquire Textron's Tools & Test business
$810 milion deal brings Greenlee and Klauke test and measurement lines into RIDGID family.

Safety Supply Corporation to acquire LFS Glove
LFS now joins the Radians family of companies.

Rockler launches Plywood Challenge
Make something using one sheet of plywood, post it by May 31st.

Portamix unveils new brand in Paris
Company brings brand in-house and launches upgraded product line.

Western Specialty Contractors names Senior National Account Program Manager
Crystal Moyer moves up from national accounts manager. 

AGC publishes guide to creating a fleet safety program
The average fleet vehicle accident costs companies $59,000.

WonderPaint and IAQM team up to co-market Preventex-HDW
Environmentally-sensitive mold remedy provides mold remediation and prevention.

AGC issues new BIM education guides
New instructor and student guides are available now.

New tax law may increase developers’ sewer and water costs
Some utilities are allegedly using new law to shift CIACs to developers.

FlexMove, Geppert-Band merge into Dorner
New unified brand combines more than 100 years of conveyance expertise.

ACMA advocates new standards for composites in infrastructure
House hearing discusses new composites that are more reliable, durable and cost-effective than current infrastructure material options.

The Home Depot to hire 1,000 tech professionals
New jobs at Atlanta, Austin and Dallas technology centers will support HD's $11.1 billion, three-year strategic investment plan.

Simpson Strong-Tie and Habitat for Humanity build a playhouse
Project supports STEM education at local middle school.

Rockler to host jewelry tree Make and Take classes on May 5th
Free class is a gift making opportunity for Mother's Day.

Epiroc launches new website
Atlas Copco division's new site features easy navigation and online parts ordering.

U.S. housing starts rise 1.9 percent in March
Multifamily starts drive the segment as single-family starts retreat 3.7 percent. 

Report: U.S. needs 7.3 million more homes
Population growth and low housing production are creating a housing crisis. 

Earnest Machine adds new drilling capability
High-volume production drilling makes custom projects easy.

Exclusive: New vehicle leases will bring balance sheet changes
New IFRS standards go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

QA1 sponsors USCA GTV Class Ultimate Street Car Series 
Ultimate Street Car Association's GTV class features cars made before 1989.

Dan Harrington to head Cementir Holdings in North America
Harrington was previously president and CEO of Lehigh Hanson North America.

Topcon updates MAGNET Collage desktop
New features simplify collaboration and sharing of 3D point cloud data.

CSDA draws record turnout for 2018 convention
Hawaii event drew 68 percent more members than 2017 convention.

Exclusive: Safety labels vs signs: What’s the difference?
Professional signage made in your own facility can help prevent OSHA violations and costly fines.

Grabber partners with Phillips Manufacturing
Deal expands Grabber's offering of corner bead and trim products.

NetPlus Alliance partners with Texas A&M on best practices consortium for small distributors
New program will bring major-league best practices to small business operators. 

Brady welcomes director of supply chain management
Scott Schleifman takes on newly created position.

Strong Man partners with NACH Marketing
New partnership means more manpower on the West Coast.

Ballard Industrial acquires Jaxx
Jaxx specializes in high pressure hydraulic systems and industrial specialty equipment.

Strong Man opens new DC in California
Company's third DC is up and running in Cerritos.

Construction spending inches up in February 
But steep downturn in public construction prompts call for release of recently approved funds.

Mi-T-M celebrates 20 years of water treatment
Mi-T-M water treatment systems are used by rental yards, heavy equipment dealers, trucking facilities, ship yards, rental fleets, oil fields, municipalities and golf courses.

NAHB publishes homebuilder compensation survey
Single-Family Builder Compensation Study shows data on compensation and benefits for 39 common positions.

Construction employment increased in 257 out of 358 metro areas between February 2017 and February 2018
High market demand spurs hiring but builders face ongoing worker shortage.

EPA publishes new formaldehyde compliance dates
New compliance date for emission standards, recordkeeping and labeling is June 1, 2018. 

Grabber divests Concord, California gypsum yard to GMS
Sale is part of Grabber's move to Pittsburg, CA.

Shark queen joins 10th anniversary chess set
Queen is fifth piece in the special CNC series. 

MAPI predicts full manufacturing recovery by April 2019
U.S. manufacturing is predicted to regain all output lost in the Great Recession by April 2019.