August 2010 News

UC Irvine Offers Free Webinar on Search Engine Optimization
Free webinar Sept. 9 previews program designed to enhance the Internet marketing abilities of businesses.

Myrick named ProBuild CEO
ProBuild Holdings Inc. announced that Bill Myrick has been appointed chief executive officer, succeeding Paul Hylbert.

U.S. Manufacturers Welcome Improvements in Antidumping Orders
Proposals would give antidumping watchdogs sharper teeth.

U.S. GDP posts annual rate of 1.6% in Q2
In Q1, real GDP increased 3.7 percent.

Toll Brothers, other builders stock up on cheap land
The 12 largest U.S. home builders added 14,214 lots to their inventories in the first two quarters of this year.

July Existing-Home Sales Fall, But Prices Rise
Existing-home sales were sharply lower in July following expiration of the home buyer tax credit but home prices continued to gain, according to the National Association of REALTORS.

New residential sales tumble in July
Miss June rate by 12.4%; fall 32.4% from last year.

WD-40 partners with Rebuilding Together to seek Tradesperson of the Year
Grand prize winner gets trip for two to the Super Bowl.

Western Tool Supply emerges from Chapter 11
Reorganized company will operate 20 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Utah.

Ideal Industries to buy SK Hand Tools
Will maintain SK brand and sell into automotive and industrial markets.

Makita issues new full-line catalog
124-page catalog features its LXT 18V Lithium-ion line up, AVT (Anti-Vibration Technology) concrete tools, DXT (Deep and eXact Cutting Technology) saws, high-pressure air compressors and more.

Take the CS Training Bullet Survey
Take Contractor Supply's brief (we promise!) online survey of your views on online training for product knowledge (PK), sales skills and operations.

$230 billion in stimulus cash not yet released
Major infrastructure projects still awaiting funds.

AGC offers LEED Train-the-Trainer webinar
Set for Thursday Aug. 26, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST.

Trimble acquires Accubid
Expands Trimbles BIM Building Construction Solutions capabilities.

Housing market shows broad price stabilization and strong sales in Q2
Metro areas are firming up nationwide.

'Green' buildings can still make you sick
Tightly constructed buildings can cause problems if not properly maintained.

July housing numbers continue to trend down
Permits dip 3%; starts slide 7% year over year; completions fall 25% for month from 2009. 

Count On Tools redesigns PB Swiss Tools storefront
Enhanced Web site features new graphics and diagrams to allow users to easily locate products and services.

STAFDA Convention Hotel Travel ALERT
Beware of companies offering "STAFDA Convention" hotel rooms at full price.

CRC publishes hurricane clean-up how-to guide
Features products to recover water-damaged electrical and electronic equipment.

EasyHeat Releases Full Line Heating Cable Catalog
Covers pipe tracing, roof and gutter de-icing, snow melting, floor warming and thermal storage products.

Ames True Temper acquires Australian company
Manufactures wheelbarrows, cement mixers, hand trolleys, compactors and bricksaws.

NAR: Home Prices Are Firming
Q2 home sales show price gains in 100 markets.

Lincoln launches weld fume awareness campaign
Company prepares fabricators to meet new EPA regulations.

MovinCool Promotes Mike Paulson
Will manage sales, customer service and engineering.

Mi-T-M Launches New Website
Provides easier navigation, better appearance and product info access.

New Legislation Combats Antidumping Law Evasion
Evasion destroys U.S. jobs, injures domestic industries and costs millions of dollars in uncollected duties.

BMC SELECT names Alexander CEO
Former ORCO president takes helm of lumber supply chain.

Home Purchase Applications Rise
Application filing rate climbs 7% over four weeks ago.

ISA Industrial Markets Report now available online
The 2010 edition of the ISA Industrial Markets Report is now available online.

Sphere 1 recognizes key members and suppliers
Powers, Champion and DeWALT named top suppliers.

STAFDA Posts Strong Pre-Convention Numbers
All categories trend stronger: distributor registrations up 51 percent.

Fomo staffers earn BPI Certification
Certified Building Analysts from Building Performance Institute.

DDI System's Inform software version 23 released
Adds transaction auditing, visual financial reporting and more.

Sonnhalter partners with Habitat for Humanity
First annual Sonnhalter Tool Drive to collect tools and building materials.

U.S. construction flat in June
Rate misses estimate by 7.9 percent.

2011 International Builders Show offers free/discounted registration
NAHB members who register by Aug. 31 can attend the show free.