August 2012 News

Pres-On Moves Into New Facility
New building in Bolingbrook, Illinois doubles Pres-On's manufacturing and warehousing space.

HD Supply Merges Utilities and Electrical Businesses
HD Supply Power Solutions will focus on three geographic regions in the U.S.

Topcon Launches Three-Year "Bulletproof" Warranty for GR-5
No-questions-asked warranty covers GNSS receiver.

i-lighting Doubles Sales for Second Consecutive Year
LED lighting systems provide simple, cost-effective and reliably increase home and deck visibility.

July Pending Home Sales Rebound
Existing-home sales are projected to rise 8 to 9 percent in 2012, plus 7 to 8 percent more in 2013.

U.S. GDP Grows 1.7 in Q2
Personal consumption grew 1.7 percent; residential fixed investment grew 8.9 percent for quarter as corporate profits rose $10.4 billion.

Energy Firm Plans $1.2B Transmission Line Project in Iowa
Kiewit project is expected to create 5,000 jobs.

$6B College Construction Campaign Restarts in L.A.
Construction gets green light in Los Angeles College District.

BOSS Snowplow and Gravely Team Up for Heavy Metal Sweepstakes
Contest includes a grand prize valued at $15,000.

Lyon Issues 2013 Catalog
Covers entire line of Lyon storage solutions for the job, shop, warehouse and plant.

HBD/Thermoid Names New Plant Manager
David Cawthon is new general manager for Chanute, KS manufacturing plant.

Qualcomm Comments on Trimble Acquisition
Qualcomm VP Norm Ellis issues statement.

Trimble to Acquire TMW Systems
TMW Systems provides trucking industry enterprise software.

New Residential Sales Climb 3.6 Percent in July
Sales trend 25.3 percent ahead of July 2011 rate.

Senco acquires Expandet A/S of Denmark
Expandet has been a leading fastener supplier in Europe, Asia and Africa since 1955.

NER and NICB Release 2011 Heavy Equipment Theft Report
Texas tops the nation for most theft; Houston is the highest-theft city in the country.

Logistics Adds Zoll & Acme United Lines
New lines include Camillus Knives, Clauss Tools, defibrillators and first aid products.

AGC Offers Safety Management Training Course
Three-day course set for Sept. 18-20 in Madison, WI.

Vallejo named Sr. VP Operations for Topcon Positioning Systems
Ray Vallejo is promoted from VP of planning, Topcon's Precision Agriculture division.

Construction employment declined in 31 states from July 2011 to July 2012
28 states lose jobs for the month amid public construction cuts.

Ericson Releases 2012 Solutions Guide and Technical Reference Catalog
New edition includes E-Grips, Mini-Sync, Micro-Sync and Tufftraxx lines.

Residential Building Permits Soar in July
Permits rise 6.8 percent month-over-month and nearly 30 percent year-over-year.

Topcon Launches TopNET Live Website
Site delivers high-quality, accurate, real-time GNSS data.

Coxreels Moves, Expands Operations
New facilities include expanded manufacturing space.

Construction material costs drop for third straight month
Price drops push down year-over-year prices for the first time since 2009.

Kerr Controls Picks Infor for Distribution Management
HVAC distributor selects Infor Distribution SX.e platform.

Epicor Named Ace Hardware’s Only Recommended Point-of-Sale Solution
Renewed alliance will support continued growth for Ace Hardware retailers.

The Home Depot Announces Second Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2012 Guidance
Reports Q2 earnings of $1.5 billion; comp store sales rise 2.6 percent.

Stuart Mechlin Joins Board of Directors at Alliance Distribution Partners
Mechlin was most recently Senior Vice-President of Affiliated Distributors.

Hal Wing Passes Away
Little Giant founder dies at 72.

CDCLarue Gets Vacuum Filter Patent
Earns first patent issued for twist-off Spun Bond Polyester PTFE coated air filters.

Home Depot To Acquire U.S. Home Systems
HD will absorb kitchen and bath products supplier.

Dorner Releases Full Specifications Catalog
Catalog includes comparison, selection and performance charts for all major conveyor platforms.

OMER Celebrates 40 Years

Chuck Hotze named National Sales Manager.

EGS Launches Social Media Community Site for Electrical Engineers
New site will host discussions, post articles and blogs.

Ram Tool Acquires Marco Supply
Marco's 12 locations expand Ram's southeastern U.S. footprint.

Leland Acquires Assets of Canadian Threadall and Westland Steel
Acquisitions expand Leland's threaded rod and fastener manufacturing capabilities.

Private Equity Group to Purchase Sullair
Transaction is expected to close in Q4.

Kurt Wozniak Appointed Vice President and Officer at Columbus McKinnon
Wozniak moves up from managing director of Latin America.

ERB Names Marczak Regional Sales Manager
Bob Marczak will manage sales in Northeast United States.

Travel Scams are Back
BEWARE: Unauthorized vendors are offering STAFDA convention packages.

Ergodyne Names News Regional Sales Director
Sean Madison joins from Wright Tool.