August 2018 News

Southwire acquires ProBuilt Professional Lighting
ProBuilt products include Wobblelight and Hang-a-light job site lighting solutions.

Viega promotes Sturgill to RSM for Mid-Atlantic 
Brad Sturgill moves back east from Viega's Southwest region.

Robroy Enclosures names marketing and market development managers
Mimi Miles is new marketing manager and Gary Quirk joins as market development manager.

Production Coach Software wins major award
Company takes 2018 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award at IWF show. 

Makinex moves into new North American HQ
New Torrance, California facility allows room for continued growth.

New home sales dip 1.7 percent in July
Average selling price was $394,300.

Dorner names Todd Kaull VP of global operations
Kaull will oversee Dorner’s manufacturing and assembly operations in Wisconsin, Germany, Mexico and Malaysia.

STAFDA 2018 convention nears sell-out
All five initial host hotels are sold out; a second exhibit hall is in reserve. 

Lowe's shutters Orchard Supply stores
Nearly 100 stores and 4,000 employees will be impacted.

PIP Global expands marketing team
Eric Henzie becomes marketing manager for PIP Industrial; Andrew Sheridan is named  marketing manager for Retail and Specialty Markets.

Dodge: New construction starts slide 9 percent in July
Nonresidential building pulls back after surge in June.

NAHB forecasts industry opportunities and challenges ahead
Housing market influences include declining affordability, tariffs and multifamily housing trends. 

Marne Martin named president of IFS Service Management and CEO of WorkWave
Accomplished industry veteran to lead IFS Global Service Management initiatives.

DOL issues FAQ on OSHA Silica Standard
New Frequently Asked Questions and videos cover the OSHA Standard for controlling silica in construction.

Cool Stories: Building with foam
Giant foam blocks are being used in major construction projects across Puget Sound.

AD completes planned transition to member ownership
Wholesale buying/marketing group has 500-plus independent member companies.

Effective Inventory Management announces two workshops
STAFDA's Inventory consultants set workshops for October 22-23 and October 24, 2018.

Motion Industries announces the death of president and CEO Tim Breen
Breen served as president and CEO since 2014.

Klein Tools names 2018 Electrician of the Year regional winners
Six regional winners have a chance to experience the 2019 Big Game; grand prize winner will be announced September 20 via Facebook Live.

The Home Depot grows sales 8.4 percent in Q2
Net earnings for quarter are $3.5 billion.

Emerson president and COO to retire
Edward L. Monser steps down; Michael Train named new president.

New business offers tax strategy services for construction entrepreneurs
Numbers House provides tax strategy, business consulting and compliance services to new construction businesses.

Osborn named official abrasive of Lucas Oil Raceway
Osborn will have title rights of the Osborn Fall Classic, Oct. 12-14, signage across the facility, display space and suite access for select events.

NAHB: Builder confidence remains firm in August
However, headwinds include rising construction costs, shortages of skilled labor and a dearth of buildable lots.

Southwire acquires Garvin Industries
Acquisition enhances Southwire's product breadth, custom capabilities and innovation.

MAX USA names top salesperson of first half of 2018
Southeast regional sales executive Brett Miller wins recognition. 

iQ Power Tools joins Sphere 1
iQ becomes first company in new Sphere 1 Power Equipment & Silica Collection product category.

Remembering Ronnie Mann
Former president of Mann Tool passed away on August 1, 2018.

Malco supports trade education programs
Malco annually donates more than $130,000 of in-kind tools and apparel to skilled trade education programs.

MRA offers new marketing toolkit for metal roofing contractors and installers
Kit includes includes table tents, yard signs, literature, infographics, videos and ads.

Dow DuPont Specialty Products opens Idaho manufacturing plant
Facility will produce STYROFOAM brand XPS insulation products.

Hy-Brid Lifts appoints Southeast territory manager
Dave Sluis brings Hy-Brid 12 years of industry experience, most recently with LiftOne.

DPA names Distributor and Supplier of the Year
Brighton Best International is also honored with DPA Excellence Award.

Dodge Momentum Index ticks up in July
Commercial segment advances 3.3 percent as institutional segment slides 1.5 percent for month.

AGC: Construction employment hits 10-year high in July
Sector adds 19,000 jobs for month and 303,000 for the year.

Klein Tools study identifies key attraction of electrical careers
Latest study finds that the ability apply problem solving skills, work with their hands and job security are top draws. 

RIDGID names Tim Dunphy marketing director of Underground Technologies
Dunphy brings RIDGID more than 20 years of industry experience. 

Keith Jahnke completes career with MBW
Jahnke is retiring after 45 with the company. 

Rockler cross lap jig: the key to two new "Build It With Rockler" projects
Free plans, online videos and in-store demonstration simplify process.

Zurn launches complete line of fire protection solutions
Product line covers backflow preventers, fire, shut-off and pressure relief valves, automatic control valves and in-building risers.

Black Ink Technologies adds advanced analytics to Dealer CRM
Instant datasets and analysis now available for independent distributors and OEMs to manage their relationships with dealers.

Sharp installs SmartStorage at ILM Tool
Bay Area machine shop adds solar storage solution.