August 2020 News

Simpson Strong-Tie donates $25,000 to American Red Cross to support fire relief in California
Over one million acres of land have burned since August 15.

Exclusive: Successfully managing remote employees
Working from home has been a dream for many employees, but now the reality — and the problems — begin to set in.

Buyers Products breaks ground on massive warehouse expansion 
New 280,000-square-foot expansion will double company's HQ and DC.

Milwaukee Tool Launches PIPELINE Virtual New Product Symposium
Live online symposium lets you be there even if you can't. 

Case Studies: How Interpart grew JCB aftermarket parts revenue by 15x
Online ordering has increasingly become the preference for parts buyers.

IRCG Weekly Pandemic Index edges up 0.5 percent 
Results show sales growth in two of the last three weeks.

WTO finds in Canada’s favor in softwood lumber dispute
NAHB lauds WTO decision and urges the U.S. and Canada to revisit tariff structure. 

HD mobilizes to support communities facing Hurricane Laura
Hurricane Command Center will go virtual help communities in the path of storms to prepare and minimize damage.

Infor expands Cloud-based construction solution to support industry's push into property management
Continued investment in industry boosts construction businesses' evolution from builders to holistic property managers.

New home sales rise 13.9 percent in July
Average sales price is $391,300.

National Hardware Show sets virtual show for October 12-15, 2020
Event will feature seminars, keynote presentations and virtual Jublia "booth" appointment scheduling capabilities. 

Blue Monster Products launches new website
New feature-rich website has streamlined navigation and more mobile-friendly architecture.

Fecon announces two new VPs
Robert Soehner joins Fecon as VP of Operations and Mike Kucharski as VP of Dealer Development.

Diversified Product Development breaks ground on new headquarters
New 60,000-square-foot Waco, Texas facility is set to be completed in early 2021.

Case Studies: Weitz Data Center construction continues with new worker safety measures
MĬĀkuSafe and The Weitz Company partner to use data to promote workplace safety, COVID-19 protective measures.

AD member Van Meter named most-loved company in Iowa recognizes the top companies in each state, with Van Meter taking the honors in Iowa.

Makita U.S.A. opens massive DC and Training Center in Reno
New 600,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will enhance Makita's warehousing, training and tool service capabilities. 

Total Specialties USA expands sales team 
John Neucere is new DSM and Zachary Wells is new Technical Sales Representative for Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.

HD sales grow 23.4 percent in Q2
Net earnings for Q2 of fiscal 2020 were $4.3 billion.

Core & Main completes acquisition of Water Works Supply Co.
Core & Main now has more than 275 locations nationwide.

U.S. housing permits and starts surge in July
Privately-owned housing permits rose 18.1 percent for month; starts rose 17 percent.

Dedicated sales team at MAX hits a strong first half
Two regions see 55 and 64 percent sales growth.

Safe cutting: An easy way to protect your workforce
Simple best practices can help avoid costly injuries and worker downtime.

AD’s business development SVP Tom Blue to retire 
Before joining AD, Blue served for more than 25 years at Milwaukee Tool.

PG Tool Sales Agency to represent GatorBar in eastern states
GatorBar glass-fiber-reinforced composite rebar offers several cost and performance advantages over steel.

Huttig Building Products gets an offer
Huttig confirms receipt of an unsolicited acquisition proposal from Mill Road Capital.

Milwaukee Tool integrates One-Key with Autodesk BIM 360
System seamlessly shares information between the two solutions and enhance asset tracking, project management and reporting.

C.H. Hanson acquires Superior Tool
Cleveland-based Superior Tool has been making plumbing tools since the 1940s.

Pure Safety Group leaders take new roles with Standards organizations
Matt Moreau named head of ISEA dropped objects committee; Faber named vice chair of ANSI anchorage connectors committee.

Southwire to invest $46M in expansion of Bremen, Indiana campus
Expansion will add 250,000 square feet and create 115 jobs.  

Zurn receives National Preferred Partner designation
David Weekley Homes names Zurn one of its top vendor partners. 

NCCER releases 10th edition of Electrical Curriculum
Curriculum has been updated to meet the 2020 NFPA 70: National Electric Code (NEC).

CD&R to combine HD Supply's White Cap business with Construction Supply Group
Deal will create a $4 billion group of over 400 branches nationwide. 

Uponor launches new website
New resource-rich website consolidates multiple sites into one.

Mule-Hide promotes Ken Schultz and Rob Keating
Ken Schultz becomes regional director for the West and Midwest and Rob Keating becomes regional director for the Northeast.

Peterson Manufacturing sponsors 2020 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Vehicle safety products manufacturer donates $10,000 to recognize outstanding drivers.

JM Electrical wins 2020 NECA Safety Excellence Award 
Award marks the third time JM Electrical has been won.

Sphere 1 Cooperative announces new Board of Directors
Jeff Tannenbaum, Suzanne Brunnemer and Sean Ackerman become new board members. 

IRCG Weekly Pandemic Revenue Index shows 1.4% increase 
Half of index participants saw a sales gain last week.

EVERWIN USA names Charles Jackson Regional National Account Manager
Jackson brings Everwin his expertise from 25 years at SouthernCarlson. 

PaintLine partners with Florida Marketing sales team
Rep agency will focus on expanding PaintLine dealer network in Florida.

June 2020 total construction spending keeps pace with 2019 rate
Public and private construction spending both dip 0.7 percent for the month. 

US LBM acquires Maner Builders Supply
Leading national specialty building products distributor expands in Georgia and South Carolina.

Huttig Building Products announces Q2 2020 results
Net sales for quarter dip just 12.1 percent YOY, due to the pandemic.

HD announces plans for three new DC's in Georgia
New facilities are expected to create 1,000 new jobs.

KNAACK celebrates 60 years of maximum job site security 
Milestone event includes surprise giveaways and a #TributeToTan campaign.

Sonnhalter kicks off 11th annual Tool Drive 
Charitable drive has collected more than $280,000 in products for the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.

Lind Equipment wins Norwegian military contract for tactical lighting
Contract allows Norway to provide its troops with state-of-the-art lighting for deployment anywhere.

Apex Tool Group names Acme Tools Partner of the Year 
Acme Tools operates 10 retail stores in the Upper Midwest.

Viega adds online training seminars in August
Seminar attendees can earn credits and certifications.

ASV expands dealer network in Q2
New dealers serve Minnesota, Mississippi and Texas.  

Stabila launches "True Pro Ladies" campaign 
Campaign inspires women in trades worldwide and partners with fundraising for children's hospice.

MAX USA Corp. launches new LinkedIn page
New page will expand customer engagement through industry best practices, commercial trends and product support.