August 2021 News

Makinex adds Owens to Business Development Team

Terry Owens will be in charge of sales in the Northeast United States.

Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $40,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake and California Wildfires

Over 12,000 have been injured in Haiti and two fires in California have burned more than 900,000 acres.

NAVAC Hires Kurtis Feil as Central Regional Sales Manager

Proven sales executive will oversee distributor relationships and training in US Midwest and Central Canada.

Polaris Commercial Hires New National Accounts Manager

Sam Sutherland brings Polaris more than 25 years of construction rental operations experience.

Husqvarna Opens Construction Experience Center

New training center is attached to Husqvarna's North American headquarters in Olathe, Kansas.

Point of Rental Introduces New Senior VPs

Chase Kincaid and Matt Ross share international growth experience.

Crosby Donates Rigging Gear for Social Circus Flying Trapeze

Crosby Group equipment helps Uprise Circus overhaul trapezes at School on the Rise in Austin, Texas.

July New Home Sales Slide 27 Percent Year Over Year

Average sales price is $446,000.  

Walmart to launch delivery service for other businesses

Walmart is commercializing its delivery service to help businesses of all sizes deliver products directly to their customers’ homes.

Milwaukee Tool Expands in Mississippi

New 357,000 square-foot facility will be in Clinton, Mississippi.

STAFDA Adds Another Speaker to Orlando Roster

Cybersecurity expert Mark Sangster will discuss how companies can protect themselves from ransomware and wire fraud.

BuildFax July Report Shows Stabilizing Housing Market

Single-family housing authorizations increased 13.28% year over year but grew just .51% from June to July 2021.

Kenzen Builds World's Largest Database of Worker Heat Risk Factors 

While only three U.S. states have industrial standards for working in the heat, OSHA recently released new guidance for protecting indoor workers.

DEUTZ Opens New Power Center in Las Vegas

New center will house parts inventory, service technicians and offer complete engines.

NAEIR Teams with Crowd Control Store to Enhance School Safety

Crowd Control Store donates $100,000 of traffic-control cones and physical distancing floor stickers for use in schools.

MRA Calls for Increased Government, Utility Action to Spur Home Efficiency Improvements

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) calls on federal, state and local governments and utilities to help incentivize homeowners to make smart, energy efficient home building remodeling decisions.

New Housing Starts Slide 7 Percent in July

Single-family starts slip 4.5 percent for month.

Mule-Hide Names New Territory Manager for New York Metro Area

Adam Zwickler brings Mule Hide 20 years of sales and product management experience.

William W. Ward is named CEO of Evergreen Marketing Group 

Ward succeeds Kevin Higginbotham, who is transitioning to retirement.

STAFDA Issues Health Update on Orlando Convention & Trade Show, October 24-26

COVID precautions are in place and two-thirds of Orlando citizens are fully vaccinated — all area trade shows are proceeding as planned. 

Simpson Strong-Tie Announces 2021-2022 Scholarship Winners

One hundred scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded to students across the country.

Mule-Hide Products Names Jeremy Grunewald Product Category Manager

Grunewald is on the RCMA's Board of Directors and ASTM's Committee on Roofing and Waterproofing.

Exclusive: Finding the Hidden Innovators in your Company

Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison and the rest of us.

HD Creates Nearly 500 Jobs with New Baltimore DCs

Three new DCs occupy 1.5 million square feet in Sparrows Point.

Wooster Products Hosts Congressman Anthony Gonzalez to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Family-run company boasts many second- and third-generation employees.

Hy-Brid Lifts Sees 68 Percent Q1 and Q2 Growth in Sales

First half of 2021 sales are spurred by 110% growth in Push-Around Series, 41% in Pro Series and 200% increase in Zero-Turn Series.

Registration is open for STAFDA’s Orlando Convention and Trade Show

Excitement builds for October 24-26 event at the Orange County Convention Center.

NAHB: Highest Paid Construction Occupations in 2020

Half of carpenters working in construction earn over $49,730.

MTA Distributors Expands Sales Team

Trinity Sales will represent MTA in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Huttig Building Products Announces Record Q2 Net Earnings

Net sales of $462.1 million in the first six months of 2021 were 17.0 percent higher than the first six months of 2020.

Protective Industrial Products Announces First-To-Market Glove Technology

G-Tek VR-X gloves feature a proprietary new coating technology that meets EN 374 standard for permeation and microbe penetration.

AD Member Sales Up a Record 30 Percent in First Six Months of 2021

Member sales hit $28.1 billion in first half of the year.

AGC Launches Initiative To Address Climate Change

Initiative pushes for greater efficiency and less carbon-intensive projects.

Liebherr USA Announces New Managing Director

Kai Friedrich has been with the Liebherr Group for 17 years.

Fecon Adds Vermeer Southeast as Forestry Mulcher Dealer

Vermeer Southeast has 11 dealerships in Alabama, Florida and Georgia and affiliates in the Caribbean.

Simpson Strong-Tie Publishes Strong-Rod Guide for Mid-Rise Buildings to Resist Seismic and High-Wind Forces

Guide will help engineers, architects and builders achieve continuous load paths in multistory and mid-rise light-frame wood buildings.

Point of Rental’s eSign Adds Initials

eSign can accept initials and/or require them at any point in any document.

Huttig's Gina Hoagland is Recognized

Hoagland is named as a 2021 Director to Watch.

Residential carries construction spending in June

Residential advances 1.1 percent for month as nonresidential category slips 0.7 percent.

Viega to Reopen Seminar Centers

Viega Works online training also will continue.

Fecon Launches Rebranding with New Website

New site is easily accessible from laptops or mobile devices.

Trex Launches New Website for AEC Community elevates brand profile in commercial arena.

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index Shows Strong Gains

June new business volume up 17 percent year-over-year, 28 percent month-to-month, and nearly 9 percent year-to-date.

F.W. Webb Company Strengthens Presence on Long Island

Opens its largest location in the area and offers fire protection fabrication services.

NAHB Issues Heat Stress Safety Toolkit

Kit contains tips to prevent and treat heat stress injuries and heat stroke.

Entegra Attachments Acquires Hercules Machinery Corporation and Titan Metal Worx

Hercules manufactures pile driving and drilling equipment attachments; Titan is a  machining and fabrication services provider.

U.S. New Home Sales Cool 6.6 Percent in June 

Average selling price hits $428,700.

Eagle Opens in Seattle, Hires West Coast Regional Manager

Eagle brings speedy service to the Seattle and Vancouver markets with new distribution center and expanded West Coast sales force.

Bon Tool Acquires Plank-Ti 

Plank-Ti banding product is used to protect and salvage scaffold planks.

U.S. Housing Permits Slide 5.1 Percent in May

Housing starts continue to climb for month but permit activity shows signs of cooling.

BuildFax June Report Shows Signs of a Cooling Housing Market

Single-family housing authorizations see third consecutive monthly dip.

Paul Reilly: Buyers Want Outcomes, Not Products

STAFDA's Sales Consultant looks at what your customers really want.

Continental Releases Make Power Smart App

New app offers the ability to check belt tension, realign pulleys and set proper pulley distance, all through a mobile phone.

Alchemco TechCrete 2500 Earns Miami-Dade Approval

TechCrete 2500 allows calcium silicate gel to form within the pores, cracks, and capillaries to continually reactivate barriers and seal future cracks.

Dodge: Total Construction Starts Slip in June

Nonbuilding construction starts slip 13% in June and residential building starts fall 5% for month.

Mule-Hide Names Martin Mejia West Regional Director

Mejia will manage sales in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

MTA Distributors Takes On Additional Territory for EDCO Products

Expanded territory includesTexas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

International Hardware Fair Cologne revs up for 2022

Event is set for March 6-9, 2022 in Cologne, Germany.

ICP Achieves FBC Chemical Compatibility Certification for Fiberlock Recon Ultra and AfterShock Products

Certification assures contractors that these products are compatible for use with Lubrizol FlowGuard, BlazeMaster, Corzan and TempRite brands.

Q3 Economic Outlook Forecasts 13.3% Expansion in Equipment and Software Investment

ELF forecast also predicts 6.1% GDP growth.

Pony Jorgensen Debuts New User-Focused Updates to Website

Upgrades include product ratings and reviews.

West Lafayette buys first Multihog in Indiana

Multihog multi-purpose vehicles are made in Ireland.

Oregon Tool is Aquired by Platinum Equity

Acquisition will help Oregon Tool fuel innovation and propel global growth.

New construction sector research reveals 89% optimism about the future

InEight Global Capital Projects Outlook surveys 300 of the world’s largest capital project owners and contractors across the Americas, Europe and APAC.

LPGA Legend Annika Sorenstam will appear at STAFDA’s Orlando OverDrive Opening Party

Registration for this year's convention is now open at

ASC launches new site to shop online for attachments

E-commerce site offers 24/7 attachment purchasing.

RIDGID Experience: The trade trip of a lifetime returns Sept. 22-24

A part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, RIDGID has two spots exclusively for apprentices.

Virginia Abrasives promotes three  

Virginia Abrasives has promoted three employees in a reorganization of key sales management roles.

Distribution One merges with Universal Business Systems

UBS is developer of the Synergy suite of business management software.

British Ladder Association and HSE offer free ladder safety webinar

Webinar is set for Thursday 15 July at 4:30 a.m. CST.

Applications: Measuring concrete moisture

Hand-held moisture measurement devices safeguard infrastructure and enable easy spot checking to account for seasonal and environmental factors.

ADI releases new mobile app

Advanced features deliver streamlined mobile experience for dealers.

Streamlight marks 13 years supporting breast cancer research

Company donated $22K in 2020 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Case Studies: Larger-tying-capacity TWINTIERs support rebar contractors

Tri-State contractor sees 20 percent productivity gain from switch to MAX RB611T TwinTier.

U.S. construction spending dips 0.3 percent in May

Highway construction is bright spot, increasing 1.4 percent over April.