December 2010 News

Global Glove names Gompers VP
Global Glove & Safety Mfg Inc. adds Mike Gompers as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Existing Home Sales Rise 5.6 percent in November
Existing home sales got back on an upward path in November, resuming a growth trend since bottoming in July, according to the National Association of Realtors.

GSS Names Taphorn Sales and Marketing Assistant
Global Specialty Solutions Inc. announces the appointment of RoseAnn Taphorn to Sales and Marketing Assistant.

Housing Starts Predicted to Hit 3-Year High
NAHB: Housing starts will probably reach a three-year high of 739,000 in 2011, creating about 500,000 jobs.

Powers Fasteners announces release of new BIM objects on
BIM content is free to download from

U.S. Census Bureau Announces 2010 Population
The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538.

Appleton Publishes 2011 Master Catalog
Big Red Book carries more than 20,000 products.

U.S. GDP grows 2.6 percent in Q3
Revised Q2 GDP growth slips from 2.5 to 1.7 percent.

Wells Fargo Releases Q4 2010 Construction Report
Uncertainty over infrastructure funding puts brakes on capital investment in equipment.

Generac names New Vice President of Sales for Latin America
Saul Urrutia joins company to drive continued investment in the region.

Wright Tool Introduces New Tool Test Program
Allows contractors to test-try tools for 30 days.

R3 Safety Launches Web site for KeepSafe Personal Protective Equipment
New Web site is dedicated to R3's proprietary KeepSafe brand of safety and personal protective products.

Christy's Moves Solvent Cements Manufacturing In-House
Tennessee plant celebrates successful first year of operations.

U.S. Residential Construction Improves in November
Housing starts and single-family permits climb over October rates, but still lag behind 2009 levels.

Vikings Switch Stadium for Bears Game While Metrodome Roof Gets Repaired
Damage to Metrodome roof is more extensive than initial estimates.

MSA launches Sensor X-Change Program
Program lets users replace sensors on demand.

Johnson Level Adds QR Codes to Packaging and Advertising
Codes allow smartphones to access web sites, telephone numbers, contact information or e-mail addresses.

Jergens Industrial Supply Acquires Cutting Tool and Industrial Supply Division of The George Whalley Co.
Deal makes JIS the largest industrial distributor within 150 miles of Cleveland.

LENOX Manufacturing Plant Earns Prestigious OSHA Star
LENOX continues its elite certification for promoting worksite-based safety and health.

Delmar and DeWalt release three new construction guides
Guides cover plumbing and building codes.

OSHA Cranes & Derricks guidebook now available
Guidebook is on sale through Dec. 31, 2010.

3M acquires Winterthur Technologies
Acquisition of Swiss precision grinding technology supplier valued at $448 million.

Construction starts on San Diego's largest ever Master-planned community
Civita land plan calls for more than 4,700 homes, nearly 1 million square feet of commercial development and several dozen acres in parkland and open space. 

The Outlook for Distributor Bank Credit 2011

Paper recaps panel discussion on banks and credit from the 2010 STAFDA Convention.

Weld-On launches 750 HotWeld Solvent Cement
Will no longer be the manufacturer of Red Hot Blue Glue for Christy's.

SolaHD Appoints Customer Service Rep for Mexico and Latin America
Gina Delgado named International Customer Service Representative.

Intercorp Opens New Distribution Warehouse in Houston, Texas
New location will compliment existing locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Portland.

Pro Torque Tools Partners with Bongo International
Seeks to meet needs of expanding global hand tools market.

Kram Joins Ironclad Marketing
Alyssa Kram joins agency's PR department.

Construction spending flat in October
Spending tracks at $802.3 billion annual rate, up just 0.7 percent over September but well below 2009 levels.

NetPlus Alliance adds Preferred Supplier and Distributor Members
Drillco, Porteous Fastener, Electro Tape Specialties and Profit 2 join buying group.

STAFDA Announces 2011 Officers
Kangas named 2011 president; Darragh named vice president; Lindbloom named to Board of Directors.