December 2011 News

Construction jobs outlook for 2012: not good
146 out of 337 metro areas lost construction jobs between November 2010 and 2011; Federal construction investments are set to drop 6.2 percent in 2012.

General Tools Takes Another Top Tool Award
Energy Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner with Star Burst Laser Targeting (IRTC50) wins top reader award.

Sales of New Residential Homes Advance in November
New homes sales climb 1.6 percent over October: rate trends 9.8 percent above November 2010.

U.S. GDP Grows 1.8 Percent in Q3
Final sales of domestic products grows 3.2 percent.

Simpson Strong-Tie Issues New Fastener Catalog
Catalog and Fastener Finder enable quick searches.

Ingersoll Rand Compressors Granted Class 0 Recertification
Oil-free rotary screw and centrifugal air compressors meet Class 0 per ISO 8573-1:2010.

Radians Moves into New Facility
Adds staff to better serve growing customer base.

SafeWorks picks Elzinga for VP of Engineering
Will lead new product development for Power Climber Wind, Power Climber and Spider brands.

Ideal Appoints New Director of Sales & Marketing
Richard Jones named to key position for U.S. business unit.

Igloo Products Corp. Names Jeffrey Cartwright President/COO
David Thornhill to Become EVP and Chief Product Officer.

Librock named Dynabrade president
Ned T. Librock moves up from director of marketing.

2,600 Companies to Exhibit in Cologne
Three months left before world's premier tool show returns to Cologne, March 4-7, 2012; German industry remains upbeat.

Brad Fulkerson Appointed Managing Director of Laticrete Supercap
Will lead brand development of the Supercap self-leveling concrete finishing system.

Wind-lock To Open New Warehouse/Distribution Center in the West
New Reno, NV warehouse will begin shipping in Q1.

L.B. White Launches New Web Site
New site features application and maintenance videos and Google Maps dealer locator.

Reed Updates Web Site
Site features easier navigation of operator's manuals, parts and accessories and enhanced photo library. 

Sonnhalter Announces Online Content Webinar
Feb. 2 webinar addresses "8 Content Initiatives You Need to Seriously Consider for 2012."

BatteryJack and Bigtime Battery Extend Warranty to Two Years on All Titan Brand Power Tool Batteries
Covers more than 180 replacement power tool batteries.

CGW Launches New Combined Metal Fab/Industrial Products Catalog
164-page catalog contains more than 200 new products.

Exclusive: Understanding Load Factor Implications for Specifying Onsite Generators
Maximum permitted average load factor varies depending on the generator set's rating, the specific application and the manufacturer's recommended guidelines.

Unemployment rate falls to 8.6%
But construction lost 12,000 jobs in November.

DDI System Launches Inform SBE
Small business edition software is for distributors with less than 10 users.

Sonnhalter Releases Three New Podcasts
Topics cover distribution trends, supply chain management and attendee comments from the 2011 STAFDA Convention.

ISM Year-End Report: Economic Growth Continues in 2012
Economic growth in the United States will continue in 2012, say the nation's purchasing and supply management executives in their December 2011 Semiannual Economic Forecast.

Wells Fargo Issues Q4 Construction Quarterly Report
Predicts gradually improving construction market in 2012.

Sales Catalogs Easily Migrate to the iPad
Mobilistics launches MobiOrder enterprise level catalog and order entry solution.

MovinCool Issues Guide to Cooling IT Equipment in Heated Buildings
Guide addresses self-contained, ceiling-mounted small-space air conditioners.

Milwaukee Launches M18 FUEL Line of Next Generation Cordless Tools
Extreme-performance cordless power tools feature brushless motors and intelligent hardware and software.

Columbus McKinnon Turns Former Plant into Training Center
Facility will host series of training classes.

MAPI: GDP to expand in 2011
Investment in business equipment and increased exports will drive economic growth over the next five years according to a new report.

New Residential Sales Up in October
Estimate sees new single-family home sales climb 1.3 percent over September.

IRWIN Tools Launches Domestic Spanish-Language Web Site and Online Catalog
Becomes first tool manufacturer in U.S. to offer full Spanish-language Web site.

U.S. Construction Ticks Up in October
Residential building advances 3.4 percent; public construction rises 1.8 percent.

Capital Safety Ownership Changes
KKR acquires fall protection manufacturer for $1.1 billion.