December 2012 News

Spider Names Michael Ford as District Sales Representative - Chicago
Will serve customers in Northern Illinois and South/Central Wisconsin.

Construction Field Struggles with Worker Shortage
Modest recovery slows as builders search for crews.

Duo-Fast Posts Cordless Nailer Video
Commercial roofers tell Duo-Fast how and why they are using the cordless roofing nailer system.

MAPI Forecast: GDP Will Grow 1.8 percent in 2013 and 2.8 percent in 2014
Moderate growth depends on ‘Fiscal Cliff’ compromise.

Work Begins on "Breathable" Tower in Pittsburgh
Double-skinned 32-story Tower at PNC Plaza will have operable windows and solar collecting roof.

STAFDA Names 2013 Officers
Rick Lamb is 2013 STAFDA President; Rod Gowett becomes vice president.

October New Residential Sales Run Level Month-Over-Month
But still trend 17.2 percent over 2011.

Rockler Wins Innov8 Award
Wood Magazine award picks eight top products each year.

Wright Tool Links with Morris Marketing Group
Rep partnership opens new Wright DC for southern states and harnesses Morris Group's sales force.

Live Oak Moves into New Facility
New 50,000-square-foot facility has 6,500-sf showroom.

Elephant Stand Voted a Best New Product at SEMA 2012
New product from Cleargain Solutions garners attention for ingenuity, functionality.

ITW's Speer Succumbs to Cancer
ITW chairman and CEO David B. Speer was 61.

BOSS Announces Heavy Metal Sweepstakes Winner
Western Mass. firefighter wins BOSS Power-V XT plow.

Laticrete Supercap Names John Sacco Managing Director
Will lead domestic and international expansion programs.

Epicor Adds ICE Business Architecture to Prophet 21
P-21 users to benefit from enhanced mobility, accessibility and interactivity.

U.S. Housing Starts Hit Four-Year High in October
Residential construction is up 41.9 percent compared to October last year.

Stanley Launches New Virtual Level App for iPad and iPhone
Retina-display compatible free app includes two virtual levels.

Work Can Continue on $68B California High-Speed Rail Project
Judge says project is meeting environmental rules.

Johnson Level Named 2012 Hand Tool Vendor of the Year
Do it Best Corp. lauds Johnson Level for sales growth and service.

Simpson Strong-Tie Product Catalogs Now Available On Mobile App
App works with Apple and Android devices.

Werner Unveils New Branding Strategy
New look reflects company's expanding product portfolio.

Atlas Copco Recognized for Innovation, Sustainability
Company is cited by Newsweek, Forbes and Dow Jones.

D.R. Horton Reports Q4 Fiscal 2012 Results
Homebuilding revenue for Q4 grows 21 percent year over year.

General Tools iBorescope Takes Tool Award
Tool captures and wirelessly transfers HD inspection images and video to iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

The Home Depot Announces Q3 Results
Sales rise 4.6 percent over Q3 2011; company projects overall increase of 5.2 percent for fiscal 2012.

Bartell Morrison Expands Marketing Staff
Stephen Reisig will work with distributors and media.

New California Storm Water Runoff Rules Could Cost Cities Billions
Regional water board regulations place restrictions on 33 pollutants.

Wacker Neuson Launches New Website
New site categorizes all products in four areas.

Gateway Safety Launches New Website
Interactive site features product-centric design and new Junior Fan Club area.

Books: Tools of the Trade: Modern Marketing for Construction Brands
New book covers aspects of marketing building products, equipment and construction services.

Parex USA Adds Sales & Marketing Members
New associates serve national and regional markets.

DeWalt Expands Mobile Pro App
Adds electrical and landscaping calculation modules.

Klein Tools Selects Heiler Software to Improve Customer Service
Product Information Management (PIM) solution will centralize product data.

Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $25,000 to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts on the East Coast
Simpson is also matching individual employee donations.

Condoleezza Rice greeted warmly at STAFDA
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gets standing ovation STAFDA annual Trade Show and Convention in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 5.

PFERD parent acquires Superior Abrasives
Superior Abrasives has been acquired by the Rüggeberg Group, parent company of PFERD Inc. The company will be named Superior Abrasives LLC.

Igloo Creates Yukon Pro Staff Team
Pro hunters, anglers, guides, writers and athletes build Yukon brand awareness.

Newell Rubbermaid Announces New Organization and Leadership Team
Restructuring aims to accelerate company's Growth Game Plan initiative.

SC Fastening Systems Relocates
New facilty in Macedonia, Ohio is three times larger than prior location.

Multiquip Expands Whiteman Power Trowel Line
New 36- and 46-inch models feature Subaru engines.

M. K. Morse Names James Reid Regional Sales Manager
Will drive sales in Eastern U.S. and Canada.

Registration Opens for 2013 University of Industrial Distribution
20th Annual program is set for March 10-13, 2013 in Indianapolis.

Metal Supermarkets Honors Fort Worth Branch with 2012 Safety Award
Branch takes top safety honors among 65-store chain.

New Residential Sales Continue to Build in September
Rate surges 5.7 percent for month; trends 27.1 percent over September 2011.

Parex USA Issues New Color Collection and Selection Chart
Product selector includes 43 new colors.

Hyde Tools Promotes Patrick Spinelli to Plant Manager
Has been with Hyde since 1994.

Caulk Warmer Expands into Canada
Partners with Canadian Industrial Distributors to sell product line.

Q.E.P. Acquires Ludell Striking Tools and Imperial Industries
Acquisitions expand QEP's presence in tool and building materials markets.

Senco acquires New Zealand’s Timbalok
Timbalok is Senco's leading distributor in New Zealand.

Viega and Sonnhalter Receive Award of Excellence for Product Launch
Viega ProPress for stainless product launch wins B2 Award.

Snap-on Industrial Issues New Catalog
New edition contains more than 7,100 products.

WD-40 Launches New Website for Construction Pros
New site focuses on solutions and resources for professional trades.

New York Building Construction to Top $30B for First Time Since 2008
Building pace in city is up 9 percent over 2011.

Snorkel Names new Rep Firm for Southestern U.S.
Sun Marketing Group to rep Snorkel lines in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Guhdo Hires New VP of Sales & Marketing
John Otto to manage North and South America markets.

Residential Market Blasts Off in September
Permits and starts post double digit gains.

CGW Expands Sales Team
Three new territory managers will drive sales in Midwestern region.

Rivet & Eyelet Sponsors NASCAR Driver
Team competes in NASCAR K & N Series.

CPO Commerce Adds Poulan and Freud Sites
CPO now operates 43 specialty online retail stores.

Subaru Appoints Steve Hartung Director of Strategic Sourcing
Steve Hartung will continue to serve as regional sales manager for greater Minneapolis.

Airmaster Fan Promotes Pignataro and Laabs
Take leads for global and North American sales and marketing.

Bain Capital to acquire Apex Tool Group
Deal for $1.6 billion expected to close in first half of 2013.

Spectrum Brands Buys Stanley Hardware Group
Deal worth $1.4 billion in cash.

Safway Group Acquires North American Coatings
Deal includes CL Coatings, Industrial Coatings & Fireproofing, and SEI Coatings.

NetPlus Expands Newell Rubbermaid Partnership
Lenox Tools and Rubbermaid Commerical lines join program.

Cintas Launches Flame Resistant Clothing Web Page
New online resource provides educational tools and product information.

MSC Adds 1,300 Hertel Cutting Tools
New tools expand MSC's expansive offering of premium cutting tools.

Martin Sprocket & Gear Promotes Plastics Capabilities
Manufactures plastic components for use in areas where contamination, corrosion or caustic environments prevent the use of metals.

Thomas & Betts Adds End-User Tools to Website
Tools provide information on product selection, use and distributor locations.

CSDA Offers Free World of Concrete Registration
Concrete cutters can register to attend WOC at no cost.

Construction Employment Declined in 164 out of 337 Metro Areas between August 2011 and August 2012
Looming "fiscal cliff" and government inaction blamed for delaying projects.

Phoenix Construction Employment Hits Four-year High
Phoenix force climbs 7% in August to 90,800.

Kaiser Electric Completes Biomass Boiler Project for University of Missouri – Columbia Campus.
New system will use in-state renewable energy sources and reduce campus fossil fuel use by 25 percent.

ACG Offers Advanced Safety Management Training Course
Three-day course set for October 16-18, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin.

3M Reorganizes Business Groups
Realigns major business groups to better serve global markets and customers.

Diljit S. Ahluwalia Passes Away
Was Founder and Chairman of Alfa Tools.

Jim Wagner Appointed Technical Support Manager for Heating Cable Systems
Former Journeyman electrician will manage EasyHeat and Nelson Heat Trace lines.

MAX Hires New Southwest Regional Sales Executive
Louis Diaz will be based in Southern California.

Thomas & Betts Becomes NECA Premier Partner
Two-year commitment made to help make NECA member businesses stronger.

IPG Launches Pink Tape Campaign to Benefit Cancer Research
Paint for the Cause campaign runs through July 2013.

Lincoln Electric Promotes Bruce Chantry to Director of Marketing, North America
Has been with company for 17 years.

Strong Q3 Prompts Generac to Raise Outlook for 2012
Company projects 30% growth for year.

U.S. Construction Mixed in August
Private construction edges up while public construction slides for month.

Ericson Introduces Web-based Product Selection Tools
Drop-down menus guide users through the selection process.

KB Home Revenues Increase 16 Percent in Q3
Backlog value increases 33 percent to $744.7 million.