December 2014 News

Wells Fargo predicts ongoing construction industry improvement
Q4 2014 Construction Quarterly predicts 7.0 percent business investment growth and 10 percent increase in housing starts for 2015.

From San Fran to L.A. in an hour
Hyperloop tube system would speed passengers at 600 miles per hour. adds Simpson Strong-Tie
Iowa-based online distributor now offers 600-plus Simpson products.

Reelcraft offers custom reels for retail installations
Custom paint colors are available for any retail environment.

Spee-Dee appoints David Navin president and CEO
Navin first joined Spee-Dee in 1987.

Federal ruling a win for California's bullet train
Fed claims power to override state environmental laws, clearing hurdles for high speed rail line.

New home sales slip in November
Sales slide 1.6 percent from October.

Holland Pump now carries Atlas Copco WEDA pumps
Pump products will be available in Holland stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

Arrow Fastener introduces new interactive Web site
Site simplifies tool selection process for pros and hobbyists.

IronPlanet and CAT Auction Services to merge
Combination will provide an integrated platform for remarketing used heavy equipment.

Appleton names new vice president of Canadian business unit
Harish Shinde takes vp slot for Canadian sales and operations.

New OSHA reporting rules kick in Jan.1
New rules cover job site fatalities and serious injuries.

Simpson Strong-Tie wins two construction marketing STAR awards
Wins awards for mobile apps and new product launch marketing programs.

GovPlanet military Humvee auction draws record attendance
More than 111,000 visitors attend online auction.

Klein Tools expands in United Kingdom and Ireland
Forms partnership with Super Rod for UK distribution.

Mid Continent founder to retire
David Libla will step down on December 31, 2014.

CGW issues new metal fabrication and industrial products catalog
Features Pasco sanding discs, resin fiber discs and expanded belt program.

ABC predicts continued construction industry growth in 2015
Says commercial construction spending will grow 7.5 percent.

CSDA announces 2015 training and event calendar
Calendar covers concrete sawing and drilling training, convention and meeting dates. 

Dodge 2015 apartment forecast: 405K new units
Dodge report predicts construction of 405,000 apartments in 2015.

Evergreen announces 2015 sales rep workshop schedule
One-day events will take place in Tampa, San Francisco and Dallas.

Feds approve $1.5B Illiana Expressway
Project faces opposition from landowners and environmental groups.

Dynamic Systems launches SQL database for Checkmate tool and equipment management software
System tracks who has tools, where they are and when they are due back.

U.S. housing construction dips in November
Privately-owned permits slide 5.2 percent; starts slip 1.6 percent for month to 1,035,000 annual rate.

AZ Lifting Hardware Adds Regional Reps
Capital Marketing will represent AZ in SE states; Batten Company will serve the South.

Chicago Pneumatic Names New Regional Sales Manager
Kevin Cook takes RSM slot for western U.S.

New bill proposes $71 billion for infrastructure
Major policy, funding provisions of $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.

Video: See the World's Tallest — Sand Castle!
CAT excavators build and then destroy the world's tallest sand castle.

MiTek Launches Builder Products Division
Encompasses USP structural connectors, Hardy Frame shear wall system, Z4 tie-downs and SAPPHIRE software for building materials suppliers.

Burks named VP of ITW Commercial Construction
Lawyer Burks moves up from VP/GM of medical products/automotive.

HD Supply announces fiscal Q3 results
Reports 9 percent net sales and 17 percent adjusted EBITDA growth over 2013.

SnowCare for Troops campaign expands to serve wounded and disabled veterans
Program underwritten by BOSS Snowplow seeks volunteers for fifth season.

Mi-T-M and Makinex team up on pressure washers
Partnership will bring Makinex Dual Pressure Washer to U.S. market.