December 2015 News

Blount International to be acquired
Company's brands include ICS Blount, OREGON, Carlton, Woods, TISCO, SpeeCo and Pentruder.

Beacon Roofing Supply acquires Roofing & Insulation Supply
Deal brings Beacon to 360 branches in 45 states.

U.S. economy not normal despite steady progress in 2015
Consumers still aren't spending at precession levels. 

Single-family home sales climb 4.3 percent in November.
Rate trends 9.1 percent above November 2014.

NRHA honors STIHL Inc.
Gives STIHL its 2015 Channel Partnership Award.

Dodge: November construction slides five percent
Nonresidential building retreats after October’s substantial gain.

U.S. GDP advances 2.0 percent in Q3
Growth rate declines from 3.9 percent in Q2.

Doug Metchick named president of Laticrete Supercap
Metchick joins Laticrete from Morris Yachts.

Wildeck marks 40th anniversary
Company makes structural steel platforms, vertical lifts and facility safety products.

DAP appoints new Construction Specialists
Mike Cozzone and Steve Padgett will serve Central Texas and Mid-Atlantic markets.

Charlotte distributor Don Blume passes away
Industry patriarch and Charlotte philanthropist died December 19, 2015.

CSDA announces 2016 calendar
Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association plans a full roster of events.

Nilfisk acquires Pressure-Pro
Florida high-pressure cleaner manufacturer joins Nilfisk family.

Greg Helbling joins Airmaster Fan
Industry veteran becomes Airmaster's director of sales and marketing.

Permatex names Suzanne Liseo Associate Product Manager
Liseo has been with Permatex for 12 years.

Fed Raises Key Interest Rate for First Time in Almost a Decade
Hike of 0.25 percent is seen as a vote of confidence in the economy.

Ditch Witch founder dies at 94
Industry icon Ed Malzahn launched company in 1949.

Residential permits and starts surge in November 
Multi-family permits advance 11 percent; starts rise 10.5 percent.

Thomas & Betts releases galvanized strut white papers
Papers compare the results of sulfuric acid and salt water spray exposure on strut.

Dorner acquires FlexMove
Wisconsin conveyor manufacturer buys Malasian conveyor maker.

Stellar Industries exits Kiefer Manufacturing business
Confirms discussions with potential buyer.

DPA welcomes new distributor and supplier members
Buying group adds six distributors and three suppliers.

Larson Electronics debuts LED work lights on FX TVs’ The Strain
Larson's screen credits include The Dark Night Rises and Grey’s Anatomy.

Lackmond appoints new East and West sales managers
John Partridge is new Eastern SM; Brent Green is Western SM.

New Midwest STIHL location supports growing dealer network
STIHL facility in Cottage Grove, Wis. will service larger area and allow for next-day delivery.

BHMA announces new president and officers for 2016
Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association elects Dan Picard president.

Industrial Supply Wins STAR Award
Salt Lake City distributorship wins Construction Marketing Association award.

Lewis-Goetz celebrates 80 years
Distributorship a Pittsburgh staple since1935.

HD Supply announces Q3 results
Net sales of $2 billion represent 5.1 percent improvement over Q3 2014.

QA1 carbon fiber driveshafts win ACMA award
Products win Materials and Process Innovation Award from the American Composites Manufacturers Association. 

STAFDA announces new officers
Terry Earle is president; Tom Leahy is elected vice president.

Construction adds 46,000 jobs in November
Worker shortage appears to be easing.

Graybar expands two branches
Moves to larger locations in South Bend, Indiana and Tampa, Florida.

FMI sees commercial slowdown in Q4
Economic headwinds and rising costs a drag on nonresidential construction outlook, according to Q4 FMI Nonresidential Construction Index.

Wildeck promotes Keith Pignolet to Chairman-of-the-Board
Names Greg Larson president.

STAFDA director named to CMA Board
Georgia Foley is elected to Board of Directors for the Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

MAX USA hires new Eastern RSM
Paul G. Mudd joins MAX as Eastern Regional Sales Manager, based in New Jersey.

Point of Rental hosts sold-out conference
Software supplier sees record attendance at 2015 International Conference.

Permatex names Curtis Haines Associate Innovations Manager
Will develop new products and markets.

Southwire Multimeter wins NECA Award
MaintenancePRO Smart Multimeter wins NECA Showstopper Award.

IronPlanet announces unreserved auction in Las Vegas
December 11 sale will feature over 170 pieces of equipment.

Makita renews Snocross sponsorship
Makita becomes new Official Tool Sponsor of ISOC Snocross for 2015-16.

Appleton Group promotes McCormack and Gustafson
Mike McCormack becomes Director of Business Development; Zach Gustafson is named Sales Strategy Manager.

Simpson Strong-Tie DTT1Z deck tension tie wins award
Less invasive alternative for attaching a deck to a home meets 2015 IRC code standards.

DPA Honors 2015 Industrial Distributor and Supplier of the Year
Olson Contractors Supply, Inc. takes top distributor award; International Fasteners, Inc. is named top supplier.

International Hardware Fair draws record U.S. pavilion sign-ups
U.S. pavilion exhibitors grow 21 percent to date.

International Hardware Fair releases advance numbers for 2016 show
More than 2,700 exhibitors have signed so far; 1,650 in the Tool halls alone.