December 2018 News

Weiler Abrasives appoints new Director of Sales – West

Jennifer Hawkins to lead district sales manager team, focus on growing distributor partnerships.

SureWerx acquires Jackson Safety and Wilson brands from Kimberly-Clark

SureWerx U.S. brands include American Forge & Foundry, Pioneer, Ranpro, PeakWorks and Sellstrom.

Trump signs First Step Act into law

New criminal justice legislation will provide vocational training for prisoners.

APEX Assembly & Fabrication celebrates 85 years on the production line

Founded in 1933, the company's first products were bits and sockets for auto plants.

The Economist sees economic trouble ahead in 2019

America’s longest-ever expansion will approach its end.

Top Blogs: ITR experts offer actionable advice for the 2019 economic slowdown

STAFDA's economic consultants predict a business decline for some categories next year. 

Point of Rental’s eSign Counter named to Cloud Awards shortlist

Electronic signature solution works with any rental software.

OSHA offers winter weather safety tips

OSHA's Winter Weather webpage provides information on protecting workers from hazards while working outside during severe cold and snow storms.

Forbes: Blue-collar workers will be in high demand in 2019

Historically tight labor market will drive up competition and wages for workers.

Milwaukee OKs plans for Komatsu’s waterfront headquarters

$285 million project should create 1,300 jobs.

Motion Industries names new president

Randall Breaux steps up from executive VP of marketing, distribution and purchasing.

Sullivan Auctioneers launches, powered by Proxibid

Platform offers live and timed auctions and an equipment marketplace.

Kinedyne releases 50th anniversary catalog

Cargo control solutions manufacturer's catalog includes 800-plus skus.

PCI Illinois and Wisconsin chapter names new executive director

Michael A. Johnson takes helm at Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

OSHA comments on 2017 workplace fatalities report

Workplace deaths by overdose rose 25 percent or more for fifth year running.

Single-family housing starts drop 4.6 percent in November

Total housing starts rose for month but affordability concerns dampened the single-family market. 

BLS releases 2017 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Overall fatalities fell but confined-space and drug overdose deaths rose.

Custom Equipment manufactures 10,000th Hy-Brid lift

The first Hy-Brid lift ever sold is still in a rental fleet today. 

Apple plans $1 billion campus for Austin, Texas

New facility will employ up to 15,000 workers.

GovPlanet attracts huge crowds for massive "blowout" auction

More than 180,000 bids were placed on 700,000+ military surplus items.

Case Studies: Clinic’s architectural design goes beyond aesthetics to deliver cutting-edge life and safety

$221-million Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center is one of first large ambulatory designs to utilize life/safety photoluminescent egress markings under new 2015 Minnesota Building Code.

Salaries are rising in construction

NCCER 2018 survey shows salaries from $47,000 to $92,000. 

Exclusive: Construction trends in America 

Exciting change will reward aware construction professionals.

Distributors and manufacturers team up to help Camp Fire victims

California Service Tool and Apex Tool Group ask for industry help to provide Camp Fire area contractors with tools and supplies. 

Point of Rental Elite CRM helps develop relationships

Integrated CRM tool displays customer, item and contact histories. 

HD Supply Q3 sales climb 17.7 percent

Company reports net sales of $1.6 billion in Q3, a 17.7 boost from Q3 2017.

PFERD names successor to Huegin

Mariano Presas is currently president of PFERD Latin America.

U.S. construction spending ticks down in October

Overall dip of 0.1 percent is due to a softer month in private construction.

U.S. and China agree to suspend proposed tariff hike

Current 10 percent tariff remains in effect while negotiations continue with China.

Point of Rental Software acquires RentalTrax

Third acquisition in three years expands European userbase. 

Zurn appoints Barry Moulsdale to General Manager, Canada

Moulsdale joins Zurn from Spectrum Brands.

U.S. LBM acquires Deering Lumber in Maine

Building materials leader expands presence in New England construction market.

U.S. LBM acquires Deering Lumber in Maine

Building materials leader expands presence in New England construction market.

OSHA announces 2019 National Safety Stand-Down

National event is set for May 6-10, 2019.

Q.E.P. announces partnership/distribution agreement with Congoleum Corporation

QEP/Kraus Floors will represent all Congoleum flooring products in the western U.S.

Intercorp releases new product and submittal catalogs

Strong-Point and Strongcon brand catalogs have been updated with over 40 new products.

Rockler introduces cigar humidor turning kit

Users can create a custom single-cigar humidor that measures and regulates humidity.