December 2019 News

White Paper: Advantages of single-source procurement for fasteners
All-Pro Fasteners offers white paper on single-source procurement. 

Lone Star to buy BASF’s construction chemicals business
$3.5 billion deal is expected to close in Q3 2020.

New home sales rise 1.3 percent in November
The average price of a new home was $388,200. 

Survey shows Michigan faces the worst construction labor shortage in the U.S. 
AGC/Sage survey shows 79 percent of survey respondents cite worker shortages and worker quality as main concerns. 

Fastenal introduces Product Locator app
App allows simple or refined product searches by location or part.

Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie announce 2019-2020 Excellence in Engineering Fellow
International nonprofit Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie renew joint Fellowship for Engineering Excellence and introduce 2019–2020 recipient.

Loegering announces agreement with Schibeci to bring attachments to North America
Schibeci manufactures skid-steer and compact track loader attachments.

Exclusive: Protecting against worker hearing loss in the construction industry
16% of construction workers tested positive for hearing impairment.

Steel King I-beam cantilever rack kits are now part of Quick Ship program
An easy kitted system – available for delivery within two weeks.

Dodge: Construction starts surge 37% in November
Large projects lead to gains across most major construction sectors.

Ritchie Bros. launches new auction equipment inspection services 
In 2019, Ritchie Bros. has inspected more than 215,000 pieces of equipment. 

Worker fatalities rose 2 percent in 2018
Construction and extraction sectors had the second highest fatality rate.

U.S. housing permits and starts rise in November
Privately‚Äźowned housing starts rise 3.2 percent; single-family starts climb 2.4 percent for month.

AGC: Construction spending dips 0.8 percent in October on softer public and nonresidential markets
Association urges quick resolution to trade disputes and uncertainty that are slowing U.S. economic growth. 

Structurlam selects Conway, Arkansas for its first U.S. plant
World-class mass timber production facility to create 130 jobs.

ACI Foundation partners launch embodied carbon in construction calculator (EC3) tool
Free tool helps builders and specifiers compare and reduce embodied carbon emissions from construction materials.

Oliver Frese named COO of Koelnmesse
Frese is a former member of the Board of Deutsche Messe AG in Hanover. 

Mi-T-M's Matt Hoefer joins STAFDA Manufacturer Liaison Committee
Hoefer will serve a three-year term on the committee.

Mar-Bal acquires Detectable Warning Systems
DWS lines includes Redi-Mat Surface applied, flexible polyurethane warning products.

Little Giant Ladders receives Product of the Year Award 
ASSP recognizes King Kombo ladder as best product at show. 

HBI holds ribbon cutting 
Home Builders Institute (HBI) opens new construction trades training facility near Fort Campbell. 

Hoffmann Group USA’s GARANT brand wins six German design awards
GARANT products have won 44 design awards over the past 12 years.

Simpson Strong-Tie donates $10,000 to Girls Inc. of Alameda County
Donation will support middle school girls in academic excellence.

Viega announces winter training schedule
Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire.

NAHB: Lower interest rates prop housing market
Current 30-year fixed rate runs 1.1 percent less than it did just a year ago.

PIP acquires Boss Glove and Safety
Boss has supplied gloves, boots and protective wear for more than 120 years. 

Trade Shows: Cologne is calling
The world's largest tool show is getting bigger in Cologne, Germany.

Case Studies: The Case for Training
Achieving improved productivity and worker accountability.