December 2020 News

Simpson Strong-Tie releases 2020 year in review
List highlights Simpson's best new products, innovations and building solutions.

GreatStar Tools USA acquires Shop-Vac
GreatStar plans to open Williamsport, PA, factory and hire employees.

Vortex Companies acquires North American Pipeline
New Jersey-based trenchless services contractor will expand Vortex geographical and service footprint to include Mid-Atlantic region.

Home Depot completes acquisition of HD Supply
$8 billion deal was completed on December 23.

Vortex Companies reorganize
Vortex creates separate divisions for Products and Services.

PIP to be acquired by Odyssey Investment Partners
Protective Industrial Products Inc. (PIP) will continue to be led by Joe Milot.

Dodge: November a mixed month for construction starts
Weakness in residential and nonbuilding activity overwhelmed nonresidential building strength.

IAPMO hires Christoph Lohr as VP of Strategic Initiatives
Lohr has more than a decade of experience designing plumbing systems for health-care, laboratory, hospitality, sports and university projects.

Fabricon Modular wins national PCA contract
Purchasing Cooperative of America contract authorizes Fabricon to provide modular and portable buildings for government agencies, institutions and municipalities.

IRCG Weekly Pandemic Revenue Index shows 2.9% increase
Softer weekly gain follows strong November numbers. 

The Blue Book launches new industry Velocity Index
The Blue Book Network Velocity Index provides manufacturers, distributors and contractors leading indicators of construction spending to inform business decisions.

US LBM acquires Tri-County Building Supplies
National leader adds specialty building materials distributor in southern New Jersey.

New app connects trade laborers with businesses that need workers
TraLaMa Trade Labor Marketplace is now where skilled trade laborers can find work and  employers can find skilled trade laborers.

ERB Industries is acquired by Delta Plus Group
Based in France, Delta Plus Group is a premier global manufacturer of head-to-toe safety equipment for workers in construction and general industry.

Husqvarna Group acquires Blastrac
Blastrac is a leading provider of surface preparation technologies and equipment for the global construction and remediation industry.

Acuity Brands partners with UV Angel
Deal expands Acuity's portfolio of advanced UV disinfection solutions.

Study shows that neck gaiters can be more effective than masks in aerosol particle control
Magid Cool Powered by Mission neck gaiters can be worn as a single, double or even triple layer over the nose and mouth.

U.S. housing permits and starts advance again in November
Housing completions slide 12.1 percent month-over-month.

STAFDA Sales PRO to be updated in 2021
New edition will address virtual selling, creating personal value, customer messaging and more.

Victaulic names Dr. Richard A. Bucher CEO
Bucher steps up from president; has been with Victaulic since 2009. 

Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation: 2021 promises improvement across the board
2021 Economic Outlook Forecasts 7.8% expansion in equipment and software investment growth and 4.7% GDP growth despite uneven recovery.

Predictions: LinkedIn looks at the post-COVID workplace
Several pandemic-driven trends may be here to stay.

OSHA refocuses inspections to target high injury and illness workplaces 
Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Directive looks at non-construction establishments with 20 or more employees.

Point of Rental opens German office
Company presently has two software products fully translated into German.

IAPMO elects new president and board members during virtual conference
David Gans becomes president and Steven Panelli is named vice president.

Regal introduces QR codes on mounted bearing products
Company leverages digital technology in ways that enhance customer interaction with Regal products.

Pli-Dek waterproofing solutions meet new California fire requirements
High-performance deck and patio system from ICP has passed a 30-minute ASTM E84 fire test, now a requirement for decking materials in California.

IRCG: Sales compensation plan best practices in an uncertain market
IRCG presents the case for new sales compensation models. 

Point of Rental’s Essentials adds SMS messaging
Option is available for free through February 2021.

Iron Age Footwear launches new product selection tool
Users can now shop for footwear by occupation. 

Registration opens for IBSx International Builders’ Show virtual event
Virtual show will run from Feb. 9-12, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ET daily.

Viega extends warranty on MegaPress and MegaPressG
Warranty on selected fittings is extended to 15 years. 

F.W. Webb named exclusive distributor of Cavagna LPG tank valves and regulators in the Northeast
The Cavagna Group is a global leader in regulators.

Exclusive: How residential construction companies can recover in 2020 and beyond
IFS's Kenny ingram looks at the technologies and methods that will transform the housing market. 

Case Studies: C.D. Smith builds carbon negative facility for CornBoard in Iowa
CornBoard converts corn stover into board for pallets and other applications.

Midland Industries acquires Champion Brass
DeSoto, Texas-based Champion Brass produces brass fittings, valves, barbs and related products.

Arrow Fastener Company releases new product catalog 
Digital catalog features three new pro- and consumer-focused products.

U.S. construction spending increases 4.3 percent year over year in October 
Residential building leads the way with 2.9 percent growth for month.

International Hardware Fair moves to 2022
Tool show, set for February, 2021 in Cologne, Germany, moves to March 6-9, 2022.

US LBM acquires Ridgefield Supply Company
Addition of Connecticut building materials distributor strengthens US LBM's presence in New York tristate area.

HD to open two New Jersey DCs
New Perth Amboy DCs will employ 400 and offer same-day and next-day flatbed delivery  to customers and stores in the tri-state market.

Simpson Strong-Tie donates $25,000 to American Red Cross for Atlantic hurricane relief
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been the most active ever recorded.

IAPMO publishes installation standard (IS 34) for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage systems
Provisions in the standard will be incorporated in the 2021 Uniform Solar, Hydronics and Geothermal Code. 

Report: The Best Cities for Construction Work
New study ranks U.S. cities' construction jobs environments.

Exclusive: How to meet peak product demand with efficient pallet flow rack
Dynamic racking speeds product loading and unloading, while minimizing labor and maximizing storage