February 2010 News

Werner names Campbell VP
Werner Co. appointed Jeff Campbell as vice president of Professional Sales, effective Feb. 8.

Sherwin Williams Professionals Win Coatings Education Award
SSPC presents award to Robert Murhy and Larry Pack at PACE Show.

White Paper: Lean Principles in Distribution
Do you push or pull?

White Paper: Applying TQM to Sales
Your salesperson is the single largest factor in your customer's purchasing decision. 

New Residential Sales Slide in January
New home sales fall 11% from December 2009.

Foam Insulation Manufacturers Correct Misinformation
Incorrect products and applications create confusion at inspector level; cause problems for contractors.

LAX Breaks Ground on $1.5 Billion Terminal Expansion
International terminal was ranked one of worst in the nation.

Wacker Neuson’s ride-on Trowel Challenge draws big crowds at World of Concrete
Winner takes home Wacker Neuson customized CRT 48-35VX ride-on trowel powered by a special Vanguard Big Block V-twin engine.

Are You Carhartt Tough?
Carhartt and Cintas launch contest to celebrate new partnership.

ILMO Branch Director Teaches Welding in Haiti
Returned from teaching trip four days before earthquake.

AGC: Stimulus will help more contractors in 2010
AGC analysis of stimulus data shows program delivering more construction jobs than initially estimated, helping boost transportation spending.

Harrington Hoists, Kito Corporation Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary
Company is sole source for Harrington/Kito hoist and crane products in the United States and Mexico.

Unions Applaud White House Green Light for Plant Vogtle (GA) Nuclear Project
Funds allocation for Georgia plant signals brighter prospects for future nuclear plant projects.

Strong Results for World of Concrete 2010
Show draws 55,108 registered professionals and 1,354 exhibiting companies.

Generac Goes Public on NYSE
Generac Holdings Inc. Announces Initial Public Offering, First Day of Trading on New York Stock Exchange.

Beacon Roofing Supply Acquires Independent Building Materials of Orlando, Florida
Beacon supplies roofing materials and building products from 174 branches in 37 states and three provinces in Eastern Canada.

Edward Hines Lumber Co. Sells to U.S. LBM
Deal makes LBM the 10th largest lumber supplier in the USA.

Video: Black Market Labor & Its Effect on the Economy
Labor Finders “Hire Me” Video Extols the Correct Way to Hire.

Fourth Quarter Home Sales Surge 13.9%
Year-over-year sales were higher in 49 states and D.C.; all but three states had double-digit annual increases.

Newell Rubbermaid's William Marohn retires

  • Michael Cowhig elected chairman.
  • Company declares stock dividend.

Ingersoll Rand Announces 2009 Fourth-Quarter Earnings
Total revenues decreased by 10 percent for Q4 2009 compared to Q4 2008.

Bay Bridge east span: Follow construction on Google Earth
Google Earth users can follow construction of a new Bay Area icon: the self-anchored suspension span of the Bay Bridge connecting Treasure Island and the East Bay.

AGC spring training calendar
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has updated its spring 2010 training calendar.

News from Vulcan — 2010 Looks Better
Vulcan Materials says stimulus funds will buoy 2010 demand.

Oregon standardizes collaborative-construction process
After finding a way to push forward 365 bridge projects in 12 years, the Oregon Department of Transportation will use the same process to accelerate projects in the future.

Stimulus Report Card: One Year Later
More than 12,000 stimulus transportation projects have been put out to bid since last February, 2009.

AGC: Stimulus has been overshadowed by weak demand
U.S. construction employment grows in only four of 337 cities.

Historic rehabs a key part of ‘construction stimulus’ bill
Thirty one states – including Wisconsin and Iowa — currently have a state historic tax credit.

Marshalltown Company Acquires Cleform Tool Corp.
Cleform manufacturing processes will be moved to Marshalltown’s facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Sherwin-Williams Unveils Merchandiser For HYDE Paint and Pressure Washer Products
Will be available in March.

Case Study: Multiquip GloBug Lighting Systems Make Nighttime Road Repairs Safer for Workers and Motorists
Rugged, glare-free, 360-degree balloon lights produce up to 110,000 lumens.

EMCOR Group, Inc. Subsidiary Awarded Contract for Construction of New Effluent Pump Station
Wins contract from the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department for the South District Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Miami, Florida.

Grainger Launches 2010 Catalog
Features broadest product offering ever.

Lowe's Opens First Stores in Mexico
Home Improvement Retailer Creates More Than 400 New Jobs in Monterrey.

1 World Trade Center Reaches 20th-Floor Level
The 104-story skyscraper is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

Florida Marlins stadium construction reaches first base
Marlins report progress in their efforts to build their new state-of-the-art home.

New San Francisco Bay Bridge taking shape
2,047-foot-long, $6.3 billion structure will be the longest self-anchored suspension bridge in the world.

Report: New home construction in South Florida has bottomed out
Construction of new homes in South Florida has bottomed out, according to a Metrostudy report that said inventory is so low that some developers are having to build a new house for each one sold.

Real Estate CEOs Say Business Is Improving
Executives say capital
is more accessible now compared to a year ago.

World of Concrete sets positive tone for construction industry
Initial reports estimate 1,400 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees.

PTDA members optimistic
Members of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) are finding cause for optimism as 2010 begins.

Report: U.S. Manufacturing Climbs Again in December
Dept. of Commerce report shows more manufacturing gains in December.

December 2009 Construction at $902.5 Billion Annual Rate
Rate is 1.2 percent from November and 9.9 percent below December 2008.