February 2011 News

U.S. Airports need $80 billion in work in next five years
Airports Council report estimates work could generate 2 to 3 million jobs.

Managing Inventory in a Reset Economy
This brief article covers 11 aspects of how to better manage your inventory in the new economy.

Generac Wins Market Share Leadership of the Year Award
Frost & Sullivan recognizes Generac's best-in-class approach to quality products and services in the residential generator sets market.

Trend Routing Releases DVD on Diamond Sharpening
James Barry's Guide to Diamond Sharpening DVD covers basic to professional level sharpening techniques.

U.S. GDP increases growth rate in Q4 2010
Real gross domestic product grows 2.8 percent from Q3 to Q4. Real nonresidential fixed investment increased 5.3 percent; Residential grew 2.8.

Bahamas begins construction of new 1,000-acre Baha Mar resort
Construction work has started on the Baha Mar, the largest single-phase resort development in the Caribbean, backed by Chinese cash.

New Residential Sales Slide in January
Single-family sales trend 12.6 percent below December rate.

Renewed lending rejuvenates U.S. commercial real estate
An influx of fresh capital into U.S. commercial real estate is bringing some long-stalled development projects back to life and launching new construction of apartments, office buildings and shopping centers.

MJB Supply Expects Breakthrough Year in 2011
Recently launched distributor sees big things in the industrial supply sector over the coming year.

FEIN acquires Jancy Engineering
Iowa-based Jancy Engineering specializes in metal core drilling. 

Reference Guides to the International Fire Code and Accessibility Code Now Available
Delmar releases first two reference guides in Code Source Series.

Intel announces plans for $5 billion plant in Arizona
New plant will employ 4,000 workers and will be in operation in 2013.

New Dymon Brochure Details Cleaning Agents for Facility Hygiene
Covers professional cleaning products for commercial, residential and educational facilities.

Can't see around your store? Eye Lighting has a solution.
New lighting guide covers lamp selection for retail stores, big box and related applications.

RMD Kwikform Expands Operations into USA with $35M Acquisition
Global formwork, falsework, safety and access provider acquires heavy forming and shoring assets of CMC Construction Services.

Sphere1 Welcomes New Members
New distributor and perferred suppliers join cooperative.

A Green Take on Urban Renewal
Company revitalizes urban St. Louis neighborhood with green modular homes built with InsulStar SPF insulation.

Husqvarna Partners with WebVisible for Online Search Advertising
WebVisible will help consumers find Husqvarna dealers in their areas.

Chinese construction firms come to North America
Chinese construction firms are starting to be more aggressive in the North American market.

Cost of Construction Materials Climbs 0.9 Percent in January even as Bid Levels Remain Flat
Latest Producer Price Index figures show prices for diesel, steel, bars, steel pipe and other key construction materials had double-digit spikes during the past 12 months.

New Website Fills Critical Need in Construction Industry provdes new venue for moving surplus inventory, posting jobs and more.

New Residential Construction slides again in January
Another disappointing month: permits tumble 10.4 percent from December; housing completions slide 9.5 percent.

USETEC 2012 to run parallel to International Hardware Fair
Global used equipment fair will run concurrently with IHF beginning in 2012.

Hiring an Employee from a Competitor
This short article from reviews the benefits and pitfalls of luring sales stars away from competitors.

Great American Group Introduces Quarterly, Industry-Specific Vertical Auctions
Auctions will feature production/manufacturing, healthcare/technology, construction/rolling stock/fleet, and processing equipment.

Wacker Neuson announces first class for new Technical Academy
Prep course is for ACI Specialty Commercial/Industrial Concrete Floor Finishers certification.

Bonsal American Names New Director of Sustainability
Meredith Ware joins company to drive sustainability initiatives.

Plans reveal a three-stadium complex slated for Las Vegas
A $1.57 billion plan aims to draw national sporting events and teams into the region.

Bird-B-Gone issues 2011 Catalog
Features over 100 bird-control products.

Ames True Temper Launches New Web Site
New site features extensive product information, projects, retail locators, and more.

Thomas & Betts Electrical Conduit and Fitting CAD Models are Now Available Online
Free online CAD library features more than 2,300 electrical conduit and fittings products.

Multiquip named winner of 2010 Contractors Choice Awards
Annual awards are determined by industry consumers.

Future is uncertain for stalled projects along Las Vegas Strip
Projects could languish unfinished for decades. In Laughlin, NV, one $800 million hotel site already has.

Construction industry loses 32,000 jobs between December and January
Sector unemployment hits 22.5 percent.

Industrial Supply Celebrates its 95th Anniversary
Salt Lake City company was launched in 1916.

IDEAL Launches 3D Interactive eCatalog
Dynamic, user-friendly publication is first for the electrical industry.

LINE-X Supports ABC Hit Show Extreme Makeover Home Edition
Will provide energy-efficient product applications for upcoming project in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Manufacturers' shipments inch up two percent in December
Unfilled orders stutter; inventories increase one percent.

New Business Offers Web Sites in 48 Hours
The 48WS Company Uses New Technology to Give the Industrial Distributor a Professional Web Presence with a Product Offering of Over 10,000 Products in 48 Hours.

Makita Rocks the WOC
Makita presents latest concrete solutions at WOC 2011.

Weather Guard Releases GearUp Truck Fit Guide 2011 Vehicles
Web-based tool helps trucks owners ensure their Weather Guard equipment fits their new vehicle.

AEMP Forms Alliance With Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Will enhance AEMP professional development and growth ptrograms for equipment management professionals.

Devers named President of A-Jax Co.
Robert Devers promoted to President of A-Jax Co.; Boso named VP.

Construction Spending dips 2.5 percent in December 2010
For year, 2010 construction spending lags 2009 by 10 percent.