February 2013 News

Pelican Promotes Prunty
Bill Prunty named Director of Commercial and Government Sales for Eastern U.S.

New Residential Sales Blast Off in January
Pace exceeds December by 15.6 percent and 28.9 percent over Jan. 2012.

The Home Depot Announces Q4 and Fiscal 2012 Results
Announces $17 Billion share repurchase authorization; Increases quarterly dividend by 34 percent.

Epicor and CNRG Announce First Epicor Eagle Hosted Conversion
Home Hardware Center goes live with Software as a Service hosted environment.

Universal Forest Products Introduces Dura Color Color-Infused, Pressure-Treated Lumber and Timbers
New line offers durable, cost effective alternative to cedar and redwood.

MSC to acquire Barnes Distribution
Deal valued at $550 million is expected to close by late March.

Aaron Abbott Named Technical Director for Laticrete Supercap
Moves up from Laticrete International.

Weiler buys Rei Abrasivos
Brazilian manufacturer produces vitrified and bonded abrasive products.

Housing Market Climb Eases Pace Over Holidays
January 2013 figures show single family permits up 1.9 percent and starts up 0.8 percent over December.

Alltrade Tools Names Dennis Hale VP of Sales
Takes helm of hardware, farm and special markets.

Werner Adds Online Ratings and Reviews
New functionality improves shopping experience through consumer-provided insight and feedback on Werner ladders and climbing equipment.

Simpson Strong-Tie Acquires TJ Shear Brace Line from Weyerhaeuser
Weyerhaeuser will continue to distribute the line in its 22 U.S. markets.

Q.E.P. Appoints Herbert Maertl Chief Operating Officer
Will oversee all North American manufacturing and distribution.

BOMAG to Acquire Cedarapids and CMI Brands
Acquisition from Terex adds asphalt pavers, reclaimer/ stabilizer and material transfer vehicles/devices to BOMAG lineup.

AT&T Joins AEMP Strategic Alliance Program
Program provides professional development and growth tools for equipment management professionals.

Housing Starts Fuel Construction Burst in NYC
Spending on new residential projects reached $5.1 billion last year, nearly a third of NYC's $16.1 billion in new construction starts.

New Maintenance App for Woodworking Tools
iPad app provides step-by-step maintenance instructions for popular woodshop tools.

Acme Tools Builds Store in Williston, N.D.
Acme's fifth North Dakota location brings upper midwest store count to 10.

Bosch Tools and Ram Trucks Announce U.S. Partnership
Partnership launches with national DRILL 'n DRIVE sweepstakes to win a Ram truck.

PrimeSource Partners with Rebuilding Together
Year-long partnership will donate Grip-Rite products to support disaster recovery efforts.

Harrington Hoists Plans Expansion
Leases 97,000-square-foot facility in Elizabethtown, Pa.

U.S. and European Utility Construction to Ramp Up Through 2020
Pent-up demand will drive utility investment growth through this decade.

Coxreels Turns 90
Coxreels celebrates 90 years of manufacturing in the USA.

JLG Announces New Vice President of Sales for South America
Marcio Cardoso to lead JLG sales, parts and aftermarket service in South America.

Fluke Recalls Digital Clamp Meters
Recall applies to certain meters manufactured from Sept.1, 2010 to Oct. 31, 2012.

Construction Jobs Make Biggest Gain Since 2006
Industry added 82,000 jobs between November and January.

Grand Central Station Celebrates 100 Years
The building of the New York landmark in pictures.

Todd Harkness Named President of LBMH Division for ECi Software Solutions
Moves up from vice president of LBMH Division.

Vanguard Engines Offers Rebates at World of Concrete
Show attendees eligible for up to $500 cash back on qualified equipment purchases.

Construction Employment and Spending Hit Three-Year High
Overall spending and job gains expected to continue in 2013.

U.S. Construction Recovery Continues in December
U.S. closes 2012 with 7.8 percent more overall construction spending than 2011.