February 2014 News

The Home Depot Names Craig Menear President, U.S. Retail
Mark Holifield is named EVP, Supply Chain and Product Development.

Tesla Plans $5 Billion Battery Plant
10-million-square-foot "gigafactory" is exploring possible locations in Texas, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

Obama calls for 4-year, $302B Transportation Bill
Proposal includes using $150 billion from corporate tax reform.

Simpson Strong-Tie Named Vendor Partner by ACDI
Associated Construction Distributors International chooses Simpson as preferred supplier.

Strattec Launches i-Guard Website
Site showcases i-Guard RFID electronc equipment immobilizer for the construction, fleet and rental equipment industries.

OSHA Issues 2014 High-Hazard Workplace Inspection Plan
High-hazard workplaces include silica-related and trenching/excavating operations.

Wells Fargo Predicts Strong Year Ahead
Survey's Industry Optimism Quotient reaches an all-time high.

MK Diamond Issues New eCatalog
Electronic catalog is viewable online or as a PDF.

Slow, Steady Recovery Predicted for Commerical Real Estate
Gradual improvement expected across all categories in 2014 and 2015.

Kiplinger Predicts More Modest Housing Gains in 2014
Says a gentler growth rate will allay bubble concerns.

David Juday to Retire as Chairman of Ideal Industries
Jim James becomes new Chairman of Board of Directors.

A Hard Winter Slams the Housing Market
Bad weather chills existing-home sales in January, but prices continue to grow.

Home Building Booms — In England
Residential bulding now accounts for more than one-third of all UK construction projects. 

ISA Executive Vice President John Buckley Dies
John Buckley, executive vice president of the Industrial Supply Association, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on Feb. 12. He was 66.

Construction Robots Attack!
OK, not yet anyway, but the story is cool.

LGH Posts Winch Maintenance Video
Video offers electric winch troubleshooting tips.

Parex Releases Mobile Phone App
App includes Parex, Teifs, LaHabra, El Rey and Merkrete product information and distributor locator.

IronPlanet Surpasses 1 Million Registered Users
Online equipment auctioneers celebrate milestone.

U.S. Housing Permits and Starts Slide in January
Housing completions rise 4.6 percent.

KH Industries Appoints Sean Wittmann National Sales Manager
Joins KH from Pearson PLC.

HELP WANTED: Sales Manager: WORKSHOP, STAFDA/Industrial
Emerson seeks a qualified professional to lead its WORKSHOP Wet/Dry Vac sales programs in the STAFDA and Industrial channels.

Grainger Customer Show Draws 15,000 Attendees
Grainger reported more than 15,000 attendees and 600 suppliers at the show in Orlando, Fla., which ran Feb. 10-11.

Greenlee Promotes Within its Sales Leadership
Sales team leaders take on new roles.

The Home Depot Announces 80,000 Hires for Spring
Company's busiest selling season looms.

Kohler Launches Mobile Generator Line at ARA
New line includes 11 diesel and four propane gensets.

The Home Depot Opens Direct Fulfillment Center for Online Business
First of three planned new DCs opens in metro Atlanta; will enhance same-day shipping.

48WS Joins NetPlus Alliance
Becomes Preferred Supplier in business services.

Construction Firms Pledge to Hire 100,000 More Veterans by 2019
100 construction firms join to pledge to hire vets and grow their businesses.

General Tools & Instruments is Acquired by High Road Capital Partners
Key management team members gain equity stakes.

U.S. GDP Grew at 3.2 Percent in Q4 2013
Real personal consumption expenditures increased 3.3 percent in Q4; residential fixed investment dropped 9.8 percent.

Acme Tools Launches Redesigned Website
Enhanced features delivered by IBM WebSphere Commerce and BlueSky Technology Partners.

Affiliated Distributors Achieves Record Sales Growth to $28 Billion
Building products lead way with 20 percent growth.

Wind Energy Industry Faces Headwinds
Tax credit uncertainties hamper building projects. 

Pelican Acquires Cool Logistics
UK-based temperature controlled packaging group joins Pelican family.

ITW Red Head/ITW Buildex Launches New Products at WOC
New concrete products draw crowds at trade show.

Construction Spending Ticks Up in December
Residential building climbs 2.6 percent for month; commercial dips 0.7; highways advance 1.8.