February 2018 News

Squid Bishop added to 10th Anniversary Commemorative Chess Set
Yes, that's right, it's a squid!

Euclid unveils new web tools
Website features distributor locator, project database, FiberCalc app and download center.

New home sales drop 7.8 percent in January
Vanishing inventory and rising interest rates put brakes on market.

1-800-SWEEPER Foundation donates to the American Red Cross
Organization of power sweeping companies donates $5,000 to cause.

Columbus McKinnon announces new authorized Rigging Centers
Centers are staffed by certified rigging product experts to perform repair, warranty work and supply products. 

Case Studies: DensElement eases space crunch in $36 million apartment building
Burlington, Vermont student apertment project had zero room for error, or even to move for that matter. 

PERC names new Director of Off-Road Business Development
Jeremy Wishart has been with PERC since 2005.

Arizona firm plans massive Georgia solar plant
Project could employ 400 workers to build and provide power for 33,000 homes.

Vortex Companies acquires Stag Technologies
Epoxy coatings developer and manufacturer specializes in water and sewer infrastructure rehabilitation solutions.

ALI launches second annual National Ladder Safety Month
Help spread ladder safety awareness in March 2018.

FMI Project Manager Academy returns to Chicago
Program is set for April 17-20 at Chicago Marriott O'Hare.

Kansas City partnership gives inmates career options
HBA and ABC received grant to help train inmates to enter construction careers. 

Arrow Fastener launches new video series
Dozens of new videos range from DIY projects to simple tool maintenance.

ORS Nasco announces executive promotions
Mike Muenzer and Ben Brumfield become new divisional VPs.

APT gears up for 80th anniversary roadshow
Nationwide tour will feature product demos, special offers, refreshments and more.

Brady welcomes new director of supply chain management
Scott Schleifman takes on newly created position for Brady. 

Tilt-up concrete homes gain momentum in Florida
Process creates storm-resistant home shells many times faster than block building.

Viega announces first half of 2018 training schedule
Courses include press technology for carbon steel and copper.

Texas A&M announces Spring 2018 MID program 
Master of Industrial Distribution degree program allows working professionals to learn at their own pace.

CHANNELLOCK launches new marketing campaign
Campaign features a custom Rube Goldberg Machine incorporating its products.

HD sales hit $100.9 billion in 2017
Company boosts expected growth rate to 6.5 percent for 2018.

Tim Breen named GPC manager of the year
Motion Industries president and CEO wins GPC's top award.

NAHB: Lumber exports and imports are on the rise
U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood are prompting U.S. producers to chase higher lumber profits overseas, causing housing volatility here at home.

Guardair names new director of global supply chain
Mark Wysk joins Guardair from Simonds International.

Hyde expands solar panel investment
Southbridge, Mass. Hyde facility adds new solar panels to further reduce carbon footprint.

Moldex offers respirator fit testing webinar
Webinar is set for February 21 at 1:00 EST.

Dynapac North America announces new rep agency network
Leading agencies offer Dynapac coast-to-coast sales and support. 

Shurtape expands sales force
Mike Czaja becomes NSM and Eric Stone becomes VP of sales.

ACPA announces affiliation of Florida chapter
New chapter expands ACPA family to 21 regional and local paving associations.

Graphics Products releases 5S labeling kits
5S system tools help you get and stay organized for higher productivity.

Jeff Vierkant promoted to vice president of manufacturing at Link Manufacturing
Vierkant steps up from director of manufacturing.

American Producers Supply acquires Louisville Mill Supply
Deal expands APS reach in Kentucky, Northern Tennessee and Indiana.

Snap-on Industrial issues new Tools@Height Catalog
New Tools@Height Drop Prevention Solutions Catalog offers a full line of kits, modules and products for construction and skilled trade professionals.

Freidman issues new distributor's guide to warehousing
Guide covers newest technologies and how to avoid customer-hurting problems.

World of Concrete hits 9-year high
Show draws 58,000 professionals and more than 1,560 exhibitors.

Hypertherm renews grant program for 2018
10 North American schools to receive Powermax45 XP plasma systems.

Mortar Net Solutions names new market development manager
Earl Bickett returns to Mortar Net to grow sales in company's independent rep network.

Speakman expands sales and engineering teams
Two new engineers and three sales professionals take up new roles.

Dodge Momentum Index falls to start year
Index dips 5.1 percent in January from a stronger than normal December.

The UP Companies hires Paul Renaud to lead new drywall division
Renaud brings 39 years of management experience.

AATP broadens material options for threaded rod products
F1554, domestic B7 and Grade 8 offer increases industry options and meets regulatory requirements.

H.D. Hudson names Ron Dorf president
Dorf joins Hudson from Campbell Hausfeld.

NEFCO acquires Contractors & Industrial Supply, Inc.
Deal adds three North Carolina and Virginia branches to NEFCO family.