February 2019 News

Scott Filion becomes Phillips Screw Company president 
Filion holds 22 patents and brings 30 years of experience to Phillips. 

The Home Depot reports 2018 sales growth of 7.2 percent
Q4 2018 sales of $26.5 billion tracked 10.9 percent over Q4 2017.

U.S. housing metrics show some strain in 2018

SC Fastening Systems celebrates 20 years
Macedonia, Ohio-based distributor focuses on hardware and industrial supplies.

STAFDA announces Nashville performers and State of the Industry Speaker 
Big & Rich will perform and Glenn Knowlton, VP for Norton|Saint-Gobain Abrasives North America, will deliver Associate State-of-the-Industry address.

Albion names new VP of Sales
Dean Hammel steps up from National Sales Manager. 

McCann Industries builds new facility in Marne, Michigan
Facility will expand service bays and parts inventory for McCann's CASE line.

Next Wave Automation launches new website
Dealer locator, videos and project information among new and improved elements.

Exclusive: 2019 predictions for propane use in the construction market
Q&A with Jeremy Wishart from the Propane Education & Research Council.

BuildFax report reveals third consecutive month of housing activity declines
Nevada, Oregon and Florida experience highest declines in maintenance activity, a trend that correlates to dips in consumer confidence.

RugGear RG725 phone wins international design award
Phone takes telecommunications category award at international event.

NAHB: Headwinds will limit single-family gains in 2019
Affordability challenges and limited inventories will keep a lid on home market growth.

Dynamic Safety, USA changes name to Optimum Safety
Name change reflects company reorganization to better serve customers and expand offering.

NAHB creates national housing affordability maps
New feature of the NAHB Housing Portal helps illustrate the severity of declining affordability.

Endries International acquires Industrial Products Company
IPC provides fasteners and production components to the OEM market. 

IDI merges with AD
IDI Independent Distributors Inc., will merge with member-owned buying/marketing group AD on April 1.

Walter Surface Technologies names Tisdell VP of U.S. Sales
Jeff Tisdell has been with Walter since 2008.

Simpson Strong-Tie releases 2019 wood connectors catalog
Catalog aligns with 2015 and 2018 I-Code changes and showcases robust product lines and innovations.

Optel partners with Light for the World to help restore vision
Purchase of special-designed panoramaxx welding helmets to help fund 3,000 eye surgeries.

Big Wipes video pulls big numbers
Video has raked in 32 million views and counting.

Free Webinar: Building a Visual Workplace
Free 20-minute webinar covers common visual signals and provides practical tips to maximize the value of visuals in your facility.

Exclusive:  A better method for reducing your truck order backlog
Applying a flexible lease model will be help managers plan better and avoid current backlog pains.

UDG president Darrell H. Cole announces retirement
Cole has been with United Distribution Group since 1976.

MAX USA names Brett Miller 2018 Team Player of the Year
Southeast RSM Brett Miller is lauded for his outstanding work in building the MAX brand in his region.

Jon-Don acquires Quest Building Products
Jon-Don has acquired Quest Building Products, an Anaheim-based distributor of concrete surface prep products, equipment and service.

PIP to acquire West Chester Protective Gear
Protective Industrial Products announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire West Chester Protective Gear.

Klein Tools acquires Wattmaster and Alco brands
Klein Tools announced the acquisition of the Wattmaster and Alco brands, based in Carrum Downs, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Kyocera Senco to acquire Van Aerden Group
Kyocera Corporation's subsidiary Kyocera Senco Industrial Tools has agreed to acquire Van Aerden Group BV, a European pneumatic tool manufacturing and sales company.

Exclusive: Quick ladder safety tips for suppliers to remember
Little Giant reminds distributors to share ladder safety awareness with customers. 

Exclusive: Quick ladder safety tips for suppliers to remember
Little Giant reminds distributors to share ladder safety awareness with customers. 

Turtle & Hughes names business development manager
Jack Bartoszek has joined Turtle & Hughes as manager of business development.