January 2022 News

Pro Staff merges with Lawless Group
Steve Kraft will remain with the group as director of sales, along with Justin Vailes, president.

RIDGID Partners with Pfister Docuseries “American Plumber Stories”
Season 2 promotes the importance of recruiting, supporting and training the next generation of plumbers.

BEST 6.0: The Building Efficiency System Tool Now Available for Download
Hydronic Industry Alliance-Commercial offers project calculating tool for free download. 

Mayhew Tools Sponsors 2022 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Pole Award
Spnsorship acknowledges drivers and crews.

Champion Cutting Tool Corp. Names New NSM
Kevin West begins key new role as Mark Anderson retires.

U.S. New Home Sales Rise 11.9 Percent in December
Average sales price hits $457,300.

Industrial Supply Company Names New President
Jessica Yurgaitis becomes first woman to hold the position.

Privately-Owned Housing Permits Climb 9.1 percent in December
Single-family permits rise 2.0 percent for month.

Structurlam Names New VP of Sales for Construction East Division and Industrial North America
Paul Drace joins leading mass timber manufacturer.

PCA Announces 2022 Focus for Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality
Sustainability efforts will engage stakeholders across the concrete value chain to measure progress toward 2050 carbon neutrality goal.

Wells Fargo Survey: Construction Industry Expects Strong Profitability in 2022, Despite Supply Chain & Labor Challenges
Optimism reaches highest level since 2019, 44% increase from 2021.

Hampton Products Acquires Commando Lock
Acquisition expands Hampton's portable security portfolio with Military-Grade security systems.

Crosby Group Launches App for Elevator Car Weighing and Balancing
New App expands functionality of Crosby's Clamp On Line Tensiometer (COLT).

Wilcox named president of Walter USA
Mark Willcox is appointed president of Walter USA; Jeff Tisdell named VP USA.

NEFCO Opens New Location in Maine
New Westbrook store has 14,250 square feet of space and a state-of- the-art showroom.

U.S. EPA Recognizes IAPMO UES to Certify Insulations Under ENERGY STAR Seal and Insulate Program
IAPMO UES is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) as an ISO/IEC 17065 certification body to certify numerous building materials, including residential insulation.

Adventurer and Wilderness Survivalist Bear Grylls to Keynote STAFDA’s San Diego Convention
Famed adventurer will discuss Resilience & Overcoming Obstacles.

Fecon LLC acquired by Windjammer Capital
Fecon is a leading global manufacturer of heavy- duty forestry mulching equipment and  forestry accessories.

Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $25,000 to Aid Recovery Efforts in the Philippines After Super Typhoon Rai
Nearly 7 million people were affected across the region.

Gleason Promoted at Altenhoh, Brinck and Co.
Bob Gleason is named Regional Sales Manager for SPAX fastener line. 

Hytorc Prepares for World of Concrete
Hytorc will showcase its Connect app, MXT+ Hydraulic Torque Wrench, award-winning J-Washer and more solutions in Booth C4060.

Makita Ready to Go Live at World of Concrete 2022
Makita booth will feature more battery-powered equipment and tools for concrete contractors.

Hillman Group to Build 450,000-square-foot Multi-Use Facility in Georgia
Facility will employ 250 associates, including 50 new hires. 

MAX USA Gears Up for World of Concrete
MAX will be exhibiting newest tools and offering swag at booth W3705.

NEFCO Completes Acquisition of Russell Supply
Russell Supply serves Vermont, New York and New Hampshire.

U.S. Housing Starts Surge 11.8 Percent in November
Single-family starts advance 11.3 percent for month. 

Master Magnetics Announces Senior Management Reorganization
Promotions focus on managing growth and customer service.

Evergreen Marketing Group Announces CFC Supply of Utah as Newest Member
CFC Supply serves the Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah markets.

Sphere 1 Announces Retirement of Bob Borrhello as Advisor
Bob Borrhello has been Sphere 1’s founding Board Chairman for 16 years.

Flow-Rite Hires Alfred Estrada as VP of Sales
Estrada brings Flow-Rite over 20 years of senior-level manufacturing management experience.

Exclusive: 3 Automation Technologies You Need to Build a More Intelligent MRO Stockroom
Automated solutions in warehousing typically have the greatest return on investment for both small and large facilities.

Trex Commercial Appoints New U.S. RSRs
Michael Angelo Scalze and Kyle Jorgenson will enhance Trex presence in the Midwest region.

Motion completes acquisition of Kaman Distribution Group
Motion Industries completed the purchase of Kaman Distribution Group for approximately $1.3 billion in cash, effective Jan. 3, 2022.

ISA names Breen president
The Industrial Supply Association has named Brendan Breen to be its president, assuming the role effective immediately.

NetPlus Alliance Welcomes Sebastian Habermehl as Marketing Manager
Habermehl joins NetPlus Alliance from Taylor Devices Inc.

Mechanix Wear Partners with LineDrive Sales Agency
Partnersip will accelerate Mechanix Wear's industrial sales growth in the United States.

Exclusive: Gemtex Abrasives reviews the abrasives market 
Gemtex VP Frank Prenda discusses the latest trends and products in the abrasives market.

Greg Bennett joins HBS Systems
Bennett will lead equipment dealership and rental software sales efforts.

Walter Surface Technologies acquires Drillco and Triumph Twist Drill
Drillco and Triumph will continue to operate under their own respective brands.

Marshalltown acquires Gatorback
Gatorback produces mortar boards and mortar pans.

U.S. construction spending grows nearly 1 percent in November
Even with the pandemic, total construction spending grew 4.4 percent YOY in the first 11 months of 2020.