January 2013 News

Top 25 Metro Markets All Saw Concrete Construction Grow in 2012
Portland-Vancouver market tops list with 44.5 percent growth.

Maze Nails Celebrates 165 Years
Illinois-based manufacturer of Made in USA nails was launched in 1848.

Pelican Acquires Minnesota Thermal Science
Deal enables Pelican expand its range of temperature controlled packaging.

Newell Rubbermaid Launches Hilmor Tool Brand
Joins Irwin and Lenox as lead brand focusing on HVAC/R professionals.

Makita Renews Sponsorship of Major League Soccer
Continues support for Mexican National Soccer Team.

Q.E.P. Named Exclusive Distributor of Homelux Products
British tile tools and accessories expand QEP's portfolio.

White Cap Offers Fully-stocked Store at World of Concrete
Re-launched website allows customers to order more than 15,000 products online.

New Residential Sales Step Back in December
Sales slide 7.3 percent from November.

Builders Show to Merge with KBIS
IBS will co-locate with Kitchen & Bath Industry Show beginning in 2014.

Milwaukee Launches Website
Site features easier navigation and search functions and more trade-focused content.

Radians Acquires Crossfire Safety
Deal includes Crossfire Safety Eyewear and Pelican Bay Trading Company, Inc.

PCA: All 50 States Expected to Experience Housing Recovery in 2013
2013 housing starts approach the one million mark.

BHMA Issues Revisions for Five Standards
Updates issued for materials and finishes, hinges, locking systems and alarms.

New Housing Starts Climb 12.1 Percent in December
Privately owned starts surge 36.9 percent for month over December 2011, making 2012 the market's best year since 2008.

Safway Group Purchases Swing Staging, Inc.
Deal includes Twin & Swing Scaffolding, Inc., Specialty Access Systems, LLC, Long Island City Trucking Corporation, and Scaffold King, Inc.

Holcim Updates weatherAPP with Global Availability
App helps contractors determine quality of conditions for placing concrete.

ITW Dymon and Atlantic Mills form ITW Professional Brands
New entity offers greater product availability and enhanced customer support.

Industrial Distribution Group (IDG) Joins Affiliated Distributors
IDG sells indirect materials across North America and China.

Wind-lock Releases 2013 Product Catalog
Features sections for EIFS/Stucco/CI, ICF/SIP, Weatherization, Stealth Access Panels, Drywall Tools & Accessories and Safety.

Calif. High-Speed Rail on Track to Start Construction in July
$8 billion, 800-mile high-speed line could cut travel time between San Francisco and Los Angeles to under three hours.

Ergodyne Announces 2012 Lead Dog Program Winners
American Ultimate award for 2012 goes to R.L. Ebbert & Co, Fountain Valley, California.

Group Advocates More Road Tolls
Int’l Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association campaigns to elevate tolling’s role in transportation funding.

Joshua W. Elvove Named President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers
SFPE Fellow has served on SFPE Board of Directors since 2004.

NetPlus Alliance Adds Four New Suppliers
CEP, PMI, Richlu Manufacturing and U.S. Safety become preferred suppliers.

HeatTrak Offers Customer Rebates
Rebates apply to orders placed through January 31, 2013.

Kyocera Introduces Diamond Partner Program for Solar PV Installers
Exclusive benefits program to help partners improve sales process and profits.

Lincoln Electric Issues 2013 Catalog
Catalog can be downloaded to Apple and Android smartphones and other devices.

Techspray Hires Mark Tay as Southeast Asia Sales Manager
Moves up from ITW Speedline Asia.

Multiquip Launches First Mobile App
MQ Power Generator selector simplifies generator selection process.

Herington to Lead T&B U.S./Latin American Electrical and ABB U.S. LP Organizations
Ned Camuti takes added roles as VP for regional sales.

Ajax Tools Names Steve Tisdall VP of Sales & Marketing
Has been with Ajax since 1993.

U.S. Adds 155,000 Jobs in December
Rate is down from 161,000 in November.

DDI System Launches Two New Websites
Sites offer easier navigation and feature distinctions.

Paslode Issues Nail Test Results
Independent testing proves Paslode compliance, questions competitive claims.

NYC Plans World's Largest Ferris Wheel
625-foot-tall wheel will be built to withstand 129-mph winds.

Sherwin-Williams sues Wooster Brush
Suit alleges Wooster mimics Sherwin-Williams' package designs.

Construction Spending Holds Even in November
New residential sales rise 4.4 percent for month.

General Equipment Appoints Jansen European Sales Manager
Will manage sales throughout European market.

Nilfisk Industrial Vacuum Hires New Director of Sales
Jamie O'Neill will drive Nilfisk sales in North America.

Yale Now Offering Canadian Quick Ship Program
Global King Electric Wire Rope Hoist gets 24 hour quick ship program.

Crescent Electric Selects Epicor Wholesale Distribution ERP
Epicor Eclipse solution to power 9th largest electrical distributor in U.S.

U.S. Real GDP grows 3.1 Percent in Q3
Corporate profits grow at 2.4 percent quarterly rate.

Werner Wins Seven Industry-Leading Awards During 2012
Recognized as a product category leader and retail partner of the year.

BDI Relocates Atlanta Branch
New Conyers, GA facility expands floor space.

Kosciolek Retires from Snap-On
Concludes 45-year career with Snap-On Industrial.

Simpson Launches Mobile Dealer Locator App
Helps customers quickly find retail locations for Simpson Strong-Tie products.

Wells Fargo Issues Q4 2012 Construction Quarterly Report
Energy, residential and commercial construction can expect a continued recovery in 2013.

New Residential Construction Permits Rise 3.6 Percent in November
Permits trend 26.8 percent over a year ago.

NetPlus Alliance Announces the Retirement of Paul Haber
Began distribution career in 1960.

PIP/McHenry Names Marissa Testa Territory Account Manager
Will manage all inside sales and product questions and orders.

CM Launches Online Lodestar Motor School
Lodestar electric chain hoist maintenance training is now offered online.

Bosch Commits $340,000 to Help Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts
Products, funds and resources donated to help residents repair, rebuild, renew.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and REI Partner to Help New York – New Jersey Home Owners
Hurricane Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey can receive free installation of Power-Pipe Drain Water Heat Recovery systems.

Malco Names New President
Mardon Quandt has been with company for 17 years, most recently as GM.

Global Glove Hires New Regional Manager
Jeff Lynch will direct sales in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

OSHA Update - "Construction" or "Maintenance," What OSHA Standards Apply?
Most OSHA guidelines are pretty clear: this distinction isn't.

One World Trade Center Spire Signals Project Completion
Crowning spire goes up Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.

U.S. Job Market Could Get a Lift from Low Housing Inventories
A rise of 110,000 housing starts in 2013 could create 300,000 jobs.

HD Supply Announces Fiscal 2012 Q3 Results
Reports 10th consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth.

Glove Connection Reports Record Sales in 2012
Sales of Cut Level 5 gloves grew 35 percent for year; company projects 50 percent category growth in 2013.

Kalamazoo Machine Tool Issues New Catalog
Expanded catalog of sawing machines ranges from manual to CNC.

JCB Produces 500,000th Backhoe
First unit rolled off the line in 1953.

Intercorp’s Atlanta Branch Moves Into Larger Distribution Warehouse
New facility caps off two-year company expansion program.

General Equipment Donates to ARA Foundation Charity Auction
Auction is set for Tuesday, February 12, during the “Reception With a Purpose” at The Rental Show 2013 in Las Vegas.

Donate Excess and Obsolete Inventory
Earn tax credits for your company and help create college scholarships.

U.S. Construction Lost 20,000 Jobs in November
Fiscal cliff blamed for market chilling effect.

JCB Appoints Arjun Mirdha COO
Moves from Executive Vice President of Sales/Marketing and Service.

MAX USA Hires New Northeast Regional Sales Executive
Scott Tomlin will be based in Boston.

PFERD Launches Training Academy
New Training Academy enhances product training for distributors.

STAFDA UID Scholarship Opportunities Announced
Ten scholarships to be awarded to attend the University of Industrial Distribution.

Newell Rubbermaid Appoints Meredith Stevens Chief Supply Chain Officer
Tyco and former General Electric executive brings 30 years of supply chain experience.

The Boss Snowplow Sponsors USA Ski Jumping (USASJ) Team
Boss will help fund team as it prepares for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Wacker Neuson to Hold Annual Trowel Challenge at 2013 World of Concrete
Company also launches online trowel game with prizes for fastest times.

Laitner Issues 2013 Catalog
Cleaning tool manufacturer launches new corporate look.

Keson Earns Awards for Packaging and Conservation
Aurora, Illinois-based tool manufacturer is recognized for marketing and business operations with two awards.

R+L Carriers Launches Business Critical Solutions Service
Expedited shipping solutions are designed for distribution and manufacturing industries.

Gateway Safety Hires Product Development Manager
Greg Schmidt takes newly created role for eye, face, head, hearing and respiratory products.